Thanks to the stewardship of RAWK Northwest, we've had the opportunity to witness the maturation of a touring band. Shiny Toy Guns, who ply a propulsive new wave aesthetic with occasional dabblings of Police worship, have played the Big Dip a handful of times to increasingly rapturous support. They return again -- to the Big Easy this time, with Swedish synth quintet the Sounds -- on Wednesday, Dec. 6, strapped with a Universal/Motown record deal and, bizarrely, sponsorship from MAC Cosmetics. For such a painfully stylish band, we'd guess, major label + makeup contract = the big time. So, well done.
The eighth annual Music Swap pops off this Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 9 am in the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. The setup is similar to previous years -- sellers can rent table space for $20 and admission is free -- though the notable difference is a welcome one: A portion of the proceeds benefit KYRS. Call Tony at 230-9264 with questions.
The city's admission tax debate will continue for at least one more week. The City Council allowed no public comment Monday, though it had been previously speculated that they would. They've pushed the public comment period back to a Dec. 4 meeting at 6 pm in City Hall. Sources report that subsequent revisions of the proposed law seem increasingly favorable to small clubs and businesses. That's good news for club owners and music fans, but you'll still want to get out and let your voice be heard.
Rez n' Roll
Jim Boyd, the reigning Native Songwriter of the Year, just cut a live album, recorded at Two Rivers Casino. It'll surely be of interest to you Boyd diehards, but casual fans might also want to check out the disc's five previously unreleased cuts. You can get it at Hastings.