Weekly Notable Shows

Wednesday, Aug. 4

Dorkweed

The local pop group's latest is called Sometimes Animals Die (Shaky). With songs like "You Are Interesting," they come off something like a heavy-hitting They Might Be Giants. The tongue might be buried in its cheek, but the guitars aren't fucking around. Graceland, 8 p.m. $6

Chris Isaak

He channels the robust sadness that made Roy Orbison classics like "Crying" such towering masterpieces, but "Wicked Game"—the best thing Isaak's ever written, off 1989's Heart Shaped World—has such a delectable coolness about it that there's no mistaking his distinct, unforgettable voice. Pier 62/63, 1901 Alaskan Way, 206-628-0888, 7 p.m. $45

The Nemesis Theory

John Gillanders' lyric sheet reads like a self-help/survival manual for a particularly mortifying Philip K. Dick future. The Nemesis Theory frontman's snarled, verbose provocations add even more personality to a populist math-metal attack that lurches like a truncated Tool. The self-released Eschatology is a promising, bleak debut. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Oneida + Chromatics + Die Monitr Batss

Brooklyn's Oneida, bringing Kraut-infected rumble rock, are joined by our favorite local now-wave two-piece, the Chromatics, and the Gossip spin-off screamers Die Monitr Batss. If you haven't seen the Chromatics lately, you haven't seen them at all. Hideaway, 9 p.m. $7

Steel Pulse

This British reggae conglomerate has been together nearly 30 years, and they've recently become one of the newest recipients of those Millennium Collection comps Tower et al. sell on the cheap. Both that CD and this show are well worth your attention. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25

Thursday, Aug. 5

Soulfly

Now on his fourth album of jittery Brazilian thrash via Soulfly, ex–Sepultura leader Max Cavalera hasn't lost his knack for delivering sharp-elbow breakdowns with mortuary undercurrents. We can take or leave the rap-rocky, syncopated gibberish vocal digressions, but the compositions' unrestrained combativeness more than compensates. Graceland, 7 p.m. $20 adv.

Willpower

Will Schwartz from Imperial Teen goes solo-with-backing-band, and from all reports does a pretty great job—unsurprising, given his track record with I.T. is essentially flawless. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8

Friday, Aug. 6

Burning Brides

This Philly trio represents the rock and roll wing of the rock and roll party. Two points detracted for being knockout-hot, but their latest sludge-plowing Sabbath update Leave No Ashes (V2) sweats authenticity, at no time sounding like 21st century rawk kitsch. Local contemporaries the Catheters open. Graceland, 9 p.m. NC

The Corrs + Sophie B. Hawkins

The Corrs are the insanely beautiful Irish pop quartet whose 2000 hit "Breathless" Meadow Soprano danced to while doing her laundry during Season Three of The Sopranos. Hawkins, on the other hand, is the insanely beautiful American who sings "As I Lay Me Down," which Dawson and Joey danced to during Season Six of Dawson's Creek. Or was it Season Five? Chateau St. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300, 7 p.m. $40/$65

The Divorce

The Divorce yell and scream, so in that sense, they do resemble a divorce. But you can't dance to a divorce in the hot hot heat, as a sea of hipsters recently did at the Capitol Hill Block Party. The Divorce, like the Hill's other favorite power-pop outfit (the Lashes), inject a very welcome dose of melodic color into their brash rock explosions. Paradox Theatre, 1401 N.W. Leary Way, 8 p.m. $7

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Even before you get through the door, you've no doubt assumed that Austin's Chosen Darkness will not be plinking out silly love songs on toy keyboards. Their debut Emperor Jones EP (produced by Spoon's Britt Daniel) reveals that the love songs are as serious as a heart attack and as dour as the name—and, remarkably, incredibly dance-y too. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8

Alan Jackson

All knee-jerk Nashville hate stops at the tip of Jackson's boots. He's probably got the solidest catalog of the early-'90s breed, and 2003's Drive was one of the year's most acclaimed country albums. KeyArena, 7:30 p.m. $55/$65

Carole King

Pop-rock royalty, one of the first-ever 10-million sellers (with 1971's Tapestry), the maker of one of the best kids' records ever (1975's Really Rosie), and the melodist behind, oh, 20 kajillion of the best songs ever written. Material won't be a problem, then. Pier 62/63, 8 p.m. $63

Ian Moore + Stone Gossard + Steve Turner + Mark Pickerel

This should sell out in a blink, and that's a good thing for YouthCare; tonight's ex-grunger summit ironically doubles as a hygiene drive for underprivileged kids. Each individual is performing separately, but imagine a supergroup with blues man Moore, Screaming Trees drummer Pickerel, and the men who shaped Pearl Jam and Mudhoney's signature guitar burn. Maybe next time? Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Sky Cries Mary

The reunion you've all been waiting for . . . sort of. One of the most popular Seattle bands of the early '90s, though not one of the best-aged—those records sound really dated now, and sort of did then, too. Fenix Underground, 8 p.m. $12JC Also Sat., Aug. 7

Wally Shoup Trio

Wally Shoup predicts his trio, this time featuring Mike Bisio on bass and Greg Campbell on drums, will bring out the "bloozey side" of their improved free-jazz for this foray into the somewhat unlikely U-District. You know what happens when experimental experts set out to really experiment, don't you? Scarlet Tree, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 7

Elefant

This band has energy and music that's actually fun to listen to. Remember that? Remember when indie pop made you dance around the room spinning in circles instead of sitting in a dark room sobbing? The lively melodies and lyrics in "Make-up" and "Bokkie" off Sunlight Makes Me Paranoid will make you want both your own keyboard and some private time with Diego Garcia. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $1.07

Mark Farina

Farina sounds the way you'd expect a Chicago-raised, San Francisco–resident DJ to: deep (as in the R&B–rooted, heavy-bass house of the Windy City) and flighty (hello, down-tempo). No wonder he's so popular among fickle club kids. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $16 adv.

Sparta

SEE FEATURE, P 121. KeyArena, 8 p.m. $32.50

Sunday, Aug. 8

Good Looks the Playboy

Out of the depths of overdone three-chord punk songs, an innovative act emerges. In a matter of three weeks, these guys have managed to snag a victory at a band battle and headline one of Seattle's stronger rock clubs. Besides their unfortunate choice for a name, these four rockers deliver. Graceland, 8 p.m. $8

Monday, Aug. 9

Jesse Malin

Slow and steady wins the race. After a stint in short-lived N.Y.C. punks D Generation, Malin's reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter—a pretty good one, it turns out. And even if it doesn't work out, he can always drown his sorrows at the Lower East Side bar he owns. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Saeta

Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, Saeta's recent We Are Waiting All for Hope is full of piano-flavored melancholy and poetic memories of good and bad times. Something like Nick Cave and Archers of Loaf's Eric Bachmann (and, therefore, Neil Diamond, too), Saeta's Matt Menovcik is a top-rate songwriter. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $5. Also Fri., Aug. 6 at Easy Street Records West Seattle.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Kekele

A Congolese rumba supergroup, including members of Franco's T.P.O.K. Jazz, the African All-Stars, and Les Quatres Etoiles, who mostly play acoustic, these guys groove like crazy, topped by Syran Mbenza's gorgeous guitar. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 8 p.m. $18.50–$60

 
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