THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Heavy Seventeen final show, Terrible Buttons reunion, Nixon Rodeo and Itchy Kitty releases

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What a spectacular weekend for local music, before the onslaught of crazy shows next week … Def Leppard, Death Cab For Cutie, Neil Young, Terrain as well as comedy from Todd Barry and John Mulaney. Why can we never spread this stuff out, Spokane?!

TONIGHT, TONIGHT
Mootsy’s is hosting a cancer fund benefit for friend of the Spokane music scene, Polly Birge. The lineup includes Seattle rockers Oil Can as well as thrilling Spokane groups Siamese Suicide, Fun Ladies and Gorilla Rabbit Chicken. The show starts at 9 pm.

Sometimes, one night just isn’t enough. So it’s understandable that for the release of Nixon Rodeo’s third studio album, the Spokane hard rockers are performing Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper. Nixon Rodeo’s new album, recorded at Amplified Wax, continues the band’s forward momentum — they played the Warped Tour at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn last month. Aptly named Relentless, the record moves between power-pop rock and screamo and lyrically focuses on a theme of never giving up. The four-piece’s album ends with a rousing rendition of “Billie Jean” — and hey, the Michael Jackson cover angle worked for Alien Ant Farm. Friday’s show includes the Backups, the Drone Epidemic and Windowpane and Saturday includes Moretta, Free the Jester and Breakdown Boulevard. The all-ages shows are $15 at the door and start at 7 pm.

SATURDAY
Local rockers Heavy Seventeen are playing their final show Saturday at the Baby Bar. The band has decided to go their separate ways after a recent tragedy in drummer Cody Brooks’ family, but as frontman Matt Lakin put it, they didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye.
“We frequented the Baby Bar, that was kind of our stomping ground as a band,” Lakin explains. “We’re looking to have one last party there.”
Film Filmed is Lakin’s newest project, an acoustic duo with his brother, and the band will open the show, along with the Holy Cows. The party begins at 10 pm.

We don’t know if you noticed, but Terrible Buttons’ name has been discretely tucked into the lineup of Saturday’s Plastic Horse Records showcase at the Bartlett. Along with Kent Ueland’s solo project the Holy Broke and his brother Dane’s Seattle-based folk-act And Yet, the Buttons are back in business (for one night only that we know of). Other indie bands on the bill include Wildcat Choir, Bob Crash, Valley Fair and Dewi Sant. The all-ages show is $12 at the door and starts at 7 pm, an hour earlier than most Bartlett shows.

SUNDAY
The recently opened record store Garageland plays host to Spokane’s one and only punk feline act Itchy Kitty this Sunday, continuing the venue’s local Scene Showcase Series. The trio will play tracks from their brand new album, which will also be available in store. The all-ages free show starts at 4 pm. Go and hear these ladies roar!