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Music Critics' Picks: Brian Lynch, Kurupt and Kokane, Haunted Summer, Steady Lean

April 10-16: Live music in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

Steady Lean / photo credit: John Michael Ferrer

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There are events we in the musical promotional game could never have expected to see. This is one of those events. An otherwise noteworthy jazz musician, Brian Lynch, has cemented our interest in an upcoming concert by adding ... a juggler. This juggler is Henrik Bothe. He's performed all over the country. Garrison Keillor said, "Henrik is one of the few jugglers that have ever succeeded in performing on the radio." What Bothe's enthusiastic brand of physical comedy has to do with jazz, we have zero idea, but we doubt we even care. It's jazz and juggling, people. It's an Afro-Cuban-influenced, Grammy-award-winning trumpeter who's played with everyone from the Buena Vista Social Club to Prince, together with plates on sticks. This is the epitome of win-win. It's chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott. Throw in the Puget Sound Jazz Orchestra, and hell, you've got Gwen Stefani and Missy Elliott and waffles. On sticks! {CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL}

BRIAN LYNCH WITH HENRIK BOTHE, 7:30 p.m. Blue Mouse Theater, 2611 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, $8, 253.879.3100


"Legendary" is not a word to be tossed around, but I can't think of a better description for West Coast rap/hip-hop legends Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound and Pamona-bred hookmaster Kokane, and their "West Coast Party." Kurupt is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest, having made nearly a dozen visits in the past few years. Kokane now calls the Puget Sound home. Kokane is second only to Nate Dogg (RIP) in terms of his notoriety for lacing chorus on hooks. From their platinum-selling heydays to today, they both have maintained legendary status as lyricists. Represent that D-P-G Saturday night. {JOSE GUTIERREZ}

KURUPT & KOKANE'S WEST COAST PARTY, 9 p.m., Cultura Events Center, 5602 S. Washington, Tacoma, $25-$100,


Los Angeles duo Haunted Summer bring a dimensionality and range to dream pop that's as refreshing as it is intriguing. Without sacrificing the gauzy serenity that typifies the genre, they bring inflections of '50s pop (as on the swaying "Ain't One" and their swooning cover of Animal Collective's "Bees") and lo-fi eeriness (as on "Something in the Water," which recalls the Flaming Lips' cover of "Plastic Jesus" in its spare murkiness). While they are sometimes joined by other members on drums, which adds a welcome bit of pep to the proceedings, Haunted Summer still find strength in low numbers. With just dreamy guitar and keyboards, they are more than capable of taking your brain by the stem and leading it on a hazy walk through a secluded wood. {REV. ADAM MCKINNEY}

HAUNTED SUMMER, w/ Beatrix Sky, Captain Algebra, Coma Figura, 7 p.m., Le Voyeur, 404 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia, cover tba, 360.943.5710


It may say more about me than it does about the band in question, but I initially was convinced that Steady Lean's name was an anagram of Steely Dan. A cursory examination of the letters will prove that this is not true, and a spin of their music will point out that share very little DNA with Steely Dan. Instead of being the fuddy-duddy, quintessentially studio-oriented band, Steady Lean's music teams with tactile energy. The California psych-folk outfit practically sounds dirty, imbued with the gently sloppy sound that neatly recreates the experience of catching a laid-back group of talented musicians performing live in a roadside bar somewhere. Lead singer Joe Gutierrez's vocals are blissed-out and casual, content to let the dense bed of instruments buoy them. {REV. AM}

STEADY LEAN, w/ the Tara Novellas, Sports Analogy Judo, 8 p.m., Deadbeat Olympia, 226 Division St. NW, Olympia, $5, 360.943.0662

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