The Short List: The Week’s Recommended Shows

Angels and Airwaves / Wednesday, April 7

After the split of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge worked tirelessly to prove that his new incarnation would forever change rock music. And while the group filled with former members of Box Car Racer, The Offspring, and 30 Seconds to Mars may not have lived up to those grandiose statements, Angels and Airwaves undoubtedly play great music. Its third album, Love, available for free download on A&A's Web site, is a guitar-driven alt-rock record that rides on the sound of debut release We Don't Need to Whisper, except aural synth lines take a striking prominence that make for a smoother listen. The underlying humor that drove Blink-182 may be all but forgotten, but the bombast of chords and anthemic choruses are a fair trade. With Say Anything. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 382-7877. 7 p.m. $26. All ages. NICK FELDMAN

Retribution Gospel Choir / Wednesday, April 7

Remember Hoobastank? They were early-2000s mainstream rock at its finest—lots of soaring power chords with lots of unnecessary oomph, vocals just dripping with pathos and urgency? That sort of heavy alt-rock by way of Nickelback went out of style a few years ago. But, hangers-on, we have good news: Retribution Gospel Choir's sophomore record, 2, is Hoobastank's best record yet. It's full of huge and obvious builds to monotonous choruses and rhythms, and too-frequent and too-noisy cymbal crashes; it's even got such emphatic lyrics as "We sing of salvation/We sing what we must/Cuz one man's treasure/Is another man's lust." As for you doubters, dissenters, and indie snobs—yes, two members of Low are also in this band. And no, 2 has none of the subtlety and nuance that makes Low such a refreshing band. With Kinski. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $8. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Mark Knopfler / Thursday, April 8

Mark Knopfler is like JJ Cale—he doesn't get enough credit for how good and innovative he is. Furthermore, it seems he doesn't get enough credit because, like Cale, he doesn't play in-your-face rock, but laid-back, shuffling blues and folk. Most know Knopfler from his '70s–'80s rock band Dire Straits, responsible for mega-hits "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing." But his solo career has been just as productive and intriguing. Like Bob Dylan, Knopfler has been crafting pseudo-trad songs that don't really resemble any particular style but still work hard at evoking the past, all the while sounding like pure Mark Knopfler. Through his soft grooves and bone-dry baritone, Knopfler creates slow-burning Americana that favors songcraft over guitar showmanship. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 877-STG-4TIX. 8 p.m. $63.50–$103.50. All ages. BRIAN J. BARR

Police Teeth / Thursday, April 8

If naming songs were an Olympic sport, the necks of Police Teeth would be glowing with gold. Thankfully, jams like "Taking a Shit on Company Time" and "Bob Stinson Will Have His Revenge on Ferndale" aren't just great punch lines; they totally eclipse their nomenclature. Taking inspiration from that no-excess, reactionary school of '80s college punk, Police Teeth write catchy, riff-heavy punk songs that come from a blue-collar, utilitarian mindset. Their songs are as meat-and-potatoes as they come, stripped of delay pedals, keyboard flourishes, and all the excess fat that can cover up the actual heart and purpose of a song. Watch for PBR cans crushed in midair, fist pumping, spitting, and a bunch of hairy, sweaty bodies ramming into each other at the show. All the good stuff with none of the bullshit. With Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive to Death, Victory and Associates, DJ Heather Hydra. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $8. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Seattle Soundbite w/the Maldives / Thursday, April 8

Food and music go together like gin and tonic. But while the ties between the two cultural pillars are strong, they're not always harmonious. Fences' Chris Mansfield recently walked offstage after two songs at art/food happening The New Guard because patrons were talking too loudly during their third dessert. Sarah McLachlan wants you to trade your Thanksgiving turkey for tofu. Moby just wrote a book about being bald and vegan. Even SW's douchy/domesticated music editor pens a column about life with his Crock Pot®. But tonight's mashup of foodies and musicians at Showbox SoDo promises to be a relatively drama-free affair, with some of the city's favorite hash-slingers (Ethan Stowell) and singers (the Maldives) holding court. With Amsterdam, Velcro Mindset, Sam Russell and the Harborrats, DJ Darek Mazzone, Shawn Stewart. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 382-7877. 6 p.m. $13 adv./$16 DOS. CHRIS KORNELIS

The Church / Friday, April 9

For 30 years, the interplay between guitarists Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper has defined the trippy art-rock sound of this Australian quartet. At turns moody, frantic, shimmering, and atmospheric, they provide an exhilarating counterpoint to Steve Kilbey's languid, narcotized vocals. Using the post-punk and neo-psychedelic pop of the early '80s as a jumping-off point, The Church have covered a multitude of musical bases over the past three decades—scoring a hit single, "Under the Milky Way," in 1988—all while battling record companies and occasionally each other. This tour, dubbed "An Intimate Space," is all-acoustic, with the band counting backward through their 23 studio releases, playing a track from each. In a nod to their fans' loyalty, all ticket holders will receive a copy of the new Deadman's Hand EP. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $28. MICHAEL MAHONEY

Jónsi / Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10

While Sigur Rós has been fading into an "indefinite hiatus," the group's frontman Jón Birgisson went and made the best record of his career. Retaining some of his band's atmospheric elements, Go sports poppier, more energetic tunes sung primarily in English rather than vowel-heavy "language" Hopelandic, but still in that ethereal falsetto. The record's enchanting surges of strings feel stunningly cinematic, and that picturesque quality will be embodied in an epic staging created by London-based 59 Productions. Dubbed "a cross between film, art installation, theatre performance, and live gig," the show projects a natural world in which animals are brought to life and film meets lighting and props. And if, as it claims, it does justice to Jónsi's imaginative quality, the performance will be as monumental as the music. With Death Vessel. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 382-7877. 8 p.m. $28. All ages. NICK FELDMAN

Spoon / Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10  See Q&A.

