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Thursday Lowdown: Blitzen Trapper

To refer to Blitzen Trapper as indie folk, probably their most commonly assigned genre stamp, doesn't really take into account the diverse palette of sounds the group dispatch throughout their music. They're artsy. They're Americana. They're big sounding, but restrained. Most importantly for Humboldt ears though, they'll be here --specifically, Thursday night at HumBrews.

Brief band history: the Portland-birthed ensemble "broke through," as they say, with their 2007 album Wild Mountain Nation and its title track (can you say Rolling Stone magazine's 98th ranked song for 2007? Woot.) Acclaim earned them a spot on fabled Sub Pop records, which meant that their next album's title track -- "Furr" off Furr -- was No. 4 on the 2008 version of aforementioned list. (Oh, lists.)

So, ya. For what it's worth, major music magazine's approve of the band that's playing off-Plaza tonight. Need some actual sound to decide if they're worth your entertainment dollar? LoCO's got that. For a sampling of BT's particular approach to tactful soundscaping, check out this video for "Girl in a Coat" off their most recent album American Goldwing.

If that don't grab ya, other options below in Thursday's Lowdown.

-Andrew Goff

EVENTS

Humboldt Crabs vs. California Warriors

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $8

Hometown baseball, baby.

Web site

Klez Encounters

Arcata Playhouse / 7:30-10 p.m. / $5 / $10 sliding scale

Eclectic mix of originals and traditional Klezmer music. Fezzes and fake mustaches optional. Benefit for the Arcata Playhouse youth programs.

822-1575 / klezhumboldt@gmail.com / Web site

The Submarine Show

Dell'Arte / 8 p.m. / $12 / $7 kids under 12

Two men crash their submarine on bottom of the sea.

East and West Marimba Concert

HSU Native Forum / 8 p.m. / $10 / $7 students/seniors

Part of the Zeltsman Marimba Festival.

Web site

Blitzen Trapper

Humboldt Brews / 9:30 p.m. / $15 / 21+

Portland-based experimental country/folk quintet signed to Sub Pop Records wraps you up in a warm, aural blanket,

826-2739 / Web site

Henderson Center Farmers' Market

Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locally grown food. Live music. Runs from June to October.

McKinleyville Farmers' Market

McKinleyville Shopping Center / 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Locally grown food. Runs from June to October.

268-1800 / Web site

Sound Judgment

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz ensemble.

668-4151 / Web site

Eureka Summer Concert Series

C Street Market Square / 6 p.m.

Featuring country artist McKenna Faith.

Blue Lotus Jazz

Angelina Inn / 6-9 p.m.

Romantic jazz with your dinner?

725-5200 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

Open Mic

Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.

Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.

822-3453 / Web site

Mia Casasanta

Persimmons Garden Gallery / 7 p.m.

Vocalist accompanied by Easton Stuard on piano and Michael Curran on drums.

923-2748 / Web site

HSU Guitar Group

Libation / 7 p.m.

825-7596 / Web site

Sirens Song Slam

The Siren's Song Tavern / 7:30 p.m. / $5 / 21+

Slam poets spill their guts for the numerical scores of five random judges. Special feature from local poet and activist Jerry Martien.

442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site

Compost Mountain Boys

Shamus T Bones / 7:30-10 p.m.

Bluegrass with your meat?

407-3550 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

Bear River Casino Resort / 8 p.m.

Please don't do "Bohemian Rhapsody." That never works.

733-9644 / Web site

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.

When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.

668-9770 / Web site

Open Jam

The Forks / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

With Jimi Jeff.

530-629-2679 /

Kindred Spirits

Clam Beach Inn / 8:30 p.m.

839-0545 /

Jimi Jeff

Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.

www.jimi-jeff.com

839-7580 / Web site

Pressure/Anya DJs

Nocturnum / 9 p.m. / 21+

Dirty Thursdays bump 'n' grind boogie down.

499-0163 /

Accurate Productions

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

S.I.N. and Service Night DJ night.

800-684-2464 / Web site

Kingfoot

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.-noon / Free / 21+

Acoustic trio.

668-5000 / kingfootband@gmail.com / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /

MOVIES

Broadway Cinema
Garberville Theater
Mill Creek Cinema
Minor Theatre