June 22-28, 2005

Wednesday, June 22

Diane Schuur and the Caribbean Jazz Project

The MOR favorite gets a little spicy for her current touring go-round, though not, it seems safe to assume, too spicy. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $22.50–$24.50 Also Thurs., June 23–Sun., June 26

Mocean Worker + L'Altra

The '90s ain't over yet, apparently, as long as these rather nondescript beatheads are around, are they? Hakea opens. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $7

M.O.T.O.

Lots of great garage punk is buried under the radar—hell, until recently, the entire genre lived and breathed underground. Still, with a name like Masters of the Obvious and a sound that buzzsaws both the Beach Boys and the Buzzcocks, Chicago's M.O.T.O. (since 1981, yo) should be a household name. With Coconut Coolouts, the Razzle Dazzle Gang, Snot Rockettes. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Love as Laughter

Every once in a while, some band somewhere thinks it can resurrect classic rock. The effort typically falls flat on its face, but Love as Laughter's recent Laughter's Fifth (Sub Pop) nails the radio-ready, Tom Petty–hued, soft side of the genre perfectly. Buillon Brothers and Dutch Dub open. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $8

Sam Jayne

Love as Laughter's Sam Jayne went off to New York City a few years ago and learned to be folk singer, proving that sometimes you have to leave your home in order to figure out where you're from. Sonic Boom Capitol Hill, 6 p.m. Free

Whitesnake

They've made up their minds, they ain't wasting no more time, so here they go again—too bad Tawny Kitaen and that car hood won't be along for the ride. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $22.50–$62.50

Friday, June 24

AK1200 + Dara + Dieselboy + Messinian

Drum and bass 2005 is a pretty cool place, so this all-scene-star consortium should be a good place to catch up—if they're not still miring themselves in techstep turgidity, that is. Studio B, 10 p.m. $20

Caro + Jerry Abstract + Ted Dancin + Bruno Pronsato

SEE JUKEBOX JURY, P. 57. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 206-388-0500, 9 p.m. $5

Gin Blossoms

A couple years ago, this paper ran a glowing retrospective of this bland group's mid-'90s heyday. We are really, really sorry for that. Marymoor Park, 7 p.m. $20–$29

Lucinda Williams + John Doe

SEE CD REVIEW, P. 70 (John Doe). South Lake Union Summer Nights, 8 p.m. $32

The Makers

The Makers have been spewing garage rock vibes all over the country since 1991, releasing albums on Sympathy for the Record Industry, Sub Pop, and now Kill Rock Stars—which makes them veterans of a scene notorious for one-hit wonders, and worth checking out for that status alone. With the Apes, zZz, Rabbits. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

The Meat Purveyors

These Austin bluegrass smart-asses play lightning fast, but also just sloppily enough to sound as human as the foibles their lyrics enact. "How can I be so thirsty today/When I had so much to drink last night?" worries lead hollerer Jo Walston. "My keys are missing, my heel broke off/And my hair is an incredible sight." Ethan Aazrian opens. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10 - CANCELED

Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet

The locally bred saxophonist is probably most beloved by the jam-etc. crowd for his work with this group, and they've got a point—Syncopated Taint swing, skronk, and funk with equal aplomb. Nectar, 10 p.m. $10

Uberzone

When a style of music is dubbed "future breaks," you know it's going to sound dated. In the '90s, Uberzone's were in high demand, funky and more adventurous than fellow big beat slingers like Fatboy Slim. Last Supper Club, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$15

Saturday, June 25

DJ Colette

The Chicago house jock makes her mark on the records she spins by singing over them during her sets—the results aren't stupendous, but it's a fairly charming device. Miss Funk and Emily Song open. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10

Dressy Bessy

After a long time avoiding them because their name is so fucking bad, we've come around on Dressy Bessy's indie-guitar twee-overload charms. Norway's Jessica Fletchers and Tennis Pro open. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8 Also at Sonic Boom Ballard, 2209 N.W. Market St., 206-297-2666, at 6 p.m. Free

Free for All: Aqueduct + Microphones/Mt Eerie + RA Scion + Audiopoet & B Shorty + Mon Frere + Fankick!

Born from the One Reel/VERA Project Event Planning Program, Free for All! is arranged by Seattle's young music industry movers & shakers, and features in its second year a crazy eclectic lineup of indie-rockin', hip-hoppin', beatboxin' and '80s-dancin'. The kids even manage to coax Microphones' Phil Elverum out of hiding, hot damn! Mural Amphiteatre at Seattle Center, 4 p.m. Free

Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina

The most notable thing about this repairing of one of the less-missed mega-acts of the '70s is its early door time. Does this mean they'll be performing some kind of four-hour mega-jam, à la CSNY's '70s live shows, or just that they're considerate about folks who have later-evening plans? Gorge Amphitheatre, 4 p.m. $40.60–$61.50

Sunday, June 26

Death in Vegas DJ Set

Richard Fearless' semi-rock/semi-dance outfit has never been all that reliable on record, but when Fearless plays other folks' music it's usually worth your time. Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, 5 p.m. Free

Living:Room Closing Show

The Fremont venue was our Club Pick not long ago, and now closes its doors in preparation for opening a Capitol Hill Arts Center–esque venue in its place early next year. During its short life, the club's couches saw a variety of performers like Kelly Dale, Revielle, and Turn Around, who play the closing benefit show tonight. Living:Room, 7:30 p.m. $7

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

The Texas singer-songwriter and bandleader has always had one of the more winning personalities in country-etc., sardonic and sweet in equal measure, not unlike his music itself. South Lake Union Park Summer Nights, 7 p.m. $48

Slaid Cleaves

It must be said: In addition to being a winning-enough singer-songwriter with some slyness about him, Slaid Cleaves has the best name ever. Geoff Stanfield opens. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $12

Monday, June 27

Liver & Bacon, Rotten Milk Vs. Bubblegum Shitface, Carpet of Sexy, Safety Pin

Rotten Milk vs. Bubblegum Shitface's current self-titled, self-released slice of digital plastic is filed under "Difficult Listening," but what were you expecting? Headliners Liver & Bacon feature one member of Climax Golden Twins and one member of Factums. They'll probably be a little difficult, too. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Tuesday, June 28

Andy Bey Duo

The first appearance here in half a decade for this hugely loved jazz vocalist, whose American Song was one of last year's most acclaimed albums in its field. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $20.50

Inspectah Deck + Afu Ra + Planet Asia

The Wu-Tang satellite's never made all that deep an impression on the rap world, but he's dogged and pretty skillful nevertheless. Afu Ra was supposed to blow up a few years ago but never quite did; Planet Asia's been holding it down for West Coast for about as long. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Liquifi: John Doe

This San Francisco house DJ is not to be confused with the still-occasional-X-frontman who opens for Lucinda Williams on Friday—just so you all know. EMP Liquid Lounge, 10 p.m. Free

Marcus Intalex

The UK runs drum and bass, and Intalex reps the pack currently pumping funk and soul back into the genre across the pond. With DJ Lee and Zacharia. War Room, 9 p.m. $7

 
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