Almost the weekend! Get started on your music fix early, tonight, with two very different shows.
Choice #1: Unicycle Loves You and True FO at the Baby Bar. Free. 10 pm.
Spokane ain’t exactly a rock-skip away from Austin, Texas — and yet, somehow, we’re lucky enough to see a slew of bands from South By Southwest coming our way. Like Chicago’s Unicycle Loves You, a band that takes the freshness of someone like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and smashes it together with the whale sounds and moans of, say, My Bloody Valentine. On “Mountain Lungs,” the band conjures up this great, sun-soaked optimism, and then on “Evil Unmasked,” Unicycle Loves You just makes a lot of scary, strange sounds. In Spokane’s local music scene — a scene that flocks to experimentation — this band should be welcomed with keys to the city. Or just a Baby Bar T-shirt.
Choice #2: KEITH SWEAT at Coeur d'Alene Casino. $50! 7 pm.
I mean, what else could he have been? An accountant? With a birth name like Keith Sweat, the guy could have only been a gigolo or an R&B singer. Sweat took the high road, crooning his way to the top of the Billboard charts with the sexiest, sweatiest R&B songs of the era. Remember that video for “Twisted?” Where Sweat gets all sweaty with the assassin chick? Or “Nobody,” where he lays on the Sweat all thick: “I want your body to the very last drop.” Not just anybody can get away with that kind of funny business.