Aug. 3-9, 2005

Wednesday, August 3

Goldie

One of the first megacelebrities of Britain's homegrown jungle/drum and bass scene, Metalheadz label founder Goldie is pretty much a badass. 1995's Timeless remains part of d'n'b 101, though tonight's set may reveal whether he's looking forward or stuck in the past. With MC Armanni and Kid Hops. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10/21 +, $13/All-Ages

Patty Griffin

Best known to mainstream country fans as the writer of the Dixie Chicks' "Top of the World," Griffin's own version is on last year's Impossible Dream (ATO), which has enraptured her fervent, growing cult. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 206-615-0076, 5 p.m. $19

Richard Buckner

One of the most critically acclaimed singer-songwriters around, Buckner is touring (again) behind his newest, Dents and Shells (Merge), issued last October. Anders Parker and Tim Easton open. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $12

Teenage Fanclub

As their sincere, Big Star–style power pop broke around the same time as (and was somewhat eclipsed by) grunge, one wonders if the band ever received the recognition worthy of their name. Tonight they're supporting their first album in three years, with the Rosebuds. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17

Youthcare Drive: Hot Hot Heat + Eisley + World Leader Pretend

Locally based Youthcare estimates that 8,400 hygiene packs are given each year to the homeless, with much of their contents generated from shows like this one. So bring along a toothbrush or pair of socks and think of the kids while enjoying Eisley and World Leader Pretend, though they probably wouldn't envy you the headliner. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 adv/$17

Thursday, August 4

Blue Merle

So low-key as to be almost inaudible, this Nashville band's Dave Matthews–isms sound less overtly jammy than relaxed. Too relaxed. Kyle Riabko and Matt Kearney open.Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $12

Nikka Costa

"Tries too hard," said dismissively, is the general consensus about this R&B singer, though she's made a couple of decent hits. Unfortunately, none of them is on the new Can'tneverdidnothin' (Virgin), whose title tries pretty damn hard itself. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $16

Terence Blanchard

The much-loved trumpeter plays as part of a sextet on this stand, backed by saxophonist Brice Winston, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $23.50 Also Fri., Aug. 5–Sun., Aug. 7

Saturday, August 6

Brandi Carlile

The local singer-songwriter whose new, self-titled album (her third overall) just came out on Columbia celebrates with an official CD release party. Tom Brosseau opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15

Mark Farina

A rave among the 'animal attractions,' this unusually venued dance event ("Magnetic") will go on till 4 a.m. and, in addition to the mushroom-jazzy house of the headliner, will also include Carlos Mendoza, Human Blue, Mr. Supreme, Spektra, Johnny Love, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail, Osiris Indriya, Anamita, DjML, and lots of learning. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., 206-443-2001, 9 p.m. $15

Original Fever

If you dig KEXP's Saturday morning Positive Vibrations show, a new monthly hosted by its DJ, Kid Hops, features dancehall, reggae, and rock steady flavors and will be the spot to hit this warm summer night. Re-Bar, 10 p.m. $3

The Fading Collection (CD release)

Appearing with Mercir and Climber, electronica band TFC present their newest work, Supertron, whose sound isn't quite that big on plastic but just might be live. High Dive, 10 p.m. $7

Fascination Street + Black Celebration + Love Vigilantes

Tempting as it is to call them cover bands, the Cure, Depeche Mode, and New Order faithful that channel the songs and the fans who attend these spectacles would probably pop you one—it's a tribute, man. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Middle East Peace Camp + Ahlam + Zeryab Ensemble + Arab American Rap Hour + Al-Sharq Ensemble of Chicago

The musical portion of the three-day Arab Festival begins on Saturday with traditional choral groups and classical Arab music book-ending Syrian rap duo Sons of Hagar and an ode to Zeryab, the ninth-century Iraqi credited with bringing the ud (classical guitar) to much of Europe. Seattle Center, noon. For complete festival line-up and info, www.arabcenter.net.

Rabbit in the Moon

Once upon a time, this theatrical California rave troupe were renowned for their visually engrossing live shows, but a decade after that particular moment has passed it seems pretty damn iffy to be charging $30 or $40 to see it. Nostalgia, anyone? Premier, 9 p.m. $30 adv./$40

Monday, August 8

Avril Lavigne + Gavin DeGraw + Butch Walker

Inevitably, somebody, somewhere is going to buy tickets to this show. They will come wearing a tie and too much charcoal eyeliner. They will throw their hands up and sing along to "Sk8ter Boi," "I Don't Want to Be," and "Mixtape." And they will fall asleep thinking, "That was $40 well spent." White River Amphitheatre, 6 p.m. $38.50–$43.50

Hank Williams III

A name can get you places, especially if you've got what we'll politely refer to as moxie to back it up. For example, this country-royalty scion, whose bad attitude and metallic musical leanings aren't necessarily separate entities. JB Beverley and the Wayward Drifters open. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20

Tuesday, August 9

The Ponys

The Ponys galloped away with some hearts (ba-da-bing!) this spring at SXSW, thanks to their infectious, keyboard-embellished pop. Too bad vocalist Jared Gummere sings like he's about to die. The Occasion and Miss Alex White open. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10 E

UPCOMING SHOWS

Aug 10 Celtic Woman, Benaroya Hall

Aug 10 Alison Krauss & Union Station, Marymoor Park

Aug 10 Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Moore Theatre

Aug 10 The Brotherhood Tour, South Lake Union Park

Aug 10 Tinsley Ellis, Triple Door

Aug 10 Violent Femmes, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 11 Bruce Springsteen, KeyArena

Aug 11 Ozzfest 2005, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 11 Jim White, Triple Door

Aug 12–13 B.B. King Blues Festival, South Lake Union Park

Aug 13 Jack Johnson, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 13 Natalie MacMaster, Marymoor Park

Aug 14 David Gray, Moore Theatre

Aug 14 Jesse Winchester, Triple Door

Aug 15 Michael Burks, Triple Door

Aug 16 Liz Phair, Crocodile Cafe

Aug 16 Coldplay, White River Amphitheatre

Aug 16–21 Bob James Trio, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 17 Johnny Clegg, Triple Door

Aug 17 Cowboy Junkies, Woodland Park Zoo

Aug 19–21 Dave Matthews Band + North Mississippi Allstars, Gorge Amphitheatre

Aug 19 Delbert McClinton, Marymoor Park

Aug 19 Pink Martini, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 20 Dinosaur Jr., Showbox

Aug 20 Keali'l Reichl, South Lake Union Park

Aug 21 Amy Grant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Aug 23-28 Eddie Palmieri, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Aug 24 John Mellancamp + John Fogerty, White River Amphitheatre

 
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