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 Feb 5 - 11, 2009 
Handmade Warehouse 508 support posters crowded a January City Council meeting.

Music to Your Ears

By Carolyn Carlson

The Beat Goes On

The Warehouse 508 crew is ramping up for a month of rhythm. Despite battles over arts funding at City Hall, February will see a couple of music and poetry events sponsored by the youth-led organization.

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Curbside with red-haired Dom Maresco and the other Supervillains
Chris Miller

Spotlight

The Supervillains

Your friend’s ska band sounds like shit

By Simon McCormack

The evildoers in The Supervillains love ska—or at least they used to.

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Flyer on the Wall

Dancing in the Moonlight

Billa and Dave 12 present "A Boogie Affair: 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8,” featuring house music and your butt. From 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Moonlight Lounge (120 Central NW). 21+, $3. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Cotton Jones Paranoid Cocoon · John Frusciante The Empyrean

If you feel a little down in the dumps, be thankful you don’t have it as bad as Cotton Jones singer-songwriter Michael Nau. The brainchild behind the now defunct folk-pop group Page France just can’t shake the deep-seated misery. Cotton Jones likes to ride three chords until they’re begging for a breather. But the Rhodes organ and twangy alt.country guitar craft such an appealing atmosphere that variety needn’t enter into the equation. The convivial backing vocals of Whitney McGraw help to mitigate the morose lyrical imagery. There’s no doubt Nau’s felt an abundance of pain, but he channels it into cathartic, droning gems. (SM)

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

By August March
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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