Weekly Notable Shows

Highlights—and otherwise—of the week's calendar.

Wednesday, March 29

Geoff Farina + Chris Brokaw

Triple Door, 10 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Toots and the Maytals + The Southland + DJ Kid Hops

As bighearted as his idol Otis Redding, Toots Hibbert gets over with a great soul voice and a songbook that rivals Bob Marley's. Oh yeah, he invented the word "reggae," too. Showbox, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25

Trespassers William + Rafe Pearlman and Drive By Star + Lucy Bland

The Seattle band's dreamlike psych-folk-pop has been lauded by NME and KEXP alike, and us, because they deserve some hype. They play tonight with Rafe Pearlman and Drive By Star, and Lucy Bland, a four-piece that hopefully isn't. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $7

Thursday, March 30

Red, Hot, and Cole: Cole Porter tribute

OK, it's a musical, but while there's more theatrics and dancing than at your usual Seattle nightspot, this music gets moving in honor of one of the 20th century's greatest songwriters. If you love Ella, Dinah, and Dean, you'll get a kick out of him. Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish, 710 E. Roy St., 8 p.m. $7.50 students/$15. Also Fri., March 31–Sun., April 2

Feist + Stephen Fretwell

Leslie Feist tends to bring her lovely, lonely voice and guitar to the Emerald City once a season—thaw out as she plays from the dazzling Let It Die (Interscope). Young British songwriter Stephen Fretwell joins her on this tour. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Helios Creed and Chrome + Mico de Noche + Dead Vampires

Yes, guitarist Helios Creed has re-formed Chrome with new and old members, and yes, this is often a bad idea. But what if this was one of those cases where it really works? Seems well worth the price of admission to find out. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

Speaker Speaker + the Reputation + Seeing Blind + Ms. Led

These young'uns were just crowned Big Shots by our competitor—so if you haven't heard their punky indie-pop yet, check it out so you can say you knew them when. The Reputation, Seeing Blind, and the always rocking Ms. Led also perform. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $6

The Subways + the Gunshy + the Divorce

Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. NC All ages

Friday, March 31

DJ Red Alert

"It won't hurt to listen to Red Alert"—that's one especially memorable line from the often-forgotten MC Rob Base—and for good reason. A member of the original Zulu Nation and a popular KISS-FM DJ, Red broke many of the hip-hop groups that still rock bodies today. He's a perfect choice for the War Room's One Year Anniversary party. War Room, 9 p.m. $5

Isis

The Boston group's thick, sludgy metal is shot through with ambience that gives their instrumental dirges surprising beauty. These Arms are Snakes open, as they did on Isis' last tour, as well as Zombi, supporting their upcoming Surface to Air (Relapse). Neumo's, 8 p.m. $14 All ages

Junkie XL

He's Big Beat, but better than Fatboy Slim—or anyone else associated with that questionably named genre. With DJ Chronus and Scott Keith. Element, 10 p.m. $10 before 11 p.m./$15

Saturday, April 1

The Dirtbombs + The Black Lips + The Lamps $12

L.A.'s Lamps sound absolutely, fantastically terrible in that on-purpose way that works when it works and really just doesn't when it doesn't. Songs like "Rotollier" could be from Flipper's Generic Album, and we're pretty sure that's on purpose, too. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12

Ladybug Mecca

Since last year's wildly enjoyable Digable Planets reunion show at Bumbershoot, Ladybug (aka Mary Ann Vieira) has funked through Fremont a couple of times, and we hear the shows were divine. Nectar, 9 p.m. $10

Studio 66: Derby + Star Collector

Rev up your Vespa and head to Lo Fi for another installment of the Studio 66 mod party, this time with excellent indie band Derby, Star Collector, and DJs EZ-Action, Chrispo, and Vodka Twist. Lo Fi, 9 p.m. $7

Sunday, April 2

Eagles of Death Metal

Coolest-guy-in-rock Josh Homme brings his excellent side project to a record store's much-admired performance space in advance of a sold-out Paramount show opening for the Strokes. Here's your shot at seeing them for free. Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 9 p.m. NC. Also at Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. April 4. Sold out

Monday, April 3

Still Remains + Nodes of Ranvier + If Hope Dies + Demericous

El Corazon at 7 p.m. $10. All ages

Tuesday, April 4

Ed Rush + Optical

Are you an aging junglist, jonesing for some good old 1998-style techstep? You may or may not get it from this duo, who've grown past their "dark" stereotype but might still bang it out. War Room, 9 p.m. $10

 
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