Notable Shows

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

Wednesday, October 4

Jason Collett + Sera Cahoone

The Broken Social Scene member—like Amy Millan and some of his other peers in that ever-revolving indie rock supergroup—relies on smooth, modern country to get the charm across in his solo work. Idols of Exile, which he took time out from BSS for in 2005, was just released stateside, and features the same honest, endearing songwriting that makes that band so great. If you haven't heard local (and newly solo herself) songwriter Cahoone's work yet, this pairing with Collett couldn't be a more perfect introduction. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Kinky + Gram Rabbit

They've been called "the Mexican Talking Heads"—which should tell you about the crazed amalgamation of styles present (including electronica, Latin, and straight-ahead rock) in their albums, including the new Reina. For all the genre-attributing, though, they're mostly a lot of fun, and promise an exciting live show. Cali's Gram Rabbit is "music to start a cult to". Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $15

Muse

SEE SWTW, P. 37. Paramount, 8 p.m. $32.50

TV on the Radio + Grizzly Bear

SEE FEATURE [Grizzly Bear], P. 39. Showbox, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 All ages

Thursday, October 5

These Arms Are Snakes listening party

On their latest offering, Easter, local smart hardcore outfit These Arms Are Snakes retain all the tension, swagger, and wiry guitar work that made their previous work so potent and caustic. They're gearing up for a two-month tour that will keep them away from home until December, but you can head to Liberty tonight for their listening party. Liberty, 517 15th Ave. E., 8 p.m. NC

Heather Duby + Graig Markel

In case you haven't noticed, Seattleites are a damned creative, talented bunch. Take two prolific singer-songwriters with new and upcoming releases (Duby and Markel, respectively), add one fashion show (courtesy Ballard boutique Velouria), and you've got a tempting showcase of some locally produced sound and vision. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $10 adv./$15

Oakley Hall + Whalebones + Red Jacket Mine

SEE FEATURE [Oakley Hall], P. 41. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Friday, October 6

Bettye Lavette

Oh, how we love the divine Ms. Lavette—we can't stop singing the praises of this soul diva, from her performance at Bumbershoot to each time she comes back to our smaller crowds. She raises her own brand of hell, indeed. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $20

The National + Mobius Band + Baby Dayliner

Brooklyn indie rockers the National don't fall easily into any New York band category. While often dark, moody, and sensitive (with Matt Berninger's vocals sometimes recalling the histrionics of Scott Walker), they certainly don't fit nicely alongside the Strokes or Interpol. As many have suggested, their mix of alt-country and post-punk make them sound equally Midwestern and Canadian. I guess it's just safer to say they're an American band. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Tall Birds

The Vera Project's new Seattle Center home is under construction and—though well on its way to completion—doors aren't open yet. The rock show must go on, however, and temporary displacement isn't stopping the all-ages venue from doing it for the kids all over town. This week, Fusion Cafe, at the Fourth Avenue YMCA, plays host to Vera's couch surfing with psych-rock revivalists Tall Birds. Featuring three former members of Seattle thrash band the Catheters, the new incarnation's recent Sub Pop release Internalize b/w The Sky Is Falling—a charmingly raw, energetic single—is doing its part to bring back the glory of the 7-inch, one spin at a time. With the Willowz, Wires on Fire, Mikaela's Fiend, and Triumph of Lethargy. Vera Project at Fusion Cafe (909 Fourth Ave.), 7 p.m. $8

Saturday, October 7

826 Benefit: Speaker Speaker + Water Kill the Sun + the Trucks

This benefit for the writing center (the Seattle outpost of the Dave Eggers–founded San Francisco spot) features on-fire young pop band Speaker Speaker, Water Kill the Sun (who've undergone major lineup changes and released a new S/T album), and Bellingham's rowdy Trucks. Underneath the occasional mania of these bands' performances, they're—fittingly—also a literate bunch. High Dive, 10 p.m. $6

The Knitters + Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Legendary L.A. punk band X is long dead, but core members John Doe and Exene Cervenka have reunited in the now equally legendary Knitters—along with guitarist Dave Alvin, bassist Jonny Ray, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake—who specialize in a traditional take on rockabilly with their thoroughly modern sounds. Showbox, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20

Charlie Sexton + Shannon McNally

As Bob Dylan's touring guitarist for several years, Texas six-stringer Charlie Sexton became the legendary songwriter's greatest musical foil since Robbie Robertson. He's since departed Mr. Dylan's touring band, leaving him plenty of opportunity to embark on solo ventures, such as his latest duet record with Shannon McNally, Southside Sessions. The all-acoustic affair recalls the somber moments of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris. A mix of originals and covers, Southside Sessions reflects nothing more than a shared love for music making. And there's nothing wrong with that. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279.

Monday, October 9

Easy Star All-Stars

Ever wondered what Radiohead's OK Computer would sound like made over in a dub reggae style? The only thing better—if you said yes—would be to combine it with a laser light show. Well . . . Chop Suey's newly installed disco/rave lighting embellishments may actually provide some visuals for your head trip. With Outlaw Nation. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12

Tuesday, October 10

Magnolia Electric Company + Bottomless Pit + Soft Drugs

SEE FEATURE [Magnolia Electric Co.], P. 42. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10

Night Canopy + Triumph of Lethargy + the Cave Singers + Jan Norberg

This lineup—a veritable autumnal stew of local talent—is heavy on the meat, low on filler. Chock-full of members from other well-known Seattle-spawned groups, former Murder City Devil Spencer Moody and Corey Brewer (aka Merchbot2000) come in the form of the experimental noise-infused, violin-laced Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death. Pretty Girls Make Graves drummer Nick deWitt takes the stage with Amy Blaschke, rhythmically complimenting her honey-glazed vocals as the melodic Night Canopy, while the "members of" fun continues with the blond and bewitching Bats of Belfry frontman Jan Norberg rocking the mic solo, sans bats. All this, and shockingly, a five spot is all it takes for a heaping helping of aural goodness. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $5 E

 
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