With the release of King Me, the debut from Seattle power-rock band Visqueen, audiences were introduced to petite frontwoman Rachel Flotard, a living example of the adage "big things come in small packages." Other musicians also noticed Flotard's high energy and talents: she worked with Neko Case and is featured on "Into the Mirror," the single off fellow Seattlites Minus the Bear's upcoming release, OMNI.
And then last year, Flotard's father lost his long battle with cancer. As part of the healing process, Flotard wrote and recorded Messages from Garcia. On her Web site, she talks about the album and her father: "He was our unrelenting hero for 35 years and never let us drop. These songs are my friends. I wrote them through a long ride of self-conscious anguish and joy. They are braided with sunny, ubiquitous problems and snare drums. They reflect the part of me that wants to be happy and make out with Bad Company."
Saturday, March 13, with Yarn Owl, 8 p.m., $5. Neurolux 111 N. 11th St., neurolux.com.