Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2005

Wednesday, September 28

Every Time I Die + High on Fire + the Red Chord + Esoteric

One of the best metal bills you're going to find here (or anywhere), this should be packed, so get there early. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Le Vide: Rebel

Fans of the Country Teasers know that the Rebel is singer Ben Wallers' "solo act" (two others join him tonight). Those fans also know that Wallers can put on a hell of a show; just imagine how far he'll go when he's acting as an insurgent. With Climax Golden Twins and DJ William F Buckley. Re-bar, 9 p.m. $3

Sigur Rós

The opening track from this Icelandic quartet's 2002 album, ( ), is perfect funeral music—one of the most beautiful, ageless-sounding dirges pop music has produced in a good long while. We don't know much about their new record, Takk . . . , except that its songs, unlike ( )'s, have names. Amina open. Paramount, 8 p.m. $25–$35

Thursday, September 29

Dengue Fever

A few years ago, garage and pop bands discovered songs from the vaults of 60s-era Third World countries and island nations were like, totally hot. L.A. band Dengue Fever, with their sultry, evocative singer, a recent immigrant from Phnom Penh, make the trend modern. The Militant Rhythm Section and Plentyface also perform. High Dive, 9 p.m. $5

Four Tet

The spastic experimentation of Everything Is Ecstatic has thrown some fans for a loop as Hebden continues working outside the box. "Pastoral" this one is not. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15

The National + Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Talkdemonic

SEE TALK TALK, P. 45 (Talkdemonic). Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Rodney Crowell and the Outsiders

Crowell's been on a roll lately, not just as a songwriter (he's always done that well) but as a record-maker (where things have tended to be more uneven). He plays in support of the new The Outsider; Will Kimbrough and Jedd Hughes open. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $20 adv./$23

Friday, September 30

Angelique Kidjo

Born in Benin, Africa, and based in Paris, Kidjo is a Grammy-nominated fusionist blending indigenous sounds with European pop, American funk and jazz. 2004's Oyaya! saw her collaborating with Dave Matthews—your guess who's funkier. Meany Hall at UW, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street, 206-685-2742., 8 p.m. $29

Cut Copy

Also opening on the Franz Ferdinand bill this week, this Aussie electro unit is already a huge hit in the U.K., Easy Street Records West Seattle, 4559 California Ave. S.W., 9:30 p.m. Free

Earth

The heaviest band in the galaxy, much less in town or near it, brings the fuzz at this free in-store. Hope the low end doesn't damage too much merch. Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, 7 p.m. Free

Girls of NW Rock

This region is swarming with sensitive women playing weepy acoustic guitar, but these broads bring the noise: Go Like Hell, Fabulous Disaster, the Gloryholes, the Hatchetwounds, Betty X, the Spazms, Sputterdoll, Sugarpuss, the Mechanical Dolls, the Snot Rockettes, the Dead X's, the Histrionics, Kiss Her for the Kid, and Universal Measure. Studio Seven, 3 p.m. $10

Idlewild

A few years ago, these Edinburgh upstarts earned the two greatest comparisons in the past decade of pop writing: "Like a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs" and "What Fugazi would sound like if they ate meat." They've mellowed since, but there's still plenty of fight left in them. Inara George opens. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12

Night of the Living VERA

The hardworking volunteers and members of Seattle's favorite all-ages spot get their own night to rock the stage. See what they're up to with Murgatroid, Chris Hong, Jon Carr, Fifty Fifty, Adjust Your Face, Anne Rogers Quartet, Michaud and DJ Jizosh. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $6 ($5 w/club card)

Radio Nationals

After this, there will be only one Radio Nationals show left before the well-loved roots-rock band calls it quits, so pay your respects and lift your bottles one (next-to-) last time. Evangeline and Riffbrokers open. Crocodile Cafe 9 p.m. $7

