Notable Shows

Wednesday, November 1

Devin the Dude + Josh Martinez + Macklemore

Forget the town hustler: Houston rapper Devin the Dude knows more than a thing or two about weed, wine, and women. Unlike some bitch-slapping, drug-addled thug with violent streak and a doglike growl, the Dude is a mellow, comedic, everyday man with a playful, smooth delivery on the mike, and persuasive, funky, slow jamming beats that could lure any woman into the sack. Put simply, he's the kind of guy your mother would want to invite over for dinner, for a few blunts, and/or for a romp in the bedroom. Aside from his solo material and work with Odd Squad and Coughee Brothaz, the Rap-A-Lot Records luminary has cut his teeth on guest spots alongside some of hip-hop's finest, including Dr. Dre, the Roots, Jay-Z, and De La Soul. Come On & Come to one of H-town's finest, along with Josh Martinez, Macklemore, Dyme Def, DJ Marc Sense. TRAVIS RITTER Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $15 All ages

Thursday, November 2

Amiina + Trespassers William + Sleepy Eyes of Death

This week (Nov. 1–5) Seattle plays host to a veritable Viking invasion as artists, chefs, and academics hailing from the country that gave us Björk and where local lore tells of huldufólk—invisible, hidden people who dwell in the rocks. Repping the musical element of a Taste of Iceland is a group of four rosy-cheeked ladies who became pals while in school in the '90s at the Reykjavik College of Music. The girls initially lent their talents on violin, viola, and cello to countrymates Sigur Rós, but have since gone their own way sans strings, implementing unconventional musical elements such as wood saws and wine glasses into their work. Beautifully unique and haunting, the mystical melodies would (appropriately) be the perfect accompaniment while hunting for the elusive huldufólk in the expansive, mysterious, and alluring terrain they call home. AJA PECKNOLD Chop Suey, 8 p.m. Free

Blackstone + Mothershed + Ghengis Khan + King's English

The song "Parchman Farm" was penned by Bukka White and Son House, made famous by Mose Allison in '57, then covered by almost every hard rock band since Blue Cheer slew the fucker on their earthquake of an album Vincebus Eruptum. So, when a band of Hessian looking dudes from San Francisco just outright call themselves Parchman Farm, you know what you're getting into—psych-blues riffs fed through old tube amps, '70s-style vocals and . . . cowbell! But what about when the band breaks up and three of those dudes call themselves Ghengis Khan, named after the founder of the Mongol Empire, one of the more feared and successful military leaders in world history? Bad-ass is all we can hope for. BRIAN J. BARR Comet Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, November 3

Panjabi MC + Turbo B. + Derek Mazzone

When I say Bhan, you say Gra! Bhan! Gra! Bhan! Gra! Though that particular call and response might not be heard at Neumo's this Friday, Bhangra—a style of dance pop music hailing from the Punjab region (now divided between North India and Pakistan)—will be, by way of South Asian innovator Panjabi MC. The man, who drummed up ample international buzz for his collaboration with Jay Z on "Beware of the Boys", a remix of his song "Mundian to Bach Ke," is largely credited with fusing hip-hop and Bhangra, which features beats from traditional instruments such as dhol or dholaki drums among others. His second NW appearance is complemented by none other than KEXP Wo' Pop master Darek Mazzone who promises a set of new Bhangra tracks and original remixes. AJA PECKNOLD Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15

Saturday, November 4

Band of Horses + Chad Vangaalen + Simon Dawes

SEE BARSTOOL BLUES [Band of Horses], P. 43. SEE CD REVIEW [Chad Vangaalen] P. 56. With Bill Patton. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 Also Sun., Nov. 5 with Juanita Family at Showbox, 7 p.m. $15 All ages

Jamie Lidell + Safety Scissors + Tekgnosis

In the Seattle show hierarchy, a successful touring band on their first visit to town will play the Crocodile or Chop Suey, then Neumo's, then the Showbox, then if they're really successful, the Moore and Paramount. This progression can take a number of years, in the case of local boys-done-good Death Cab for Cutie, or an unnervingly short time period, as with the Arcade Fire and Sufjan Stevens. But few crossover artists of the electronic-based persuasion make it very far in that trajectory; soul man Jamie Lidell, who we've given much ink to, seems to be stuck squarely in the middle. That said, we bet his Seattle massive—strengthened by frequent appearances since the 2005 release of his spastic funk-fest Multiply—doesn't mind a bit. Lidell's stage antics may not be the stuff of legend but they're damn fun to watch, and you don't want to be so far away that the man is a faceless, writhing mass of sequins. Try to glimpse his on-the-fly production technique, which layers voice and samples to create song beds that he sings over. As this year's Bumbershoot attendees will tell you, Lidell can set any place on fire. Literally. RACHEL SHIMP Neumo's, 8 p.m. $15

Sunday, November 5

Mouse on Mars + Birdy Nam Nam + Lithops

SEE FEATURE [Mouse on Mars] P. 54.Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

Monday, November 6

Bonnie Prince Billy + Human Bell

SEE FEATURE [Bonnie Prince Billy] P. 52. With Ponieheart. Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $15 Also Tues., Nov. 7 at Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $15

Tuesday November 7

Anathallo + Page France + Ghost Stories

SEE HEAR THIS [Page France] P. 57. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8 Also at Sonic Boom Ballard 2209 Market St., 6 p.m. Free

The Slip + the Lovely Feathers

It's a wonderful thing when a song's energy matches its title. "Frantic" by the Quebec quintet Lovely Feathers is delivered exactly like that . . . frantically, as if being chased. They have David Byrne's nervous vocal yelp, which he must have loaned to all present-day Canadians, but they match it with fast 'n' jangly guitar jolts, dollops of xylophone and organ, and an overall exaggerated anxiousness. They slow it down for turns of mellower indie rock, but those serve as no more than a breather between the tracks that really rock. At times, they reach for the epic histrionics of their compatriots the Arcade Fire, but the Lovely Feathers are more party jammers akin to Think About Life. Oh, and their video for "Frantic" is nothing but '70s footage of people breaking shit and falling down. BRIAN J. BARR Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 All ages.

 
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