Notable Shows

Highlights-and otherwise-of this week's music calendar.

Wednesday, August 9

Macklemore + Symmetry + Kublakai + Grieves + Life Cycle

"I grew up on Capitol Hill with two parents and two cars/They had a beautiful marriage, we even had a swing set in the yard." Don't laugh, y'all; that shit is the core of local rapper Macklemore. In the post-Eminem era—where white rappers are more confused about their identity than ever—it's refreshing to have someone like Macklemore be true to himself and, thus, honest with us. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $5 All ages

Tim McGraw + Faith Hill

Just like how you wouldn't want to go to Canlis by yourself on Valentine's Day, singles would be advised to stay far, far away from McGraw and Hill's "Soul2Soul II" tour. Even less passionately marrieds could be brought to tears by Hill's "Breathe"—like the pretty couple who have it all, their cheesy music is too good-hearted to be properly made fun of. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7202, 7:30 p.m. $60–$85 Also Thurs., Aug. 10

Peaches and Herms + Eagles of Death Metal

Six years ago, shock-electro-rocker Merrill Nisker's debut was good enough to have us asking, "What else is in the teaches of Peaches," but so far it's not amounted to much. Her latest, Impeach My Bush, is wholly concerned with the politics of fucking—no big surprise there, and no wonder they matched her and "Herms" up with the über-macho Eagles. Surely the most risqué all-ages show of the year. Showbox, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20 All ages

Unnatural Helpers + Skyline Divide

This local (dare we say) supergroup reminds us why garage simplicity is key; you don't need much to make someone have a visceral reaction to your music. And though their brand of garage can be akin to the askew punk rock of the Intelligence, the Unnatural Helpers never fail to deliver melody, the other key ingredient to perfect garage rock. War Room, 9 p.m. $5

Thursday, August 10

Augustana + Luke Temple + Robert Stillman

SEE CD REVIEW [Stillman], P. 43. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$13 All ages

World Party + Elvis Perkins

Most bands hate being slapped with the "pop" label or talked about in terms of who their influences are. Musicians understandably loathe such cliché classifications—unless that musician is Kirk Wallinger of World Party. Says St. Louis–based mega-fan (and Riverfront Times Editor) Tom Finkel of Wallinger: "The guy ate every great rock sound that came out during his youth, particularly ravenous when it came to Beatles, Stones and Van Morrison; and then vomited back Technicolor melodies that managed to evoke all that classic stuff without being the least bit derivative—even when they were derivative. Simply put, he makes beautiful sounds." Neumo's, 8 p.m. $25

Friday, August 11

Funkgazm 2006: Altered States of Funk + Marmalade + DJ Kutz + Otha Major

Just what it sounds like, friends—a perfect chance to get all publicly hot and sweaty while you can still blame it on the weather. Altered States are continually regarded as one of the best funk outfits in town, and the Marmalade crew has held down their night at Fremont's ToST for ages. They know how to get you on, so get up! Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Get Him Eat Him + Evangelicals + Model Photographer

SEE CD REVIEW [Evangelicals], P. 43. Paradox, 7:30 p.m. $7 All ages

Nickel Creek

This young, once-primarily-bluegrass trio are as notable for their eclecticism as their age—name one other bluegrass band to cover Pavement's "Spit on a Stranger"! Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N., Redmond, 206-296-4999, 7 p.m. $25–$35

Marc Seales Quintet

Marc Seales and Tula's both have been so reliably good for so long, it's easy to forget about them. How fitting, then, that there's this opportunity to refresh your memory on both fronts in one jazzy swoop. Added bonus: Tula's counts among its neighbors the Lava Lounge, Noodle Ranch, Shorty's, the Croc, and Mama's. Is there any debating that this Belltown block packs more fun per square foot than any other in the city? Tula's, 8:30 p.m. $12

South Lake Union Block Party: The Pale Pacific + Aqueduct + DJ Mamma Casserole

Another block party?? You betcha, and this one kicks surprising ass for being free. As if Napoleon Dynamite on the lawn at night's end isn't enough, before that, heartthrobs the Pale Pacific and the manic Aqueduct convene under the guidance of esteemed track-selector Mamma Casserole. Westlake Avenue and Denny Way, 5 p.m. NC All ages

