Wednesday, April 12

Pawn Council + 5-Track and the Glass Goblins + Kled + King Fuck You

Four up-and-coming local bands headline "The Beat Shall

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Weekly Notable Shows

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

Wednesday, April 12

Pawn Council + 5-Track and the Glass Goblins + Kled + King Fuck You

Four up-and-coming local bands headline "The Beat Shall Go On" in memory of friends they lost in the recent Capitol Hill tragedy. All proceeds will benefit the victims' families, and food is provided by Madison Market. Showbox, 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12 All ages

Andy Rourke (DJ set)

To whom do we owe this honor? First Peter Hook appeared at Neumo's, now the Smiths' Rourke gives it a go at the Baltic. Here's hoping for a less esoteric set than Hook's, unless Smiths fans are the only crowd that cares (likely). The more Famous-Bassists-turned-DJs the better—we want D'arcy! With Coulter and Mama Casserole. Baltic Room, 8 p.m. $5

Thursday, April 13

Band of Horses + Whalebones

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 All ages Also Friday, April 14, with Sera Cahoone, 8 p.m. $10 21+

Calexico

The Tucson-based band is soon off to Europe promoting In the Reins (Overcoat), last year's meshing of Calexico's Southwest-jazzy instrumentation and the songwriting of Sam Beam, but we advise you to check out their sizzling solo show. Easy Street Records, 9 p.m. NC

Lesley Gore + Blake Morgan

The recent L Word guest and fave rave of girl-group acolytes stops here to promote Ever Since (Engine Company), her first album in 30 years. Whether the show will lean more toward cabaret or singer-songwriterisms is anyone's guess, but it's certain she'll revisit her proto-feminist 1964 anthem "You Don't Own Me." Triple Door, 7 p.m. $29.50 adv./$32

The Manhattans with Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett

"I called you here today for a bit of bad news." The Manhattans were already R&B veterans when they scored with the elegant, saddening "Kiss and Say Goodbye," one of the biggest smashes of 1976. Lovett and Alston are featured members from the glory days; they're joined by relative newcomers Dave Tyson and Troy May. The result should be smooth-soul heaven. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $30.50 Also Friday, April 14-Sun., April 16

Hans York + Hazzazar

Respected singer-songwriter York embarks on a national tour this month, enchanting cafes around the nation as he regularly does at home in Seattle. Tonight's tour kickoff features the Hazzazar ensemble, as well as guest performances from nearly 15 local songwriting talents. Nectar, 9 p.m. $7

Friday, April 14

DJ Rap

Possibly the world's most famous female DJ, Rap helped start the drum and bass game years ago, and now makes her living rocking the House. So don't expect the latest Dilinja track tonight, but do expect an excellent time. With supporting DJs Venus, LSDJ, and Miss Broadway. Trinity, 10 p.m. $10

Kittie

At the other end of town, the best-known all-female metal quartet brings the pain, along with the Warriors, Calico System, and Burning Armada. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18 All ages

Siberian + Siren Sister + Blue Checkered Record Player + Sea Navy

The kind folks at local institution the Croc offer this "Save a Penny"—i.e., absolutely free—show as incentive to get you off your ass and caught up with the local rock-and-pop scene. Members of Vendetta Red and Slender Means are participating, so take them up on it—and tip your bartenders! Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. NC

Saturday, April 15

Jon Langford's Ship and Pilot

Fans of This American Life will remember when Mekons founder Langford gathered a group of musicians from Chicago's want ads to record Elton John's "Rocket Man." Langford's third solo album, Gold Brick (Roir), is a similarly adventurous project about community, and he'll play from it tonight with Sally Timms. Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands and Big Smokey open the show. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $12

Jamie Lidell + Jimmy Edgar + the Long Ranger

Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12

Pretty Girls Make Graves

The local legends come back "home" for Sasquatch, but until then, your best bet for hearing their new Elan Vital (Matador) is at this teasing in-store. Sonic Boom Records, 2209 Market St., 6 p.m. NC

Quasi + Ex Girl + the Can't See

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

30 Seconds to Mars

Still angsty after all these years: Actors-turned-musicians never want you to focus on their dual lives, but it's impossible to look at Jared Leto and think of anything but (if you're over 23) Jordan Catalano or (if you're under) Lindsey Lohan. But as far as these things go, last year's listenable A Beautiful Lie (Virgin) proves the guy's fairly serious about his craft. With Aiden and Emanuel. Showbox, 8 p.m. $13.50 adv./$15 All ages

Sunday, April 16

Living Things + Diamond Nights + the Adored

Dumped by Geffen in a standoff over its anti-Bush content, Living Things' Albini-produced Ahead of the Lions finally found a release on Jive Records, home of Britney Spears. More punkish than actually punk, the Things should handily prove their command of rock and roll style and substance. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $10

The Motet

Straight from Boulder, Colo., is a band that's going to please Nectar regulars—and anyone else with an ear for unique variations on Afro-beat, Latin, funk, and jazz. Nectar, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$12

Tuesday, April 18

Denison Witmer + Graham Travis

No Depression says Witmer's latest, Are You a Dreamer? (Militia), denotes a "spirit of transcendence" that we'll amend to say few singer-songwriters approach. Local Travis also asks a question: Why Don't You Know Me Yet? (Poptek). Here's your chance to. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 All ages

 
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