Saturday, October 1

Degenerate Art Ensemble + Infernal Noise Brigade + Seattle School

If you love experimental music and/or a good old-fashioned controlled mess, look no further than this bill, which doubles as a CD release party for DAE. Consolidated Works, $5–$15

Franz Ferdinand

SEE SMALLMOUTH, P. 44. Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $30 adv./$35 Also Sun., Oct. 2

KJ Sawka

The drum and bass kit-playing phenom is starting to get notice outside our fair city, and this hefty bill should showcase him nicely. Also on it: DJ Collage, M.O., BShorty, Christa Wells, and Electroset. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $6

John Vanderslice + the Double + Crystal Skulls

SEE FEATURE, P. 49 (Vanderslice). Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

Voyager One

Dreamy space-rockers finally release a follow-up to 2002's highly praised Monster Zero (Loveless). Titled Dissolver, the vibe at tonight's show—with bill-mates This Is a Process of a Still Life, Jen Wood, and Treasures—is sure to be exquisitely restrained. Paradox, 8 p.m. $7

Sunday, October 2

Blackalicious

These Bay Area rap faves have made good records, but the new The Craft (Anti-) isn't one of them, unfortunately. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15 adv.

Can't Blow the Blues Away: New Orleans Musician Benefit

Les Femmes d'Enfer, the Mount Zion Men's Chorus, the City Cantabile Choir, the Settle Peace Choir, Shoreline Unitarian Choir, and Grand Trevillion gather for this benefit show. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4800, 7:30 p.m. $15 adv./$17

T. Raumschmiere + Jerry Abstract + Foscil

SEE CD REVIEW, P. 71 (T. Raumschmiere). Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Monday, October 3

The Dead Kenny G's

Skerik on sax, Mike Dillon on bass, and Brian Haas on keyboards equals, according to them, "punk jazz"—no wonder they copped their name from a legendary SF punk band. And since anything Skerik is involved with is at least worth hearing, this ought to be a treat. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $19.50

Easy Star All Stars + John Brown's Body

We didn't think a Dark Side of the Moon tribute album performed by a dub-reggae band was a good idea, either, until hearing Dub Side of the Moon at a coffeehouse or five convinced us otherwise. Now they're bringing it to the stage, and taking JBB, one of the best new-roots reggae bands around, with them. Irie! Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

The Fiery Furnaces

SEE FEATURE, P. 43. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15

Mike Doughty + Erin McKeown

Doughty didn't sound especially interesting among the literati he shared the Bumbershoot stage with, but he's an engaging performer who works best with a band, which he'll have tonight. McKeown is a highly regarded folk-pop singer with a lovely voice. Showbox, 7 p.m. $17 Mike Doughty also plays Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, at 1 p.m. Free

Tuesday, October 4

Black Dice

Black Dice's new Broken Ear Record (DFA/Astralwerks) is startlingly namby-pamby and polite, like Byrne/Eno skipping lightly through digital mud; they should have called it My Life in the Bush of Dorks and gotten it over with. Blood on the Wall and Spider and the Webbs open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Dungen + Mia Doi Todd

SEE CD REVIEW, P. 71 (Dungen). Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 Dungen also plays Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, at 6 p.m. Free E

UPCOMING SHOWS

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

Oct 6 HIM + Finch + Skindred, Premier

Oct 6 Yonder Mountain String Band + Open Road, Showbox

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 17 Jem + Josh Kelley, Moore Theatre

Oct 18 Tortoise, Neumo's

Oct 19 Dar Williams + Girlyman, Moore Theatre

Oct 19 Nada Surf, Neumo's

Oct 20 ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), Tractor

Oct 21–22 Sage Francis, Neumo's

Oct 21 The Posies, Neumo's

Oct 21 Bauhaus, Paramount

Oct 22 Iron and Wine + Calexico, Moore Theatre

Oct 23 David Gray, KeyArena

Oct 25 The Go! Team, Showbox

Oct 27 Decemberists, Showbox

Oct 30 Rolling Stones, KeyArena

Oct 30 Broadcast, Neumo's

 
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