Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

Exile On Main St. / Wednesday, May 12

How do you make Exile on Main St., one of the most celebrated albums of all time—and a double album at that—any better? If you're the Rolling Stones, you reach back into the vault and add 10 never-before-heard tracks, both new songs and alternate takes of Exile classics. The sloppy, irreverent alternative cut of "Loving Cup" is alone worthy of celebration. To mark Tuesday's reissue, the most anticipated in recent memory, Stones fans with big mouthpieces are pulling out all the stops. Phish's 2009 peformance of Exile is included on Phish 3D, showing at Bellevue's Lincoln Square Cinemas; and on Late Night, Jimmy Fallon has booked a week of musical guests—Sheryl Crow tonight, Phish Thursday—to pay tribute to the album. CHRIS KORNELIS

Paramore / Wednesday, May 12

Ah, flame-haired, 21-year-old Paramore frontgal Hayley Williams: All the girls wanna be her, and all the guys wanna...well, you know. But there's precious little time to worry about all of that, not when the Tennessee-bred, emo-flavored quintet is busy busting its ass to become one of America's biggest rock bands. Paramore's graduated from featured act on the Warped Tour to viable arena-headlining band, and last fall's Brand New Eyes is closing in on platinum status (no small feat in this era of dwindling album sales). Eyes mostly lives up to the hype, especially when pint-sized fireball Williams lets fly her impassioned roar over the band's churning riffs, which sometimes make room for New Wave textures and even the occasional non-ironic power ballad. With Relient K. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555. 7 p.m. $27.50 adv./$31 DOS. All ages. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

The Sight Below / Wednesday, May 12

If there was any doubt that Seattle's Rafael Anton Irisarri is an emerging master of lush, ambient quietude, his second album as The Sight Below should erase it. The ghost of shoegaze lingers throughout the seven unhurried tracks of It All Falls Apart. It's an album of glacial drifts and quivering tones, realized with laptops and synths as much as subtle guitar sounds shaped by looping, delay, and reverb. A shrouded cover of Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" is sung at a husky distance by Tiny Vipers. Irisarri will also debut a set under his own name, a trio with Kelly Wyse of the Seattle Pianist Collective and drummer Phil Petrocelli. Make sure you're there in time to behold the results. With Jóhann Jóhannsson. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. $16 adv./$19 DOS. All ages. DOUG WALLEN

Boy Eats Drum Machine / Thursday, May 13

The songs on Boy Eats Drum Machine's latest album, Hoop & Wire, are heavier on the dance beats and more up-tempo than some of the synthier, groove-laden tracks from 2008's Booomboxxx. But Portland's Jon Ragel—the "boy" and the "drum machine" behind the one-man electronic act—makes sure his favorite instruments are still front and center. Percussion is the star of "Constellation," and a saxophone makes a guest appearance on the album's title track. While all his songs are catchy and sometimes complex, the most captivating aspect of Boy Eats Drum Machine is watching the intricate dance Ragel pulls off live. From scratching records to tapping his laptop or playing his sax, Ragel's performance embodies the energy of his music. With That 1 Guy. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. PAIGE RICHMOND

Coalesce / Thursday, May 13

It's pretty awesome when a band that's been around for 16-plus years is making the most mind-blowing music of their career. Kansas City's Coalesce has always been known as a trailblazer in brutally technical, no-nonsense hardcore, full of hoarse vocals, grinding bass lines, sinewy guitars, and whiplash time changes. Now, after Lord knows how many breakups, indefinite hiatuses, and lineup changes, Coalesce is as virile and dangerous a beast as ever. The band seems intent on writing more epic, literate, and slightly more traditional (for them, at least) arrangements that allow their songs more room to breathe and seethe. In a scene known for jocky muscle-flexing and posturing, Coalesce is much more intent on flexing their minds. With Converge, Black Breath, Lewd Acts. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $15. All ages. GREGORY FRANKLIN

The Eagles / Thursday, May 13

According to Hotel California, Barney Hoskyns' engrossing history of Los Angeles country-rock, older California heads like David Crosby and Gram Parsons disliked the Eagles when the quartet started out in the early 1970s. They were too packaged, they thought, performing with a professionalism that bordered on sterile. Yet it's the Eagles' dogged adherence to consistency that saved them from devolving into adult-contemporary blah (Crosby) or death (Parsons). Four decades later, the Eagles still churn out meaningful country-rock. Compare 2007's Long Road out of Eden to the group's masterful 1972 self-titled debut, and you won't hear much difference quality-wise. My only quibble is this: Why not ask founding member Bernie Leadon to rejoin the fray? He's the one who taught the Eagles those fabulous harmonies. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 682-8225. 8 p.m. $55–$185. All ages. JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks / Friday, May 14

As a performer and songwriter, Dan Hicks is eminently engaging, twisting his signature mishmash of damn near every musical style known to man into songs that feel supremely natural. The magic holds as long as the music plays; once a song's over, the theoretical strangeness of Hicks' sound sinks in: How could Western swing play alongside gypsy jazz, while surf rock mingles with bossa nova cowboy singalongs and female backup singers play call-and-response with Hicks' very particular vocal twang? Add Hicks' penchant for lyrics filled with a dry wit reminiscent of Garrison Keillor and Frank Zappa, and you've got something very strange—very strange and very wonderful. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 & 10 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS. NICHOLAS HALL

The Kindness Kind / Friday, May 14

Since the 2007 release of their critically acclaimed debut A Novel, local indie-pop act The Kindness Kind has wowed crowds with a catchy, electro-infused sound that rightfully draws quick comparisons to The Cure or the Smiths. Jumping among tones and time signatures, the deliberate compositions and melodic flares serve as the perfect backdrop for the distinctive vocals of songstress Alessandra Rose—accenting more than overpowering her. There's been no official release since the band's 2008 self-titled sophomore effort, but you can be sure that this show will be sprinkled with a taste of material from their forthcoming record, due out sometime this year. With People Eating People, Hosannas. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 9 p.m. $8. NICK FELDMAN

Kaki King / Friday, May 14  See preview.

