weekend agenda : rock, run, protest, porn

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starfucker, this summer.
  • At this summer’s Capitol Hill Block Party it was difficult to find a crowd going more dance crazy than the pack crushed against the stage for Starfucker. In an effort to book more family friendly venues and tours, the band is retiring their name and replacing it with something generated from an online contest, hoping to attract fewer asterisks or “unpublishable” references in less liberal print outlets. Dance like crazy and give the great old name a proper send off. Friday, 7:30, $10. [veraproject]
  • Japanese post-rock outfit MONO make the sort of music that could take down crumbling viaducts while keeping a smile on everyone’s melting faces. Friday, 8 pm, $13 [neumos]
  • Watch your neighbors getting naked in the Stranger’s annual two-day festival of amateur pornography fleeting superstardom. Most shows sold out. On the Boards. Friday-Saturday. [hump]
  • The slickest and besweatered sexy Canadian dance rock this side of the rockies. Junior Boys tour in support of their new album. 9pm, $15. [chop suey]
  • Can’t make it to DC to march for equality? Have vigil, rally, and bar crawl in solidarity on our own Capitol Hill instead. With R-71 on the ballots, local efforts are every bit as important as the drama playing out on the national scene. Friday-Sunday [seattleoutprotest.org]
  • Runners, walkers, and fans of music will converge in Seward Park on Sunday for a 5k run/walk to support The Vera Project. Those who find strenuous morning exercise less than thrilling may be goaded into participating not just for the great causes of local music and art, but also by the presence of live music, eighties dancers, food, and fundraising prizes. Sunday, 8:30am-3pm. Registration is free, suggested fundraising goal, $100. [runverarun.org]
  • Passion Pit’s promotional materials call this year’s Manners a “a bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 year old with much more on his manic mind than girls, girls, girls.” I call it an album that I resisted initially yet found myself hopelessly addicted to in the middle of summer. Their live performances reportedly simmer until they drive audiences to hand waving wildery. Tickets are sold out; so try your chances or drop in at their a free in-store at Easy Street at 2 pm. 8pm, $20. [showbox] Both shows are cancelled due to illness in the band; at minimum, the Showbox event will be rescheduled and tickets for the original will be honored.

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