This Week's Recommended Shows

From Chick Corea to Dan Deacon.

Chick Corea Trio/Thursday, December 1–Sunday, December 4

Since releasing his first album in 1966, pianist Chick Corea has covered more stylistic territory than most jazz musicians could ever hope to. After gaining widespread recognition for his influential 1968 post-bop album Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Corea went on to play in Miles Davis' band, experiment with electric instruments, and incorporate elements of rock, free jazz, and Latin music into his repertoire. To some degree, Corea's stylistic shifts were indicative of the general trajectory of jazz as the genre evolved from hard and post-bop into avant-garde and fusion in the '70s. But regardless of his ample legacy, which includes 15 Grammys, Corea continues to experiment (he's dabbled in classical music in recent years) and tour incessantly. This four-night residency at Jazz Alley offers a chance to see a true jazz innovator at work. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $40. ANDREW GOSPE

Mico de Noche/Thursday, December 1

To the dismay of many, Mico de Noche dropped off the scene not long after unleashing an unbelievably radical split seven-inch with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth in late 2009, leaving a riff-sized void in the heart of the local metal monster. The scene got a blast of good news, though, when MDN resurfaced from hiatus this summer, and started booking shows like, well, like they weren't on hiatus any more. MDN—whose name basically translates to Monkey of the Night (which is awesome)—repeatedly summons the Melvins-derived "sludge-metal" tag from descriptivists, and that's no surprise: Their forceful riffage carries low-end weight, and, like the Melvins', routinely makes people's brains work all slow and sludgy. Come welcome the dudes back into the swing of things, and rock the hell out while you're at it. With Jr. Worship, Argonaut, Hand of Doom. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $6. TODD HAMM

Lucas Field/Friday, December 2

After splitting with L.A.-based rock group Low vs Diamond, vocalist Lucas Field moved back to his native Seattle and began composing vibrant, soul-inflected pop melodies he regularly performed at Eastlake bar Laadla with a vintage Rhodes organ, a full band, and a cast of vivacious backup singers. The Laadla sessions were enormously popular, attracting scenesters of diverse backgrounds who loved the venue's eclectic energy and Field's fun-loving, approachable vibe (he was regularly high-fived and bought shots midsong). In fact, Field's show is so exuberant and dynamic that his latest self-released album, Conquest of Happiness, sometimes feels as if it lacks the zest and spontaneity those vital qualities added to songs like "Givin' It All You Got" and "Let It All Begin." Though he's moved past Laadla, the best Lucas Field experience is still a live one, where his charismatic range of talent, soulful harmonies, and winsome backup band are on full, unedited display. With Shaprece, Prom Queen. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 9 p.m. $10. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Midday Veil/Friday, December 2

It's been a year since the self-described spiritual and psychedelic Midday Veil released their blissed-out, meditative debut full-length Eyes All Around. This fall, the band followed up with a two-song cassette called Subterranean Ritual II (the two spacey, synth-heavy jams more than fill it—"Moon Temple" is almost 24 minutes long, "Naxos" clocks in at 15), but it's time for another album. Midday Veil is preparing to take a break from the live-music circuit to record their second LP with Randall Dunn, a man who's been behind records by other heavy hitters like Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room, Earth, Sun City Girls, and a lot more. It's a divine pairing. (It'll also be the first time Midday Veil's worked with a professional producer). Expect the resulting record to be nothing less than earthshaking. Tonight is the band's last show before recording hibernation. With Os Ovni, Panabrite. Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St. 8 p.m. $5. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

The Sea and Cake/Friday, December 2

At the very least, the dubious term "post-rock" has given us two solid if nearly identical puns: first, in the title of the excellent (and stylistically appropriate) Joan of Arc song "Post-Coitus Rock;" second, in the Los Campesinos! lyric "More post-coital and less post-rock" from the ace song "Straight In at 101." To back up a bit: "Post-rock" was meant to describe a handful of Chicago bands of the mid-'90s, The Sea and Cake among them, who fused elements of jazz, exotica, and musique concrète to poor, old hapless indie rock. Led by Sam Prekop, an accomplished solo artist in his own right, The Sea and Cake's sound is lite, breezy, grooving if not exactly funky. Rock has survived, but so too has The Sea and Cake's unique take on it. With Lia Ices, Elba. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $13. ERIC GRANDY

