March. 9-15, 2005

Wednesday, March 9

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

KRS-One + One Be Lo

The Blastmaster from the Boogie Down may have slipped precariously record-making-wise over the years, but he's still extremely good live. The heavily hyped indie rhymer One Be Lo should be a good match. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $18 adv.

Modest Mouse

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 Thurs., March 10–Fri., March 11.

RRROOOAAARRR!!!

Sorry, didn't mean to scare you. Then again, yes, we fucking did. The Countdown to Armageddon (C.T.A.) DJs—whom you may have seen dropping metal, punk, and hardcore plates at Shorty's in Belltown—get vicious in El Corazon's new lounge every Wednesday night, free of charge. Not sure if it's the best metal weekly in town, but the name's unfuckwithable. El Corazon, 8 p.m.

Snitches Get Stitches

Snitches Get Stitches are very loud. Fusing abrasive metal riffage with relatively benign pop, then sealing the seams with driving rhythms only to burst them back open with odd, electro-core samples, their recent Empty Records debut is not for the faint of heart. Neither is their live show. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $6

Thursday, March 10

Nina Hagan's 50th Universal Bearthday Bash

Nina Hagan has a newish album of swing covers, a fashion line called Mother of Punk, some of the most obscene facial features in human history, and 30 years of influencing new-wave dance junk under her belt. She also talks about herself in third person. She's an icon. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25

Hank Jones Trio ft. Betsyann Faiella

Pianist Jones (along with bassist Jim DiJulio and an as-yet-unnamed drummer) will be playing through the Frank Sinatra songbook, with Faiella singing. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $19.50–$21.50 Also Fri., March. 11–Sun. March. 13.

Little Feat

The semi-legendary '70s rockers aren't exactly in original form here—their leader, Lowell George, passed in 1979, a year after they initially broke up. Still, their songbook's sturdy and so are their chops. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $49. Also Fri., March. 11.

Tegan and Sara

This Canadian alternafolk twin-sis duo didn't exactly build from the goodwill they generated with 2003's collection of surprisingly wry, insightful citysongs, If It Was You (Vapor Us). Last year's follow-up, So Jealous, is uninspired pop-punk fluff. Regardless, the devoted will happily congregate to chuckle at the ladies' snappy back-and-forth. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Friday, March 11

Guitar Wolf

SEE PREVIEW, PAGE 51. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Hamell on Trial

New Yorker Ed Hamell may seem like just another folkie on the surface, but he's a mindful, funny one once you pay attention. Also gritty—dude seems to have ingested his share of pulp fiction. Wish we could say that about more acoustic-strumming singer-songwriters. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $10

High on Fire

With the combined talents of ex-Sleep shredder Matt Pike and new bassist Joe Preston (Thrones, Melvins), this should be one of the most formidable metal bands around. Yet for some reason, their Mötorhead second-coming sludge falls flat on wax. Live, it's a slightly different story, and your ass will be kicked, if perfunctorily. El Corazon, 9 p.m. $10

Rebirth Brass Band

Brass band music, native to New Orleans and encompassing as wide a range as any other African-American style, is one of the most consistently underrated genres around. Rebirth are one of its best practitioners, and their shows are consistently party-worthy. Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $14 adv./$16

Saturday, March 12

Kaiser Chiefs

Britpop redux, or merely Killers redux? The Chiefs' much-hyped debut, Employment, won't hit Yankee shores until Tuesday, but has already spawned a fey, up-tempo mini-dance smash in "I Predict a Riot". The clipped, nasal chorus is in line with vintage Cars, and there are plenty more goofy-ass future hits to come. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10 adv.

Kings of Convenience

We love Nordic pop for the same reasons we love Nordic countries. It's vast and lovely, and stylish and awesome without any of the nasty pretensions and posturing that you get everywhere else on the planet. Kings of Convenience's recent Riot on an Empty Street is their best yet. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $14 adv./$17

Slint

SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 43. Showbox, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Vendetta Red

Believe it or not, Seattle's favorite really, really, really sincere melodic screamo quintet hasn't quite taken over the world yet. They should be content selling the living hell out of Western Washington shows for the next month, though, presumably while planning their next Sony hookfest. Chop Suey, 10 p.m. $10

The Ventures

You want living legends? Here are some right here—the instrumental rock combo whose early '60s hits like "Walk—Don't Run" and "Hawaii Five-O" helped codify everything cool about twangy guitars and rumbling bass lines. Premier, 8 p.m. $9.73 adv./$15

Sunday, March 13

Oneida

SEE PREVIEW, PAGE 51. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $8 adv.

Total Experience Gospel Choir + Pat Wright

Total Experience is the city's most celebrated gospel choir, and rightly so, but this should be interesting because it doubles as the CD release party for TEGC leader Pat Wright's powerful solo debut. Century Ballroom, 12:30 p.m. $7–16

Monday, March 14

M. Ward

Indie rock's longstanding fascination with mumbling bores continues apace with this Californian, who has three snoozy albums to his credit, the low point of which being an asinine cover of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" on 2003's Transfiguration of Vincent. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Tuesday, March 15

Brant Bjork and the Bros

The former Fu Manchu drummer keeps the guitars thick and the rhythms funky enough (but still rockishly straight-ahead) with his new group, though last year's Local Angel, a solo set, was surprisingly mellow. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Dr. John and the Lower 911

N'awlins' favorite white son still has plenty of cult appeal, from his early, funky work to the more jazz-inflected stuff he does now, and he knows how to tell a story as well as play piano. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $24.50–$28.50

M.I.A.

SEE FEATURE, PAGE 51. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12 adv.

 
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