Oct. 13-19, 2004

Wednesday, Oct. 13

Lloyd Banks

SEE SW THIS WEEK. Showbox, 7:30 p.m. $30 adv./$35

Bullets and Octane

Ex-Gunner Gilby Clarke twiddles the knobs here, so you know what to expect: gutter punk–tinged glam that lives, breathes, sweats, and pisses Lost Angeles. QOTSA side project Eagles of Death Metal will deliver the money shot. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10 adv.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Mark Lanegan Band

Subsisting since his Screaming Trees days on seemingly true-life songs about besting various forms of abuse, Lanegan exudes an existential strength, but he owes his career to the fact that he's also quite vulnerable. For evidence, check his latest; dichotomies abound on the burly but bare Bubblegum (XL). Showbox, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18

Naked City/Jet City: Bill Frisell + Wayne Horvitz + Robin Holcomb

Naked City was a crucial downtown/jazz/improv N.Y.C. band from the '80s. Jet City is this place most of those reading this call home. Frisell, Horvitz, and Holcomb did and do traverse the two, and will discuss and play those similarities here. Consolidated Works, 500 Boren Ave. N., 206-381-3218, 8 p.m. $10 members/$12

Friday, Oct. 15

Dillinger Escape Plan + Every Time I Die

On new full-length Miss Machine (Relapse), the math-metal overlord headliners take their poison on paralyzing new tangents, thanks in no small part to all-over-the-map front-stud Greg Puciato. ETID is, plainly and simply, what would happen if Murder City Devils fell in love with metal instead of punk. Showbox, 5 p.m. $13.50 adv./$15

The Lashes

Yeah, these guys again. Well, tough—they're great fun live, and their new The Stupid Stupid EP (Lookout!) is pretty kickass, too. Chop Suey, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Black Celebration + Fascination Street

The first celebrates (cough, cough) Depeche Mode, the second the Cure. Both are, by all accounts, quite excellent at it, too, which may be exactly what recovering new-wave addicts are looking for. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $7

Converge + Cave In

Cave In notoriously flip-flop between Failure-influenced space pop and post-Slayer brutality. On just-released You Fail Me (Epitaph), Boston-area contemporaries Converge proudly adhere to the femme-friendly shriekcore that made 2001's Jane Doe a stone cold freakout classic. Glad they're both on the same ticket. Mission accomplished. Graceland, 7 p.m. $12 adv.

Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch and husband David Rawlings (who rarely gets an ounce of credit for his suburb and singular guitar style—perhaps his fault for marrying such a great voice) manage to exist squarely inside the bluegrass/folk songwriter tradition while simultaneously, beautifully shunning it. Moore Theater, 8 p.m. $23

Rachael Yamagata

She gloriously nails what many pop ingénues—Andrea Maxand, Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch, et al.—have tried and failed: tough, confessional lyrics atop driving melodies and compelling production. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Sunday, Oct. 17

The Concretes

Perhaps it's an endearing affection for Up Records—the local label that released the Concrete's retro perfect Boy, You Better Run Now—that keeps us from fully succumbing to the Swedish pop band's latest self-titled album, but nah, it's simpler than that. The first one was just better. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Monday, Oct. 18

Bright Eyes + Jim James + M. Ward

Boring folkie M. Ward mumbles, Jim James (the leader of My Morning Jacket) warbles, after a fashion, and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst shrieks or stands on the verge of it at nearly all times. Who said indie rock didn't have variety? Moore Theater, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Eyedea & Abilities

You can tour a lousy album until the end of time, but it's still gonna be a lousy album. Such is the case with this Minneapolis rap duo's E&A (Rhymesayers). Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Heroin Sheiks

Possibly the most underrated band moniker ever. Unhinged, toy trumpet–wielding ex-Cows frontman Shannon Selberg leads these twisted avant bawlers through a cyclone of what one could favorably call "plaid noise." Newcomers, start with "Jew Jitsu" (from Reptilian debut Rape . . . on the Installment Plan) and proceed with extreme caution. Catwalk, 9 p.m. $5

Tom Waits

SEE FEATURE, P. 53. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $65

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Flogging Molly

Shane MacGowan got housed in a pub last April. Let's hope this amiable Irish punk collective—clearly influenced by the Pogues ringleader—sticks to rum and sodomy and avoids the lash. Premier, 7 p.m. $18 adv.

Old 97s

SEE FEATURE, P. 56. Showbox, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18

Prince Po

SEE ONE PIECE AT A TIME, P. 57. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $13 adv.

Solex + On! Air! Library!

Elisabeth Esselink, aka Solex, has been making sly, occasionally jaunty cut-and-paste song records since 1998; her newest is titled The Laughing Stock of Indie Rock (Arena Rock). On! Air! Library! Are! Kind of! OK! But! Have! An! Annoying! Ass! Name! Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

David Thomas

SEE FEATURE, P. 53. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $12

 
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