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Music Critics' Picks: Coma Figuram, Broken Water, T-Pain, Lark vs. Owl

March 7-8: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

T-Pain performs at The Royal Lounge in Olympia March 8.

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Near as I can tell from what little music is available of Coma Figura, one might describe them as a sort of Foxygen or Titus Andronicus for the bedroom pop set. These are bands that mash together influences and jumble them up into something that surges past imitation and into a kind of fervent homage. Whereas Foxygen and Titus Andronicus reinterpret pastoral psych rock and boozy Springsteen-isms, respectively, Coma Figura take stabs at the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter. "The Resume Life" backs into Jonathan Richman territory, while "What It Is," with its crowded verbiage and '70s soft rock oohs, sounds like the subverted pop of '90s fixtures such as Michael Penn, Jon Brion and Jellyfish. With one EP released and another on the way, I've yet to really figure out what Coma Figura are all about. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

COMA FIGURAM, w/ BA the Scribe, FLORIDA, Mad Youth, 9 p.m., The New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, $5, 253.572.4020


Olympia's Broken Water is terrifically mesmerizing. Listening to the avant-garde, shoegaze threesome forces a sort of centering that is hard to come by. For instance, when typing and listening, I literally had to pull my fingers from the keyboard, lay my head back and close my eyes will the talents of Broken Water lulled my mind's eye into a more in-the-moment space. Sixteen minutes of indigenous-like melodies, distorted into synched-out soundscapes and sonic awareness will flip a new perspective on any external force. While the comfort of headphones and home might be my preferred method of listening, I'm sure the upcoming show at The Northern - which had to move from Dumpster Values because it was getting too much of a draw - will rock the room full of fans into an abyss of collective consciousness. P.S. While you're there, make sure and check out San Francisco's legendary street musician, The Space Lady. {NIKKI MCCOY}

BROKEN WATER, w/ TJO, The Space Lady, Creature Sounds, 8 p.m., all ages, The Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia


Jay-Z proclaimed "Death of Auto-Tune," but by judging from the prolonged career of rap/pop artist T-Pain, the death of auto-tune has been much exaggerated. T-Pain's career has continued to flourish; his recent hit, "Up and Down", is still pumping on the radio airwaves and in the clubs. In fact, the dread-headed, top hat wearing hit-maker will grace the stage at Olympia's Royal Lounge Saturday. T-Pain's much anticipated visit to Tha O coincides with The Royal's recent sale and genre change. T-Pain's show most likely will be the venue's hip-hop/rap farewell show. T-Pain will rock the stage with some of the Puget Sound's premier entertainers including comedian Nate Jackson hosting and DJs UltraMega, Kid One & Contagious rocking the afterhours house party until 3 a.m. {JOSE S. GUTIERREZ JR.}

T-PAIN, Nate Jackson, Frankie Hustle, 8 p.m., The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way, Olympia, $30-$100 at


Lark vs. Owl refer to their music as "the new hard rock," which is the sort of self-aggrandizing statement that I can totally get behind. While a duo of multi-instrumentalists utilizing ukulele, glockenspiel and loop pedals - not to mention the very name of the band - may not smack of hard rock, there's a certain fiery energy that lurks at the heart of Lark vs. Owl. Look no further than their blistering cover of Suicide's "Rocket USA" for proof that this band means business. With their feet planted firmly in the alt-rock fatalism of the '90s, Lark vs. Owl may not be the type of band to soundtrack your house party, but there is a certain downer conviction to their music that might've convinced you to write some lyrics on your sneakers, back in the day.

LARK VS. OWL, w/ Back From Hiatus, the Past Impending, Photon Pharaoh, 8 p.m., Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, $5, 253.475.9843

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