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Friday, May 23, 2008

Tonight in Music: Treasure Fingers, Holy Ghost Revival, the Presets, Thrice, Rain Fest

posted by on May 23 at 9:30 AM


Fucking Rad, Treasure Fingers, Kill the Noise, Recess vs. Levi Clark
(Chop Suey) Grilling up backyard-barbecue dance-pawty beats with his laptop on a blender bender, Atlanta-based Ashley “Treasure Fingers” Jones has pushed mad air with tangy synth-funk bangers over the past 365. Also a member of distended drum ‘n’ bass trio Evol Intent, Jones uses Treasure Fingers to concentrate on partner skate-friendly grooves and Big Room blips for the honey dips, which has landed him a spot alongside A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs on the Fool’s Gold Records roster. Like Reebok Pumps, New York’s Kill the Noise keep it tight while you get loose, adding to the glitchy growl and tecktonik melodic shifts. Also calling you to strike a pose will be the achy breakbeat heartz of Recess vs. Levi Clark, Ryle, Sir Kutz, Grym vs. Flatlyne, and more. TONY WARE

Hear Treasure Fingers here.

Holy Ghost Revival - “Embrace the Hate”
Holy Ghost Revival, the Greatest Hits, the Spurts, Ben Funkhouser
(King Cobra) Hey, did that lineup say Ben Funkhouser—aka that 16-year-old kid who books the Fusion Cafe, aka the world’s biggest superfan? Where is he going to pop up next, on Entertainment Tonight? Anyhow, this show is a good-bye blowout for electric glam-rockers Holy Ghost Revival. Those longhairs are moving to Great Britain for six months to drum up a crowd at the behest of their European major label, 1965. This is me sobbing in the corner reminiscing over a glass of whiskey: “Remember when [lead singer] Conor Kiley was hanging from the Comet’s light fixture and it was falling and so he swung into the crowd and almost kicked me in the face?” I’m gonna miss those guys. ARI SPOOL
The Presets - “My People”
The Presets, Walter Meego, DJs Fucking In the Streets and Figo
(Nectar) Australian duo the Presets may be the most perplexing of Modular’s stable of new-wave revivalists. While labelmates Cut Copy crank out dopey electro-pop jams, the Presets aim for more profound insights, and sing about love and relationships with pithy intellect. Unfortunately, their new album, Apocalypso, doesn’t live up to its great title, and doesn’t have as many musical ideas as Cut Copy’s wonderfully goofy In Ghost Colours. But let’s focus on the positive: The Presets know how to play the synth arpeggio-and-four-four gimmicks that typify this rapidly gentrifying genre. Some of the tracks, particularly “Kicking and Screaming,” will make your body move as long as you don’t think about it too much. MOSI REEVES
Thrice - “Digital Sea”
Thrice, Circa Survive, Pelican (Showbox Sodo) Thrice shook some of the stigma of their early pop/hardcore crossover albums during their major-label stint, and continue to do so with the ambitious four-volume Alchemy Index. Thrice make a point of displaying their varied inspirations by encompassing noisy metal, electronic-infused post-rock, and fire-and-brimstone folk. Perhaps that’s part of the reason they’ve invited Pelican along on this tour—these instrumental darlings of the underground art-metal community lend an air of credibility to the bill. On their end, Pelican are provided with the opportunity to bring their epic compositions to an audience beyond bearded vinyl collectors. It’s a mutually beneficial scenario: Pelican taps into Thrice’s mainstream success, and the headliner garners some of the opener’s cult status. BRIAN COOK
Himsa - “Unleash Carnage”
Rain Fest
(Viaduct) If four-part harmonies, crowded campgrounds, and vintage rockers like R.E.M. and the Cure isn’t the scene you’re looking for this weekend, consider another option: Rain Fest, the hardcore/metal music festival that’s invading Tacoma’s all-ages venue the Viaduct from Friday through Sunday. Tickets are about $45 cheaper per day than that other festival, you don’t have to sleep in a grass-covered parking lot, and with over 50 artists spread over the weekend there are plenty of chances to see something exciting. A day-to-day schedule and ticket information can be found on Line Out ( Even if you do hope to make it over to Sasquatch! starting Saturday, tonight’s lineup would be a perfect preparty with performances from Akimbo, Himsa, and the sadly soon-to-be-defunct Sinking Ships. MEGAN SELING

Click here for that Rain Fest line-up.

There’s plenty more to be found in our online music listings.

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Posted by live in ballard | May 23, 2008 10:38 AM

Ballard, about the Tractor: These "Tonight in Music" posts round up the Up & Coming listings from the print edition of the paper, where there's a limited amount of space, so we can't cover every time the Apple War and the Maldives play out, much as we'd love to. Hence the post closing admonition, "There’s plenty more to be found in our online music listings." Thanks for playing Line Out.

Posted by Eric Grandy | May 23, 2008 10:48 AM

"Thanks for playing Line Out"


It's a fair question considering the show received a green stranger star (recommended?) in the paper.

Posted by ouch! | May 23, 2008 1:14 PM

Lots of shows receive green stars that don't get written up.

Posted by Eric Grandy | May 23, 2008 1:43 PM

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