Nov. 2-8, 2005

Wednesday, November 2

The Bad Plus + Mocean Worker

Listening to the Bad Plus' Suspicious Activity? is like playing strip poker with your nuclear family and liking it enough not to care who wins or when; the trio's appetite for transgression rages harder than that of any band in their class. Mocean Worker does the easy-listening drum and bass thing pretty decently. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $21.50

The Luna Moth + Sleepy Eyes of Death

Tomorrow the Luna Moth deconstruct themselves at Aurafice's First Friday; tonight hear their drone rock with one of the area's best-named bands, Sleepy Eyes of Death, and two Boston ambassadors, Magic People and Tunnel of Love. Funhouse, 9 p.m. $5

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

The tenor and soprano saxophonist leads a group that includes pianist George Colligan, bassist Boris Kaslov, and drummer E.J. Strickland. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Ben Thomas Quartet

Vibraphonist/percussionist Thomas, who teaches at Highline, plays here a lot, but this is a chance to see him strut his stuff in front of a wider crowd, with help from Eric Likkel (clarinet and bass clarinet), Clipper Anderson (bass), and John Bishop (drums). Tula's, 8:30 p.m. $10 Earshot members/$12

Thursday, November 3

Cerberus Shoal

Given a map of the world and three guesses, you might never nail Portland, Maine, U.S.A., as the home base of Cerberus Shoal. Indie rock–esque bent guitar notes and wonderfully incomprehensible babbling spot the landscape of their long, windy, and obtuse avant explorations. With the Sea Donkeys and Micah Blue Smalldone. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7 Also Fri., Nov. 4 with Sugar Skulls at Rendezvous, 10:30 p.m. $5

Nina Hagen

Your punk rock priestess from another planet—Germany, perhaps—Hagen puts on a show unlike anyone else, for better or worse. In good company are Ursula and the Androids, Jackie and the Control Tops, and Pho Bang's DJ Baby J. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25

Paul McCartney

He may have teamed up with Nigel Godrich for a more homemade-feeling new record, but you know damn well he's gonna trot out the hits and be a cheeseball about it at this show. Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., 206-684-7202, 8 p.m. $50–$250

The Village Green (CD release)

This local garage outfit should be seeing many happy returns—and a lot of you're-asking-for-it Kinks references—from their fantastic debut, a self-titled disc being released tonight. Stars of Track and Field open. War Room, 9 p.m. $5

Richard "Humpty" Vission

Wrong on two counts: This bland house DJ is neither as entertaining as Digital Underground, nor does he have much in the way of, well, vision. Last Supper Club, 10 p.m. Free

Friday, November 4

The Brain Surgeons

Albert Bouchard (former Blue Oyster Cult), Ross the Boss (former Dictators), and Deborah Frost (still a music writer as well as a musician) anchor this fun hard-rock combo. 7 Screaming Diz Busters and Jimmy Flame and the Sexxy Boys open. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Citizen Cope

Given that his latest album is a solo disc released with his real name in the title, it makes sense that this show features Clarence Greenwood by himself. Tractor Tavern, 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. $20 adv./$22

Django Reinhardt Festival

Dorado Schmitt, Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, and Brian Torff all pay tribute to the Gypsy jazz guitar master. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $23.50

DJ Sammy

If you want to feast on cheese, this is your jam: DJ Sammy turns everything from Bryan Adams to Don Henley to the goddamned Mamas and the Papas into hands-in-the-air trance. Damn effective at it, too. Last Supper Club, 10 p.m.

Minus the Bear + These Arms Are Snakes + Headphones + Heather Duby

Seattle—what a weird town. Take this bill, featuring an excellent indie rock band on top of an excellent screamo-or-thereabouts band on top of a moonlighting Pedro the Lion on top of a smart singer-songwriter. All over the place, but where else would you find them all? Here and here only, bay-bee. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10

My Morning Jacket

Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Jim James and co. served as music consultants to Cameron Crowe during the making of Elizabethtown, which they also cameo in playing—what else? Skynyrd. But they've practically become a new band on their just-out Z (ATO), shedding the trash-rock steez for a more laid-back rock vibe. Saul Williams opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Reptet

Saxophonists Tobi Stone and Izaak Mills, trumpeter Samantha Boshnack, trombonist Jenny Kellogg, drummer John Ewing, and bassist Ben Verdier's swaggering, all-over-the-place sound is getting them wide notice locally. Tula's, 9 p.m. $10 Earshot members/$12

Bobo Stenson Trio

The Swedish ECM mainstay comes on down with bassist Anders Jormin and drummer Jon Fält in tow. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Why? + Aqueduct + Matthew Shaw

