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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Tonight in Music

posted by on September 19 at 9:00 AM

Stranger Suggests suggest:

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Photo by: Charlie Villyard

Two Gallants
(Music) Two Gallants’ devastating punk-folk-blues is like a nail gun: It rivets you to where you stand. It’s viciously cathartic, and better with a friend and a beer to tear in. Adam Stephens writes lyrics like a Dust Bowl gutter poet and fingerpicks guitar like John Fahey; Tyson Vogel drums like a springtime rain shower, steady but unpredictable. The pair is one of the sharpest songwriting duos around. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611. 9 pm, $10 adv/$12 DOS, 21+.) JONATHAN ZWICKEL

Up & Comings advise:

JULIE OLSON, DARRIUS WILLRICH, EVAN FLORY-BARNES, D’VONNE LEWIS
(Egan’s Jam House) D’vonne Lewis is the most talented drummer I’ve seen in Seattle. In a city with a history of monster stickmen, its own professional drum school, and a drummer website listing almost 150 drummers, this guy’s the truth. I’ve witnessed nu-bop trio Industrial Revelation, Paul Rucker’s improv big band, and a slew of Skerik’s far-flung projects all shine brighter when the kid’s behind the kit. Most rock drummers will give it up to their jazz counterparts, and Lewis is exactly the reason why. Relaxed, unfettered, beyond the pocket (he IS the pocket, and the needlepoint stitching around it, and the blue fuzzy stuff at the bottom), Lewis plays with the skill and ease of an old pro—and he’s just turned 24. JONATHAN ZWICKEL
LOW
(Triple Door) It wasn’t until I heard their Christmas song, “Just Like Christmas,” that I really appreciated Low’s emotional and experimental indie rock. Until that fateful holiday season, I lived under the assumption that Low were an uninteresting, utterly depressing Bright Eyes wannabe, mostly because their name made me think so. I was wrong. After a short obsession, I found out that Low have been around since Conor Oberst was prepubescent (1993), the band features married couple Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, and the trio (rounded out by Matt Livingston on bass and co-vocals) has a huge catalog of reliable albums. Their most recent, Drums and Guns, was released on Sub Pop this year, and I can’t stop listening to the album’s haunting and captivating song “Murderer,” which showcases a slow, deep bass, and the constant twitter of what sounds like a guitar that’s shorting out. It builds up, but never to a complete climax, which only adds to the frustrated lyrics “you must have more important things to do.” MEGAN SELING

And if that’s not enough, check out Get Out, The Stranger’s online live music/DJ calendar that lists every goddamn thing happening in town.

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1

I might check out Low tonight. Thanks Megan. Sparhawk and Parker are nice people.

Posted by June Bee | September 19, 2007 10:01 AM
2

fyi the two gallants show was changed to all ages

Posted by billy | September 19, 2007 1:54 PM

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