This Week's Recommended Shows

From Trombone Shorty to Desaparecidos.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Wednesday, August 22

Twenty-six-year-old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is proof that the tradition of New Orleans-style horn music is not something that any natural disaster or generational gap can wash away. It is one of our country's most durable—and most underappreciated—genres, and Shorty and his crew are sure to win instant converts. But here's the real question: Will ZooTunes relax its nagging open container patrols, at least for a night? Because to treat hooch as contraband would be a slap in the face to the Crescent City's live-and-let-stumble spirit. With Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500. 6 p.m. $26. All ages. MIKE SEELY

The Believer Love Songs for Lamps Cassette Release/Thursday, August 23

The current July/August issue of Dave Eggers' San Francisco lit mag The Believer is the Music Issue, and it comes with a 24-track compilation mix tape curated by Calvin Johnson and mastered at his Dub Narcotic Studio. Don't have a cassette player? "Go buy one at a thrift store for three dollars," The Believer advises. The comp includes a select few non-locals—D.C. riot rockers Priests, Sacramento performance artist MOM, New York electroclash outfit Soviet. But Northwest bands rule the day on the tape—the strongest tracks come from Curious Mystery frontwoman Shana Cleveland, lo-fi garage rockers The Shivas, the harmonious LAKE offshoot Baby Island, and the Olympia noise rock trio Broken Water, all of whom will appear along with Johnson and a large handful of their compilation peers at tonight's release show. With Happy Noose, Laura Leif & A.P.B., The Memories, Skrill Meadow, Hysterics, Tomorrow's Tulips, Katie & the Lichen. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

***EDITOR'S PICK

Cairo Vibrations Festival/Saturday, August 25

Vibrations is the ultimate chiller fest—a one-day, free, outdoor event with no super-huge names eliminates worrying about money, sleeping in grimy campgrounds, and contending with packed crowds. And that lack of big names by no means lessens the quality of the music being featured. The in-the-know people at Cairo have curated a remarkably strong lineup of some of Seattle's most interesting artists—from Erik Blood (see page 31), whose recently released Touch Screens is already one of the most talked-about local records of the year; to the psych-rockers of Night Beats; Seattle Weekly's recently crowned Best New Band Detective Agency; the Truckasaurus video project Dantasia; and the pop quartet Witch Gardens, who are just beginning to resurface on the live circuit after spending much of the past few months working on their upcoming LP I'd Rather Be Alone; there's not a miss on this bill. With King Dude, White Rainbow & OCnotes, Secret Colors & USF, Stickers. Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., 684-4555. 1 p.m. Free. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Desaparecidos/Saturday, August 25

This week, two great, politically charged punk-rock bands from around the turn of the millennium hit Seattle on reunion tours: Desaparecidos and Refused (more about them later). Fronted by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Desaparecidos were a raw-buzzing power-pop band that bent the singer's caustic whine to topics bigger than himself and his heartache, targeting endless consumerism, the jingoistic patriotism of the early aughts, and the shallowness of a specific sort of American Dream. Nostalgia aside, they couldn't have picked a better time to reform: the economy sucks, the resentments of the Occupy movement still simmer, and another terrifying election year is upon us. Desaparecidos never sounded more apt. With Virgin Islands. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

The Physics/Saturday, August 25

The Physics' recorded catalog is a portrait of consistency rarely equaled in rap music. The Seattle trio has gone to great lengths to ensure a high level of quality on each release, and their third LP, Tomorrow People, doesn't break tradition. The trademark ease with which MCs Thig "Nat" Natural and Monk Wordsmith grace Just "Justo" D'Amato's (and a few other premium-grade beatmakers') polished soul beats makes the work sound easy, and on tracks like "So Funky," "Take a Win," and "Drink With You," the gang handily ups the ante for chilled-out groove-rap. Some of the town's smoothest collaborators show up on TP, and the lineup for the album's release show tonight is no different. With The Bar, Brothers From Another, Jake One. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $12. All ages. TODD HAMM

Refused/Tuesday, August 28

The second of this week's reformed leftist rock outfits (along with Desaparecidos on Saturday), Refused espoused a politics that was both more baldly ambitious and more universal—nothing short of the destruction/subversion of global capitalism and the total liberation of self, rather than just some jabs at the Mall of America. Most people, though, will remember them not for their Situationist-derived sloganeering as much as for their searing guitar riffs, thudding rhythm section, and singer Dennis Lyxzén's high-kicking combustibility. To MTV, it looked like a way to make nu-metal cool; to punks, it looked like a way to make Nation of Ulysses profitable. To anyone who missed it the first time, it's a bomb still waiting to blow you away. With Sleigh Bells. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444. 6:30 p.m. $35 adv./$40 DOS. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

 
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