Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005

Wednesday, November 30

Club Pop: RazRez + U.S.E. (DJ set)

Kicking off a new monthly are rockers RazRez, '80s dance mavens Fankick! and DJ sets from Paco, Colby B, and members of U.S.E., who undoubtedly know how to throw a dance party. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $6

Jane Monheit

People calls her "jazz's next sultry sweetie" but Monheit is much more than a pretty face with her world-class pipes and new, Ella Fitzgerald–inspired holiday album The Season. Pack some mistletoe. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $22.50–$24.50 Also Thurs., Dec. 1–Sat., Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 4 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Jorane

Cellist, singer-songwriter and composer (a score for Unfaithful under her belt) Jorane's haunting melodies draw eclectic crowds—on her last trip to this venue, even Dave Matthews stopped by. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Thursday, December 1

Dr. Israel

SEE TALK TALK, P. 36. Lo_Fi Performance Gallery, 9 p.m. $10 before 11 p.m./$12

Faculty of Dub

Clinton Fearon and Nelson Miller are among the participants in this group, which ought to live up to its name—veterans of the skank, grooving together. Ras Untunga opens. Royal Esquire Club, 5016 Rainier Ave. S., 206-723-2811, 8 p.m. Free

Princess Superstar

The hip-hop empress and former bad baby-sitter expands her artistic reach on My Machine, a concept album about a world obsessed with consumerism, by tossing rock and electro into her future-is-now mix. New Grey Area, NRDLNGR, and the Nachos open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10 Also playing a DJ set Fri., Dec. 2 at the Last Supper Club, 11:30 p.m. $12

Townes Van Zandt Tribute

Be Here to Love Me, the Van Zandt documentary, opens on Friday, so get ready at this tribute to the late songwriter, featuring all-star rockers Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), Mark Pickerel (Screaming Trees), Mike Johnson (Dinosaur Jr.), Matt Southworth, Clay Bartlett, and Ian Moore. Tractor Tavern, 8:30 p.m. $5

Friday, December 2

Akimbo + Iron Lung + Doomsday 1999 + Tractor Sex Fatality

Arguably the best metal trio in town, Akimbo headline this evening of head-banging and body-slamming with skillful ferocity. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $6 with club card/$7

Andrew W.K. + Pretty Girls Make Graves + Schoolyard Heroes

Do you want to party? Well, this is probably your show, then. Andrew W.K. has been throwing new songs on his Web site called "Kicks & Bricks" and "You Will Remember Tonight," with the promise of a new album coming soon. Pretty Girls Make Graves probably have something coming up as well. Schoolyard Heroes will continue honing the stuff from this year's Fantastic Wounds. HUB Ballroom, University of Washington, 7:30 p.m. $12 with UW ID/$17

Colette

Colette plays summery house of her own design and sings over it with a voice just as warm. The lyrics tend to be on the mushy side, but it's harmless—and fairly unique—fun. Trinity, 10 p.m. $10

Daylight Basement (CD release) + Mountain Con + Mercir

SEE CD REVIEW (Daylight Basement), P. 37. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Dead Moon + Girl Trouble + the Old Haunts

The Dead Moon song "On Another Plane" from Destination X (Empty Records) is one minute and 46 seconds of plaintive bass and guitar (and a hushed drum shuffle), with husband and wife Fred and Toody Cole singing about leaving. It's perfect, as is just about everything the band does. El Corazon, 9 p.m. $10

Shooter Jennings

The only son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter can be seen playing his dad in Walk the Line, though you'll want to hear his own tunes from Put the "O" Back in Country, his debut foray into the genre after a lifetime of rockin'. With the Rock N' Roll Soldiers. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15

The Makers + the Emergency + No-Fi Soul Rebellion

Before everyone jumped on the garage/androgyny-glam bandwagon, The Makers re-spun old garage—crushed-velvet style. Seattle's Emergency and spouse-soul duo No-Fi Soul Rebellion are sassy openers. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8

Saturday, December 3

!!! + FCS North

Whether or not you dig the deadpan vocal stylings of these punks-turned-disco freaks, the grooves on Louden Up Now (Touch and Go) burst with the excitement of discovering you really can dance. FCS North continue teasing us with their still-being-pressed new LP. DJ F.I.T.S. opens. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12 adv./$14

Blue Scholars (CD release) + Masta Ace and Wordsworth + Vursatyl + Boom Bap Project + Abyssinian Creole + DJ Jonce + Marc Sense

SEE FEATURE (Blue Scholars), P. 35. Chop Suey, 5 p.m. $8Also Tues., Dec. 6 at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 6 p.m.

