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Pent-up, viciously provoked, ready to shred psycho killer line-up this Thursday night at the Crocodile (June 24) as The Purrs give an official release for their delectable collection of new songs, rare tracks, and covers, Tearing Down Paisley Garden.

The CD has been available for a few weeks now, and has been gaining new fans who hadn’t the chance to fall deeply in love with thoughtful, caustic, clever previous long-players Amused, Confused & More Bad News, The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together, and The Dreams Are Stuff Are Made Of. But this is the official kick off party to begin celebrating new Purrs material, a feisty band about to spring out of nowhere on tour and clobber the world before it can defend itself. Bad ass, but charming as hell. Eat this up, as a new full-length isn’t till next spring.

That description could also easily be applied to Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, just signed to one of my very favorite labels Sparkle & Shine (who have also released must-own albums from The Tripwires and Curtains For You). BAR have deep black thoughts to match their villain-dark clothes, singing about love wounds and having to steal your girl and kick your ass while Bunny Monroe dances on stage like that hot mess lady in Blue Velvet on top of the Dennis Hopper (R.I.P.) joy ride. You can see this beyond-C&W/punk-spirit band playing in a house of hedonistic abuse out on the edge of town, where corruption is worn like a uniform and a end-of-night stomach pump is just another part of the holiday festivities. Please Stand By is their third release and debut for S&S, and I plan to pick up a copy of it the first day it’s available, hopefully before their appearance at this year’s Bumbershoot so I can drunkenly sing along to all the words of the new songs.

Opening band Battle Hymns are just as fun and intense as their musical brothers in the line-up, and I’m eager to hear their Hidden Reservations, which is about to explode on the world as well.

What a night!

The Crocodile, $8 advance, $10 at the door, 8 PM doors, 9 PM show, 21 & over, 2200 2nd Avenue, 2nd & Blanchard