Sept. 14-20, 2005

Wednesday, September 14

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

What's more tiresome, "rebellious" imagery or '80s indie redux? The answer, if you're this band, is both. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17

International Extreme Music Fest

God Dethroned, Byzantine, Nightrage, Hell Within, Epoch of Unlight, Thine Eyes, Bleed, and Lilitu all bring the growl, noise, and rage at this traveling arrrgh-fest. Studio Seven, 6:30 p.m. $13 adv./$16

Michael Penn

Mr. Aimee Mann isn't the most memorable singer-songwriter guy out there, but he's tuneful enough if that's your primary interest. Judd and Maggie open. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $15 Also Thursday, Sept. 15

DJ Rob Swift + Shortkut

Two turntable wreckers from opposite coasts whose skills are beyond denial, which doesn't necessarily translate into compelling music—Shortkut's done some good stuff, though Swift's albums, both by himself and with the X-Ecutioners, haven't been up to much. War Room, 8 p.m. $12

Thursday, September 15

Zap Mama

Maria Daulne and her Zairean all-female vocal troupe can tour forever on the coffeehouse crossover albums they made during the '90s, but they're here behind last year's Ancestry in Progress (Luaka Bop). Triple Door, 7 p.m. $32 adv./$35

Friday, September 16

The Black Keys

Loud "blues" rock duos haven't yet reached the cultural ubiquity of their three- or four-pieced fellows, but they're getting close. Too bad this one isn't all that interesting, unless you have a rawness fetish. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13 adv.

Röyksopp + Annie

SEE CD REVIEWS, P. 97. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18

DJ Rap

Back when drum and bass DJs seemed like they actually had a shot at being actual pop stars, DJ Rap made her best attempt, then went back to the ass-kicking DJ work she made her name on. That's where she thankfully remains. Trinity, 10 p.m. $15

Saturday, September 17

Antony and the Johnsons + CocoRosie

SEE FEATURE (COCOROSIE), P. 87. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Danny Barnes

The ex–Bad Livers majordomo celebrates the release of Get Myself Together (Terminus), his fourth solo album, with this show. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Dead Can Dance

These 4AD legends last recorded together in 1996, though principal songwriters Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Parry have found solo success—the former winning an Oscar nod for her Gladiator score in 2000. DCD's darkly ethereal blend of gothic and world music was hugely influential beyond those scenes, and holds up today. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $29.50–59.50. Also Sunday, September 18.

Izabelle (CD release)

Prepare for a flood of new albums from Seattle's talented bands this fall by picking up Izabelle's pop-perfect A Pleasant Fiction. Some By Sea and Broadcast Debut, who both have EPs on the way, open. Paradox, 7:30 p.m. $9

Pulses + the Cripples

Two terrific local bands celebrate the release of their new CDs on Dirtnap (Pulses' Gather Round and Destroy All Our Records; the Cripples' Culture). The Unnatural Helpers open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Squirrel VS Bear

This Chico band would most easily fit in the electro-punk box, but their cutesy name belies a tendency to flirt with pop, resulting in smart melodies you'll remember. The Pharmacy, Plentyface, and the Shudders also rock the good ship Antoinette. S.S. Marie Antoinette, 1235 Westlake Ave. N., 206-419-3847.

Stellastarr*

Stellastarr*'s guitars can go all crazy-blissful like an up-tempo MBV jam, but then Shawn Christensen's bizarre vocal affectations (is it Flock of Seagulls? Robert Smith?) enter the picture, and you don't know whether it's true love or pure pretension. With Every Move a Picture and Joy Wants Eternity. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $13

Monday, September 19

Culture

They made probably the greatest single roots-reggae album with 1977's Two Sevens Clash, and with strong material since then as well as Joseph Hill's fiery stage presence, the Jamaican trio keep on keeping on with more flair than many of their fellow vets. Larry's, 9 p.m. $15 adv./$20

Lyrics Born

The headliner's wonderful old-man flow is always an up, even on his 100th (or so) appearance in the past couple years. Pigeon John opens. Neumo's, 7:30 p.m. $12 adv.

