Wednesday, Feb. 16
The deluge of My Bloody Valentine comparisons are fine, but don't be disappointed when Autolux gives you Isn't Anything instead of Loveless. This rightfully hyped L.A. dream-pop trio rachets up the noise and hooks on conventional girl-boy shoegaze. Nothing too abstract here, and it's for the best. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv.
You might be vampier, you might be campier, you might even be sassier than Eartha Kitt, but don't count on it, sugarplum. The purringest woman ever to torch a standard brings her act back one more blessed time. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $29.50–$40.50 Also Thurs., Feb. 17–Sat., Feb. 19.
Thursday, Feb. 17
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 45. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $21 adv./$25
Grayskul + Abstract Rude + Mr. Dibbs
MCs Onry Ozzborn and JFK and bassist Rob Castro—aka Grayskul—have just issued the very nice Deadlivers album on Rhymesayers. Abstract Rude is a veteran of the L.A. hip-hop scene. And Mr. Dibbs, from Cincinnati, is one of the top turntable wreckers in the biz. An excellent triple bill. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10
These black-clad tuff guys saw the train at the end of the rap-metal tunnel before many of their contemporaries and put a moratorium on 'roid-rage pity parties like "Broken Home" and "Last Resort" in favor of more introspective heaviness. Of course, nobody over 12 gives a crap either way, but nice try. Showbox, 7 p.m. $20 adv./$22
Friday, Feb. 18
CARE Benefit: Ex–Alice in Chains members
Another already sold-out, star-studded tsunami benefit (also appearing: Krist Novoselic, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Queensrÿche and Damageplan members) headlined by Alice re-forming with a mystery lead singer. Dream scenario: Axl comes out of self-imposed exile to own "Rooster." Or, maybe they'll erect a cross for Scott Stapp. The possibilities are, we fear, endless. Premier, 6 p.m. $40
The Fall-Outs play perfect, old-fashioned garage pop in which jangly, jagged guitar lines provide the perfect shadow for singer Dave Holmes' jangly, jagged lyrics. He's sort of spiteful, and so is his guitar, but underneath it all, they're both too sweet to do any real harm. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5
Paul Westerberg and His Only Friends
There will always be a fervent cult for this guy, despite the fact that he hasn't issued anything of note in ages. Still, if you'd made Let It Be, Tim, and Pleased to Meet Me, you, too, would be entitled. Showbox, 8 p.m. $25 adv.
SEE FEATURE, P. 43. Emerald Queen Casino, 2102 Alexander Ave., Tacoma, 253-627-8497, 8 p.m. $35–$70
Southern Culture on the Skids
Sure, they're a one-joke pony—99.9999 percent of all rockabilly-and-related is. But they're damn good at it—we still can't get that "Banana Pudding" song out of our heads. The Dusty 45s open. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $15 adv.
Saturday, Feb. 19
Dance Dance Revolution
This is the perfect urban party primer for bored, not quite legal Eastside indie kids who are sick of weekend living room movie marathons with their buddies. DV1, DJ Mac, and DJ Paco will spin for three hours, hopefully generating a wicked, sophisticated dance atmosphere for the all-ages set. VERA Project, 9 p.m. $5 with club card/$6
Steve Earle and the Dukes
Alt-country's very own Michael Moore, Earle was outspokenly political back when Bush Senior was veep; last year's The Revolution Starts . . . Now goes even further, and it's one of the most acclaimed albums of a not exactly undersung career. Allison Moorer opens. Showbox, 6 p.m. $26 adv./$28
One of the best known artists on left-field post-rap label Anticon—no, wait, come back! Subtle's actually pretty decent! Really! Dept. of Eagles and Optimus Rhyme open. Chop Suey, 5 p.m. $10 adv.
Sunday, Feb. 20
This is the Nu Black Arts West Theatre's revue of a revue—a tribute (featuring performers Belle Boyd, Josephine Howell, Demene Hall, Kibibi Monie, and Steven Taylor) to the '20s and '30s artists who debuted at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $15
The Locust + The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower
ALSO SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 48. Everybody's favorite spastic-elastic beekeepers are back to deliver more cuckoo clock avant-grind. Often compared to our own nobly malleable Blood Brothers, the Locust overload their Atari breakdowns with obnoxious synth farts and always seem to be teetering on the edge of absolute, glorious collapse. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $10 adv.
Monday, Feb. 21
Hot Hot Heat
Their forthcoming, hotly (sorry) awaited Elevator isn't the only reason this promises to be an exciting gig; it's because 2002's Make Up the Breakdown is still one of the better new wave-redux rock albums of the past half-decade. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Entombed + Crowbar + Pro-Pain
You didn't have to be a death-metal fan to enjoy seeing Entombed and Crowbar get served on Beavis and Butthead back in the day. The former's "Wolverine Blues" bored Butthead so much that he spent the entirety of the video on the can, and both lads found the latter's collective, um, girth awe-inspiring. As for Pro-Pain, they're responsible for bar none the most obnoxious chicken-strut metal riff of the '90s via "One Man Army." In other words, this show will destroy. El Corazon, 6 p.m. $15 adv./$17
The Gossip + Les Georges Leningrad + the Lights + Mon Frere
Folks, this is entertainment. Although we know nothing of Mon Frere, the Lights give one hell of a jangle-punk performance, Les Georges Leningrad's French-Canadian electro-clunk cabaret is an R-rated costume party, and the Gossip's Beth Ditto is just plain peerless. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Local indie rockers Lilydale spin ethereal, slightly spooky yarns that likely take a great deal of inspiration from the psychic energy-infested New York town that they're named for. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 45. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15