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.