Pearl Jam might be on a bit of a hiatus, but that doesn't mean its members aren't keeping busy.
Two band side projects are set to hit Seattle stages in a week.
First off, bassist Jeff Ament's new trio RNDM kicks off a micro-tour at the Tractor Tavern on May 5th. The group features the unique guitar work of Joseph Arthur, who uses electronic looping technology to make his instrument sound like an entire orchestra.
It sounds nothing like Pearl Jam, and that's the point. Witness the video for "Modern Times."
Second is guitarist Mike McCready's Flight To Mars, a tribute to British heavy metalers UFO. They play their annual benefit for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America at Showbox on May 10th.
In addition to UFO, they knock out lesser-known KISS B-sides, an occasional Cheap Trick cover, and lots of other grimy, feel-good '70s rock.
But don't worry, your flannel will still work.