June 29-July 5, 2005

Wednesday, June 29

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

Oliver Mtukudzi and Black Spirits

The Zimbabwean powerhouse is always a good bet live, and if his plosive rhythms feel sort of odd in the Triple Door's tabled area, you can always shimmy in your seat. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25

Rachid Taha

He's from Algeria, he's shamelessly political and shamelessly pop (as in "populist"), his rai/disco/metal hybrids rock out, and he's fantastic live. Raga 2 Rap and Darek Mazzone open. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $15

Transmissionary Six

These former members of the Walkabouts and the Willard Grant Conspiracy make atmospheric Americana that was last heard on 2004's Get Down, but rumor has it a new album is in the works. With the Graze and Saeta. High Dive, 9:30 p.m. $5

Thursday, June 30

Baby Gramps

The local folk treasure headlines an agreeable conglomeration that also includes Kitchen Syncopators, Mad Tea Party, and Shadows Even the Silver Spoon. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Buddy Guy + Eric Johnson Electric Band

Opener Johnson's curiously dubbed combo should be a decent lead-in to Guy, who doesn't need to tell anyone he or his band are electric—they just are, and have been for decades. South Lake Union Park Summer Nights, 860 Terry Ave. N., 206-684-7331, 7 p.m. $32

Robben Ford

A once and maybe future jazz-fusion guitarist, Ford has been moving bluesward for the past couple albums, including the recent Keep on Running (Concord). Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $23.50. Also Fri., July 1–Sun., July 3

The Vells + Mon Frere + DJs WP2K

Dance parties in this town are imaginative and plentiful, but easy to miss if you don't have a photographic memory for Pike/Pine light poles. "What, You Don't Like Fun?" is a promising new monthly, with members of Minus the Bear and These Arms are Snakes as DJs WP2K. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. FREE

The Wallflowers

Kind of tuneful and kind of bland, Jakob Dylan and his journeymen keep on keepin' on with the new Radio, Sweetheart (Universal). Marymoor Park, 7:30 p.m. $20–$29.50

Friday, July 1

The A-Frames + The Lamps + Rock the Light

By now you've decided to really trust In The Red's referrals, but have you heard L.A.'s Lamps? On their self-titled debut, these unschooled former game-show hosts take their talking points from the primate house and their guitar sounds from the gutter—and yes, dipshit, that's a good thing. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $6

Ferry Corsten

People seem to shy away from admitting a fondness for trance, but the fact that Corsten (who produces anthemic tracks under the System F moniker) and fellow Dutchmen Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto sell millions of albums each year betrays a legion of fans lurking about, even in Seattle. Element, 9 p.m. $17 adv.

Holy Ghost Revival + The Dead Science + The Strangers + The Best Death Ever

With Holy Ghost Revival following the Dead Science, VERA might feel like a maudlin carnival tonight. Both bands conjure tightrope walking, trapeze flying, and worry with old-world psych rock and dark cinematic tones. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $8 ($7 w/club card)

Ming + FS

Skipping across the breakbeat spectrum from hip-hop to drum and bass to big-beat-ish stuff, New Yorkers Ming + FS have some of their city's grit and cosmopolitanism, though if they've ever had a style you could consider theirs alone it's escaped us. Trinity, 10 p.m. $15

Saturday, July 2

Audio Poet

After spending the last day of the Redmond Old Firehouse's workshop-filled "Get Off the Couch" week learning how to beatbox, stick around to see how a pro does it. With RA Scion, Cyphalliance, Gabriel Teodros, and DJ WD40. Old Firehouse, 8 p.m. $6

Esthero

The grotesquely titled Wikked Lil' Grrrls (Reprise) finds this one-time purveyor of crappy trip-hop moving Avril-ward, meaning her beats are now "rock" rather than "downtempo." It opens with (cough) "We R in Need of a Musical ReVoLuTIoN," a song that manages to sound even more obnoxious than it's spelled. Avoid like plague. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $15

Nightheart + Citizens Here and Abroad + The Preons + Lillydale

The coed pop harmonies of San Francisco's acclaimed Citizens and the Preons' dreamy shoegaze-tinged rock are the big draws at Saturday night's only proper indie show, where Nightheart and Lillydale also perform. Crocodile Cafe, 10 p.m. $6

Pin Down Girls: Seksu Roba + Go Like Hell + DJ Taj

L.A.'s libidinous electronic duo Seksu Roba and the rowdy Go Like Hell soundtrack a night of wrestling in which bawdy, badass babes (including members of Rat City Rollergirls and the Deconstructionists) duke it out in a real ring to benefit Viva Productions, a community theater program for at-risk youth. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $12 adv./$20

Widespread Panic

One of a handful of jam bands that aren't totally embarrassing, this crew has songs worth stretching out, and chops that take them somewhere. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., 206-628-0888, 3 p.m. $35

Sunday, July 3

Joan Osborne

Forget that God hit—Osborne has always been a kozmik blooze mama in the post-Janis sense, meaning fairly obnoxious and quite forgettable. Marymoor Park, 7 p.m. $20–$29.50

Maximo Park

More U.K. post-post-punk pop action—their A Certain Trigger (Warp) has even gone Top 20 in England. Pretty good at it, too. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12. Also at Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5

Scout Niblett

The singer who inspired one message-board denizen to describe her voice as "[making] Victoria Jackson sound like Madeliene Albright." If you like your godawful self-expression with a big side dose of caterwauling, perhaps you should reconsider your priorities. Federation X and Afrirampo play after Niblett; Levi Fuller plays first. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

 
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