I'll spare you the usual anti-Bush rhetoric, though I'll add that I agree with nearly all of it, the more virulent the better. So then: We've got four days' worth of shows to help us all at least try to get the asshole out of office. And if electoral politics make you mope, you should begin where No Vote Left Behind begins, with the Cure Cover Night at the Sunset Tavern (Thurs., Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. $10), which features Shawn Smith, Robert Roth, Transmissionary Six, Saeta, Mark Pickerel, Andrea Maxand, Vampirate, Black Nite Crash, Jon Auer, Mala Vista, and Cantona, who spiritually tease their hair up and smear lipstick across their faces, not to mention tackle one of post-punk's most beloved canons. If your tastes run proggier and metaller—and, most likely, if you're olderer—go for Queensrÿche Unplugged at the Crocodile Cafe (Thurs., Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. $25), which is an 18-plus show.
By now, you are very familiar with Pearl Jam. Beyond that, there's very little to say about their performance at the Showbox (Fri., Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.), with the excellent Smoosh opening and DJ Cherry Canoe spinning between sets, apart from (a) it's sold out, and (b) buying a scalped ticket would be kind of a huge wasted opportunity, given that this is a benefit. Why not put that money toward a Kerry contribution? Or wait another night and go back to the same venue for Mudhoney, the Avengers, Kinski, Pansy Division, and David Cross (Sat., Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. $15 adv.)? Something in there's bound to entertain you, you'll save a few bucks (which you can put toward a good cause, ahem), and you'll even have a few bucks left over with which to skip over to Ballard for John Doe, Grant Lee Phillips, Alan Sparhawk (the frontman of Low, playing solo), and Mark Pickerel at the Sunset Tavern (Sat., Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. $30). The next night is a smaller, cheaper, and just as intriguing bill with L.A. pop-rock producer extraordinaire Jon Brion, along with the Posies' Jon Auer (Sun., Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. $15). And, oh yeah: VOTE.
For a complete No Vote Left Behind schedule, see SW Notable Shows