November 19, 2010 in Features

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Between art-noise hip-hop, wrestler-friendly alt-rock and Seattle indie-pop, the options ahead for live music are, at the very least, diverse.

Here are a few blips showing up on the radar this weekend:

Shaman’s Harvest

Tonight at 9, A Club, 406 1/2 W. Sprague Ave.; $5 (21 and older), through www.brownpapertickets.com

Led by Nathan “Drake” Hunt, the Missouri-based alt rock band Shaman’s Harvest has found a niche in the world of professional wrestling.

In addition to getting heavy play on Sirius satellite radio, the band’s inspirational, intense music can be heard when WWE star Drew McIntyre enters the squared circle; he uses “Broken Dreams” as his theme song.

Also, the song “Dragonfly” is featured on the soundtrack for the limited-release 2010 movie “Legendary.” The film, featuring rapper, actor and WWE superstar John Cena along with Danny Glover and Patricia Clarkson, is about a book-smart teenager who joins his high school’s wrestling team as a way to reconnect with his estranged brother (played by Cena).

The newest single from Shaman’s Harvest, “Shine,” peaked at No. 34 on Billboard’s rock singles chart.

Also on the bill for tonight’s show are local rockers Oceans Divide.

Xrin Arms

Tonight at 10, Mootsy’s, 406 W. Sprague Ave.; $5

When California art-noise artist Anthony Vincent fires up his laptop, ties a bandanna around his face and clutches a microphone, he channels his alter-ego and proceeds to have a cacophonic conniption.

Pronounced “urine arms,” his Xrin Arms persona is that of a madman. Drawing on multiple genres of influence, he creates musical mayhem that is as shocking as the lyrics.

When he’s not touring across the country – playing everywhere from large venues to house parties – Xrin Arms is in the midst of crafting two new albums, “Helter Shelter” and “Coy Insanity.”

At his shows, his most devoted fans tend to get carried away by the music but perhaps miss the message.

In an interview with digitalliver.blogspot.com, Xrin Arms says, “I feel as if I’m a bad influence. A lot of my fans have been getting violent and destructive and I’d like them to realize that there is a poetic movement, a mistake making learning lesson, a knowledge grasping feel of reality, and becoming virile is not the answer.”

Wear protective equipment and open your ears wide when Xrin Arms appears with Guttaface and Spokane’s P-Wrecks tonight at Mootsy’s.

Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble Starts

Sunday, 7 p.m., Empyrean Coffee House, 171 S. Washington St.; cover to be announced

After playing the Northwest and beyond for nearly eight years, it appears Daniel G. Harmann’s perseverance is paying off, as his band has collected accolades from respected sources of indie-cred throughout the region as well as the country.

Three Imaginary Girls called Harmann a gifted songwriter. Music Liberation Project compared him to Jeff Buckley and the Smiths. And Unifished Zine declared him the hope for the singer-songwriter genre in the wake of Elliott Smith’s death.

Harmann’s Seattle indie-pop quartet has garnered noteworthy praise for everything from the songwriting to the live performance from the Stranger, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Soundmagazine, KEXP-FM and a host of other media outlets.


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