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Everett quartet Narrow Tarot specialize in an energetic tour through the ‘60s

Narrow Tarot is a band that carries on the amiably spacey vibe of the legendary Elephant 6. Photo credit: Facebook

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It's fascinating to look at little wellsprings of artistic inspiration -- groups of like-minded people, assembled at one pivotal moment in time -- and see how their influence can reverberate for decades after. One of the most influential groups of artists to have emerged in the past few decades, though, is an almost modestly ambitious collective called Elephant 6. Started in Denver before moving to, and then thriving in, Athens, Georgia, Elephant 6 was fueled on a number of bands' shared love of ‘60s music -- be it psychedelia, folk, Merseybeat, or lo-fi experimentalism. Among the bands present in Elephant 6 include Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Olivia Tremor Control, and the Apples in Stereo, along with many others.

Worship of ‘60s music never quite went away in the gap between its heyday and Elephant 6's resurrection, but this group did its part in ensuring that future generations would carry on that era's kaleidoscopic tradition. Though I don't know for certain, I suspect that the Everett-based quartet Narrow Tarot is one such band of Elephant 6 acolytes. The telltale signs are all there: reverb-heavy vocals, athletic keyboard parts, smokey guitar, and a certain intangible spaciness. There's also an agreeable lightness to Narrow Tarot, which was always a through-line with Elephant 6's approach to the ‘60s; yes, the ‘60s had their share of heavy bands, but theirs is a sound that errs more towards the side of contact-high amiability.

Narrow Tarot's high-energy 2018 debut The Doctrine may ping some bells for fans of fellow Washington ‘60s devotees Fruit Juice, though, Narrow Tarot spends a little more time in the early part of the decade: "Should've Seen This Coming" cribs from the swooning romance that dominated the early years of rock, and "Squeaky Tuna" and "Hungover" hang out in the slightly deranged surf-rock district of town. The band formed just over a year ago, playing as a duo with Tessa Tasakos and Trevor Fett, before quickly adding Jo Krassin and Marcus Chavez and getting a full-length recorded and released before 2018's end. That amount of drive and ambition clearly signals that this is an outfit almost drastically on the rise, and one to look out for. Only time will tell how high and how proudly Narrow Tarot allow to let their freak flags to fly, but judging by The Doctrine, they've got a healthy career of brain chemistry-tickling left to do.

NARROW TAROT, w/ Jupiter Sprites, Dennis Dabbs, 8 p.m., Saturday, The Pig Bar, 619 Legion Way SE, Olympia, $5-$10 suggested donation, 360.943.6900


In Tacoma, there are two shows that have landed firmly in my radar. First up, we've got the Black Chevys, a soul-inflected rock band from the White Center neighborhood of Seattle (aka the Tacoma away from home). The Black Chevys are suffused with an almost alarming amount of swagger, fronted by guitarist and vocalist Maya Marie. Rob Ross, Cameron McAwesome (we'll believe it when we see some identification), and George Yoder fill up the rest of the cast, serving as substantial bedding on which to place Marie's utterly magnetic bandleader strut. Not every song tears the roof off, but even the smooth songs possess a gravitational pull, leading you ever deeper into a state of pure sonic satisfaction.

THE BLACK CHEVYS, w/ SuperGenova, Leify Green, 8 p.m., Friday, The Valley, 1206 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma, $5, 253.248.4265

Finally, Constant Lovers are coming to the Fawcett Hall in Alma Mater. The jittery post-punk band has only grown more muscular over the years, resulting in the nerve-rattling 2018 release Pangs. Relentless guitar stabs, pummeling rhythm sections, and an increasingly frantic lead vocal from Joel Cuplin have made Constant Lovers more immediate than they ever have before. Their work is that of practiced masters who, having reached a dizzying elevation, are now gradually unraveling in a particularly wondrous way.

CONSTANT LOVERS, w/ Dead Obvious, Moody, Garden Chat, 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, Alma Mater, 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, $8-$10,, tickets at

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