Their previous album may have been the one titled Elephantine, but really that descriptor covers any musical output from the titanic Akimbo. The local boys are now a four-piece, with guitarist Dustin Brown joining the powerhouse trio of guitarist Burke Eglington, drummer Nat Damm, and bassist/vocalist Jon Weisnewski. Their combined efforts have produced the innocently titled City of the Stars, a new full-length that drops a monstrous anchor through hardcore, punk, metal, and classic rock. In the vein of bands like Converge--who are headlining Akimbo's CD release show at Graceland on Saturday, October 16--and Botch, the aggregation of those genres pools into a sludgy, muddied mix that can also take off sprinting during one of many tempo switch-ups. Despite comedic titles like "I Think I'm a Werewolf," the music is serious stuff--Akimbo's rhythm section setting up a heavily meditative pulse that the guitarists texturize with either more of the same or wailing solos that whip into angular math-rock riffs on a dime. Weisnewski's voice is the band's fifth instrument, his formless gale knocking out English-language communication in exchange for pained growls that've gotta kill those vocal cords (attempting to talk over any of these prodigious tracks will most likely leave you equally speechless).

As Megan Seling mentioned in this very space a few weeks ago, the age of the Catheters has come to a close. The band already played their last all-ages show, and this week marks their final bar blowout. On Friday, October 15, come to the Sunset Tavern to say goodbye to the foursome who were once coined by many of their fans as "the next Mudhoney." I still think their 2002 release Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days is one of the best rock albums on the Sub Pop catalog, and I hope the band members continue making their musical mark one way or another in the future.

In other endings, the Hideaway has also called it quits. The Belltown rock dive lasted barely a year, hosting some memorable performances from the likes of Country Teasers, A Frames, the Spits, the Girls, and T-Model Ford. In the last six months, though, the club (located where the former Sit & Spin was housed) has lost a couple employees and attendance at shows has felt much slimmer than in the Hideaway's early days. Owner Dave Eck says the neighbors were the reason for the shut down. Frequent noise complaints (those apartments are located next to a rock club ferchristsakes, what do those downtown squawkers expect) caused the building owner to buy Eck out of his lease. Eck says the Hideaway was more soundproof than the space had been as Sit & Spin, but it wasn't in him to continually fight the neighborhood; hence the end of the local and indie-band-friendly club.

Finally, expect the return of Pho Bang soon, if only for a night. Jackie Hell and Ursula Android are staking out the Mirabeau Room on Halloween, with special guests Veronica Lipgloss and the Evil Eyes.

jennifer@thestranger.com

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