Best Bets May 18:

Vexx, Talkies, Health Problems, Broken Water


Vexx play at Obsidian on May 18. Blaine Ewig

Just back from a tour of the East Coast supporting their new Pitchfork-approved EP, Vexx play restless and persuasive hardcore, anchored by the charismatic presence of lead singer Maryjane Dunphe. Together with Broken Water, they represent some of the best of the Olympia music scene. Broken Water, too, have new music out, and are headed to Europe later this year. Health Problems, a Seattle band with Olympia connections, blow out speakers with acidic tracks like “Homophobic Father” and “Mr. Man.” Talkies, from Oakland, contrast the others nicely with loose and melodic power-pop. – Issac Scott & Zachary Newman

Obsidian. 414 4th Ave E. 6pm. $7. All Ages