Weekly Notable Shows

Wednesday, June 28

Jeremy Enigk

As the vocalist for one of Seattle alt-rock's most influential '90s bands, Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as the pretty damn decent Fire Theft, Enigk's got a built-in fanbase eagerly awaiting his forthcoming (and second) solo album. Hear songs from it tonight, with Jen Wood and Sea.Mine also on the bill. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15

Get Off the Couch: Western Graves + the Pharmacy

Redmond's all-ages community center, the Old Firehouse, hosts the third annual Get off the Couch event, where DIY workshops of all sorts (today, zine construction; Thursday, how to assemble an art portfolio and work a PA;) occur during the day, and bands rock out at night. For more information, see www.ci.redmond.wa.us­/redmond/web1/pr_1759.asp Old Firehouse, 16510 N.E. 79th St., Redmond, 7 p.m. NC

Imaad Wasif + Matthew Shaw + Assisted Living + Viking Moses

Fresh off a tour with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, where he performed as the second guitarist, the Vancouver-born Wasif has just released his own, self-titled album of melancholy, acoustic paeans to heartbreak. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

West Indian Girl + Trespassers William

The mellow, neo-psych sound of West Indian Girl returns to Seattle (as frequent players here) to ring in the summer with flourishes one critic has termed "like the Doves meets the Stone Roses by way of Laurel Canyon." Trespassers ease us into twilight with their own gentle grooves. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12

Thursday, June 29

Buckwheat Zydeco

Accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural is known as modern zydeco's most popular performer—so if you're into that up-tempo blend of folk and Cajun music, this is the place to be tonight. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $20

Get Off the Couch: Chevron + Lifeboat + Corporate Dismay + Summer + Orcateers

Calling all couch potatoes: Here's your next-to-last chance to get in on the fun before the Firehouse's DIY extravaganza ends on Saturday. Old Firehouse, 16510 N.E. 79th St., Redmond, 7 p.m. NC

John Hiatt + North Mississippi Allstars

John Hiatt's articulate, workaday music makes one want to park a big brown Buick in the middle of a cow pasture in the dead of night and set to finishing off that fifth of bourbon that's been burning a hole in the glove box. With the North Mississippi Allstars, substitute an F-150 for the Buick and absinthe for bourbon. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkw. N.E., Redmond, 7 p.m. $29.50/$49.50

Lichens + Cloudland Canyon + Sir Richard Bishop

In addition to playing bass and singing for 90 Day Men, Rob Lowe has generated a solo project of sublime proportions as Lichens. The Psychic Nature of Being is soon to be released on vinyl by psych-rock purveyors Holy Mountain. With his deep, mesmerizing voice and finger-picked acoustics, Lowe layers the record with looped, wordless drones. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

Mose Allison + Larry Coryell

Singer/pianist Allison has won two Grammy nominations and the admiration of countless fans and musicians, including the Who, the Clash, and Bonnie Raitt, who've each honored him in covers. His swing/blues fusion will be joined by guitar master Larry Coryell. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $24.50 Also Friday, June 30–Sunday July 2

Ozzfest: Ozzy Osbourne + System of a Down + Disturbed + Avenged Sevenfold + Hatebreed + Lacuna Coil

White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 9 a.m. $43.50/$99.50

She Wants Revenge + Ima Robot + Mellowdrone

Three L.A. hipster groups who love them some post-punk bass and synth will descend for a night of avant-garde rocking out! Openers Mellowdrone will be a tasteful saving grace (hope they play their cover of Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard") while headlining duo She Wants Revenge continues to spread their Joy Division/Interpol impersonation across the country. SWR will also DJ a set at Chop Suey's Club Pop dance party (it's 18+, yo) later this evening. Premier, 8 p.m. $20 All ages

Suicide Squeeze Anniversary: Hella + These Arms Are Snakes + Russian Circles + Eugene Mirman

