Many clubs are quiet as a mouse post-Christmas and pre-New Year’s Eve, but there are still plenty of small shows to hit up if you’re trying to stave away your end of the year boredom. Pop rockers The Birthdays play the High Dive tonight, along with Latitude x Longitude and Dust and Bourbon. Aside from being spotlighted a few years ago at a Three Imaginary Girls show, The Birthdays have remained pretty low key in the local scene. The folky trio Latitude x Longitude add a cellist to their lineup for a special acoustic set, while Dust and Bourbon provide a touch of Americana twang to the evening.
For something a bit more lively, Los Angeles band Hollywood 77 rage through their favorite tunes from—when else?—1977. Songs uploaded to the band’s Myspace hint at some wicked covers of Cheap Trick, The Damned and Johnny Thunders. Supporting Hollywood 77 are local power pop rockers C’mon C’mon, the punk chicks of Jaguar Paw, and the methodical yet catchy melodies of Tacoma band Wheelies.
This jazz-fusion group is comprised of five Seattleites whose impressive command of the trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass and drums has led to sold out shows at familiar venues like The Triple Door and Tula’s Jazz Club as well as other prominent clubs in New York and Boston. Drawing inspiration from places as far reaching as Argentina and Israel, The Here and Now Quintet are a local favorite that should please those looking for a low key, family friendly way to spend the precious few moments left of 2010.