Wednesday, April 6
It may seem odd to proclaim someone a "pioneer" of talking dirty (if that were the case, entire schoolyards would qualify), but Blowfly's proto-rap humor definitely has a claim for the hip-hop generation. He's still going strong, which means you can pay tribute and laff your ass off at the same time. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $9.50 adv./$10
"Spineless," Pitchfork called this San Diego group last week, and while that may be harsh, you don't have to listen too hard to understand why they've become indie rock's favorite punching bag lately. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $12 adv.
Third Anniversary Party: The Helio Sequence
SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 33. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. Free
Thursday, April 7
Costello is as much a storyteller as he is a songwriter, as his recent The Delivery Man reminds us. But then there's Il Sogno, Costello's foray into orchestral composition. Is it hyperbole to say that he can do anything? Maybe, but the man sure will entertain you live. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $27–$57
If psych culture is so chic right now, why was Graceland nearly empty a few months ago when these Sabbath-loving Matador hippies rolled into town? Maybe there were other big shows in town that night? Aw, dude, we forgeeeeeeeeet. Hopefully the red-eyed raves behind their latest LP, Feathers, will up the gate tonight. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8 adv.
Ed Harcourt + Martha Wainwright
Two of the more interesting singer-songwriters of the past few years team up for a smart bill. They share a penchant for lush arrangements and melodies; Harcourt's been garnering acclaim for a few years now, while Wainwright's just starting to get hers, thanks to last year's charmingly titled Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole EP and her new, Zoe/Rounder-issued, self-titled album. Showbox, 7 p.m. $25 adv.
Even if you're not especially tolerant of jam-band-dom, Moe. are one of the smarter, less googly-brained outfits hoeing that row, stupid punctuation and everything. Railroad Earth opens. Showbox, 7 p.m. $25 adv.
Jenn Ghetto, the ex-vocalist for Carissa's Wierd, makes music even more crepuscular than her earlier bands as S, whose Puking and Crying (Suicide Squeeze) was one of the smartest Seattle releases of 2004. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $7
DJ Self-Administered Beatdown vs. DJ El Toro
The Musicquarium's personality morphs based on what's going on downstairs on the Triple Door's mainstage, but on Thursdays when DJ nights feature the city's most well-rounded spinners, the space seems to have the brain of a serious funkophile and the bod of a neo-disco dancer. Triple Door Musicquarium, 9 p.m. Free
Friday, April 8
A Frames record release
The best robo-punks in the biz celebrate the issue of their third album, Black Forest (Sub Pop). Expect it to be packed, sweaty, and teeth-gnashingly fun. The Pyramids and Phantom Lights open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $6
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation Benefit
SEE PREVIEW, P. 38. Showbox, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20
SEE FEATURE, P. 37. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $20 adv./$23. Also Sat., April 9.
Despite drastically diminished sales returns on their last two albums, this show's nearly sold out already, and for good reason. Shirley Manson brings it live, and face it: Nobody wants fucking Gwen Stefani to be the only female icon still standing from the mid-'90s alt-rock boom. As for Garbage's latest, Bleed Like Me, it's pure girls vs. boys fluff. The dark androgynous sexuality is, sadly, toast. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $29.50
The Jimmy Chamberlain Complex
SEE PREVIEW, P. TK. El Corazon, 9:30 p.m. $12
SEE JUKEBOX JURY, P. 35. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17. Also at Showbox, Sat., April 9.
Bonni Suval Benefit: Guilty Pleasures Cover Night
What it says: Suval, the singer for local goth faves Fear of Dolls, sustained major injuries to her skull and ribs after being hit by a car crossing the street in Capitol Hill. She's in a body brace now; she'll get help with her medical bills from this show, featuring several local acts performing their own musical closet skeletons. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5 donation
Saturday, April 9
SEE PREVIEW, P. 38. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $13 adv./$15
Mastodon + Burning Brides
Technically proficient, yet pervasively populist, the no-bullshit headliners are rightfully poised to become bona fide metal kings, although one can't help but think they'll be watered down in the context of Ozzfest's second stage this summer. The Brides—recently transplanted from Philly to L.A.—offer bar none the sexiest stoner attack west of Jucifer. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $12 adv.
Joel R.L. Phelps and the Downer Trio
We've gone on enough about how great Phelps himself is; how about the Downer Trio? Minimalist drummer Bill Herzog (also of Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter) and moody bassist Robert Mercer (brother of the Shins' James, btw) excellently complement the singer/songwriter with style and grace. High Dive, 9:30 p.m. $6
Sunday, April 10
The former Squirrel Nut Zippers violinist has made a clean break with SNZ's manic style. The Mysterious Production of Eggs, his second solo album on Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label, recalls Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright. He's said to be a great live performer, and his quiet, thoughtful chamber pop should be a great fit for the Tractor's friendly confines. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $12
Tool Cover Night
Many years ago, during an extended version of "Sober" in Dayton, Ohio, Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan squatted onstage pensively, burying his head in his lap. A burly fan tapped us on the shoulder and excitedly exclaimed "Dude, no way! He's gonna suck his own . . . " You get the picture. Warning to tonight's tribute participants, Haoke, If/Then, and Red X: You've got big, um, shoes to fill. El Corazon, 6 p.m. $7
Tuesday, April 12
Once upon a time, New Yorker Green and his musical partner Kimya Dawson made a great, ridiculous album as the Moldy Peaches. Then they went their separate ways, with Dawson continuing to issue fine discs and Green doing less and less interesting work, a spiral that continues with the new Gemstones. The Vells and the Gnomes open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10 adv.