REVERB Lineup: Salmon Bay Eagles

Visqueen, Thee Emergency, Cute Lepers, and more.

3:00 p.m. ~ Recess Monkey  Since Gen-X shifted into breeder mode, little alterna-kids have become part of our culture. These days you can catch Feist on Sesame Street, get your toddler into Mates of State or the Ting Tings on Yo Gabba Gabba, and see little girls named Indie in hot-pink protective headphones, tutus, and Blondie T-shirts with their parents at concerts. Teachers by day, rockers by late afternoon, the members of Recess Monkey are the kings of Seattle's "kindie" culture. RM sounds like the Posies with ADD, and sing about animals and hot cocoa. Which may seem ridiculous if you're childless, but compared to other kids' acts, like, say, the Wiggles, Recess Monkey sound like the motha'f'n Pixies. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR4:00 p.m. ~ Visqueen See feature.5:00 p.m. ~ Wallpaper Hailing from Pierce County, Wallpaper is the answer for the weary listener fed up with hipper-than-thou indie rock. Lyrically minimalist and reveling in the pure joy of noise, Wallpaper has rightfully drawn comparisons to Pavement for its poppy, lo-fi basement punk, which harkens back to a decade ago when Steven Potter, Derek, and Spencer Kelley were disaffected teens. SARA BRICKNER6:00 p.m. ~ Valis  Valis operates in that bizarre netherworld where psychedelic rock and metal intersect. While decidedly more metal than hippie, it's a sound that might just bring those two mortal enemies together in celebration of heavy, well-executed riffs—some of which Patrick Conner plays so blazingly fast they might set the room on fire. And while frontman Van Conner wails like a young Ozzy—which explains why Black Sabbath comes first on the band's long list of influences—the band's deliberately dated sound invokes other, more peaceful bands, like Blue Oyster Cult and all that other shit your parents got stoned to in college. Over the years, Valis—which has been around well over a decade—has racked up a long list of formidable alumni whose résumés include stints with the Screaming Trees, Mudhoney and TAD. It's only fair that these guys, after so many years of hard rocking, finally receive the accolades they deserve. SARA BRICKNER7:00 p.m. ~ The Lonely H  After three full-length albums, the Lonely H has finally released an album that realizes all the potential of their first two offerings, Hair and Kick Upstairs. It's called Concrete Class, and though it too derives its sound from the classic rock and roll most of us grew up listening to, it's the bluesy, gospel accents that set the Lonely H's rock apart. While a nice riff always sounds good, it's the piano solos and backup organ that keep the Lonely H sounding fresh and modern. And of course, there are plenty of straight-up rock numbers for the purists, too. SARA BRICKNER8:00 p.m. ~ Thee Emergency  Garage-rock bands are almost passé at this stage in rock's evolution. But Thee Emergency are leading a needed revival in the subgenre, with surging, four-to-the-floor guitar playing and an overall tone similar to Detroit acts like the Dirtbombs and the Paybacks. Gorgeous lead singer Dita Vox naturally grabs all the attention, but she's got a formidable cast behind her, playing a brand of rock that suits Ballard better than any other neighborhood in Seattle. JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM9:00 p.m. ~ Cute Lepers  This band showed great strength following the March death of 24-year-old guitarist Travis Criscola by powering through several benefit shows to raise funds for his memorial service. The six-piece, led by former Briefs frontman Steve E. Nix, has fortunately been able to move forward and play music. Their pop-infused punk rock belies the tragedy they've gone through; it's infused with catchy choruses and playful lyrics like those by the Ramones, or, hell, even the long-forgotten Wreckless Eric. The songs sound even better live, and you'd best catch this show because the band leaves for a European tour in December. ERIKA HOBART10:00 p.m. ~ Shook Ones  This Bellingham-bred but currently Seattle-based hardcore outfit is making a heavy impact in the realm of punk and hardcore. The band doesn't play many local shows these days, nor do they need to—it's an even larger draw outside the Northwest than at home. With tightly woven two-and-a-half-minute jams that attract fans of old-school screamo acts such as Kid Dynamite, Shook Ones are sure to be the heavy favorite at this year's REVERB for those with a love for punk. JONATHAN CUNNINGHAM

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