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Music Critics' Picks: Tela Novella, Afrok, Electrisad, Storm Large

Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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They say good things come in threes. Bandolier, People Under The Sun and The Echo Echo Echoes, are all celebrating a record release, a trifecta of "Hell yeah!" for Tacoma. But if you've seen your share of these bands, and think you'll just pick up their album online or at the next show, let me give you an extra reason to attend: Tele Novella. Hot in the midst of a huge tour, playing across the U.S. with bands such as Shannon and the Clams, The Hive Dwellers, Mount Whateverest and others, Tele Novella is the perfect band to round out the night. From Austin, Texas, the quartet nails that sweet psychedelic indie pop. Words I would use to describe Tela Novella: sweet, swanky, sexy. Words I would use to describe Friday night: your ass, live music, New Frontier. {NIKKI MCCOY}

TELE NOVELLA, w/Bandolier, People Under The Sun, The Echo Echo Echoes, 9 p.m., The New Frontier Lounge, 301 E. 25th St., Tacoma, $5, 253.572.4020

[HIP-HOP] + FRI, AUG. 29

There's a dope show at The Artesian Well & Commons Friday night. Afrok and guests will drop lyrics as part of the Oly Park Days series. This week features some live singing and performances mostly from amateur artists, but included in the lineup of talent will be the aforementioned, award-winning Afrok along with QP & Legac Jones - all outside under the sun, moon and stars. Check it. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

OLY PARK DAYS, w/Afrok, QP & Legac Jones, 6-10 p.m., The Artesian Well & Commons, 415 Fourth Ave., Olympia, no cover


You have to hand it to Electrisad for giving themselves a name that encapsulates what they're about better than I ever could. The Phoenix, Arizona, band makes music that's perfect for swooning young lovers. Simple synths and gentle melodies weave in and around the cooing vocals. When things rise above a tender whisper, the energy is offset by a lingering sense of melancholy. Cheap synthesizers lend everything the feeling of a heartbroken teenage girl shutting herself away in her bedroom and setting her journal entries to music and endlessly writing the name of her love in her notebook. Even with the overarching sadness inherent in Electrisad's oeuvre, there's still that pining bit of hope around the edges, of the thought that there's sunshine around the corner. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

ELECTRISAD, w/ Anna Gordon, 10 p.m., Le Voyeur, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, no cover, 360.943.5710

ELECTRISAD, w/ Seth Boyer, 8 p.m., Sept., 6, Metronome Coffee, 3518 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, cover tba, 253.301.2375


Storm Large is all about the performance. After 15 years of performing in clubs and theaters, Storm Large has developed a keen sense for the dynamics of the live setting. Her brand of music - nominally jazz, theatrical rock, cabaret and sultry folk-pop - is uniquely suited to captivating a live audience. Her voice is able to nimbly navigate the belting solos and the plaintive refrains. As a collaborator with Pink Martini, she further honed her already impressive stage presence. She engages with the crowds in a way that harkens back to entertainers of old, filling in breaks with bawdy banter and stories. In the weeks leading up to her new solo album, Le Bonheur, she's stopping in from Portland to do a show at Theatre on the Square. Don't miss it. {REV AM}

STORM LARGE, 7:30 p.m., Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma, $18-$48, 253.591.5894

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