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Daddies top a big week at the WOW.

Byline: Serena Markstrom The Register-Guard

It is normal for bands who are on the road to be out there supporting new recordings. What is not normal is for the WOW Hall to have so many shows in one week in which the artists have brand new releases out.

Not only that, the WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave., has a show every day this week. Seventeen bands will play the venue, not to mention four different dance events happening during the afternoons before the concerts.

On Thursday, the Cherry Poppin' Daddies are throwing a CD release party for "Skaboy JFK: the Shakin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies."

Although it's mostly a collection of previously released material, "Skaboy" is great listening because its tracks are connected thematically by their ska roots and unrelenting energy.

Those of us for whom the idea of compiling a MP3 playlist to take to the gym already sounds like a workout will enjoy importing this whole compilation. In the gym, at home or at a concert, these are 12 songs to get sweaty to - and have fun while doing it.

The Daddies already had been at it for almost a decade when "Zoot Suit Riot" became a huge national hit. Before that single, Daddies' lead singer Steve Perry says in a news release that swing fans had been asking for a swing CD, so the Daddies responded.

"Skaboy" is a similar concession, but for the band's ska fans. With four new songs and eight from the group's back catalog, the CD covers ska in all forms: traditional (or bluebeat), two-tone, third-wave and some ska hybrids, the release says.

"Now, they can just throw a Cherry Poppin' Daddies record on without having to explain, and possibly apologize for, our eclecticism," Perry says in the release.

The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

The Daddies were one of the big names in the mainstreaming of swing in the 1990s. Meanwhile, deep down in the indie underground, Built to Spill was among the kings. And like the Daddies, that band never has stopped creating.

The Idaho group released its first studio album in three years, "There Is No Enemy," on Oct. 6. People seem to like it; even those often-harsh critics at Pitchfork Media gave it a 7.9 out of 10.

"Whether or not the words carry personal weight, (Doug) Martsch is singing convincingly from the perspective of someone thoroughly humbled by loss," the Pitchfork review says. When "Martsch finally fires up his shimmering, multihued guitar, the following extended solo workout feels both thrilling and earned."

The reviewer says it's "easily the best Built to Spill album of the decade."

Martsch opens the show at 8 p.m. with at DJ set, followed by support bands Finn Riggins and Disco Doom. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Electric Six returns to the WOW Hall on Saturday with "Kill," which came out Oct. 20.

The Detroit rockers are known for using humor to write songs that lend themselves to wild live shows.

The video for the new song "Body Shot" is full of topless women of all shapes, sizes and skin colors, but it's difficult to figure out what the band's artistic ambition is for the song and video.

"Danger (High Voltage)" put the Midwest band on the map about six years ago, and it appears "Body Shot" is trying to mimic some of the elements that made "Danger" so amusing and successful. But the trick's already out (older women + sexuality = hilarious, right ).

The band probably puts on as entertaining a live show as always. But at least for me, the group needs to do something new to keep the act interesting.

On the Tundra opens at 9 p.m. followed by Millions of Brazilians and the Gay Blades. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
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Title Annotation:Ticket; The longtime local band touts new CD, as does Built to Spill and Electric Six
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 13, 2009
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