The Ginn Sisters
With Tiffani handling lead vocals while Brit adds substance to the twosomeâ€™s two-part harmonies, The Ginn Sisters sing as pretty as they look. And with more twang than you can shake a stick at. Tiffani picks a mean acoustic six-string while Brit adds playful flute and melodica to the mix.
Performing all Tiffani originals, the Austin, Texas, pair has released two critically-acclaimed discs. In 2003 they debuted strong with Generally Happy. The album was quiet and tender, and rarely included electricity or percussion. Three years later, the Sisters issued Blood Oranges, which was more adventurous than their first outing as they plugged in and added heavy drums. From the bluesy â€œBroken Promisesâ€ to the Zydeco-flavored â€œ2 Cool 2 Cry,â€ the CD also featured a wider variety of musical styles. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Jazzbones, 7 p.m., all ages, $5, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169]
The Wagner Logic
The Wagner Logic has been together since 2000 â€" started by vocalist and bassist James Glaves and guitarist Jeremy Wagner (although the Wagner Logic, much like the Elephants, routinely swap instruments). With help from Andy Tholberg and Sonny Oglehave to round out the Wagner Logicâ€™s foursome, the band has found Alaska very conducive to their style of sometimes shoe-gazey, sometimes messy, always original brand of indie rock.
â€œ(Our live show is) similar to a Gwar, or an AC/DC show, meets the Carpenters and Electric Light Orchestra without the costumes and large, spouting penises,â€ explains Wagner. â€œWeâ€™ve practiced about five times for the tour, and it is going to be a sonic cream shower for the senses. We all sing and yell and switch instruments and stuff.â€ â€" Matt Driscoll
[Hellâ€™s Kitchen, part of â€œWhite Trash Nightâ€ with Blanco Bronco, Triple Forte, and Who Cares, Thursday, 9:30 p.m., no cover, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]
MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.
Funny, I was just in Goodwill the other day and saw a (used) For Dummies product that made me wince openly. It was, I think, Cookies for Dummies. Not a book. Some sort of kit. Some sort of toxic powdered mix in a large porcelain Dummies-logoed container, with dumbed-down instructions on how to bake. Amazing.
Next up: Ice Cubes for Dummies. Comes with bag of water and small tray and instructions. Sad.
In Opposite World, Kingâ€™s Books presents Define-a-Thon, the next level beyond their annual Adult Spelling Bee. Define-a-Thon contestants are given a definition (get it?) with four possible words. They must pick the word that best matches the definition. Kingâ€™s Books claims the winner will be â€œthe smartest person in Tacoma.â€ â€" Suzy Stump
[Kingâ€™s Books, Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m., $5 entry free, pre-registration not required, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.8801]