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Friday, March 13: Freeway Park

Deadbeat Olympia

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In a dismissive manner typical of the man, my dad used to say that anyone could sing a Neil Young song better than Neil Young. Personally, I've always been drawn to atypical voices such as Young's, as well as usual touchstones like David Byrne and Isaac Brock, but to each their own. Some artists, like Jim Carroll and Art Brut's Eddie Argos, avoid the question of singing altogether in favor of a feverish spoken word style. Seattle quartet Freeway Park follow in this tradition, offering up angular noise-pop accompanied by the manic preaching of frontman Graham Isaac. When you eliminate singing from your band, the onus then becomes dangerously focused on the strength of the words and the music. Isaac's deadpan reading of his wryly funny lyrics serves as a handy counterpoint to the jittery guitars.

FREEWAY PARK, w/ Coast Culture, 100 Ounces, Godfish, 8 p.m., Deadbeat Olympia, 226 N. Division St, Olympia, $5, 360.943.0662

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