The Exquisites, the Trashies, Mega Bog
THE EXQUISITES, KATHY, YOUR RIVAL, SIBLING RIVALRY
Jason Clackley is the raspy soul-punk troubadour of the Exquisites, a Seattle punk band newly signed to DIY label Asian Man Records, which is set to release their debut LP on February 26. If the painlessly earnest first single, "Selfish Feelings," is anything like the rest of the album, be prepared to mop the hearts from the floor by the end of the night. With Kathy, Your Rival, and Sibling Rivalry. Ground Zero, 7 pm, $6/$5 with a can of food.
MEGA BOG, KODA SEQUOIA, FF
In another crucial benefit for new U-District art gallery Heartland, Mega Bog will perform their well-played, vaguely punk mystical pop. On Some UFO, their latest EP released via Wizards of the Ghost, you can get down to the gentle grunge-disco roll of "Settling Something" and get spooky to front-riot-lady Erin Birgy's echoey howls on "Playing a Jealous Woman," which haunt over some post-pagan pop of which even Stevie Nicks might approve. With Koda Sequoia and FF.Heartland, 9 pm, $5–$20.
THE TRASHIES, WIMPS, STICKERS, BIG EYES, LOUD EYES
The Trashies partied their way into the hearts of Seattle punx in 2004 with their two-minute party jams, but after making basements hot and sweaty nationwide for the next three years, the Trashies seemed to hit the curb for good. But in 2011, the band re-formed, put out an LP called Space Jam, and again made basements hot, sweaty, and maybe mindless, but who cares? The new Teenage Rattlesnakes EP is due out soon, and it promises even more mutant-frenzied Northwest punk, fuzzed up with that combatively jive-able underbelly of '70s Bay Area synth punk à la the Nuns that makes their songs impossible to remain still to. Back in October, I raved about a new Seattle punk band called Wimps, and tonight is the release show for their hyper-anticipated debut, Repeat (out January 22), which is the first release on the new local microlabel End of Time Records. My advice: Give in to your FOMO (fear of missing out) on this one and get off the couch. With Stickers, Big Eyes, and Loud Eyes. Black Lodge, 8 pm.