Echo and the Bunnymen

Vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant are the only original members left in the morosely dreamy '80s pop band, though we hear their new Siberia (Cooking Vinyl) ain't half bad. Innaway also performs. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $20

Freakwater + the Zincs + Walter Salas-Humara

Christmas comes early for roots-alt lovers, who get three, count 'em, three faves to choose from or swallow whole: Chicago vets Freakwater, Chicago-via-Londoners the Zincs, and Silos frontman and roots-alt o.g. Walter Salas-Humara. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Mommy and Daddy

New York electro-rock duo Mommy and Daddy get a little more grown up on Duel at Dawn (Kanine), even if their name still sounds hopelessly juvenile. Sadie Hawkins Rejects and Bang! Bang! also play. El Corazon, 4:30 p.m. $8

Ms. Led + Spanish for 100 + Transmissionary Six + Free Verse

Catch some excellent local bands at this Toys for Tots benefit—including stellar female-fronted groups Ms. Led and the Free Verse, if you missed them during Rockrgrl's Conference. With Saeta, Argo, Andrea Maxand, Fleshworld, Brent Amaker, Daniel G. Harmann, the Graze and Robb Benson. Cafe Venus/Mars Bar, 8 p.m. $5 with new toy/$7

Umphrey's McGee

The Chicago-based art-rockers have a huge cult following, and like most bands of that sort their appeal is a little hard to decipher outside the cult. Maybe live's the thing. Showbox, 8 p.m. $17 adv./$18

Sunday, December 4

Sarah Bettens

Former K's Choice singer Bettens keeps the buzz from her solo outing Scream going, while folk/electronic experimenter PJ Olsson and lo-fi country songstress Sera Cahoone warm the crowd. High Dive, 6 p.m. $10

The Blasters

Once roots royalty, always roots royalty—especially when you helped kick the movement off to begin with. L.A.'s Blasters re-formed a few years ago and have been packing out houses ever since, as demonstrated by last year's DVD, Blasters Live: Going Home. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $17 adv./$20

Morcheeba + Gabby La La

SEE ARTS PICKS, P. 31. Showbox, 8 p.m. $25

Nickel Creek

They're young, they've got chops for weeks, they love bluegrass but play it like it's even newer-fangled than it already is, and their following rises accordingly. Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m. $22.50–$27.50

Seattle Improvised Music Festival Benefit

Benefiting the upcoming 21st annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival, tonight's experiment centers on the one-minute solo. Forty artists, including Wayne Horvitz, Paul Rucker, Wally Shoup, and Na's Shin Yamada, will do what they can in 60 seconds; rest assured they'll fit excitement and verve into that small timeframe. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5-$15

Monday, December 5

Cave In

SEE CD REVIEW, P. 37. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Rasputina

Three cellists with a wide goth streak seems like an act that would lose its flavor on the cemetery post overnight, but that doesn't seem to be the case with Rasputina, who tour in support of their latest, a live disc titled A Radical Recital (Filthy Bonnet). Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13

Tuesday, December 6

ArRange: Oh No + Kirk Degiorgio + Todd Simon + David Matthews + Clare and Brent Fischer + Deodato

Tickets are free to this Red Bull Music Academy presentation, though $5 goes to the VERA Project for each person getting an education on these legendary musicians. It shouldn't be hard to fill the place—hip-hop and electronic producers will interpret the work of the arrangers that inspired them—and are responsible for beloved recordings by James Brown, Prince, Sinatra, the Gilbertos and more. McCaw Hall, 318 Harrison St., 292-2787, Free.

The Earlies + the Like + Giant Drag

Doesn't the new crop of buzz bands seem kind of boring? Even when they're pretty good, like this group of sweet-tart pop groups, two of which (the Like and Giant Drag) are from L.A. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 E

UPCOMING SHOWS

Dec 7 ATB, Last Supper Club

Dec 7 The Southland + West Indian Girl, Crocodile Cafe

Dec 9 Rosie Thomas + David Bazan, Crocodile Cafe

Dec 10 Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Neumo's

Dec 10 Kanye West + Fantasia + Keyshia Cole, Everett Events Center

Dec 11 My Chemical Romance + (International) Noise Conspiracy, Premier

Dec 16-17 The Wrens + Pretty Girls Make Graves, Neumo's

Dec 16 Dokken, Fenix Underground

Dec 30 Camper Van Beethoven + Cracker, Crocodile Cafe

Dec 31 Maktub, Showbox

Jan 5 Vendetta Red, Neumo's

Jan 7 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Emerald Queen Casino

Jan 7 Disturbed, Paramount

Jan 18 Colin Meloy, Showbox

Jan 19 INXS, Paramount

Jan 25 Coldplay + Fiona Apple, KeyArena

Jan 29 Chris Botti, Moore Theatre

Feb 22 Il Divo, Benaroya Hall

Feb 25 Supergrass, Showbox

March 6 Bon Jovi, KeyArena

March 25 Ministry, Showbox

 
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