Throw Me the Statue

It’s been just over a year since Throw Me the Statue signed to Indiana label Secretly Canadian, home to indie it-kids like Jens Lekman, Jason Molina, and, oh yeah, Damien Jurado. During that time, the band went from performing at REVERBfest 2007 on the tiny Bop Street Records stage to opening for Cake at the Paramount. Chalk it up to TMTS’ first effort, Moonbeams, a jangly, earnest masterpiece of a debut that’s influenced by disaffected ’90s pop without drowning in the genre’s annoying tendency toward maudlin cynicism. One US and European tour later, Throw Me the Statue enjoys a cushy spot on the short list for popular Seattle bands poised to explode onto the national scene, sorta like Death Cab For Cutie circa 2000. If you’ve already burned yourself out on Moonbeams, make sure to come to this show, as the band releases a tour-exclusive EP, Purpleface, to tide you over until LP number two drops. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, $10 (all ages). 9 p.m. SARA BRICKNER

Thu., Dec. 4, 9 p.m., 2008

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