Weekly Notable Shows

Wednesday, June 14

Diane Schuur

The three-and-a-half-octave singing, Grammy-winning vocalist continues her six-night run at Dimitriou's with the Latin rhythms of Caribbean Jazz Project and Dave Samuels. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $24.50-$26.50 Also Thursday, June 15-Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Verlaine

On his latest Thrill Jockey effort, Songs and Other Things, the Television founder/guitarist/icon returns, at long last, to singing. After 16 years of largely improvisational instrumental records, Verlaine's voice is a pleasure to hear again. Though age has made it rougher, a little deeper, and less nervous, something about the sounds jumping from his throat still makes your neck hairs bristle. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $18.50 adv./$22

Thursday, June 15

Chix With Stix: the Snakebites + Crown Aruba + Diosa + Baby Gecko + Red Dress Pres

This eclectic bill of punk and pop is the re-emergence of the Sunset's Chix With Stix series, showcasing Seattle's most talented female drummers. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5

Face the Music Rock Party

In addition to the other awesomeness SIFF's Face the Music has given us this year, they've managed to wrangle some of our finer local pop bands to celebrate the music of Devo, the Pixies, Harry Nilsson, and more. Carrie Akre will collaborate with the Presidents' Dave Dederer; Sean Nelson and Awesome will collaborate on a nine-song medley. But the highlight of the evening will easily be the special reunion of shamelessly self-assured glam-punks, the Girls. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $6

Marky Ramone

APB for Ramones devotees and young punks: This may or may not be your final chance to catch one of the last living Ramones in action, as drummer Marky will play a reported 30 of the tunes that made his band a legend. Colin & Rob Femur, Jett City Fix, and Dateless join him. Studio Seven, 7:30 p.m. $13 adv./$15

Snow Patrol

The Reindeer Section, a side-project of the Scottish band, made two discs of tender pop that rang with relationship truths and just the right amount of sentiment—these strengths carry over to Snow Patrol's latest, Eyes Open (A & M). With Augustana. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m., $23-$27.50 Also at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 5 p.m. NC

Walton's Belshazzar's Feast

Composer William Walton started out avant-garde, collaborating with those weird bohemian Sitwells on the irreverent chanted-poetry piece Façade, and ended up a grand British pooh-bah, writing Queen Elizabeth's coronation march (not that there's anything wrong with that). The lurid, decadent oratorio Belshazzar's Feast (1931), played this weekend by the Seattle Symphony, comes from his earlier days. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 7:30 p.m. $15-$87 Also Friday, June 16-Sunday, June 18

Hank Williams III + Assjack + the Murder Junkies

Despite his wild ways, Williams has outlived his granddaddy by five years, thriving on the rebellious "hellbilly" 'tude that twists the knickers of Nashville's old-timers. This year's Straight to Hell double disc will likely be represented, as well as songs played with his hardcore combo Assjack. The Murder Junkies open. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Ari Zucker and Friends

A talented guitarist who has been playing the Seattle circuit for years, this will be a chill show to catch. Zucker's Influences range from jam bands to grunge, from jazz to world music—no matter which route he chooses, it will be upbeat and tasteful. Triple Door Musicquarium, 9 p.m. NC

Friday, June 16

Akimbo + Green Milk from the Planet Orange + Sean + Bill Horist

Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

Aqueduct

Aqueduct is a local dude, David Terry, whose 2005 debut I Sold Gold upped his street cred ten-fold after a decent-but-lacking 2004 EP. Terry's electronic indie-pop act is signed with Barsuk Records, but Aqueduct is originally from Oklahoma, which happens to be the same state as the Flaming Lips—and it shows. With Slender Means, and Siberian. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8

Grandmaster Flash

Bathroom stall police be warned: Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines," while billed as an anti-cocaine rap track, has actually endured over the years as a pro-snoot anthem of sorts for those who like to ride the white horse well into the night. Anyhoo, the seminal rapper's upcoming appearance at Last Supper Club is rivaled in weirdness only by Too Short's recent gig at Chop Suey, so don't miss this. Last Supper Club, 10 p.m.

Sunset Tavern Eight-Year Anniversary

The Ballard institution celebrates its eighth year of ale-soaked existence this weekend with a lineup that's typical of its brilliant booking, which routinely offers national and local gems in crowd-pleasing combinations. The festivities begin tonight with Shawn Smith and Moonshiner; Saturday features the Weary Boys, Grownup Trouble, Spare Rib the Bluegrass Sauce; and Sunday concludes with Mudhoney, the Fallouts, and Melba Toast. Come Monday? As the Sunset's calendar predicts, "Ooh, my head." Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8 Also Saturday, June 17 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m.

