TITUS ANDRONICUS, CEREMONY
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MINUS THE BEAR, CURSIVE, GIRL IN A COMA
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) I was skeptical when Seattle mainstays Minus the Bear released "Lonely Gun," the first single from their new album Infinity Overhead. It wasn't that I thought the song was bad, it was just... okay, no, the song is bad. While the lyrics and chorus have familiar Minus the Bear flavor, the song feels like an out-of-place remix, layering the vocals over some canned electronic bits—wiry synth and dance beats. And then there is saxophone! Why is there saxophone? Thankfully, the more mellow follow-up single, "Steel and Blood," is less, um, confusing, and a better overall representation of Infinity Overhead. MEGAN SELING
ROGER CLYNE DUO
(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th) Roger Clyne spent most of the '90s fronting the Refreshments, that straightforward rock band whose best known song is the wordless theme to King of the Hill. Less influential than the Meat Puppets and less self-serious than the Gin Blossoms, the Refreshments were part of the same milieu of Middle American rock bands that could never quite escape the long shadow of grunge. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, a supergroup with members of Dead Hot Workshop and the Gin Blossoms, started the second the Refreshments stopped. They continued with the same occasionally tongue-in-cheek, Spanish-laden dad rock that appeals to those who loved the Refreshments for their clever lyrics. Recently, though, Clyne entered a serious phase. Unida Cantina, the Peacemakers 10th album, is straight-faced and somber, a downturn that doesn't hold a candle to most of the oeuvre, especially its excellent predecessor Turbo Ocho. Tonight and tomorrow, Clyne performs as a duo with longtime drummer Paul "PH" Naffah. REBECCA WILSON
MYKA 9, FACTOR, ONRY OZZBORN, PARANOID CASTLE, GRAVES33
(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) Myka 9 is a cornerstone of the Freestyle Fellowship, a West Coast original and hella influential stylist—so fuck with him. But let's speak on Banner for Boxed In, the most realized sounds yet from Beacon Hill, Seattle's deeply prolific emcee/producer/visual artist Graves33; something like a basement with a skylight, Banner bridges Graves' dusty DIY ethos to a lofty, ethereal new understanding. Evoking the best instincts of both vintage Oldominion and cold-swept Minneapolis weathervane rap, Graves33 has bottled the feeling of that uniquely autumnal ritual: heading indoors to create, going inward to take stock. Now that Onry Ozzborn—Seattle's dean of dark and thoughtful indie-hop—has at last found the light with his Dark Time Sunshine project, the Northwest needs a moody craftsman like Graves33, who in 2012 has truly hit his stride. LARRY MIZELL JR.