Neumo's, 7 p.m. $12

Friday, June 30

97th Annual Norwegian Sangerfest Grand Concert

Without Scandinavian immigrants and gospel music, what choral singing would there be in America? The first of these traditions will be celebrated with a gathering of 12 choirs from Washington, Oregon, and California. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 8 p.m. $10 children/$25

A Drink for the Kids: Iron Composer #13

So . . . if you're one of those imbibing types that needs an excuse to go on a week-long drinking binge, here's the best one you'll have all year. The all-around-town Vera Project fund-raiser is winding down this week, but proceeds from your time at West 5 (on Wednesday), Rendezvous (Thursday), and tonight's finale will benefit the city's premier all-ages venue. Lucky for those ending up at the Showbox, it's a songwriting battle royale between SNL's Fred Armisen and the Shins' Martin Crandall and Dave Hernandez. Showbox, 8 p.m. $25

Be Your Own Pet

This buzz band of teenage Nashvillians rocked SXSW so hard this year that they ended up on the recent cover of Nylon's music issue. MySpace is credited with spreading their excitable sound—see what 15,391 Friends can't be wrong about tonight with Whirlwind Heat, the Lonely H, Euphoriette (CD release), Mechanical Dolls. El Corazon, 4:30 p.m. $10

Dirty South BBQ: Rapid Ric + DJ Supreme + Four Color Zack

Death of the Party hosts Houston mixtape maniac Rapid Ric, who'll be spinning the best Dirty South jams you've never heard of, along with two of our most impressive local DJs. Plus, there's barbecue on the rooftop deck and a gift bag from Capitol Hill outfitters GOODs waiting in the wings. Holla. War Room, 8:30 p.m. $8

PDXplore: High Violets + Point Juncture, WA

When publicist Barbara Mitchell left town for the cozier confines of Portland, Ore., Seattle's music community was left without a black-clothed rock princess. But she's been working her magic in P-town with pop bands Derby and the Village Green while penning music reviews for the Portland Tribune. Now, she and KEXP are bringing the best of the South up here for a weekly Portland showcase at the Sunset. This week's lineup boasts High Violets and Point Juncture, WA. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $5

Sonic Youth

Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25

Suicide Squeeze Anniversary: Black Heart Procession + Chin Up Chin Up + the Crystal Skulls + the Magic Magicians + Eugene Mirman

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $14

Saturday, July 1

Awesome + Love Battery

Tonight's edition of Audioasis live features local performance art rockers Awesome and Seattle grunge legends Love Battery—a good overview of the city's musical past, present, and future. High Dive, 6 p.m.

Neko Case

Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood is topping many critics' Best Of lists for 2006, and with good reason. Her soaring yet mournful voice and tales of romantic entanglement ("In the end I was the mean girl/Or somebody's in-between girl/Now It's the devil I love") grace her first studio album since 2002's star-making Blacklisted. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $22

Suicide Squeeze Anniversary: Earlimart + Headphones + Metal Hearts + Eugene Mirman

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12

Christy McWilson

West Seattle's Skylark Cafe has been hosting great local bands since their grand opening in early June, but Christy McWilson is the perfect staple to get things seriously rolling. With her high, trilling vocals and rollicking backup band, McWilson's the closest thing to a country music legend this region has. Radio Affliction open the show, and Thornton Creek headline. Skylark Cafe, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 9 p.m. NC

Sunday, July 2

Indigo Girls + Danielle Howe

Aside from a couple ill-fated album-length forays into more electric compositions, the Georgia-bred Indigo Girls have forged onward to become one of the most consistently superb acoustic-vocal duos in the history of popular music. Their back catalog is vast and rangy, and their interplay with the crowd is always worth the price of admission. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 5 p.m. Sold Out

Na (CD release)

Prolific local performance duo Na release their first pressed album, Naisnice, tonight, which has already gotten a favorable review from avant-garde music chief the Wire. Consistently brilliant local experimentalists Bill Horist, Wally Shoup, and Dave Abramson also perform, as well as the bands Beast, Please Be Still, and Cock and Swan. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $6

 
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