Freelance Whales / Saturday, May 15  See preview.

Wiz Khalifa / Saturday, May 15

If you need proof that the necessity of a major-label deal is a thing of the past, look no further than Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa. After several delays releasing his debut, Khalifa (nicknamed Wiz as a teenager, later adding the Arabic word for "successor") parted with Warner Bros. and released a slew of mixtapes glorifying the pursuit of money, women, and blowing the biggest of trees. But while he's still comfortable with weed as a subject (his latest Internet release is titled Kush & OJ), his newer work also displays a heightened charm and confidence. As always, his beats are a fine balance between artful samples and laid-back party joints. Wiz Khalifa may not be leaving it behind, but he's certainly emerging from his stoner-rap pigeonhole. With Fashawn, Jasmine Solano, Logics. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 10 p.m. $15. NICK FELDMAN

Fuck Buttons / Sunday, May 16

Fuck Buttons' spastic music may not be soothing; more often than not, it's downright unsettling. But there's no denying that the Bristol, UK, duo carries a certain crossover appeal. Whatever went into the making of 2008's Street Horrrsing and 2009's Tarot Sport, they betray no trace of organic, human-produced sound. If you want to dance or need something trippy to listen to while you do drugs, Fuck Buttons' music will do the job. Of course, it can also inspire unpleasant visions of a future in which all food is grown in labs, nuclear radiation keeps everyone indoors, and we all have bar-code tattoos. Remember this when you're contemplating how many mushrooms to eat before the show. With White Rainbow. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 8 p.m. $12. adv./$15 DOS. SARA BRICKNER

Maps & Atlases / Sunday, May 16

Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases serves loose, bluesy pop tunes set against technically stringent arrangements. Their melodies are a bit off-kilter, sometimes stringing together repetitive vocal lines or splashed with unexpected drum beats. Dave Davison's voice is crowing and languid (think Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio), and both he and Erin Elders are widely considered to be guitar virtuosos. They generate their complex rhythms by finger-tapping their frets as their dueling parts intertwine. The band's touring in support of its first full-length, Perch Patchwork, to be released next month by Barsuk. They're the openers on this tour, but I hear they've been stealing the show from the headliner night after night. With Frightened Rabbit. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Ramona Falls / Sunday, May 16

With a long-awaited new Menomena album finally in the works, it's likely that Brent Knopf, one of Menomena's three multi-instrumentalists, will have less time for his stellar solo project, Ramona Falls. That's too bad, because his 2009 debut Intuit is an inventive and emotionally charged exploration of sadness and loneliness. When Knopf performs live, he reinvents songs like "I Say Fever" with a full band, instead of the electronic beats he uses on record. Reinvention is sort of his trademark: He recently teamed with Chicago-based duo The Hood Internet and Lil Wayne—yes, Weezy himself—to remix "Russia," Intuit's single. Let's hope Ramona Falls' current tour isn't the last. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $10. PAIGE RICHMOND

Box Elders / Monday, May 17

By name alone, Omaha's Box Elders sound like there's a decent chance they might be a well-timed Pavement tribute band. Thankfully, their records reek less of '90s literary lo-fi, sounding more like some of the forgotten, Farfisa-drenched, fuzzed-out pop of the Nuggets compilations. Box Elders are charmingly scrappy and sloppy, and recorded just a little too loudly, but they still somehow ooze an absolute ease and infectious joy. Instantly catchy without being boring, their music is a toothachy sugar rush of joyful, garage-pop blasts that would make a perfect soundtrack for some oddball all-night malt shop full of sleepy drunks, coffee-and-cigarettes literati, and gaggles of bright-eyed high-school kids pushing their suburban curfews. With Jaguar Paw, Evander Brolyfield. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 74-8400. 9:30 p.m. $6. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Theoretics / Monday, May 17

Theoretics is exactly what Seattle's hip-hop scene needs at the moment—what any scene looking to maintain an edge needs, really: a funky-fresh infusion of live instrumentation and Jurassic 5–style lyrical showmanship. The seven-member outfit isn't earth-shatteringly original or mind-bogglingly good. They sound a bit like a mix between the Physics and the Saturday Knights, who sallied forth into local consciousness riding a wave of hype and good intentions, only to unceremoniously peter out. But Theoretics doesn't seem to have that kind of puffery stalking them right now, which is good. They'll have the space to continue making danceable, feel-good tunes that sound like this city looks in the summer. With Gravity. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. $7 adv./$9 DOS. All ages. KEVIN CAPP

Pinetop Perkins / Tuesday, May 18–Wednesday, May 19

At 96, pianist Pinetop Perkins is one of the few original Delta bluesmen still living, and he still gigs regularly around the country. Perkins has performed and recorded with almost every important musician in blues history, but is best known as a longtime member of the Muddy Waters Band. Since Perkins spent the bulk of his career as a supporting musician, it wasn't until 1988 that he recorded an album of his own...and liked it so much, he recorded a dozen more. If ever there were proof that age really is just a number, Perkins is it. With Willie Big Eyes Smith. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 p.m. $26.50. SARA BRICKNER

 
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