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December 11, 2010 at 9:07am

Night Moves: Goldie Wilson, Roy, Blvd Park, Cold Note, Kenseth Thibidea and others ...

Blvd Park plays Doyle's Public House tonight.

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Bob's Java Jive Tacoma - Central. Battersea, Goldie Wilson. 21+. 8 pm.

  • Goldie Wilson is a band that is in the business of making super clean, sunny, AM radio pop. Sometimes, like in "Starlight Express," lead singer Mike Ball's voice snarls and sounds dryly aggressive, but most often he sings with the bright amiability of a pop singer from the British Invasion (another very strong influence on Goldie Wilson). The idea of a band resurrecting the music of the '60s is not a new one, but Goldie Wilson does an admirable job of keeping the tropes fresh and the songwriting brisk and unpretentious. Occasional forays into the styles of American alternative rock help to broaden and deepen their sound. This will be Goldie Wilson's first time performing in Tacoma. Let's hope it's not their last. - Rev. Adam McKinney

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. Collaborative Works Jazz. 21+. 8-11 pm. NC.

Cork! A Wine Bar Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Suzanne Brewer. 21+. 8 pm.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Blvd Park. 21+. 9 pm. NC.

Harbor Greens/Forza Wine Bar Gig Harbor. Rick Gonzalez. 21+. 7 pm. NC.

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Roy, Pioneers West, Destruction Island, Goldwing, Colonies. 21+. 9 pm. $5.

  • It's not every day that you get a show from Ben and Dave Verellen's band Roy. In fact, as Tacoma music fans know all too well, it hasn't happened in three years. A veteran of notable recent-rock stalwarts like Helms Alee, These Arms are Snakes and Harkonen, Ben Verellen makes music the way he makes amps - big, sturdy and with an ability to get really loud (no, seriously, Ben owns Verellen amps, makers of the "Meat Smoke" amp, among others). Loud isn't the only trick up Verellen's sleeve, however. Often pictured in woodsy settings, guitars and antique guns in hand, Roy has been described as "an ongoing experiment," an "in-joke" and an "excuse to indulge in guilty pleasures." In reality, what it ends up being is an un-nauseatingly epic, plodding roll through post-post-hardcore-folk - all while wearing a flannel. Any show with Roy set to take the stage is one to catch. Throw in Pioneers West, Destruction Island, Colonies and a CD release from Goldwing, and you've got the kind of stuff dreams are made of. Or, as the man who put the show together - Destruction Island's David Bilbrey (Rural Wolf, Xylophones) - puts it, you've got a "doozey" of a show. I'll say so. - Matt Driscoll

Firwood Rock Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Toy & Clothing Drive Show, with Restruct, Under Sin, From The Sea, Red Abbey, Corson Swift. 21+. 8 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Cold Note, The Stax Brothers. 21+. 8 pm. $8.

  • If you're looking for a show worth supporting this weekend, fans of soul, funk and the blues need look no further than Saturday night at Jazzbones in Tacoma, when Seattle's the Staxx Brothers, a strange and intriguing cross-breed of classic style rock tropes, spazzed-out funk and straight-up soul share a bill with the throwback, Motown-style groove of fellow Seattle band Cold Note. With a number of tricks up their collective sleeve, Cold Note can't be pegged as one thing - and certainly have the ability to funk it up and turn it up - but the band's best quality is perhaps its most obvious: the slow, smooth groove that seems to come pouring out of the five-piece when at its most natural. Bobble Tiki's talking about some real dank stuff here, the kind of shit you could burn some serious candles to ... dunk some serious strawberries in chocolate to ... draw a serious bath to. Read mor eon this show in Bobble Tiki's column.Bobble Tiki

JR's Hideaway Belfair. MoJo Blues. 21+. 9 pm.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Robert Boyd, Chara Chamie. All Ages. 8:30 pm. NC.

Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. Kaitlinn Heminger, Zach Kynaston, Chris Shultz. All Ages. 8 pm. $6.

Northern Olympia - Downtown. Kenseth Thibideau, Trawler, Bycatch. All Ages. 8 pm.

  • Kenseth Thibideau's name may sound familiar from the Pinback and Three Mile Pilot portions of his resume, or it may not, but whether you've heard of the dude doesn't necessarily matter - he'll be in Olympia at Northern this week, so it'd be wise to familiarize yourself. Utilizing minimalist tendencies, a few pop sensibilities, a subtle wash of reverb and a guiding bassline that achieves a chill-factor reminiscent of completely on-point soundtrack work - making for an atmospheric sound perfect for late night driving - the solo Kenseth Thibideau is an artist and composer not to take lightly. Whether adding hushed lyricism or going instrumental - he does both on his solo debut, Repetition - Thibideau has something to offer that most can't claim: individuality and hook. The all-ages gig with Thibideau and Trawler Bycatch at Northern Saturday would be an excellent way to round out your evening - or get it started. Your call. - MD

Rocket Records Tacoma. Thank You Darling, Pleasure Coma, OhMe! OhMy! & Heidi Vladyka. All Ages. 3-7 pm. NC.

Rock the Dock Pub & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. Billy Roy Danger & The Rectifiers. 21+. 9 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Tatoosh. 21+. 8 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Baby Gramps. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blue 55. 21+. 8 pm.

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