This Week's Recommended Shows

From Coldplay to Lambchop.

Coldplay/Wednesday, April 25

There are still 88 years and eight months remaining in the 21st century, but thus far, Coldplay is its most influential band. This is not a statement of opinion, but one grounded in anecdotal data—no other band is mentioned after the words "This band sounds like . . . " as frequently as Coldplay. Their shows often clock under an hour and a half, taut and energetic, with Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion singing so hard they look as though they're going to explode. They're the Will Ferrell of rock. With Metronomy, the Pierces. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200. 7 p.m. $60–$130. All ages. MIKE SEELY

CopperWire/Wednesday, April 25

The debut future-rap album from the minds of MCs Ellias Fullmore and Gabriel Teodros (Oakland and Seattle) and talented vocalist Meklit Hadero (San Francisco) is a conceptual, somewhat allegorical project that touches on love, race, and the Ethiopian diaspora in a lighthearted Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy kind of way. The instrumentals are eclectic and rich, lending themselves well to the artists' collective songwriting. With Black Stax. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 8 p.m. $10. TODD HAMM

Detective Agency/Wednesday, April 25

The mostly femme garage-pop outfit of Ulrika Larsson, Gwen Stubbs, Amy Tisdale, and Nate Kruz recently self-released Daggers, an EP of five songs that jump back and forth from sweet and harmonic to shadowy and ominous. On songs like "Empty Apartment" and "Summer Song," the initial cheeriness of the jangling guitars and Tisdale's chanting vocal lines are undercut by a darkly thrumming bass and Kruz's slow and low backing vocals. It's a catchy juxtaposition that makes Detective Agency one of the most interesting and appealing bands playing in Seattle right now. With Pony Time, Redbook. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9:30 p.m. $6. ERIN K. THOMPSON

***EDITOR'S PICK

Frankie Rose/Wednesday, April 25

This dark and lovely Brooklyn musician earned her indie-rock pedigree drumming for the Vivian Girls, the Dum Dum Girls, and Crystal Stilts; she's since more than proved her ability to blaze her own trails. Rose ventured into synth-pop on her sparkly second full-length, February's Interstellar; the songs feature Rose's gossamer-thin vocals floating atop spacey guitars and rushes of synth, making for a wholly transcendent sound and one of the year's best records. In a match made in heaven, the spacious and shoegazing Beach Fossils spinoff Dive is opening her current tour. With Stephanie. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $10. ERIN K. THOMPSON

M83/Thursday, April 26

You'd think from this week's shows at the Paramount that all French electronic acts secretly long to make soft rock. There's Justice, whose latest album trades their hard-rock techno for limp '70s prog and pop, and then there's M83, who have made the shift far more successfully and organically. With 2008's Saturdays = Youth and last year's outstanding Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, onetime bedroom electronics producer Anthony Gonzalez has established himself as an adroit maker of dreamy, '80s-style synth-rock with explicitly big-screen ambitions and saxophone solos to match. It's a deep and timely well of nostalgia, and M83 tap it with undeniable flair. With I Break Horses. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510. 8 p.m. $28 adv./$32 DOS. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

Willie Nelson Tribute Night/Saturday, April 28

Hey, did you hear? Willie's playing the Puyallup Fair on September 7. I know, I know, the man fits between prize pies and blue-ribbon steers as tastefully as Jif goes down between pancakes and syrup. Before the Countryman comes to P-town to provide the soundtrack to your end-of-summer gluttony, his local disciples are paying tribute tonight at Conor Byrne. Country Dave & the Pickin' Crew, The Crying Shame, Risky Liver, and Fascination Nation will be on hand to try to out-Willie one another. Speaking of tributes: Willie himself just released a spot-on cover of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe." A non-ironic blue ribbon tonight goes to the band that can "Just Breathe" better than the rest. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640. 9 p.m. $10. CHRIS KORNELIS

Overkill/Monday, April 30

The Big Four of thrash metal—Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax—should really be the Big Five. New Jersey's Overkill will rip up the stage tonight in support of their new album The Electric Age. Be prepared for an ear assault from the blistering guitars, the thunderous bass and drums, and the signature wailing vocals of Bobby Blitz— who still sings like he did during the band's late-'80s heyday—that have made Overkill one of history's most iconic metal bands. With God Forbid, SuidAkrA, Diamond Plate, Three Chord Killer, Elks Blood. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7:30 p.m. $23 adv./$25 DOS/$65 VIP. All ages. LAURA SWARTZ

Lambchop/Tuesday, May 1

Nashville in 1986 was a far cry from the Southern-fried version of Portland it currently is, and no band represents that city's eclectic evolution quite as well as Lambchop. Touted as "Nashville's most fucked-up country band," Lambchop started from much more traditional roots, but have spent nearly three decades in a state of gradual, graceful genre-hopping. This year's Mr. M finds the band honing in on breathtakingly pristine, carefully orchestrated pop, with frontman Kurt Wagner channeling equally Burt Bacharach's slowly gushing sentimental moments and Lou Reed's dry, detached narratives. With Alina Hardin. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. GREGORY FRANKLIN

 
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