Wednesday, Sept. 29
Christian McBride Band
The premier young jazz bassist of the '90s, McBride has a new quartet featuring Geoffrey Keezer on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and saxophonist Ron Blake. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 8 p.m. $20.50–$22.50
Kerry Campaign Fund-raiser: Presidents of the United States of America + United State of Electronica
SEE SW THIS WEEK, P 45. Premier, 7 p.m. $100 minimum donation.
Between that terrible Velvet Revolver video and all the hero-worshipping of the Libertines' AWOL guitarist/junkie Pete Doherty, you'd think heroin chic was still a legitimate fashion trend. We'd be as happy as the next to see Doherty kick, but we'll choose real rock innovation over soap operas any old day. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12
Ludacris + Chingy
We were going to extol the relative pittance of a price tag here, but it's probably gonna be deathly chilly out by the 50-yard line where our Dirty Birds kick for three, not exactly the ideal atmosphere for Luda's southern comfort (which, frankly, jumped the shark with Chicken & Beer) and Chingy's table dance drawl. Qwest Field, 7:30 p.m. $45
They haven't significantly evolved since 1992's watershed industrial abrasion Psalm 69, but anyone who's seen the In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up live VHS must be salivating at the prospect of seeing their heroes in such an intimate club setting. Nearly sold out, but two new dates have just been added for mid-November. Fenix Underground, 8 p.m. $32.50 adv./$35
The mope-a-lot Brits are sneaky: One nonfan of our acquaintance soon found himself swooning to "Spitting Games." Beware. Eisley open. Showbox, 8 p.m. $10.77 adv./$15
Thursday, Sept. 30
The 50-year-old banjoist/guitarist/bandleader/composer has issued more music than most musicians produce in a lifetime; this should (we hope) be a wide-ranging set. Polestar Music Gallery, 8 p.m. $10
Ghost + White Magic + Six Organs of Admittance
SEE FEATURE, P. 47. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10 adv.
Friday, Oct. 1
Militant vegan metalheads are a barrel of laughs. Cattle Decapitation's latest, Humanure (Metal Blade), features the business end of a cow crapping out a bloody human head, among other entrails. Is the grind gritty enough to back up the audacious animal rights imagery? Absolutely. Graceland, 7 p.m. $20 adv.
He's toured with Canada's Canned Hamm and everyone's favorite astrologer, Harvey Sid Fisher; he's the world's foremost authority on fruit cocktail; and, in terms of dead serious comics, he's the closet thing to Andy Kaufman since Andy Kaufman. Also, Neil Hamburger is really fucking funny. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8
Seattle's own noise/avant-guitar master stirs up melody and kicks up aural dust regularly, and it's always exploratory and often a treat. Polestar Music Gallery, 8 p.m. $7
Mouse on Mars + Junior Boys
SEE CD REVIEW, P. 55. Last Exit (Kin/Domino), the debut of Canadian duo Junior Boys, does the Postal Service a couple better: Their chilly beats and ethereal vocals make it the best post-rave album of 2004. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12 adv.
You know those crazy, evangelical Left Behind novels that you only see at the checkout in QFC or Fred Meyer? Wish all these lanky, bed-headed, melodic emo-core wimps would just disappear simultaneously and leave the rest of us to party hearty with Satan on Earth. Neumo's, 5 p.m. $12 adv./$15
Saturday, Oct. 2
Late-'70s power pop legends and mid-'80s lite-metal merchants, these Chicagoans have plenty of old stuff to pick from—and old stuff they'll play, don't you worry. Emerald Queen Casino, 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, 253-627-8497, 8:30 p.m. $30–$60
Krush's hazy beat science and minimal samples are instantly recognizable, which isn't to call them hooky or anything. Still, if you wanna get your head-nod on, he's the man—one of 'em, anyway. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $15 adv.
SEE CD REVIEW, P. 55. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $7 with club card/$8. Also Sun. Oct. 3 at Crocodile Cafe.
Master Musicians of Bukkake
We have yet to hear Master Musicians of Bukkake's The Visible Sign of the Invisible Order (available as of tonight on Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls' Abduction Records), but we're certain it contains some of the most assailing, torturous noise to ever be put on tape. Rainbow, 9:30 p.m. $5
Baby got comeback. Since recently ending his industry hiatus, Mix has certainly rejoined the game, replacing "Baby Got Back" with "Big Johnson," a song about, well, the size of a guy's Johnson. Fenix Underground, 8 p.m. $12
SEE SMALLMOUTH, P. 49. Crocodile Cafe, 4:45 p.m. $8 adv.
Sunday, Oct. 3
David Garza and Friends
"Drone," the opening track from 2001's Overdub, flirts wryly with the very pigeonholes it mocks. Garza adopts the ingratiating tone of a sellout R&B artist just long enough to make you slap your forehead. Green Room (inside Showbox), 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Monday, Oct. 4
The Mooney Suzuki
Their new Matrix-infused album is the best thing they've ever done. We're not quite sure what this means, but we'll take it. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10.77 adv./$12
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Remember them? Then you remember Operation: Mindcrime, the local prog-metal legends' 1988 concept album, which they'll perform in its entirety tonight. Not for the last time, either, we'd wager. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $34–$44. Also Wed. Oct. 6.