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Music Critics' Picks: Olympia Record Show, Wheelies, Rhythm of Cruelty, The Telephone Projects

May 24-28: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

Rhythm of Cruelty

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A bevy of vinylists will descend upon The O to dig through the crates and study album covers, remixes and the oh-so-sought-after UK 12-inch mix - you know the one, with the 2:27-length intro using sounds that never made it into the original track. With dealers and buyers from all around - 40-plus last November - you never know what you are going to get. The Olympia Record Show is a bargain hunter's heaven, a record show full of classics. Sure, there's some trash, but one person's trash is ... you know the rest. Where are the REAL DJs and musicologists? You'll find a few at this record show. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

THE OLYMPIA RECORD SHOW, 5-9 p.m., all ages, bar w/ID, The Olympia Elks Lodge, 1818 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, $3, $10 to get in at 4 p.m.


Doug "The Wheelie King" Domokos once accomplished a 145-mile wheelie. Can you imagine the rush? The disbelief? Wheelies, first performed in 1890, are one of the most classic bike moves ever. It's a kid's first sense of control - besides the transition from training wheels to the two-wheeler - and is the gateway trick to a whole new world of awesomeness. All of these examples could draw an analogy between the trick, and one of Tacoma's favorite indie bands, Wheelies. A certain rush is felt when listening to the band's garage pop, invoking a sense of wanting to be at their parties, relating to the angst, the desire to try something on one wheel instead of two, and then riding it as long as you can. Easily moving from breezy, low-fi, shoegazey to rough and raw and fast and punchy, Wheelies are must listen. See for yourself at this killer show put on by the one and only Swoon Records. {NIKKI MCCOY}

WHEELIES, w/Watermelon Sugar, People Under the Sun, Deep Kink, 8 p.m., Bob's Java Jive, 2102 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, $5, 253.475.9843


A cracking drum machine provides the aggressive backbone of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, post-punkers Rhythm of Cruelty. That relentless beat is what propels these nervy tunes, accompanied by the reverb-engulfed vocals of bassist Brandi Strauss and the sharp guitar attack of Ian Rowley. Things are decidedly moody for Rhythm of Cruelty, but their self-assigned goth label is a little misleading. Sorrow isn't on the table for this band; rather, anger and twitchy outbursts are more their style. When things get really cooking, like on "Hollow Eyes," Rhythm of Cruelty can sound like the house band for a gloomy Grand Theft Auto-esque racer. Instead of dreary blacks and blues, Rhythm of Cruelty sound like bleary, garish, fluorescent lights, flickering on and off with the thrum of that drum machine. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

RHYTHM OF CRUELTY, w/ Criminal Code, 9:30 p.m., Half Pint Pizza Pub, 2710 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, no cover, 253.272.2531


The Telephone Projects is a one-man band that seems to revel in cracks and flaws. Made up of one Brennon Gage, of San Diego, the project seems to mostly revolve around Gage and his Casiotone, churning out vaguely miserablist indie pop with a tongue-in-cheek attitude of carefree defiance. Gage proudly announces that his recent four-song EP was written and recorded in two weeks, just to see if he could do it. The modest release comes with a promise that a film adaptation is to follow. Mostly, The Telephone Projects is like a game of playing chicken with lo-fi technology, replete with cassette releases and murky music videos (Gage thanks his friends for helping him make such an "awful" video). In addition to his solo project, Gage will be performing with another band of his, the gothy Witch Prayer. {REV. AM}

THE TELEPHONE PROJECTS, w/ Witch Prayer, Apollo Ried Sygmund, Follies and Vices, 7 p.m., Le Voyeur, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, cover tba, 360.943.5710

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