What’s Up weekend rockin’ it

Hometown hero-types Death Cab For Cutie and Kane Hodder are back in town, as is some hippie kid from Vermont.


WINGNUT DISHWASHERS UNION (Vt.) w/ Brook Pridemore (N.Y.), The Hills Have Rivers, SGFY and People Before Profits at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Artists For Freedom and Unity Hall, 318 N. Callow Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, presented by the AFU, $5 cover.

“Any good punk is at least part hippie…” so says the man behind the Vermonter madness that is Wingnut Dishwashers Union.

He’s got plenty of both in him and more caffeine-fueled, road-tripping wisdom than you could shake an old, weathered acoustic guitar at. Amidst a nationwide tour, he’ll be rocking the AFU with a couple other punks showing their hippie side— three-fourths of the band Neutralboy in SGFY and Donny Rivers from YIA and Spencer Hill from Madmartigan in the duo, The Hills Have Rivers.

But back to the Wingnut Dishwashers Union. He’s a staunch and adamantly folksy advocate of a world without dishwashers. So some might want to ask “Who will do the dishes after the revolution?”

He does his own dishes now, he’ll do his own dishes then.

“It’s always the ones who don’t, who ask that (expletive deleted) question,” he sings.

So there you go, and now you know the chorus from at least one Wingnut song.

Info: www.myspace.com/artistforfreedomandunity or call the AFU at (360) 782-1329.


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE w/ The Cave Singers at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton. All ages, presented by Seattle Theatre Group, $35 tickets.

Of little surprise, Admiral Theatre General Manager Brian Johnson said this show sold out in a matter of minutes.

The Admiral holds a 999 capacity, which is somewhat like child’s play for Death Cab For Cutie, a band that draws thousands at places like California’s Cochella, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo and the Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge.

In fact, the first five stops of Death Cab’s spring/summer tour are each sold out.

Johnson noted there’s a “slim-to-none” chance that tickets will become available at the Admiral between now and the opening curtains for Friday’s show.

The locally loaded indie rock band, featuring the former-Bremertonian lead singer Ben Gibbard (Oly High, class of ’94), has exploded in recent years. Stemming from a booming bloom in the Pacific Northwest — beginning in Bellingham in 2000 and culminating a few years later on the prestigious Seattle label Barsuk records — Death Cab signed onto the mega-label Atlantic Records in 2004 for the release of “Plans,” unleashing their tunes on the nation and even further into the world.

This show kicks off an international tour in support of their newest album “Narrow Stairs” slated for release on Atlantic May 13. A long-awaited sample, a spacey, piano-heavy song called “I Will Possess Your Heart” is up on the band’s MySpace — www.myspace.com/deathcabforcutie.

Though the new record has been long-awaited by the Death Cab faithful, the forces of DCFC didn’t exactly bide their time in between “Plans” and “Narrow Stairs.” The interim saw solo releases and tours from both Gibbard and guitarist Chris Walla, while Walla also produced “Narrow Stairs.”

Now they’re all together on tour again. Here’s to those quick enough to get tickets.

Info: Contact the Seattle Theatre Group at www.theparamount.com or call (206) 467-5510, contact the Admiral at www.admiraltheatre.org or call (360) 373-6743, or www.deathcabforcutie.com.


CLAYMORE (finale) w/ Kane Hodder, Alligators and Kids on Bikes at 7 p.m. at Jackson Hall, 9161 Washington Ave. in Silverdale. All ages, presented by Big Mouth Music, $8 cover.

Kane Hodder — the Bremerton-born band of sledding enthusiasts — is another group laced with local talent that exploded on the Seattle scene a few years back and grabbed the attention of a national record label.

With a uniquely hyperactive form of hard core pop rock that pushed the envelope and made Stranger music writer Megan Seling a believer, Kane Hodder enjoyed a bevy of airtime on Seattle radio stations and prestigious party stages like the Capital Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot in 2005.

Consequently most of the band moved to the city and then hit the road on a tour in support of its first full-length “The Pleasure to Remain Heartless.” Unfortunately they returned a bit heartless and soon thereafter two members of the band seceded, guitarist Eric Christianson recounted, seemingly spelling the end.

But, the Hodder returned from the brink of extinction, enlisting the help of a few friends from Claymore. Now, that band — another Kitsap crew that’s been around as long as Hodder — is playing what’s been thrown around as its final show this weekend at Jackson Hall.

Info: www.myspace.com/bigmouthmusic.WU

(For a full list of Kitsap shows, see What’s Up’s calendar at myspace.com/whatsupkitsap)