Matt Costa, El Corazon, 2/8.
Matt Costa, Delta Spirit
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Matt Costa, El Corazon, 2/8.
Matt Costa, Delta Spirit
What is it about skaters, surfers, and songwriters that makes those with the double X chromosomes swoon? Kelly Slater might be able to offer some insight. Or you could ask the droves of tween girls who packed the Crocodile to capacity the last time SoCal crooner Matt Costa came through town. He’s got nearly all of those boxes checked as a former almost-pro skater who suffered a career-halting leg break when he was 18, causing him to narrow his focus on music. Fate has served him well in the short time since: He piqued the interest of surfer braugh Jack Johnson, who snagged him for his own Brushfire Records. Along with that has come a built-in following of fans who drown the lanky, reluctant heartthrob’s sets in a sea of squeals. But, if you look past it (as anyone who’s ignored the meatheads at any given Modest Mouse show during the past few years knows is tough, but possible), Costa puts on a show replete with solid, lighthearted pop gems. On his latest, Unfamiliar Faces, he delivers tracks like the bouncy single “Mr. Pitiful” with earnest and undeniable (no matter how hard you try) likability, in a candy-coated and sun-soaked Mason Jennings kind of way. With Delta Spirit. AJA PECKNOLD
El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $14 adv./$16. All ages.
Painting by Joan Hiller
Joan Hiller Art Opening at Solo
The effervescent Joan Hiller will fill the walls of Solo with enormous works of art painted on pieces of wood, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Vashti Bunyan! DJ Joan's Boyrfriend (who happens to be in a little local band that got it's start up in Bellingham) and DJ Ben's Girlfriend (aka the artist herself) will be behind the "wheels of steel".
The Coup, Nectar, 2/8.
The Coup, American Hero, Orbitron
In 2003, when asked the difference between being on a major versus an independent label, Boots Riley, one half of the revolutionary-minded hip-hop duo the Coup, told The Nation: “Because of my politics, I don’t necessarily think that the independent capitalist is that much better than the multinational capitalist. . . . ” Of course, Riley hardly needs to bow his head and launch a fist skyward for learned lefty perusers to prove his radical bona fides. During its 14 years of resistance, the Oakland-based the Coup (which also consists of DJ Pam the Funkstress, plus many rotating co-conspirators, including Tom Morello and Black Thought), has combined politically charged lyrics with funky soul-brotha beats, placing it at the vanguard of a social and sonic movement with shades of another Bay Area group—the Black Panthers. With guests. KEVIN CAPPS
Nectar, 9 p.m. $12
Saturday! February 9
Mono in VCF, Triple Door, 2/9.
Mono in VCF, the Elephants (CD release)
What is this? Mono in VCF at the Triple Door? Last time I saw these young, brooding Tacoma pop stars, they were playing to fewer than 100 people at Skate King in Bellevue (no joke)! Tonight they’re releasing—finally—a self-titled debut on their label Stylomusic. They’ve polished up their 12 songs, which were good enough in the first place to bring to mind (my mind, at least) the Velvet Underground, Interpol, and now-defunct local band Romance. Carry the goth-pop torch, lads, somebody’s gotta do it. Just be sure to keep doing it well. With the Elephants (CD release).RACHEL SHIMP
Triple Door Mainstage, 10 p.m. $10.
Rogue Wave, Neumo's, 2/9.
Rogue Wave, Adam Corola and Barcelona will be at Neumo's, but you've got to win tickets on the End to get in.
Sunday! February 10
DJ Shadow, Showbox at the Market, 2/9.
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, the Hard Sell, Kid Koala
It can be tough enough mixing with two turntables and one mixer, believe me. But how about eight turntables, four mixers, and some looping pedals? That's exactly what veteran turntablists Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow are doing for their "Hard Sell" tour. When the pair teamed up and played soulful, funky 45s for 1999's "Brainfreeze" tour (one of the best things I've ever seen live) and the "Product Placement" tour a couple years later, minds were blown. (The super limited tour-only CDs from both have become sought-after by beat-head collectors.) "Hard Sell" takes the next step in showcasing just how masterful both are on the decks, in the mix, and how deep their record collections really can go. And yes, the strict "vintage 45-rpm-only" rule of past tours lives on here. Why? 45s are small, harder to handle, and unpredictable—you never know when that one track you're really into might hit a bad groove and begin to skip. Fortunately, these fast-fingered dudes are so on it, they fix it with the next track in queue as if nothing ever happened. Wish I could've said the same all those times I DJed. Quirky Montreal turntablist/cartoonist Kid Koala opens the show. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. $30-$35 (sold out at press time). 21 and over. Doors at 8 p.m. TRAVIS RITTER
Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m. $30 adv./$35.
Lovers Rock Roots Reggae and Dancehall Party with DJs King Sound, Zion Gate Sound, Culture Yard Sound
“They were playin’ Lovers Rock, I got to fold the fingers on her waist,” sang Mos Def. “Lovers Rock Forever/they never stop,” deadpanned Superpitcher. They’re not talking about ZZ Top’s “Pearl Necklace,” I’ll tell you that. Rather, Lovers Rock is a reggae style from mid-’70s South London, known for pleasing the ladies and their dates with largely non-Jah-related content. Not that there aren’t similarities—love done right, in music and in life, is always divine. With DJs King Sound, Zion Gate Sound, Culture Yard Sound. RACHEL SHIMP
Nectar, 9 p.m. $6/$10 per couple.
Night Canopy, Cha Cha Lounge, 2/10
Night Canopy, Neal Burton
Though Seattle warbler Amy Blaschke’s been busy shining her love light on psychedelic blues-rock project Whalebones (on keyboards and illuminating backup vocals), Night Canopy affords the chance to see her take center stage. Stretched thin between musical endeavors, it’s been awhile since she’s graced us with the salty sea mist and molasses–soaked twang that permeates last year’s debut full-length Of Honey and Country. Though tonight sees her without the backing of collaborators Nick deWitt or Jenny Jimenez, Blaschke can carry it alone, with strength like a spider’s web, all glimmery and dusted with dew. With Neal Burton. AJA PECKNOLD
Cha Cha Lounge, 8 p.m.
Police Teeth, Black Eyes and Neckties, Midnight Idols
Here’s the recipe for this Bellingham punk group: 1 cup Catheters for every 2 cups Murder City Devils. Just take the scrappy-thrash vocal approach Brian Standeford used to employ with the Catheters and add it to songs that are structurally, stylistically (and dare I say “eerily”) similar to MCD, and you’ve got Black Eyes & Neckties. They have spooky organ lines, buzzing guitars, horror-inspired lyrics, coarse vocals, ghoulish monikers (Bradley Horror, Davey Crypt), and even some from-the-coffin background vocals like MCD employed so well. It’s like a nostalgia trip for those who are still hung up on Sub Pop’s late-’90s roster. True, the Black Eyes & Neckties live show is a jolt of fake blood, streaked mascara, and windmill arms and legs. But if your Catheters and MCD records are still in good shape, you’d do just as well to stay home. BRIAN J. BARR
Showbox SODO, 8 p.m. $7.