Wednesday, Oct. 6
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
Thursday, Oct. 7
They may be obsessed with machete-wielding C-list cult actors, but these freewheeling local rockers are no hacks (crickets chirping). Anyway, KH purees dance-punk, emo, hardcore, and pure pop into new LP The Pleasure to Remain So Heartless (Cowboy Vs. Sailor) and somehow churns out the finest—OK, only—ode to Harmony Korine's Gummo we've ever heard. Graceland, 7 p.m. $12.50 adv.
Look closely at that name. Damn, them UK Linkin Park knockoffs got socioeconomic wit to be reckoned with, boyee! Not like we're complaining. LP UK's sophomore effort Start Something trades LP USA's pervasive self-flagellation for buff, metrosexual, we-will-survive bravado. The abominable Story of the Year and Taking Back Sunday co-headline. Premier, 5 p.m. $21 adv. Also Fri. Oct. 8.
The Mystery Girls
The Mystery Girls' recent album cover, for In the Red records, mocks the Rolling Stones, but the Green Bay, Wis., band are just as close to classic rock as they are to classic garage rock—and their fuzzy phasers and wah pedals hint at aspirations of the psychedelic kind. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5
SEE FEATURE, P. 45. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12
Seattle Pops: The Golden Age of Black-and-White TV
If you yearn to hear the I Love Lucy and Honeymooners themes in one high-spirited, string-heavy medley, or if instrumental versions of Rosemary Clooney classics just curl your toes, then this is the Pops concert for you. Discount tix if you dress like Jack Benny or Edward R. Murrow! (No, not really). Benaroya Hall, 7 p.m. $18–$72. Also Fri. Oct. 8–Sun. Oct. 11.
Friday, Oct. 8
An Evening with Reggie Watts
In which Maktub's indefatigable vocalist and the most omnipresent fixture in Seattle's music scene stretches out even more than usual, apparently. This is a benefit for the YouthCare Hygiene Drive. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $15
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Their excellent third album, Who Is This America? (Ropeadope), is sharper and more muscular than the very good first two. Pick hit: "Indictment," aimed at the presidential debater who repeated himself the most last Thursday. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $13.50 adv./$15
Badly Drawn Boy
Damon Gough keeps you guessing. He won a Mercury Prize for 2000's The Hour of Bewilderbeast, only to disappoint fans with his official follow-up, 2003's showy, shallow Have You Fed the Fish? Live, he's a musical Jekyll and Hyde: part showman, part shoegazer. Showbox, 8 p.m. $16.50 adv./$18
Are you a starving nü-metal practitioner? Has your once rabid audience relegated your CDs to coke trays? The Coalition of Aging Mid-'90s Alt-Rockers can help! Rivers Cuomo temporarily resurrected Cold's career by co-writing "Stupid Girl" and now Billy Corgan has co-written three songs on Breaking Benjamin's latest. We can make a difference! Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $9.99
A decade on from the last lounge revival, these locals do it a lot righter than most, mainly thanks to their bubbly (ahem) sense of humor, which manifests itself in their music, where it counts. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $5
Walter Salas-Humara is probably the great overlooked alt-country O.G. His band the Silos' new When the Telephone Rings (Dualtone) isn't quite up to earlier faves like About Her Steps, but it'll do. Memphis Radio Kings and Sons of Guns open. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7
Metalcore is a misleading subgenre name. Yeah, there's more chugging than an Ozzfest beer garden, and yeah, there's no shortage of carpal tunnel–defying fretboard gymnastics, but too often, weak, borderline-emo vocal hooks complete the package. Unearth defy that trend, shredding licks and lungs with visceral aplomb. Graceland, 7 p.m. $10 adv.
Saturday, Oct. 9
Gunter, glieben, glauchen, Leppard! Authenticity is not this tribute band's strong suit—the vocalist sports the Union Jack tank top the actual band sells for $30, and the drummer has two arms—but they leave no stone in Def Lep's gloriously corny catalog unturned. Graceland, 9 p.m. $10 adv.
Mavis Staples + LeRoy Bell
Downtown's plushest show space celebrates a full year of operation with a couple of veteran performers, one local, one not. Mavis is one of the great gospel and R&B voices, smoky and powerful, while Bell, a '70s hit songwriter and record-maker, has been stacking up praise for his recent acoustic performances. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $32
The greatest country voice of the past three decades has moved past whatever ground he once broke—lately, he's been emphasizing odes to Christ. But as Rhino's two-disc best-of demonstrates, there's so much in the background he needs never make another album again. Emerald Queen Casino, 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, 253-627-8497, 8:30 p.m. $35–$70
Sunday, Oct. 10
Canada's best MC has a billy-goat's gruff voice, an odd relationship with hip-hop orthodoxy (the subject of much recent online-fan debate), and far, far better beats than your average indie-underground cat. He's also got a new album coming out in January. Chop Suey, 6 p.m. $12
Tuesday, Oct. 12
The Blood Brothers
SEE FEATURE, P. 43. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Just like their namesake canine, this talented trio has the sort of boundless energy and enthusiasm that proves that their mixture of rock, pop, and crazy lyrics adds up perfectly. Expect them to fiddle with the drum machine, switch instruments midsong, and maybe even bump into you while they're dancing around. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10
Incredible String Band
SEE FEATURE, P. 47. Triple Door, 10 p.m. $26