March 2-8, 2005

Wednesday, March 2

West Indian Girl + Brazilian Girls

Be weary all ye of those who name themselves after hallucinogens (West Indian Girl). Be also skeptical of recycled lounge music clothed in ambiguous sex appeal (Brazilian Girls). Then again, if any of it—for a while at least—makes you forget your troubles, you might as well give in. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12 adv.

Thursday, March 3

Junior Brown

Big, bad baritone, serious guit-steel (his own invention) chops, a friendly manner, a handful of darn good songs—what more do you want out of retro-tinged honky-tonk, anyway? West Valley Highway opens. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $25

The Helio Sequence

Can't get into the Modest Mouse clusterfuck? Hit this show instead—not only does vocalist Brandon Summers go to plenty of the same emotional places that Isaac Brock does (without sounding like a deranged Muppet, either), drummer Benjamin Wiekel played on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and the H.S.' great Love and Distance (Sub Pop) was recorded partly in Brock's garage. FCS North and Crystal Skulls open. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Muckner

"Someone stole my guitar on Third and Bell," groans Muckner architect Daniel Erb. "I had a tire iron and I swore someone would pay." Anybody who's spent a significant amount of time in Belltown knows exactly where he's coming from. Erb crafted If I Can't Talk to You, Then I Can't Talk to Anybody (Buttermilk) about his experiences with Seattle's homeless community, and unfurls his tragicomic tales with the quirky grace of Tom Petty at his finest. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $6

Friday, March 4

Cross-Pollination: Euphondisson vs. Xisix

Its Fremont home field is a tad more obscure than the Crocodile, but Cross-Pollination is right up there with Iron Composer as the most innovative collaborative indie night in town. Avant noise merchants Euphondisson will generate live chaos, to be remixed on the spot by industrial electro-heads Xisix. Living Room, 4301 Fremont Ave. N., 206-941-1656. 8 p.m. $4

Jolie Holland

Owing to the terrible name, the Be Good Tanyas were never a band we could take seriously. Having gone solo, however, singer/guitarist Jolie Holland now commands respect the way Tom Waits (a big fan of Holland's) does; quietly, with a frighteningly precise talent for poignancy. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $15

Tennis Pro

The local songwriting tandem of David Drury and Phil Peterson claim via inset that "absolutely no electricity was used" to make new album Happy Is the New Sad (Cake), but "wasted" is a more accurate verb. There's no dearth of energetic power-pop about girls in this town; Tennis Pro's is as economical and witty as the best of 'em. Catwalk, 8 p.m. $7

Tsunami Relief Benefit: Smoosh

SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 41. John Hay Elementary School, 201 Garfield St., 800-325-7328, 6 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Saturday, March 5

Robyn Hitchcock

It's interesting the way artists sometimes seem to adopt second and third cities. Maybe it's wishful thinking but it often feels like Hitchcock has a home away from home in Seattle. Either way, when he plays here, it really feels like he's giving us that little something extra. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $15 adv. Also Fri., March 4, at Easy Street Records West Seattle

Monday, March 7

Michael Mayer

SEE JUKEBOX JURY, PAGE 43. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10 adv.

Kasabian

Brit-rock of the grand variety isn't usually worth getting het up about, but this conglomerate might just be the exception—certainly their RCA-issued self-titled debut is a hell of a lot better than any Oasis/Massive Attack hybrid has any right to be. They play between headliners the Music and openers Morningwood. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $11 adv./$13

Bob Dylan + Merle Haggard + Amos Lee

You remember the headliner—best songwriter ever, expanded what you could get away with vocally in a radio-pop context, armload of ridiculously great albums (most recently, 2001's all-pleasure "Love and Theft"), stunning memoirist, 100-plus shows a year for going on two decades now, angioplasty notwithstanding. You remember the guy in the middle—maybe country's greatest songwriter and one of its most reliable performers and record-makers (try last year's definitive 40 #1 Hits). And you'll remember the opener, a decent singer-songwriter who is also, as of this tour, the luckiest man alive. Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m. $37–$67 Also Tues., March 8–Wed., March 9

Tuesday, March 8

2 Live Crew

Looks like Luther Campbell is taking some time off from coaching youth football to get as nasty as he wants to be, allegedly for the last time. Good timing. "Banned in the USA" is perhaps more relevant than ever in the wake of recent FCC crackdowns. Shoulda got the Diceman to open. Studio Seven, 8 p.m. $13 adv.

Modest Mouse + Mason Jennings

Right now, already, they're gonna play four nights, already, all right, already, good luck getting in, already, and, um, well, you know the rest. Or will by the time this stand is out. Showbox, 7 p.m. $25.25 adv. Also Wed., March 8–Fri., March 11

 
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