Notable Shows

Wednesday, August 23

The Decemberists

The Decemberists next disc, The Crane Wife, is slated for an Oct. 3 release. Since it's their first for Capitol, the anticipation is naturally huge. Co-produced by Tucker Martine and Chris Walla in Portland, Ore., and reportedly featuring a big three-part epic as an opener, it's doubtful that the record will be displaying too much pop gleam. But here's your rare chance to sample the new songs and find out for yourself. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 5 p.m. $16

Thursday, August 24

Cabinessence + Downpilot + Transmissionary Six + Marc Olsen + Jared Clifton + Chad Bault

Former Seattleite Barbara Mitchell has an ear for moody Northwest pop (what do you expect from a die-hard Cure fan?). It shows on the latest release from her Roslyn label, Radar, the second album from Paul Austin and Terri Moeller, better known as the Transmissionary Six. Billed as Roslyn Recordings Family and Friends night, this show will act as the Transmissionary's CD release, but will also features sets from Cabinessence, Downpilot, Marc Olsen, Jared Clifton, and whomever else Babs can con into getting onstage. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

International Pop Overthrow: The Snakebites + Lund Bros. + Twink the Wonderkid + the Sterling Loons + Young Sportsmen + the Doll Test + the Cheats + the Small Change

Started in 1997 by L.A. music journalist David Bash, the International Pop Overthrow festival celebrates all things power-pop, and takes place in Seattle for the first time this year. To maximize rockage, the stage is back-lined and the sets are short—though there's no shortage of talent in this town where the bubblier, bigger brands of pop are concerned. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $10

Orchestra Zarabanda

Summer is the best time for big-band Cuban dance music, and no one in Seattle plays it better than this 12-piece outfit, formerly known as Yerbabuena. Percussion, woodwinds, piano, and a three-piece violin section combine for a retro ballroom sound that will ship you straight to the Havana of your imagination. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $15

Friday, August 25

The Format + Rainer Maria + Annathallo + Street to Nowhere

Rainer Maria seem to have successfully crossed over from the no-man's-land of emo to become a truly rocking three-piece on their latest, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together . . . even if that title is a bit, well, you know. Neumo's, 6:30 p.m. $11 adv./$13 All ages Rainer Maria also perform Sat., Aug. 26, at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 2 p.m. NC

International Pop Overthrow #2: The Tripwires + Sgt. Major + Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity + My Brave Face + Jon Auer + Tiny Volcano + the Craze + the Capillaries

Former Posie Jon Auer can take credit (along with then-songwriting-partner Ken Stringfellow) for inspiring the power-pop rock-star fantasies of many of the local bands playing the IPO this weekend. His first solo full-length, Songs From the Year of Our Demise, was released this year on Pattern 25. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $10

The Kingsmen

So, original vocalist Jack Ely is not part of the lineup this time around, but it doesn't matter. Though the Kingsmen weren't the first band to cover "Louie Louie" (Northwest music fans were already familiar with versions by Richard Berry, the Wailers, and Paul Revere and the Raiders), they were the band that recorded what became a hit on the East Coast, making them the No. 1 touring band in the country during the mid-'60s. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30

Tableau Vivant: The Bad Things Orchestra

"Tableau Vivant" is French for "living picture"—an old-timey theatrical device used to bring a scene to life in a cabaret, and often a scene involving naked or nearly naked ladies. This cabaret/burlesque show (which follows an earlier dinner show) celebrates all things turn-of-the-last-century Paris to the tune of the Bad Things Orchestra. Can Can, 10 p.m. $10

Vindaloo

Vindaloo list their influences on MySpace as: "LOUD noises, quiet noises, circus midgets on unicycles, the sound a diesel truck makes when pulling out of 1st gear, Natalie Portman, Rage Against the Machine, house made macaroni and cheese. . . . " That's some mishmash, guys, but from the good reviews we've been hearing of your on-fire shows, and the sample tracks from your new album (which is being released tonight), it sounds like you're channeling something good. Stomping Grounds and Xanther will try to rock as hard. Central Saloon, 8 p.m. $8/$12 JC

Saturday, August 26

Bats of Belfry + Wallpaper + Coconut Coolouts

Anyone who misses the Charming Snakes' brand of art-damaged punk will have plenty to rejoice over with Ruben Mendez and Lacey Swain's new band, the Coconut Coolouts. The Coolouts are a hell of a lot more fun that the Snakes ever were, with plenty of hand claps and goofball, Fall-inflected melodies. Plus, who can argue with a song called "Party Jail," with the intro: "Well, I spent a lot of time hanging out in front of bars/and I spent a lot of time hanging out in bars/but I never thought I'd have so much fun hanging out behind bars!" Rendezvous, 10:30 p.m. $5

The Clientele + Great Lakes + the Fleet Foxes

SEE FEATURE [The Clientele], P. 40. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10

International Pop Overthrow #3: True West + Don Dixon + the Windbreakers + Tim Lee + the Quags + Girls Say Yes + Jet City + Crack City Rockers

More power. More pop. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $10

Sunday, August 27

International Pop Overthrow #4: Terrene + Sea.Mine + Jim Basnight Band + Tranquilla + Easterly + the Glasses + Phamous Phaces + Jimm McIver

More pop. More power. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $10

Monday, August 28

Cat Power

The Greatest is arguably Chan Marshall's greatest collection of songs yet, so don't miss this show. She's made it easy on you tonight by offering up two! Neumo's, 6 p.m. (all ages) and 9:30 p.m. $22 adv./$25

Tuesday, August 29

Oscar Peterson

One of the world's most renowned jazz pianists, Peterson played Carnegie Hall in 1949 and later recorded or performed with greats such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. His work as part of a quartet has earned him his own rank as legend—if you love jazz, don't miss him during this rare six-night performance. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $80.50–$95.50 Also Wed., Aug. 30–Sun., Sept. 3 E

 
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