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Music Critics' Picks: A Nite 2 Par-T, Lakefight, The Spazmatics, Fish Breath

Jan. 2-6: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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[DJ] + FRI, JAN. 2

Happy New Year! Enjoy your resolutions while they last. ...  Here's a resolution: kick off the year with a party Friday at Obsidian. Formerly Jezebels, this classy, sexy and dim-lit downtown Olympia party place kicks off 2015 with a dope.  Lucifine Presents hosts a DJ extravaganza featuring DJs OND4, Doveboy, clusterFlik and Luvva J. Christened "A Nite 2 Par-T," the party benefits the Black Lives Matter Defense Fund, in recognition of the inordinate amount of Black lives lost to law enforcement. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

A NIGHT TO PAR-T, w/DJs OND4, Doveboy, clusterFlik, Luvva J, 9 p.m., Obsidian, 414 Fourth Ave., Olympia, $5 after 10 p.m., 360.890.4425


Lakefight are a concentrated blast of jittery energy. The amount of churning forward momentum produced by the trio is a bit bracing at times. Comprised of guitar, drums and keyboard, the sound maintains a spry lightness, even as it barrels ahead like a runaway train. Citing influences ranging from the black heart of evil in the world, the redeeming powers of pizza and Blue Velvet's Frank Booth, Lakefight may seem scattered and, well, they sort of are. Still, it's this manic dot-connecting that colors the best aspects of their music, with torrents of yelped lyrics running roughshod over top of blazing instrumentation. Even their name is uniquely evocative of their sound: Lakefight sounds like nothing more than a sloppy, drunken fight on a muddy shore, as waves lap up on land and soak the soused revelers. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

LAKEFIGHT, w/ the Pecos, Cradle Cap, the Variety Hour, 8 p.m., Bob's Java Jive, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, cover tba, 253.475.9843


In a single week in 1983 (July 24-30), the top 10 singles on the Billboard "Hot 100" included "Every Breath You Take," "Electric Avenue," "Flashdance ... What a Feeling," "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Our House." Killer singles like those boxed Prince's "1999" and Def Leppard's "Rock of Ages" out of the top 10 altogether. My point is it was a great time to be a music spaz. That's why you, my fellow child of the '80s, need to squeeze into your old 501s and Members Only jacket (good luck!), embiggen your hair and motor your bitchin' self to Jazzbones. The Spazmatics are in town, dude! - with gnarly covers of all your favorites, including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "Take on Me" and a pitch-perfect "Bohemian Rhapsody" (technically 1975, but shut up). It's a totally awesome, high-energy song-and-dance show that'll have you, like, stoked to the max. Cool beans, McFly! {CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL}

THE SPAZMATICS, 9 p.m. Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, $6-$8, 253.396.9169


"Fish Breath" may be one of the most off-putting word combinations in the English language. Something tells me that the San Francisco band Fish Breath wouldn't mind that observation one bit. This is a band that leans into the abrasive. Their recent, self-titled album opens innocently enough with the ramshackle blur of "Harpies & Dry Leaves" before exploding into the thunderous stomp of "The Hole." Splitting time between quirkily experimental rock and ear-splitting noise rock, Fish Breath stun with sludgy riffs and frantically barked vocals. It's not always easy to understand the lyrics, but the feeling of bone-rattling anxiety comes through loud and clear. Fish Breath are currently on tour with hardcore punkers Sexless - another band that would surely enjoy seeing some arms and legs flying in the pit. {REV. AM}

FISH BREATH, w/ Sexless, RedRumsey, 9 p.m., McCoy's Tavern, 418 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360.352.0696

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