STAG's Rock 'n' Roll Circus/Saturday, December 3

When you think of the cheeky power-pop trio Presidents of the United States of America, what's the last musical genre you'd equate them with? If you answered '70s acid rock, well, you'd be absolutely accurate. Yet President Andrew McKeag's new trio Hard Roller, which includes Vendetta Red vet Jonah Bergman and Triple Door booker Scott Giampino, plays precisely that, according to STAG frontman Ben London. Thus, STAG's 6th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Circus at Shoreline's stellar Darrell's Tavern should provide PUSA hounds with a rare opportunity to catch McKeag playing songs about something other than fruit. If that's not enough, rumor has it London is going to play STAG's entire set in a Santa suit. With Sterling Loons, the First Times, Gavin Guss, DJ AOR. Darrell's Tavern, 18041 Aurora Ave. N., 542-6688. 9 p.m. $7. MIKE SEELY

Young Fresh Fellows/Saturday, December 3

Reached recently in the waterlogged compound of the Gibson guitar showroom that is his place of employment, Young Fresh Fellows guitarist Kurt Bloch confirms that reports of that band's demise are premature. Though tonight's show is their one and only appearance of 2011, Bloch, frontman Scott McCaughey, Tad Hutchinson, and Jim Sangster have been toiling away on a new record and have no plans to give up the gleeful, wry pop-rock act they started back in 1981. Expect priceless stage banter, nearly flawless musicianship, and a ripping opening set from Sangster's other rock-oriented outfit, the Tripwires. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. HANNAH LEVIN

Dan Deacon/Sunday, December 4

Baltimore-based electronic artist Dan Deacon is known for his weird, busy music, but he's also had an exceptionally weird, busy year. First he was picked to score Francis Ford Coppola's film Twixt, starring Val Kilmer, and subsequently got to kick it with the director at his Napa Valley estate. He released the surprisingly mature new single "Surprise Believer," a hypnotic swirl of bells and chimes in the vein of his most recent album Bromst, but with the last vestiges of his old gabber rhythms and chipmunk vocals stripped away. He signed a new record deal with indie heavyweight Domino. Finally, he's been on the road as part of the Wham City comedy tour, a showcase of the DIY art collective's "performance art, video, stand-up, and experimental theater" endeavors. Sadly, he hits Seattle without the comedy tour in tow, but he'll probably punctuate his set with some off-the-cuff goofs. With USF. Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$16 DOS. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

Mansions/Tuesday, December 6

When I saw Mansions, aka Christopher Browder, at the Sunset in February, I was struck by how the recent Seattle transplant (by way of Kentucky) sounded so in tune with his Pacific Northwest surroundings. At times Browder was plaintive, stripped-down, and hushed, reminding me instantly of Fences; elsewhere, with up-tempo, driving guitar anthems and a yearning wail, Browder called to mind the sweeping indie rock of Death Cab. Since his arrival, the singer/songwriter has wasted little time acquainting himself with the scene, touring and teaming with—wait for it—Fences, with whom he released a split seven-inch EP in July. Whether Browder will remain in Seattle permanently is anyone's guess, but as he laments in "On My Way"—"I could sleep for days/And dream it all away"—his sentiments reflect the prevailing Seattle attitude as we all settle in for a cold, encroaching winter. With White Wives, Koji, Ryan Hyde. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

'Twas the Night Before Deck/Tuesday, December 6

True to form, 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball this year includes radio-friendly groups like Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, and Foster the People, so it seems logical that the show's precursor features groups poised to take the next step toward "Pumped Up Kicks"-level ubiquity. Also sponsored by The End, 'Twas the Night Before Deck will be headlined by Grouplove, a Los Angeles rock group who seem primed for iPod ads—they sound a little like Modest Mouse, a little like the Killers, and a lot like mediocrity. On the other hand, the earnest pop-rock of locals The Lonely Forest might never appear in a car commercial, but it's probably the best reason to check out this show. With Chain Gang of 1974. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $10.77. ANDREW GOSPE

***EDITOR'S PICK

Ganglians/Tuesday, December 6

This Sacramento indie-rock quartet recently returned stateside after an overseas tour of Europe; the band is pushing their third album, the double LP Still Living. Produced by Dirty Projectors collaborator Robby Moncrieff and released by the San Francisco label Lefse in August, the album reroutes Ganglians' established psychedelic sound into something brighter and poppier. Apt comparisons have been made to Fleet Foxes ("Jungle" might as well be a lost track from Fleet Foxes' Sun Giant EP) and the Beach Boys (see the buoyant harmonies of "Drop the Act" or the echoing vocal rounds of "Sleep"), and that's not a bad thing. With their ringing and reverbing guitars and sunburst melodies, Ganglians fit nicely into the sparkling pantheon of West Coast pop-rock. With Young Prisms. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10. ERIN K. THOMPSON

 
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