Live Tonight: Ballard Jazz Fest, The Men, Godflesh, and More

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The Men pick up where the Replacements left off, playing sweaty, rickety punk rock that bridges country twang and post-punk tenacity. The band’s music is always in the moment, releasing an album a year for the past five years. It’s never clear what The Men will do next, but it tends to come with a grimy twist. With Gun Outfit, Lures, Moldy Castle. Chop Suey, 325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 8 p.m. $12. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

To warm up for the release of its debut, Vaudeville Etiquette played a show covering the music of Fleetwood Mac earlier this year, earning some complimentary comparisons. Tonight the band celebrates the release of that album, Debutantes & Dealers—which is actually a lot more roots than Rumors, with some neo-folk “hey hey”s mixed in for good measure. With Tango Alpha Tango, Lotte Kestner. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, 9 p.m. $12. MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Gaelic anarcho-punks in Oi Polloi have been rallying against fascists for 30 years, with a more acute eye for politics and equal rights than most of their ’80s UK compadres—and they’ve never played Seattle. With Wartorn, Vindictive, Death Raid. The Highline, 210 Broadway Ave. E., 328-7837, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. DAVE LAKE

A Good Mixer: Britpop Dance Party Why did Britpop have to end? The British arm of the ’90s alternative outbreak, the movement fashioned itself as a continuation of the English guitar pop of the ’60s and ’70s, its sense of style and playfulness set in relief against America’s overserious, underdressed grunge moment. In a word, it was “fun”—though certainly prone to some self-seriousness. So this night, scheduled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Britpop’s emergent moment—the release of Blur’s scene-defining album Parklife and Pulp’s major-label debut His ’N’ Hers—looks to be a lot of fun, with an Oasis-inspired unibrow contest, karaoke, and a dance party DJed by an all-star cast including Erik Blood and Kurt Bloch. Be sure to practice your Jarvis Cocker dance moves. They will be needed. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., 254-2824, 8 p.m. $8. MB

The Infamous Stringdusters This pop bluegrass ensemble recently released Let It Go. With the Boston Boys. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$19 DOS. SW

After being rescheduled due to work-visa issues, Birmingham, England’s Godflesh are finally making it across the pond. The highly influential industrial-metal duo has been at it since 1988, and is reportedly finalizing May release plans for its next record, its first since 2001’s Hymns. With Cut Hands, House of Low Culture, La Fin Absolute du Monde. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $25 adv. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

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