Tuesday, September 20

Carla Bley and the Lost Chords

One of the great composers and pianists in modern jazz, Bley's always got something up her sleeve, and with this unit (longtime bassist—and husband—Steve Swallow, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, drummer Billy Drummond), anything can and hopefully will happen. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $22.50

Mono + Bellini

Noisy indie rock, anyone? That's what the headliners deliver, as do the second-billed, an Italian outfit whose disjointed new Small Stones is just out on Temporary Residence. LKN open. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Nouvelle Vague + Lushy + Velella Velella

SEE CD REVIEW (NOUVELLE VAGUE), P. 97. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12 E

UPCOMING SHOWS

Sept 21 The Arcade Fire, Paramount Theatre

Sept 22 Ashlee Simpson, Showbox

Sept 23 Nine Inch Nails + Queens of the Stone Age + Autolux, KeyArena

Sept 24 The New Pornographers + Destroyer, Showbox

Sept 24 Akufen, Neumo's

Sept 25 Duncan Sheik, Chop Suey

Sept 25 Robert Plant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Sept 25 The Queers, El Corazon

Sept 25 Isolée, Neumo's

Sept 26 Green Day + Jimmy Eat World, Tacoma Dome

Sept 27 The Notwist + Themselves, Chop Suey

Sept 27 Acid Mothers Temple, Neumo's

Sept 28 Sigur Ròs + Amina, Paramount

Sept 29 Carl Cox + Evil Nine, Showbox

Sept 29 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Talk Demonic, Crocodile Cafe

Sept 29 Four Tet, Neumo's

Oct 1 Jon Scofield, Tractor Tavern

Oct 1 T. Raumschmiere, Chop Suey

Oct 1 M83 + the National + Athlete + Math & Physics Club, Neumo's

Oct 1 Billy Ray Cyrus, Emerald Queen Casino

Oct 1-2 Franz Ferdinand + TV on the Radio + Cut Copy, Paramount

Oct 3 The Fiery Furnaces, Neumo's

Oct 3 Mike Doughty, Showbox

Oct 4 Proclaimers, Tractor Tavern

Oct 4 Black Dice, Chop Suey

Oct 4 Danzig + Chimaira + Himsa + Behemoth, Premier

Oct 4 The Frames + Josh Ritter, Showbox

Oct 5 System of a Down + the Mars Volta + Hella, KeyArena

Oct 8 The Dirty Three, Neumo's

Oct 11 Bob Mould, Neumo's

Oct 13 Against Me! + the Epoxies + the Soviettes, Neumo's

Oct 14 Gillian Welch, Paramount

Oct 15 Brooks and Dunn, White River Amphitheatre

Oct 17 Superpitcher, Chop Suey

Oct 18 Tortoise, Neumo's

Oct 19 Dar Williams + Girlyman, Moore Theatre

Oct 19 Nada Surf, Neumo's

Oct 21-22 Sage Francis, Neumo's

Oct 21 The Posies, Neumo's

Oct 22 Iron and Wine + Calexico, Moore Theatre

Oct 25 The Go! Team, Showbox

Oct 27 Decemberists, Showbox

Oct 30 Rolling Stones, KeyArena

Oct 30 Broadcast, Neumo's

Nov 1 Metric, Crocodile Cafe

Nov 3 Paul McCartney, KeyArena

Nov 4 Bright Eyes + Sons and Daughters, Moore Theatre

Nov 7 Atmosphere + Blueprint, Showbox

Nov 8 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Benaroya Hall

Nov 9 Jethro Tull, McCaw Hall

Nov 12 Broken Social Scene, Showbox

Nov 12 Henry Rollins, Moore Theatre

Nov 12 Bonnie Raitt, Paramount

Nov 14 Chicks on Speed, Chop Suey

Nov 17 Joss Stone, Paramount

Nov 18 Death Cab for Cutie + Stars, Paramount Theatre

Nov 21 Gwen Stefani + M.I.A., KeyArena

Nov 25 Jane Siberry, Triple Door

Nov 26 Donovan, Moore Theatre

Nov 27 Ozomatli, Showbox

 
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