The Unknown with Portastatic

Tod Browning's 1927 silent film The Unknown is shown with a live score by Portastatic, in what is destined to be one of this year's most interesting pan-SIFF offerings. Browning's (of Dracula and Freaks fame) tale of a fugitive carnival knife thrower and the beauty he's after, matched with Mac McCaughan's music should be very interesting indeed. Moore Theatre, 9 p.m. $20

Visqueen

One of Seattle's finest—and funniest, thanks to vocalist/guitarist Rachel Flotard's witty stage banter with her bandmates Ben (drums) and Ronnie (bass)—bands hasn't played locally in a while, so catch them tonight for a guaranteed good time with Llama and the Rheas. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Saturday, June 17

Jolie Holland

Haunting. Dreamy. Jazzy. All adjectives given to vocalist and songwriter Holland (who fans of Cat Power and Neko Case will adore). Tonight she'll sing from her new, third Anti release, Springtime Can Kill You. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" is the best late-'70s/early-'80s-era Elvis Costello song that Elvis Costello never sang. Look over there. Where? The Moore, where the versatile Jackson—who nowadays resembles an emaciated monkey—forges on with multifaceted vigor into ska, swing, pop, rock and jazz. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $28-$38

Dean Moore

Gongs can do so much more than provide explosions at the climaxes of 19th-century symphonies. In a scaffold/cage of PVC pipe, self-described "percussion geek" Moore surrounds himself with his collection of gongs, ranging in size from tea saucer to car tire, and other metal noisemakers (cymbals, bells, saw blades), and conjures magically quiescent sounds. Floating Leaves Teahouse, 2213 N.W. Market St., 7:30 p.m.

Waajeed

Last year, Waajeed (of Platinum Pied Pipers and Slum Village) was in town for the Red Bull Music Academy, helping kids develop their skills—now he's back to show off his own for this edition of SunTzu Sound's Safari party. Having worked with producer/musician icons like Jay Dee and Steve Spacek, we'd say he's got plenty. Baltic Room, 9 p.m. $7 before 11 p.m.

Monday, June 19

Black Angels

Austin's reigning psych-drone warriors command this show, which has been sold out for weeks—so if you're going, lucky you! With L-D Section II and DJ Mamma Casserole. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Figurines

At first listen, Figurines come across as another bunch of yelping Modest Mouse/Built to Spill acolytes. But something about the Danish indie rockers is inherently all their own; they are unabashedly catchy without being indulgent and ironic. Cold War Kids open and Tapes N Tapes headline the show. Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. $12

Jose Gonzalez + Juana Molina + Psapp

Heralding the arrival of the summer solstice is this amazingly well-matched bill—the Swedish singer Gonzalez and his wistful, Red House Painter-ly musings, Argentine chanteuse Molina (representing her excellent new Son, on Domino), and charming electronic duo Psapp, last heard on Nip/Tuck. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17

Tuesday, June 20

Amadou & Mariam

Showbox, 8 p.m. $21 adv./$25

Radio 4 + Small Sins + Head Like a Kite

Politically charged and potent with danceable rhythms, N.Y.C.-based raconteurs Radio 4 are back with a third album, Enemies Like This (Astralwerks). Small Sins also play with Radio 4 at the Easy Street show. Neumo's, 8 p.m., $10 adv./$12 Also at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., at 6 p.m. NC

Gregory Isaacs and the Live Wyaa Band

All Music Guide calls him "One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists, who is as pertinent in dancehalls as he is in bedrooms." Anything else you need to know? With Nasio, Fontaine, and Mishka. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $20

The Del McCoury Band

What's the best way to form the greatest bluegrass band in the world? Give birth to it yourself! Nah, that's a stretch, but Del McCoury is not only the finest singer/guitarist working in the genre today, his two sons Ronnie and Rob are two of the finest mandolin and banjer pickers, as well. With lightning speed and dazzling solos, Del McCoury Band shows can almost be considered less a show and more of a spectacle. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $25

Miss Alex White and Her Red Orchestra

One imagines Miss Alex White as the girl you were simultaneously attracted to and frightened by back in high school, the one who worshipped Iggy in lieu of doing homework. Naturally, she formed a band when she grew up, and it's as raw and dirty as all those 7-inches she used to have stacked in her room. Punk, garage, blues, and soul all mesh together in a cigarette haze. With the Hunches, Invisible Eyes, and the Hacks. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

 
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