Aqueduct on Conan? The soundtrack to a Jaguar commercial? We suppose stranger things have happened—like pairing him with Anticon hip-hop maestro Why? and singer-songwriter Matthew Shaw, who's celebrating the release of Convenience. Paradox, 8 p.m. $7

Saturday, November 5

Bright Eyes + Sons and Daughters

Honorary Seattleite Conor Oberst brings it back around with Scottish quartet Sons and Daughters, whose whiskey-soaked pop stomping manages to intoxicate and refresh. Willie Mason opens. Moore Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $25

Caitlin Cary/Thad Cockrell

Former Whiskeytown singer/violinist Cary and Cockrell come out in support of the new Begonias (Yep Roc). Evangeline, Mooncalf (CD release), and Roman Candle open. Sunset Tavern, 8 p.m. $10

Jack Endino

The legendary local producer has made more records than we can count, but few of them had his name on the front. The new Permanent Fatal Error (Wondertaker) rectifies that nicely. Dirty Power and the Grannies open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7 Also at Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Free

Gangbé Brass Band

The Benin-based group have an appealing new CD, Whendo (Roots Racines), out on Contre Jour, that combines Fela Kuti's Afrobeat and King Sunny Adé's highlife with more southern American flavors. Triple Door, 7: 30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22 Earshot members/$24

Rachel's + Tristeza

They haven't released an album since 2003's luminous chamber-pop opus Systems/Layers (Quarterstick Records), but that's the one to treasure from this decade-old band—and the one we hope they'll play from. Another amazing instrumental band, Tristeza set the stage with a dreamy mood. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $14 adv./$16

Dan Zanes and Friends

The former Del Fuego has been aiming his music at a much younger audience for a few years now; he's good at it, too, as more than a few parents of our acquaintance have noted. Moore Theatre, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $15–$20

Sunday, November 6

The John Alton Trio

The Hideout and Vital 5 present the John Alton Trio, comprised of Wally Shoup, Bob Rees, and Geoff Harper. Nope, the deceased Hungarian film noir cinematographer isn't a member of the trio, he's just the namesake of their dark, smoky free-jazz freak-outs. The Hideout, 1005 Boren, 903-8480, 9 p.m. Free

Atmosphere + Blueprint + P.O.S.

SEE TALK TALK (Atmosphere), P. 48. Showbox, 7 p.m. $20

Ex-Models + Dropsonic + Black Horse

SEE CD REVIEW (Ex-Models), P. 53. Funhouse, 4 p.m. $6 Ex-Models also play Gallery 1412 at 8 p.m. $5–$15

Virginia Rodrigues

A Brazilian singer from the Bahian region, Rodrigues' voice is soulful, sensuous, and hypnotic; her music underscored with samba percussion that gives and takes but never upstages her pipes. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22 Earshot members/$24

Monday, November 7

Joyce and Dori Caymmi

Two of the giants of Brazilian pop team up for this appearance, which ought to feature plenty from both of their catalogs. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $20.50

Elkland

Anyone who's had the misfortune of viewing the "Apart" video—the first single for these young '80s revivalists—can see how simplistic lyrics, ridiculous dancing, and neon overshadow their obvious musical chops, which earned them an appropriate opening slot on Erasure's tour this summer. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $6

The Magic Numbers

Two sets of siblings front this unpretentious, England-based folk-pop band, whose sublime import-only-until-just-now debut has been played and played some more by KEXP, where they'll be doing an in-studio at 3 p.m. today. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

They Might Be Giants

Boasting one of the healthiest cults in all of indie-dom, TMBG are also a terrifically reliable live act. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25-$28.50

James Blood Ulmer

One of the great jazz-funk guitarists has been playing a hell of a lot of blues lately—and he's great at that, too. This show is in support of his new Birthright (Hyena). Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $22 adv./$25

Tuesday, November 8

Bad Company

No, not the rock band. Only masochists will feel like makin' love to the ferocious drum and bass assault of these tech-step bad-asses. With DJs Zini I and Demo. War Room, 9 p.m. $7

Brendan Benson

One of the smarter power-pop singer/songwriters around right now, Benson's got a good new album called The Alternative to Love (V2). Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $12

Detroit Cobras + the Reigning Sound + the Cops

SEE FEATURE (Detroit Cobras), P. 46. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Morgan Geist + Andreas Tilliander

A special night of techno-themed weekly Oscillate, where residents Electrosect and Greg Skidmore are joined by Swedish "click-pop" composer Andreas Tilliander and Morgan Geist, whose recent Italo-disco comp, Unclassics, is "like ingesting the colored sugar dust of a colossal pixy stick." Just when you ran out of Halloween candy! Baltic Room, 9 p.m. $10 E

 
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