A year ago, Seattle's Pickwick wasn't a terrible band by any means, but they were still trying to find their voice and getting lost amongst the shuffle of a city with a surplus of guys with guitars and something to say. Somewhere along the way, lightning was somehow bottled, a lasso was thrown around the wind, and the band liquidated everything but their name. Turning the distortion down and the reverb up, Pickwick has left small pond indie-rock behind and have obviously spent some time cramming with the Stax and Motown playbooks. Thanks in no small part to singer Galen Disston's captivating, throaty growl and a newly discovered desire to create perfect music for rug cutting/baby making, Pickwick's soulful new voice is a refreshing and unique addition to the noise of Seattle. With Kelli Schaefer, The Legendary Oaks. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Sat., April 23, 9:30 p.m., 2011

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