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Music Critics' Picks: Deadkill, Christian Mistress, DJ Qualifi, State to State

March 15-17: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

State to State / photo by Dan Boissy

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If the band name doesn't tip it off enough to you, I don't know what to say. They're called Deadkill. What do you think they play? Chillwave? (On a side note, I would love it if there was an explosion of dream-pop acts with misleadingly aggressive names. "Have you heard Satan Dick? Their latest opus is like laying in a sunbeam while a butterfly tickles your nose.") Deadkill make hardcore punk with little dashes of shredding metal - nothing fussy or complicated. Their objective is clear: whatever they can do to expedite the deterioration of your eardrums, they will do it. Even though fist-pumping punk is their business (and business is good), there's still more melodicism than you'd expect. Far from cranking up their guitars and calling it a day, Deadkill are subtly savvy as songwriters. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

DEADKILL, w/Argonaut, Levels, 9 p.m., The New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, $5, 253.572.4020


Hello metal fans, it's been awhile. It's time to pull out the horns and remember the rock. Christian Mistress, Olympia's favorite metal sweethearts, are about to make their home stop on a wailing west coast tour. The bellowing harmonies of a front woman - who was clearly born from the ashes of a phoenix - the dueling guitars that create paths of thunderbolts in your mind, and the brilliant tempo of a drummer who gets in your spine, Christian Mistress is the real deal. Voted by Weekly Volcano readers as the Best Metal Band in the 2014 Best of Olympia issue, I'd recommend listening to your neighbors and catching this band live at The Brotherhood Lounge, Sunday. On deck is Broken Water with punk rock/shoe gaze delights and Paralyzer with indie dance vibes. {NIKKI MCCOY}

CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, w/Broken Water, Paralyzer, 9 p.m., The Brotherhood Lounge, 119 Capitol Way, Olympia, $5, 360.352.4153 


DJ Qualifi's International Reggae Night at Champions Sports Bar has been crackin' for some time, drawing crowds from Seattle to Olympia and even further out. The St. Dominica-native prides himself on delivering the sounds of the Caribbean, South/Central America and Africa in a weekly Saturday night excursion that is more an experience than just another night at the bar. Tucked cozily just outside Lakewood's International District, Champions is not hard to find, but like most who attend International Reggae Night, it may be hard to avoid once the "riddims" hit. While DJ Qualifi's residencies and appearances range from Vancouver, B.C., Seattle and on international airwaves, he remains Tacoma's reigning soundman of reggae/dancehall. {JOSE S. GUTTIERREZ}

DJ Qualifi's International Reggae Night, 9 p.m., Saturdays, Champions Sports Bar, 8765 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.582.3400


When you start out, as an artist, it's far from uncommon to imitate your heroes. The Rolling Stones wanted to be old blues musicians, scores of angry comedians in the '90s strived to capture Bill Hicks' magic, and Paul Thomas Anderson's early films had the lifeblood of Martin Scorsese surging through their veins. State to State's influences are as plain as day, but they earn points for never shying away from that. They'd be the first to tell you that U2, Radiohead and Jeff Buckley wrote their playbook. Still, State to State could only be judged for their idolatry if they were bad at impressions, which isn't the case. Their melancholy anthems, dramatic vocals, and chiming guitars all explicitly point at those classic artists, but it's an effective pastiche. {REV. AM}

STATE TO STATE, w/Wonder, Roo, 10 p.m., Le Voyeur, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, no cover, 360.943.5710

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