The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

From the B-52s to Foster the People.

The B-52s/Thursday, June 21

Glitter on the mattress. Glitter on the highway. Glitter on the front porch. Glitter on the hallway. Gay America is now simply America, so it seems fitting that during Pride Week, America's gayest New Wave band is playing a county park near Microsoft that's best known for its ample dog run. These days, the once-conservative Eastside, like so many suburban communities around the country, not only tolerates Fred Schneider's lispy sprechgesang, it supports his right to knock a little louder, sugar, until the church door opens and vows are exchanged. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond, 205-3661. 7 p.m. $45–$65. All ages. MIKE SEELY

Hey Tranny It's Tranny/Friday, June 22

Gay Pride celebrations are never short on trashy, flashy spectacle, so the Nark Magazine–produced Hey Tranny It's Tranny (I don't get it, either) should be a glittering, eye-and-ear-traumatizing exemplar of the form. Goth punk-ish drag queen and RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles might be the most recognizable draw, but musical headliners SSION are not to be missed. A kind of John Waters-esque electro-pop theater troupe headed by Missouri-bred art star Cody Critcheloe, SSION combines confidently pumping dance tracks with colorful onstage camp. The party is hosted by local personality Ben DeLaCreme, and also features JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN fame. With Alaska Thunderfuck, Hi Fashion, Jinkx Monsoon, Edgar Um, Phyllis Navidad. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. Sold out. ERIC GRANDY

The Men/Friday, June 22

This Brooklyn quartet has handled toothy noise-punk, Zeppelin-like blues-country, and greasy dance rock with equal aptitude on their three formal albums. They have the rare talent of composing accomplished works within these sliding parameters without taking themselves too seriously, and pack an energy into their records that should be easily flipped into a killer time live. With Kinski, METZ. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $12. TODD HAMM

Mountain Goats/Saturday, June 23

For all intents and purposes, John Darnielle is the Mountain Goats. His sharply observant, emotionally resonant lyrics define the band, and as often as not it's his unadorned acoustic-guitar strumming or simple piano chords that drive the songs. And yet, a Darnielle solo show is still something to see—not least for the between-song stories. Without the heft of a rhythm section (lately featuring Superchunk's Jon Wurster), Darnielle's piercing songs are at their barest and most intimate, which means he's probably gonna need the audience to clap and sing along on songs like the defiantly upbeat "This Year." With Dustin Wong. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 8 p.m. Sold out. ERIC GRANDY

Gay Ass Party/Sunday, June 24

If ever there was an excuse to be a shitfaced, stumbling, slurry, looped-out-of-your-f'n'-mind fool at 3 on a Sunday afternoon, the subtly titled Gay Ass Party at the Funhouse would be it. Pony proprietor Marcus Wilson has a long history of putting on the most debauched gatherings Seattle has to offer, and this year's Pride celebration promises to be no exception. The performance-art-meets-Klaus Nomi-on-acid thing of Wilson's own band the Ononos would be enough of a bizarro wonderment on its own; the addition of hot indie kids Posse and DJ Amateur Youth only add to the guarantee that this year's shindig will be so off-the-hook you most likely won't remember it at all. With Glitterbang, Wishbeard, The Fancy. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 3 p.m. $8. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR


Foster the People/Tuesday, June 26

"Pumped Up Kicks" was one of 2011's biggest surprise smash hits; its ubiquity proved to be a star-making turn for Los Angeles songwriter Mark Foster and his band, who went on to record a gold-selling debut with top producers Paul Epworth and Greg Kurstin and perform alongside the Beach Boys at this year's Grammy Awards. The furor over "Pumped Up Kicks" has finally died down, which I see as a good thing, because now some deserving attention can be paid to the band's other singles, like "Helena Beat" and "Houdini"—fresh, great pop songs which have the benefit of being just as catchy and not as ambiguously violent as "Pumped Up Kicks." Opening this tour is another pop performer poised to make it big: dynamic New Zealand vocalist Kimbra, with whom Foster collaborated earlier this year on the snazzy one-off "Warrior." (Also see "Tell Me About That Song," page 45.) With Mayer Hawthorne & The County. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555. 8 p.m. $28–$33. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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