The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

From Katy Perry to Kenny Chesney.

Acrassicauda/Wednesday, July 20 Members of Iraqi band Acrassicauda have recently begun to express mild irritation that media outlets tend to focus primarily on the story of their life under the terrifying weight of Saddam Hussein's reign rather than on their music. Well, welcome to America, boys. Mind-boggling back stories don't get much more intriguing than this, and thanks to the 2007 Vice magazine–produced documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, most people are going to become aware of the band's work via that sensational conduit. Now that they safely reside in the States and are able to tour, it's up to them to make an impression with their live show. Significantly on their side this evening is the fact that legendary soundman Jim Anderson (of old-school Crocodile fame) will be on the boards at Slim's tonight. With Deathmocracy, Curse the Night. Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900. 9 p.m. $13. HANNAH LEVINKaty Perry/Wednesday, July 20 If there's one artist who wholeheartedly embraces pop's cheese factor, it's Katy Perry. The girl has no shame. In one music video from her most recent album, the platinum-selling Teenage Dream, she prances around and leads an army of gummi bears around an imaginary land called Candyfornia; in another she encourages listeners to "boom boom boom/Even brighter than the moon moon moon" while fireworks shoot out of her bra. In one song, she ponders what it'd be like to have sex with an alien; in another she chirps "I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock." Subtle. The catch here is that all these songs have been massive global hits—if her current single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" goes to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, which it likely will, she will be the first woman in the chart's history—and the second overall, behind Michael Jackson—to score five #1's from one album. Good taste never has factored into history-making. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 628-0888. 7:30 p.m. $29.50–$45. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON XV/Wednesday, July 20 Wichita, Kan., rapper XV got his first major buzz after dropping a project called Everybody's Nobody—his 12th mixtape in three years. The see-what-sticks approach (typified by a "40 Days, 40 Nights" series in which he dropped a new song every morning and evening for 40 days) is the hallmark of a blog-rap generation that's already forgotten the next big thing. But you can't say he's not connected with the right beatsmiths and collaborators, and in a world where everyone's an MC, XV has enough heart to make his odds better than most. Joining him on the bill is the even younger, even more hyped Casey Veggies—an L.A. rapper who just recently graduated from high school, and whose ability by this age nods at his greater potential. With Logics. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $15 adv. All ages. NICK FELDMAN The Foreign Exchange/Thursday, July 21 Phonte Coleman's issues with record labels and with legendary producer and Little Brother collaborator 9th Wonder are no secret. Now fully independent of the former and at peace with the latter, his Grammy-nominated R&B partnership with Dutch producer Nicolay seems to put him in exactly the right place: manning the +FE label and its flagship act. Talking about the name of their most recent record, Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange, Phonte says: "It represented the whole vibe of what me and Nic wanted to make, something intimate like you wanted to just have a few friends over at the house and y'all just sit around and play songs together." Relying increasingly on Coleman's smooth and soulful vocals, The Foreign Exchange continues to grow closer together—in large part due to Nicolay's move to Coleman's native North Carolina—but further from hip-hop. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $18. NICK FELDMAN Kenny Chesney/Friday, July 22 Even though he doesn't live in Florida, Kenny Chesney personifies the Sunshine State. With its Redneck Riviera on the Gulf side juxtaposed with a boozy Caribbean vibe on its oceanic side and a whole lot of strip malls in between, Florida is the barefoot cowboy who'd rather go fishing than break a horse in a pair of Tony Llamas. Florida would rather wear a ripped muscle T and drink daiquiris than set up camp with a case of cheap beer and some wool-lined denim for warmth, and it'd rather bang a South American supermodel than the former 4-H champion with blonde pigtails. These exact descriptions could be applied to Chesney, an unstoppable force of branding who's shrewdly set himself up to inherit Jimmy Buffett's entire fan base once the head Parrot is relegated to the fishbowl-sized Margaritaville in the sky. With Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 7 p.m. $25–$79.50. All ages. MIKE SEELY Jamie Foxx/Friday, July 22 Why ya gotta hate on the mellow R&B of