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Met Picks: Music

Your best entertainment bets Nov 12-15

By Laura Dannen November 12, 2009

If we had $1 for every ‘80s band that’s reunited lately and started touring behind “commemorative albums” or old hit singles, we’d have enough money to buy one of their CDs online… or the KFC family meal. It’s a toss-up.

No question though: Your money will be well spent tonight at the Paramount, where seminal punk/alt-rock band the Pixies will take the stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of hit album Doolittle. Seattle fun fact: Kurt Cobain is said to have tried to recapture the Pixies’ sound on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

And if you don’t know what the Pixies actually sound like — well, that makes us sad. Watch this:

Making another $1! Arizona-bred alt-rockers Gin Blossoms bring “Hey Jealousy” to Snoqualmie Casino on Friday. Rumor has it they have a new studio album in the works, so if they play songs you don’t recognize, don’t immediately blame the booze.

Competing for your attention on Friday: Sub Pop icons Mudhoney — aka the original Seattle grunge band, aka the band Nirvana opened for — plays Neumos. As Kurt B. Reighley wrote in his Seattle Met tribute to the raucous quartet: “They may be family men with full-time day jobs, but Mudhoney still kicks ass harder than bands half their age and 10 times as wealthy.”

One final thought: Local band Visqueen will headline the Crocodile Saturday as part of a benefit concert for The Service Board, a Seattle non-profit that “uses mentors, community service and snowboarding to change the lives of Seattle’s young people.” Doors open at 8; tickets for dinner and the benefit are $125, or $25 just for the show.

For more Met Picks, including shows that are closing this weekend, click here.

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