The Short List: The Week’s Recommended Shows

Hercules & Love Affair / Wednesday, August 11

Hercules & Love Affair, the brainchild of New York DJ Andy Butler and his BFF Kim Ann Foxman, shook up the club scene in 2008 with their eponymous debut on James Murphy's DFA Records. That was mainly due to the record's first single, the disco-rific "Blind," co-written and featuring vocals by Antony Hegarty. But even the Antony-less tracks are undeniably danceworthy, pulsing with heat and soul. H&LA's follow-up, Blue Songs, is completed and will be released in early 2011. In the meantime, Butler's got a new lineup together and on the road, including a full band and classically trained transgender Venezuelan vocalist Aera Negrot; the new material is said to bow even more to Butler's passion for '90s house music. With CyberTramp, DJ Colby B. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $17.50. ERIN K. THOMPSON

PonyHomie / Wednesday, August 11

Lately there seems to be a collective of musicians in town armed with turntables, synths, and an ear for catchy hooks, and ready to grab Seattle by the throat and scream "Dance, white kids, dance!" Add up-and-comers PonyHomie to that list. The keyboard/bass/drum combo plays it on the edgy electric tip with nods to '80s Wave influences and inspiration from acts like Ghostland Observatory, She Wants Revenge, and TV on the Radio. Also on this crazy Comet bill is New Zealand's third-most-popular folk-rock artist, Jake Nannery, who may have a problem keeping the PonyHomie crowd around for his mellow acoustic set. With the Next Door Neighbors, the Yes Pleases. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 323-9853. 9 p.m. $6. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

The B-52s & Blondie / Thursday, August 12

Here comes a bikini whale! Imagine being at NYC punk club Max's Kansas City in 1978, hearing party band the B-52s' first single, the wacktastic "Rock Lobster." Now imagine going back a few nights later to see the sensational Blondie, whose amalgam of punk, rock, and proto-rap elevated the definition of New Wave. So maybe you missed those defining moments in musical history (and Blondie's performance at Bumbershoot '06)? You can celebrate summer with both groups at the gorgeous Woodinville winery this weekend. The B-52s' Kate Pierson has left her Catskills love shacks (she's owner of the cabin-and-Airstream Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel) to rock out in our equally beautiful Northwest. Toast your good luck with a glass of the Winery's raspberry-licious dry rosé, and commence the clambake. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300. 7 p.m. Sold out. RACHEL SHIMP

Chromeo / Thursday, August 12

Hall & Oates are very much alive, but should they perish in a Jet Ski accident or fall down a well, the heir to their throne just may be Montreal's Chromeo. The electro-disco-funk-pop duo has a long way to go to match Daryl and John's sterling songbook, but P-Thugg and Dave 1—the self-described "only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture"—know how to find an unstoppable groove and fire up a dance floor, or croon a soulful, righteous slow jam. Chromeo's live sets feature Prince-worthy guitar licks, New Wave synths, and enough flashing lights to make Justice look like they forgot to pay the electric bill. Daryl Hall himself has endorsed Chromeo by performing with them at Bonnaroo and hosting them on his hit online series, Live From Daryl's House. You can't buy that kind of hipster cachet! With Holy Ghost!, Telephoned. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $21 adv./$24 DOS. All ages. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Nneka / Thursday, August 12

Fresh off the release of her third record, Concrete Jungle—her American debut—singer/songwriter Nneka does a wondrous thing with crossover. Combining the sounds of her dual heritage (she has an Igbo Nigerian father and a German mother), the R&B artist meshes Afro-pop melodies, hip-hop rhythms, and vocals that have garnered comparisons to legends like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. But aside from her musical prowess, Nneka's music is hopeful, searching for salvation. She's got soul, and she'll remind you that you do, too. With Pigeon John. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $12. NICK FELDMAN

Southern Lord Tour / Thursday, August 12  See Rocket Queen.

Doe Bay Fest / Friday, August 13–Saturday, August 14

Take everything there is to love about Sasquatch! (talented, much-loved independent bands backed by beautiful scenery) and subtract all its irritating qualities (way-too-drunk teenagers camping 10 feet away, prohibitively expensive food and drink, and Memorial Day weekend traffic), and you'll have Doe Bay Fest. In its third year, the festival at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat on Orcas Island has managed to stay hyper-local in both amenities and lineup. The resort sells mostly organic food from local farms while remaining committed to green practices; the festival's lineup, exclusively, is buzzed-about Northwest bands. Last year, David Bazan and the Long Winters were the main draws; this year, it's Grand Archives, THEESatisfaction, and The Head and the Heart. Add breathtaking natural surroundings and clean campgrounds, and it's no surprise that this year's event, with only 750 tickets available, sold out in just 10 days. With Fruit Bats, the Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Grand Hallway, Drew Grow & the Pastors' Wives, Portland Cello Project, Fences, the Dimes, Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers, Ivan & Alyosha, Shenandoah Davis, Kimo Muraki, Curtains for You, Ravenna Woods, Kaylee Cole, Black Whales. Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga, 360-376-8059. Sold out. All ages. PAIGE RICHMOND

Michael Bolton / Friday, August 13

In the cult film Office Space, there's a computer programmer named Michael Bolton who neither looks like nor acts like the famed balladeer of that name. The non-famous Michael Bolton is called into a conference room by a pair of hatchet men who've been charged with trimming personnel. Michael Bolton quickly lets his interrogators know that he'd prefer it if they call him Mike instead of Michael. Turns out one of the interrogators is "a Michael Bolton fan" who "celebrates the guy's entire catalogue." The non-famous Michael Bolton is ultimately laid off. Meanwhile, the famous Michael Bolton still gets panties thrown onstage when he sings. Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., 253-594-7777, Tacoma, 789-3599, 8:30 p.m., $40–$70. MIKE SEELY

