by Leah Sottile
Can you use a weekend? Yes. Yes, you can. You deserve a good one — and, musically, speaking, THIS weekend is a damn good one.
He's a punk rock pincushion. The Enigma is the guy with his entire body tattooed in blue puzzle pieces (Wait… entire body? His, um, giblets too?!). He made an appearance at the Tattoo Expo last weekend, but he and his lady friend Serana Rose return to the Cretin Hop tonight to put on their freakshow. Nails in noses, shocking with 500,000 volts. You know, good, clean fun. They perform alongside punk rockers Reason for Existence, 4 Ways 2 Fall and hip-hop outfit, the Boxcutters. Tickets are $7 - $10, show's at 7 pm. All-ages.
Googling "monuments" and "Spokane" will only give you the names of gravestone companies. But when you do actually get to myspace.com/spokanemonuments, the page for the on-again/off-again Spokane experimental rock band, you'll hear music that made it worth your search. The instrumental group reunites again tonight on the Knitting Factory stage, backed by some of the best experimental locals: Anadonia, Bodhi Drip and Bunkdoozy. Show's at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7.
More washboard! Doesn't have the same ring as "more cowbell," but hell, scream it anyway tonight at Coaltown Noir, an alt-folk washboard/banjo/cello/accordion/ukulele outfit. They rock the Lion's Lair with Water Ostriches and the Dank Jenkins Band and the awesome ladies of Koreshakti Tribal Fusion. Show's at 9 pm, $5. 21 .
Not sure why Empyrean is so dress-uppy this weekend, but I kinda like it. Tomorrow night is Spostock there: Bodhi Drip plays the Grateful Dead, Olivia Kintsel sings Janis Joplin, Olive Green channels her best Joan Baez, Stephen Cash plays the Who and Sky goes Jimi Hendrix. It's five bucks if you show up dressed as a hippie ($7 for all you Debbie Downers in street clothes). 7 pm. All-ages.
Take that, fun haters! The Rocket Market kicks off it's summer concert series tomorrow night — despite all the meanies last year that tried to mute the Market permanently. Mon Cheri starts the season with a show there starting at 7 pm. Free. All-ages.
Sorry, once Starf--ker, always Starf--ker. The Portland band has tried to change their name, but everyone just keeps calling them Starf--ker because it's, well, an awesome band name. Who doesn't like saying the F word? Well, not me, certainly. They play with RAWK Final Four winners Lazurwuulf and Pudu Attack at the Seaside's early show. 6 pm. $8. All-ages.
Chicks! AC/DC! Chicks playing AC/DC! Last, but hardly least, Hell's Belles return to Spokane again tomorrow night for a performance at the Knit with locals Fallen Regiment. $13. 8:30 pm. All-ages.