Dec. 15-21, 2004

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Disney Cover Night

The only hands-down Rock and Fuckin' Roll moment we can recall in the Disney oeuvre is everything that happens in Fantasia, but only under the influence of a lot of hallucinogenics. The Catch, Kane Hodder, Dolour, Aaron Sprinkle, and a host of other local acts beg to differ. This is their night to destroy, um, Little Mermaid–style. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $7

Thursday, Dec. 16

Alien Crime Syndicate + Post Stardom Depression + Gosling

This show is being billed as "Santa's Sack of Rock II," and the emphasis is on "sack," euphemistically. ACS, Post Stardom, and Gosling (formerly Loudermilk) are as close as Seattle's gonna get to the Sunset Strip, circa 1985. They're all attitude, power licks, and posture; difference is, these party boys are canny enough to wink at their own spectacle. Graceland, 6 p.m. $7

El Vez Christmas Show

Everyone's favorite Mexican-American Elvis impersonator brings everyone's favorite holiday program back to the Showbox. Feliz Navidad! Showbox, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14

Kinky

With one disc of electronic pop and one of rock—and both with a lot more going on than those descriptions let on—as well as a killer live rep, this Monterrey, Mexico, troupe should be distracting if not riveting. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12

Friday, Dec. 17

'80s Tribute Night: Love Vigilantes + Black Celebration

Crucial as it is for our metropolis to have fully functional, profitable New Order and Depeche Mode tribute bands, 20 bones is a mite fuckin' pricey. Then again, can you really put a price on getting sloshed and topless, then dry-humping someone you've never met to the intricately reproduced strains of "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Policy of Truth"? Premier, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25

Akimbo

December is, understandably, the weakest month of the touring year, so what better time to hole up and appreciate Seattle's finer homegrown hybrid rock? This ever-evolving quasi-quartet (occasionally bolstered by Playing Enemy guitarist Demian Johnston) is hell-bent on obliterating the boundaries of stoner rock and art-metal. Graceland, 9 p.m. $7

IQU

CNN.com recently raved about local pop surrealists IQU in a feature that recommended a few "indie gems." After providing a definition of the theremin, the news site called IQU's latest, Sun Q, "playful and bright." We're still waiting, with playful, bright, and bated breath, to hear Fox News' take. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $7

Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz

SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 45. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $35

Miguel Migs

The Naked Music honcho (no, no, no, it's a label, not a state of mind, though it's probably one of those, too) brings his soft-focus softcore to local dance floors once again. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $15 adv.

Saturday, Dec. 18

Big Business

SEE FEATURE, P. 48. Graceland, 9 p.m. $8

Jon Brion

Los Angeles superproducer (Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Rhett Miller) and soundtrack honcho (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) Brion is also a superb singer-songwriter who's been working on his debut album for, like, freakin' ever. Harvey Danger headline (it's their CD release party); Racetrack open, with Brion in the middle. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12

DJ Tiesto

Hey, kids! You know that boring-ass trance you love so much that you ignore the really good dance music being made right now? Here's one of its premier disseminators! Have fun! Premier, 8 p.m. $30 adv.

Dusty 45s

The two-time SW music awards winner keeps their rockabilly revivalism up with fine style. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Knights of the New Crusade + Thee Flying Dutchmen

ALSO SEE CD REVIEW, P. 79. While this show certainly qualifies as a garage rock party, Thee Flying Dutchmen have just returned from an all-out garage rock festival—in Europe no less. Go check them out tonight and ask how the Germans liked the Farfisa. Comet Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $5

Shoegazer's Ball III

Nine Northwest acts combine phaser pedals to pay tribute to dreamy bummertime classics from My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Lush, and more. This is as close as you're gonna get to the real thing, considering that most of the "shoegaze" trailblazers have been kaput for years. The High Violets, Hypatia Lake, and the Upsidedown are among the participants. Chop Suey, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Chuck Yeager

They dress in space suits, they're spazzy and silly, and they will get your attention if you're in the vicinity. Consider that a warning as much as a recommendation. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5

Dolly Parton

Sometimes we still fall apart when we hear Dolly Parton sing "I Will Always Love You." There's just something about an unearthly gorgeous voice singing an incredibly cheesy song that just does us in—and nobody does it like Dolly. Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, 425-322-2600, 7 p.m. $39.50–$59.50

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Tower of Power

Making their multi-umpteenth appearance here (meaning Jazz Alley as much as Seattle), this Bay Area combo keeps on delivering those '70s hits y'all love so much. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $31.50–$33.50. Also Wed., Dec 22–Thurs., Dec. 23. E

 
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