The Temper Trap / Friday, August 13

Attempting to infuse soulful gestures into a scientifically proven-unsoulful genre (indie rock) has been attempted so many times with terrible results; more times than not, it's an embarrassing, ham-fisted attempt at mashing together two flavors that leaves everyone feeling pretty disappointed and a little dirty. Somehow, The Temper Trap manage to jump these hurdles convincingly. Blending the two worlds gracefully, the Australian quartet integrates the spastic energy of bands like Bloc Party and the blissful nature of Jeff Buckley into a graceful mix of dynamics. Temper Trap adds just enough hip-shaking to their swaying balladry, and sprinkles in just enough textural electronic elements and droned-out shoegaze sections to transport their solid pop into that otherworldly territory where for the three minutes the song is playing, everything in the universe slows to a near-complete stop. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $22 adv./$24 DOS. All ages. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Dinosaur Feathers / Saturday, August 14

Vampire Weekend gets a lot of love as NYC's Afropop-informed indie-rock darlings, and that's fair. But they're not the only ones in the game, and Dinosaur Feathers does it with a lot more quirky experimentation. They create the kind of music that goes well with a pleasant smile and an Otter Pop: surf pop that feels freshly modern, tropical grooves that don't feel like kitsch and novelty, synthy beats with primitive playfulness. And while the Ivy Leaguers in Vampire Weekend may have had their heads in the books, the dancy, dreamy Dinosaur Feathers do just fine with their heads in the clouds. With Kids and Animals, Listening Party, Lonnie Walker. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $6. All ages. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

Eighth Annual KEXP BBQ With The Lonely Forest / Saturday, August 14

For their annual summer blowout, KEXP snagged Anacortes boy wonder John Van Deusen and his irresistible indie-pop band The Lonely Forest. Normally a mainstay of Seattle's live music scene, The Lonely Forest's been AWOL since playing Sasquatch! in May. That's because they've spent their summer jumping between L.A., San Francisco, and Portland recording The Lonely Forest EP with Chris Walla. The EP will be released on Sept. 14, marking the band's first release since signing with Trans, Walla's Atlantic Records imprint. The boys are sure to play some of that new material at today's event, along with favorites from last year's breakout We Sing the Body Electric. Oh, and girls? I know it's hard, but keep your hands to yourselves—as of last month, Van Deusen is a newlywed. With The Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Feathers, Victor Shade, Suckers, Quasi. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200. 2 p.m. Free. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Founders Day Fair / Saturday, August 14–Sunday, August 15  See Rocket Queen.

Mountain Music Fest / Saturday, August 14  See An Incomplete History.

State of the Artist / Saturday, August 14  See Through @ 2.

Warped Tour / Saturday, August 14  See music lead.

Woven Bones / Saturday, August 14

As highly as I recommend getting a taste of Austin's Woven Bones, they should come with a warning label. WB's deliciously fuzzy, wanton take on garage rock will leave you with a jones so major you'll find yourself in Olympia tomorrow night at the Northern to see them again. The band's allure can be somewhat attributed to their driving beats, precisely executed by drummer Carolyn Cunningham, whose killer take on Moe Tucker's style and "every girl" quality will inspire no less than four girls per show to pick up sticks of their own. With Idle Times. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., 324-9210. $8. 8 p.m. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Hollow Earth Open Mike / Sunday, August 15  See B-Sides.

Meat Loaf / Sunday, August 15

For a man named after truck-stop comfort food, Meat Loaf certainly doesn't offer run-of-the-mill, stick-to-your-ribs musical fare. Orchestrated to the nth degree, with a flair for the ridiculously dramatic, his music is as much about theatrics as about himself. Meat Loaf has had a strange, enchanted career, from opening for rock legends (The Who, the Stooges, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper) to achieving cult stardom as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 1977, his milestone album Bat out of Hell came out; 30-plus years later, the album continues to sell around 200,000 copies a year. The '80s were less than kind to Mr. Loaf, but with 1993's Bat out of Hell II, he staged one of the greatest comebacks in pop-culture history. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 628-0888. 6 p.m. $40–$95. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Tokyo Police Club / Monday, August 16

Some bands just do the youthful indie-rock thing well, and Tokyo Police Club is one of them. The basement-forged quartet thrives on fluid guitar and keyboard-driven progressions—not to mention bassist/singer Dave Monks' earnest vocals. And while the outfit's sophomore effort, this year's Champ, doesn't necessarily carry the same exuberant abundance that their debut full-length, 2008's Elephant Shell does, it makes up for that lack with maturity and hopelessly catchy melodies. They might be a little older, but the boys from Newmarket, Ont., can still toss out the "ooh ooh ooh"s like nobody's business. With Freelance Whales, Arkelis. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $15. NICK FELDMAN

Buddy Guy and Robert Cray / Tuesday, August 17

If you've ever listened to blues, you've listened to both of these guys, whether you knew it or not. You've heard, if not their own blues standards, their influence on Clapton, Hendrix, and even the way the guitar is played (Cray has a model of Fender Strat named after him). Seeing them live will be even more of a spectacle; Guy is known for playing guitar with a pair of drumsticks and occasionally his teeth (no promises on that one these days). A casino isn't always the most inspiring place, but seeing these two legends in one night will be worth all the money you make and lose. Tulalip Casino, 1325 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Marysville, 360-651-1111. 7 p.m. $45–$65. MARY PAULINE DIAZ

The Hold Steady / Wednesday, August 18  See Q&A.

 
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