Wednesday, February 1

Boat + the Quiet Ones + Blitzen Trapper

Portland's Blitzen Trapper are a bit like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot–era Wilco crossed with early,

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Weekly Notable Shows

Wednesday, February 1

Boat + the Quiet Ones + Blitzen Trapper

Portland's Blitzen Trapper are a bit like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot–era Wilco crossed with early, four-track Beck, though a good bit more country. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $6

In Flames

Thank god for Bonzo. Even from afar, he keeps us hip via Decibel on metal legends-in-the-making, like Sweden's dynamic In Flames, who've just released Come Clarity (Ferret). Trivium, Devildriver, and Zao add to the unstoppable force. Showbox, 7:30 p.m. $19 adv./$22

Thursday, February 2

Shemekia Coepland

The seven-time W.C. Handy Award–winning blues singer comes in support of her new The Soul Truth (Alligator). Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $23.50 Also Fri., Feb. 3–Sun., Feb. 5

The Gossip + Numbers + Bobcats

SEE TALK TALK [GOSSIP], P. 40. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Marah

Philly's roots-rock standard bearers return in support of their recent If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry (Yep Roc). Adam and Dave's Bloodline open. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12 adv./$14

Steve Spacek

The lead singer of south London R&B group Spacek, his solo album Spaceshift (Sound in Color) was one of last year's most overlooked gems. Reworking vintage soul, and with inspiration from R & B crooners like Mayfield, Spacek performs live tonight. SunTzu Sound and Fourthcity DJs warm up the crowd. Baltic Room, 9 p.m.

Jeff Tweedy

SEE ARTSPICK, P. 34. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25 adv./$28.50

Friday, February 3

Blixa Bargeld + F Space + 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, 8 p.m. $10

Blank and Jones

We realize we say something similar each week, but the trance production duo of Piet Blank and Jaspa Jones has made some classic euphoric tracks ("After Love," "Cream") that are definitely worth waiting through any Euro-dance club mix for. Last Supper Club, 10 p.m. $10

Blue Scholars + Village Green + Mon Frere + Natalie Quist

If you're not a student, you might not be aware of UW's student-run station, but like most great ones you can listen online (rainydawg.com) to a variety of styles, represented well in the local hip-hop, garage, and rock performers at their B-day bash tonight. UW Hub North Den, 204L Hub, 543-8131, 7 p.m. $4 UW ID/$8

Broken Disco

Yet another interesting electronic show this evening, Portland's Freaky Chakra, Tekgnosis, and Justin Byrnes will get the body loosened and mind expanded with their off-the-deep-end trance. CHAC Lower Level, 1621 12th Ave., 9 p.m. $7

Caps and Jones

We're not being cheeky—it's purely coincidental! Try not to picture a bikini'd Phoebe Cates when listening to pop eat itself on the mixmasters' Moving in Stereo. Four Color Zack also spins. War Room, 9 p.m. $5

DJ Craze + Dara + Juju

The mighty Kaos Theory crew is back to bringing insane drum and bass talent to town after a three-year hiatus. Helping them regain their position are the wildly influential headliners, and some of the locals they've influenced, including MK Ultra, the Dowlz, and Flave. Premier, 10 p.m. $15 adv./$18 All ages

Filastine + Infernal Noise Brigade

Political sound cruncher/arranger/de- and-reprogrammers Filastine founded Seattle's own anarchist marching band, the Infernal Noise Brigade, also performing tonight, along with New Orleans' DJ Karo, who salvaged some of his collection from the dirty south disaster. Lo Fi, 10 p.m. $6

Mute Math

This electro-alt rock band's ascent has had everything to do with MySpace (and relentless touring), resulting in 30,000 record-owning fans in under a year. Ask them how they did it at this show with Vedera and Mercir. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 All ages

Reggae Fest

Head to Georgetown for this Black History Reggae Fest includes Winston "Flames" Jarrett, Wadi Gad, Alex Duncan, the Crucialites, and Culture Yard Sound. Studio Seven, 8 p.m. $15/$18—two-day pass; $30/$40—three-day. Also Sun., Feb. 5, with Mikey Dread, Alex Duncan, Talisman, Mystik I Am, Players of Instruments, Fantasy Sound.

Jah Wobble and the English Roots Band

The ex-PiL bassist has been a mainstay of experimental dub for a couple decades now, and he'll be bringing a full, sharp band with him. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14

Saturday, February 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, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25. All ages

The Charming Snakes + the Turn-Ons + Lillydale

Word on the street is that this may be one of the Snakes' last performances, so go get charmed (nyuck, nyuck) while you can. The dreamy Turn-Ons and Lillydale will keep that feeling going strong. High Dive, 9 p.m. $6

Ghidra + Girth

Ghidra consists of Wally Shoup on deep, wandering saxophone, Bill Horist on a guitar that will not behave, and experimental drummer Mike Peterson. The sound is free, far out, and freakily melodic. Blue Moon, 9 p.m.

The Prids

Their "stardusted fuzz" was last heard on 2003's gorgeous Love Zero (Luminal), but a new album's in the works for this Portland band, performing tonight with Joy Wants Eternity and the Furniture Girls. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Monday, February 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, 7 p.m. Sold out

 
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