Jamie Foxx? Sure, his music career is at best self-indulgent, but hey, occasionally 50-year-old white ladies want to back that thang up too. Your mom and, good Lord, your grandma love his video for "Blame It" because it's the perfect depiction of their dream nightclub: with velvet ropes that open to a magical world of celebrities they actually recognize and flattering low lights that make them look 40 again, thus plaguing every Christmas hereafter with the story of "their magical night with Richie Cunningham." But mostly these Boniva-poppin' babes love Mr. Foxx because he is handsome, smooth, and full of innuendo, but for some mysterious reason, completely sexually nonthreatening (wink). Tulalip Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Marysville, 360-651-1111. 7 p.m. $70–$125. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSARCock Block Party/Friday, July 22–Sunday, July 24 Despite the combative nature of its name, the Comet's Cock Block Party actually plays nicely with the Capitol Hill Block Party. "The name was just started as a drunken joke," clarifies the Comet's Mamma Casserole. "During CHBP we don't have any bands play, so this is a good way for folks to see some up-and-coming bands that weren't chosen to play." This year, those worthy bands are punk veterans Android Hero (Fri.); the band that Mamma says "sticks out from the cacophony," the delightfully bizarre the Tempers (Sat.); and the equally hard-rocking Tit Pig and Deadkill (Sun.). For those worried about missing any Thurston Moore or TV on the Radio, or about spending all your cash at the beer garden, the Cock Block Parties begin after CHBP is over (around midnight), are completely free, and most important, as Mamma points out, "It's a way to continue the party 'til 2 a.m.!" Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 323-9853. Midnight. Free. ERIN K. THOMPSON Dredg/Saturday, July 23 Completely reinventing a band's sound 15 years into a career is a move encouraged by many and executed gracefully by few. After four albums of progressive, conceptual rock, Dredg took a giant leap toward a brand-new outlook, recording their newest record, Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy, with hip-hop producer Dan the Automator at the helm. Chuckles strays from Dredg's anthemic, guitar-heavy sound and finds it focusing more on trip-hop beats and darker, atmospheric elements. The result is a mellow album that lacks some of the energy of the band's past work; it almost sounds like a remix album at times, and forces human drum machine (and one of Dredg's greatest assets) Dino Campanella almost into the background. Fans seem fiercely divided on Chuckles, but in the context of Dredg's supercharged live show, it's likely that a few tunes will change for the better.With Fair to Midland, The Trophy Fire, Tictockman. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. All ages. GREGORY FRANKLIN Filter/Tuesday, July 26 Never quite breaking out of the land of one-hit wonders, Cleveland industrial-rock four-piece Filter seized the airwaves in early 2000 with the Billboard topper "Take a Picture," about frontman Richard Patrick's battle with alcoholism. (The line: "Awake on my airplane, my skin is bare" refers to a time Patrick stripped down to his boxers on a plane and fought with the flight attendants.) It's a mellow, dreamlike song that butted heads with their usual brand of industrial rock, which falls more in the region of Nine Inch Nails. The band's most recent effort, 2010's The Trouble With Angels, has garnered positive attention; it's led by the single "The Inevitable Relapse," which plays eerily similar to something by Linkin Park if Trent Reznor had produced and recorded the album in 1996. With Saliva, Anew Revolution, Heart-Set Self-Destruct. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. JOE WILLIAMS Summer Slaughter Fest/Tuesday, July 26 Dubbed "The Most Extreme Tour of the Year," the fifth annual Summer Slaughter Fest kicks off in the City of Angels July 22, just four days before a handful of metal's hardest-hitting heavyweights will storm Seattle. Michigan death-metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and Knoxville deathcore band Whitechapel headline the 27-date tour alongside eight other metal acts, including As Blood Runs Black and Within the Ruins. The latter, a five-piece from Westfield, Mass., offer a fusion of shattering breakdowns and elite instrumentation with spastic tempo changes and a touch of machine gun–like drums. The quintet is signed to Victory Records (the label that first signed Taking Back Sunday), and while they don't boast the fan base of Whitechapel or Black Dahlia, they are steadily climbing the ranks on a brand of metalcore akin to the sounds of A Different Breed of Killer and Wretched. With Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Fresh God Apocalypse, Power Glove. King Cat Theater, 2130 Sixth Ave., 448-2829. 2 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages. JOE WILLIAMS

 
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