Attention: This Friday promises one of the best local rock showcases of the year. The occasion: Spokane rock trio Bad Motivator is releasing its debut album, Pleasure Island, and if it’s anything like their earlier singles, it’ll be a thrashy, slightly surfy affair. They’ll be supported by two of the finest straight-ahead rock practitioners in the Inland Northwest, including the Emilys, who specialize in no-bullshit pop-rock tunes built around undeniable hooks and typically clock in at three minutes or less. And Itchy Kitty needs no introduction: The feline-obsessed quartet have been snarling and scratching with irresistible punk for several years now. Don’t miss this one.
— Nathan Weinbender