Even if he hadn't lent his monotone baritone to some of the most revolutionary bands in rock history (Beat Happening and The Halo Benders among them), Calvin Johnson would have done underground music a big favor simply by founding K Records. The Olympia, Washington, label became this continent's headquarters for the fumbling, cutesy pop known as twee.

Even if he hadn't lent his monotone baritone to some of the most revolutionary bands in rock history (Beat Happening and The Halo Benders among them), Calvin Johnson would have done underground music a big favor simply by founding K Records. The Olympia, Washington, label became this continent's headquarters for the fumbling, cutesy pop known as twee.

Johnson's own works are a mighty impressive foundation for what else transpired on K. He casts a long shadow in the time-honored tradition of colliding grown-up crises with primitive strums and childish naivete. And he's one of recent history's great advocates of do-it-yourself ethics.

Bird and Flower and The Something Somethings will play before him Tuesday at Skylab. A reception beginning at 6 p.m. will feature the visual art of Luke Powers, literary readings by Faith Silver and Andrea Boudreau, and unreleased recordings by Lamont "Bim" Thomas, Justin Burkett, Dan Olsen and Chad Shepherd.