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Music Critics' Picks: Gunslinger, Coolio, Chastity Belt, Pop Crimes

June 7-11: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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Taking a smoke break with my co-worker in the alley behind the bar, we de-stressed from our shift and speculated the amount of tips we may have made. Just as we were about to go back in and finish our busy Olympia Arts Walk shift, we caught a sound barreling down Fourth Avenue and into our ear holes. It was a Judas Priest cover being rocked to a T. "Hell Patrol" was executed with the precision of skilled guitarists and grounded by the hands of a pure bassist. Momentum was driven with pounding drums and it was all topped with vocals that are well tuned, one where you can tell the singer belts it out in the shower, car and every chance they get because it's what her loves. We continued to listen. The rest of their set rocked originals in the same vein of classic metal. "Wow, that was awesome," said my co-worker. "Yeah, that's Gunslinger, my brother-in-law's band," I said. "They totally rule." {NIKKI MCCOY}

GUNSLINGER, w/ Drone Strike, Darkmysticwoods, 6 p.m., all ages, Le Voyeur, 404 Fourth Ave., Olympia, $5, 360.943.5710


Saturday, you might want to "slide, slide, slippity slide" to Sixth Avenue as hip-hop luminary Coolio makes the party go sideways. "New booties" will call him a one-hit wonder, which is false and, as Chris Rock would say, "IGNINT." Coolio's hip-hop heritage is rooted in authentic LA hip-hop with the likes of Low Profile, WC & The Maad Circle and many others who respected him during the era of "County Line" and "Mama I'm In Love With A Gangsta" and, of course, the WC & The Maad Circle classic, "You Don't Work, You Don't Eat." These are his credits prior to the "Fantastic Voyage" and "Gangsta's Paradise." Thirty million records sold later ... Coolio is OG as they come and his talent on the microphone and charts speaks for itself. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

COOLIO, w/ XP, The Staxx Brothers, Mr. Von, 8 p.m., Jazzbones, 2806 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, $15, 253.396.9169


No Regerts, the recent (and hilariously titled) album from Chastity Belt, is a quietly brilliant and important document of feminism and sexual insight, disguised as remarkably surefooted indie rock. With lyrics that vacillate from the winking to the serious - though always trenchantly well-observed - Chastity Belt build solid, simple punk-leaning songs that serves the ideas on the table, without the music or the words ever coming into conflict. Musically, no boundaries are necessarily being pushed, but everything comes across energetic and effortless. Their most thrilling moment comes in "James Dean," with its bracing stop-start dynamics, and wailing proclamations like, "You're a slut! I'm a whore! We've fucked everyone before!" There's a real effort, all through No Regerts, to call hypocrites out on their bullshit, and to hopefully move toward a more even playing field. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

CHASTITY BELT, w/ Broken Water, Judson Claiborne, 10 p.m., Le Voyeur, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, $5, 360.943.5710


For the most part, Canadian indie music that makes its way across the border has come in the form of bombastic choral rock (Arcade Fire) or hook-driven power-pop (Wolf Parade). While I acknowledge that this is an entirely reductive way to look at things, it was still something of a surprise to hear Pop Crimes for the first time. Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Pop Crimes come dusted with more scuzz your average Canadian indie rock (from my perspective in the US, anyway). Underneath layers of fuzz and discord, however, the band is perfectly adept at crafting compelling songs that transcend noise. Also featured on the bill is fellow Canadians Heaven For Real, which is a band name that delights me to know end. If you're at the show, give Heaven For Real all the high fives. {REV. AM}

POP CRIMES, w/ Happy Noose, Heaven For Real, 8 p.m., Northern, 414 ½ Legion Way, Olympia, $5

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