The Outer Space hosts an international indie and garage rock show at 7 p.m. with locals The Monster Women, Australia's The Fix Ups and Los Angeles' The Blank Tapes ($8).
Because of the refreshingly early 10 p.m. curfew at the Outer Space, you can double your pleasure most nights and catch another show in Arcata, and tonight is no exception. Seattle's Smokey Brights play the Jam at 10 p.m. (price TBA) and I think this band might surprise you as it did me because it has a really tight, clear and original sound. Led by husband and wife Ryan Devlin and Kim West, these Smokey Brights sound to my ears like '70s pop masters such as Big Star or the Dire Straits funneled through a low-key New Order rhythm-section filter. Everyone plays crisply and there are chords in there you don't normally hear in a rock band.