Saturday, August 12

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men + Hacienda Brothers

Along with brother Phil, Dave Alvin helped kick-start the Americana scene of the early '80s with the seminal Southern California band the Blasters. Since he left the band in the mid-'80s, Alvin's career has proven to be as eclectic as it is consistent. He's played with L.A. punk legends X, penned hits for Dwight Yoakam, and even won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. His latest effort, West of the West, was released this year by Yep Roc. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $20

Drums and Tuba + Juhu Beach + In Praise of Folly

With a deceptively simple name, the N.Y.C. trio (there's actually a dude on guitars, in addition to one on drums and one on tuba) came to public attention after being championed by Ani DiFranco in the late '90s. Since then, they've released all manner of interesting amalgamations for her Righteous Babe label, fusing electronica with rock, and Afro-beat with New Orleans brass-band style. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

Endfest: The Red Hot Chili Peppers + the Mars Volta + Snow Patrol + Wolfmother + Eagles of Death Metal + Rock Kills Kid + Nine Black Alps + the Gossip + the Subways

Modest Mouse won't be there, that much has been confirmed. But the organizers of this year's Endfest have put together a stellar lineup that should appeal to indie kids and frat boys alike. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will fill the nostalgia slot, while Wolfmother and Mars Volta will provide ample hip-shaking riffs and elbow-snapping spaz attacks. Just be sure to leave early—the road to White River can be a bitch. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 360-825-6200, 2 p.m. $35–$55

Rat City Roller Girls Block Party

Hell's Belles, Vine Ripe, Post Stardom Depression, Beat Senseless, Xymurgy, the Enemies Of, and Los Burbanks. Pacific Rim Brewery, 9832 14th Ave. S.W., 764-3844, 12 p.m. $10

South Lake Union Block Party: Tim Seely + Fruit Bats + Ghost Stories + Heather Duby + Mon Frere + Conrad Ford + Siberian + King of Hawaii + DJ Mr. Littlejeans

The second day of the SLU block party is in full swing with local favorites Seely and the Fruit Bats, and the broad variety of the rest of the lineup guarantees something for everyone. If the parental units need something to do, a grilling competition splits the day nicely in half. Westlake Avenue and Denny Way, 11 a.m. NC All ages

Sunday, August 13

KEXP BBQ: Ghostland Observatory + Special Guests

Notoriously secretive KEXP won't give away any hints as to who their BBQ guests are . . . but if you love Austin electro-rock duo Ghostland as much as jocks John Richards and Sheryl Waters do, we don't need to tell you to be there (even though they're playing the Croc tomorrow night as well). South Lake Union Discovery Park, 101 Westlake Ave. N., 206-520-5800, 2 p.m. $20

Anna Nalick + Joshua Radin

There's so much slickly produced chick pop on the airwaves today that it's easy to deride the genre as being way oversaturated and redundant. While this may be true, it hardly nullifies the culpable bliss of Anna Nalick's "Breathe," wherein the young songbird leaves Michelle Branch in her wake while setting sights on the pack-leading A-Train (aka Avril Lavigne). Neumo's, 7 p.m. $15

The Old Haunts + Coconut Coolouts + the Light Year + the Snakebites

The Old Haunts' Fuel on Fire was released last month on Kill Rock Stars, representing some of the best new Northwest garage punk to come out in a long while. Matching the enthusiasm of their Olympia-based counterparts are the ex–Charming Snakes members in Coconut Coolouts. Funhouse, 4 p.m. $5

Monday, August 14

Ghostland Observatory + Paris Spleen + Sleepy Eyes of Death

SEE FEATURE [Ghostland], P. 42. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Tuesday, August 15

Ben Roseth + Tatum Greenblatt Quintet

They've made marks as jazz prodigies on Seattle's stages since they were in the midst of puberty. These days we can only catch Roseth, Greenblatt, and gang when they're visiting home, but expect thought-provoking and perfected originals and standards from these young cats—all played to the tune of "these guys are gonna be big." Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $15 E

 
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