Dammit! For the past four months I've gloated about consistently finding new venues for Underage. So far I've seen 13 all-ages shows, never visiting the same place twice. Impressive, right? I know!

So, sticking with tradition, this week I ventured out to Ballard, where Sonic Boom Records hosts regular in-store performances. On April 15, Pedro the Lion was celebrating the release of their new album, Control, with a midnight CD sale to follow their set. I showed up hoping to find a Pedro fanatic--you know, the one who closes his or her eyes and feels every word.

Three songs into the set, I spot him. Front row, sitting cross-legged on the floor, cherishing each note. For the remainder of Pedro's set (they played all 10 songs from Control, plus "Backwoods Nation"), my friend and I keep our eyes on this young man. Me, to see how he reacts to the music; her, because "that right there is the prettiest boy in this room."

The music stopped, the boy went outside, and I followed.

But as I approached him, it began to hit me, and when I saw his face, it struck: Déjà vu. Jerrod Austin, the subject of Underage's first clumsy installment, was my pretty boy swooning over Pedro.

I could've found another subject, for sure, but Jerrod insisted I talk to him, as planned.

"It was probably the most embarrassing moment of my life, actually," Jerrod said with a laugh when I asked what he thought of his first 15 minutes of Underage fame. "It was so 'pro-me.'"

"So what would you rather I had written?"

"I want you to plug more bands this time. Just run a list of my faves," he laughed. "There's not a lot."

"And if I don't?"

"I'll track you down and take you on a date."

I blushed and tried to ignore his comment, which seemed to poke fun at the fact that I had played up his good looks in the past.

Now I'm the embarrassed one--and hopefully that fact will make it up to you, Jerrod. MEGAN SELING

megan@thestranger.com


JERROD'S LIST OF GOOD LOCAL MUSIC


Damien Jurado, Rocky Votolato, Pedro the Lion, Suffering and the Hideous Thieves, Roadside Monument, Seldom ("they're so on"), and the Blood Brothers.

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