Dates subject to change. Call ahead to verify.

JANUARY

31 OF MONTREAL Who'd have guessed that this psych-pop conglomeration would outlast their Elephant 6 peers,

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JANUARY

31 OF MONTREAL Who'd have guessed that this psych-pop conglomeration would outlast their Elephant 6 peers, much less do it with so much style, as heard on last year's fabulous The Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)? Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com.

31 THE CHIEFTAINS The traditional Irish-music juggernaut fiddles around in Benaroya, with step-dancers and harpist Triona Marshall as special guests. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org.

FEBRUARY

2 THE GOSSIP Portland-via-Olympia megavocalist Beth Ditto and her turf-wrecking crew come at us again with the new Standing in the Way of Control (Kill Rock Stars). Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com.

3 BLIXA BARGELD + THE LIVING JARBOE Einstürzende Neubauten frontman Bargeld and ex–Swans vocalist Jarboe are dark-sider icons in long standing, and seeing them in this intimate, plush venue should be a black-lighted treat. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

4 BOB MARLEY'S WAILERS + DR. ISRAEL The headliners play here all the time, but it's opener Dr. Israel, a Brooklyn dub and downtempo mastermind, who really counts. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

6 MATISYAHU + BLUE SCHOLARS The headliner, a Hasidic reggae singer, will hopefully overwhelm his novelty status; the openers, lots of people's favorite local rap crew, did a long time ago. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

6 MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA The composer-conducter brings 19 pieces to town for this stand. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 206-441-9729, www.jazzalley.com. Also Feb. 7.

7 MASON JENNINGS + CHAD VANGAALEN A pair of undersung singer-songwriters, one from Minneapolis (Jennings), the other Calgary (VanGaalen), team up. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

8 STARS Canada's premier twee-pop brigade make hearts swoon with their latest, Set Yourself on Fire (Arts & Crafts). Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

9 DEAD MEADOW Washington, D.C.'s premier psych-sludgers come around again to support 2005's Feathers (Matador). Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

9 69 LOVE SONGS ThreeImaginaryGirls.com presents an evening of pre–Valentine's Day hits, performed by locals including the Dutch Elms, Kane Hodder, the Long Winters, Rocky Votolato, Math & Physics Club, Sameer Shukla, Vendetta Red, Tullycraft, Slender Means, and more. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

13 VUSI MAHLASELA One of South Africa's biggest stars, Mahlasela is a guitar whiz and supple vocalist. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

15 BOB MOULD The former Sugar and Hüsker Dü frontman effectively blends rock and dance music on his recent Body of Song (Yep Roc).Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

17 BUDDY GUY The veteran bluesman shows no signs of slowing down, either touringwise or in terms of his wild fret runs. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

20 CAT POWER She's Southern, she's often sad, she's got a new album titled The Greatest (Matador), and you either love her or the opposite. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-628-0888, www.themoore.com.

21 BIG BUSINESS The ferocious twosome moved to L.A. at the end of the year to join the Melvins, but they're coming back for what should be a sweaty, loud appearance. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

21 THE WEDDING PRESENT Having made their most recent album in and about Seattle, they return for another visit. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

26 NADA SURF + ROGUE WAVE Two little indie bands that could, to modest success any way you slice it—which is good enough for them. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

28 DILATED PEOPLES + LITTLE BROTHER Two collegiate-leaning hip-hop crews whose styles should complement each other nicely. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

MARCH

1 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Freak folk and avant-rock at its most strenuously poppy from a loose conglomeration of mostly New Yorkers. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

4 ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE MINUS 5 Hitchcock's large cult has always been especially pronounced in Seattle, and his backing band should bolster that even more. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

6 BON JOVI It takes cheek to title your new album Have a Nice Day, as these veteran arena rockers have, but if you're going, it's for the '80s hits. KeyArena, 305 N. Harrison St., 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com.

7 LOW They canceled their last tour due to various personal stresses on the part of singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk. He's recovered enough to go back on the road. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

6 STEREOLAB The veteran college-radio staples play post–jam band Krautrock grooves that propel beautifully in a live setting. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

12 DAVE BRUBECK + RAMSEY LEWIS Two veteran jazz pianists go head-to-head. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-628-0888, www.theparamount.com.

15 ELECTRIC SIX Detroit's funniest hard- rockers tour in support of the new Señor Smoke. Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

17 MUDHONEY Local riff-shred vets play this CD release show for the new Under a Billion Suns (Sub Pop). Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

21 GHOSTFACE + M-1 The Wu-Tang Clan's best MC will be playing to support his forthcoming Fish Scale, while M-1 of Dead Prez goes solo for a minute. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

 
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