Honk! Fest West / Saturday, April 10

Anyone who's ever slung a drum across their chest and taken up ranks with a marching band knows nothing's more invigorating than walking in step with dozens of your comrades to the tune of "Uptight." Anyone who's ever witnessed a parade of any kind knows that even the most amateur musicians—together en masse, and with the right attitude—can turn "Land of a Thousand Dances" into a mob scene. Friday through Sunday, the streets of Seattle—specifically those in Georgetown, Fremont, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle—will be invaded by Honk! Fest West—an amalgam of 20 street bands from the U.S. and Canada, ranging from those that march and those that fight to those that swing. Honk! stops at Georgetown on Saturday for Art Attack. For more details, visit HonkFestWest.com. Various Georgetown venues. 6 p.m. Free. CHRIS KORNELIS

Rogue Wave / Saturday, April 10

Based on their name, you'd expect Rogue Wave to have a huge, uncontrollable sound, like a metal or noisecore band. Instead, the former Sub Pop signees have always seemed mellow, even as lead singer Zach Schwartz's vocals have become more acrobatic and inched toward falsetto. The beauty of Descended Like Vultures and Asleep at Heaven's Gate is how effortless they both sound—there's simplicity amid all the Wurlitzer- and keyboard-tinged pop, which makes theband's latest release, Permalight, a complete surprise. Suddenly—assuming the album's single, "Good Morning (The Future)," is representative—Rogue Wave is a synth-backed, beat-heavy band. (It also sounds as if Schwartz put his voice through Auto-Tune.) It's hard to know whether this startling musical shift is a freak occurrence or a permanent transition. With Man/Miracle, JMB. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. PAIGE RICHMOND

Tiesto / Saturday, April 10

Good ol' Tiesto: Like a burnout explaining why he loves Bob Marley, the Dutch mega-jock neither offends nor inspires. Sure, if you experience him live, especially in a club setting, you'll probably dance with the rest of the mob. But Tiesto's brand of corporatized trance is too tame to lift the soul along with the body. That said, dude's work ethic—he's forever on the road, forever putting out music, and ever available to the media—has made him a force to reckon with, whether you want to reckon with him or not. Tiesto's endless efforts to stay plugged into the zeitgeist via, among other things, tapping pop stars to guest on tracks (Nelly Furtado and Tegan & Sara are only three of the names that appear on his 2009 disc Kaleidoscope) keep him relevant, regardless of how good he sounds. With Johnny Monsoon, Hyperfunk. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 374-8400. 8 p.m. $37. KEVIN CAPP

Franz Nicolay / Sunday, April 11

You probably know Franz Nicolay as the mustachioed, accordion-toting, wine-quaffing fellow with the Cheshire Cat grin—looking like a cross between Salvador Dalí and Super Mario—rocking out alongside Craig Finn and company in The Hold Steady for the past several years. Things have changed for the singer/instrumentalist recently—not his look, but he quit The Hold Steady to work on his burgeoning solo career. Last year Nicolay issued his debut LP, Major General, which merged anthemic bar rock with Balkan textures and cabaret atmosphere. With Moneybrother, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $8. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Beach House / Monday, April 12  See B-Sides.

Sia / Monday, April 12  See B-Sides.

The xx / Monday, April 12  See News & Notes.

King Khan & The Shrines / Tuesday, April 13

King Khan, the stage name of Canadian musician Arish A. Khan, is probably better known for his stage antics than his music. He wears a variety of accessories—warrior helmet, donkey-tooth necklace, suit jacket—but is almost always bare-chested. His performance with the Shrines, his longtime backing band, was one of the most talked-about events at Sasquatch! 2009, partially because Khan was wearing only underwear, a gold cape, Airwalk shoes, and a headdress. If only people would pay as much attention to how ridiculously good his soul-inspired music is. The Shrines are a nine-piece band, tied together with Khan's James Brown–esque vocals. The instrumentals and vocals seem to melt into place like red velvet cake. Khan's antics and outfits are like the cake's cream-cheese frosting: delicious, but ultimately just a distraction from the best part. With the Fresh & Onlys, Unnatural Helpers. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. PAIGE RICHMOND

Male Bonding / Tuesday, April 13

Legions of young bands are doing the skuzzy, fuzzy thing, but London trio Male Bonding brings a wealth of surefire hooks to the equation. All splashing melodies and crashing instruments, the band's debut Nothing Hurts has songs that would fit on Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque. It's more punk and off-kilter in other places (think Vaselines), and there's a thread of confusion and awkwardness in the lyrics. "Weird Feelings" jumps out immediately as the most intelligible slice of garagey pop, although the closing anomaly "Worse to Come" uses acoustic guitar and guest vocals from Vivian Girls to excellent effect. Prior to its recruitment by Sub Pop, Male Bonding had only a few songs scattered across vinyl on its own label. After hearing Nothing Hurts, it's clear the vote of confidence was well worth it. With The Soft Pack. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8000. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. DOUG WALLEN

 
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