Tonight!

Friday, February 15

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Aqueduct play Neumo's, 2/15. Photo by Alicia J. Rose.

Artifakt Board Culture Event featuring music from Aqueduct, Jupiter Mining Corporation, Last

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The Weekend Preview

Tonight!

Friday, February 15

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Aqueduct play Neumo's, 2/15. Photo by Alicia J. Rose.

Artifakt Board Culture Event featuring music from Aqueduct, Jupiter Mining Corporation, Last Chance Hero, DJs Sean Cee & Kamui; Art by Brandon Walsh, Joe Vollan, PG, Nathan Hanna, Grym, Hier, Deal, Jeremy Gregory Keger, Charms, and more

Everywhere I go—on the bus, on the street—I hear about the conditions at Crystal Mountain and the powder at Stevens, which this urbanite has only passed through on the way to Sasquatch. But if you’re one of the many that gladly ditch high heels for snowboard boots—except when you’re at a rock show, of course—here’s the one to hit up this weekend for an avalanche of music and winter-related art. At venues like the 619 artists building and the Lo_Fi, Artifakt hosts monthly art and DJ gigs showcasing talented underground artists of all sorts. Tonight, Aqueduct, Jupiter Mining Corporation, and Last Chance Hero perform while DJs Sean Cee and Kamui soundtrack your art viewing (more than a dozen folks are represented). Bonus: snow and skate video premieres. Don’t get too drunk to go out in it yourself on Saturday. RACHEL SHIMP

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10.

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Dean and Britta play the Triple Door, 2/15.

Keren Ann, Dean and Britta

Romantic Euro-pop from a couple and a chanteuse

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, who write dreamy pop albums together under their first names, would be a modern-day Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. But rather than evoking that musical couple’s “cowboy psychedelia,” Dean and Britta have continued in much the same vein as their band Luna, which broke up in 2005, though they do play with ‘60s pop influences and symbolism (and cover Hazlewood on last year’s Back Numbers). Big fans of Blow-Up director Michelangelo Antonioni, they’ve sent him up repeatedly, while covering Donovan and the Velvet Underground (and scoring films like The Squid and the Whale). Their unique compositions, though, are as hazily romantic as pre-Britta Luna releases like Bewitched and Penthouse, both considered two of the best pop albums of the ‘90s. Tonight the duo follows Keren Ann, a young French vocalist who’s been somewhat overshadowed by her contemporary Charlotte Gainsbourg and the Francophile goings-on of Feist. Ann’s star should be shining more brightly in America; pairing her with Luna is a perfect move.

Triple Door, 7 p.m. (all ages) and 10 p.m.(21 +) $20.

Six Organs of Admittance, I'm a Gun, Climax Golden Twins

Folks seem to be split on Shelter From the Ash, the latest Six Organs of Admittance record from Ben Chasny. Some feel it’s rushed and thin compared to previous Six Organs records. Others feel it fits quite nicely with the rest of Chasny’s oeuvre. Personally, I don’t find myself listening to it nearly as much as Dark Noontide, School of the Flower, or Dust & Chimes. I like my Six Organs to sound like Chasny’s been meditating in the Northern California woods during a rainstorm. With Ash, however, his normally Far Eastern guitar tones have been pushed aside in favor of electric riffs à la ’80s British metal. Thematically, the songs tell the story of a land ravaged by ominous force suggesting both the Iraq war and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. All well and good—I just prefer my Six Organs to be a little less topical and lot more escapist. With Climax Golden Twins and I’m a Gun. BRIAN J. BARR

Sunset Tavern, 10 p.m. $8 adv./$10.

The Blakes + Magic Bullets

Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10 adv.

Saturday!

February 16

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Foals play Chop Suey, 2/16.

Foals, the Heavenely States (CD release), Sleepy Eyes of Death

Look out, everybody. Foals, an Oxford, England group who recently signed to Sub Pop (I swear I say that at least once a week these days) play the jittery, hyped-up post-punk that made Wolf Parade and Arcade Fire so endearing. Their album, Antidotes, which will be released March 24, was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, and it contains all that nervous energy that has been woven throughout the popular indie rock of this decade. Vocal yelps, angular riffs, and thin keyboard buzzes: Yep, they’ll likely be received with equal parts adoration and hipster backlash. With the Heavenly States (CD release) and Sleepy Eyes of Death. BRIAN J. BARR

Chop Suey, 9 p.m. Free.

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Foxy Shazam play Studio Seven, 2/16.

Foxy Shazam, Karate High School, Peachcake, Man Without Wax, the Formal

Foxy Shazam’s shtick is brutal and simple. The quintet is the Frankenstein-like offspring of Andrew W.K., the Locust, My Chemical Romance, and the Darkness. We’re talking thrashy glamcore, buzzing with synth freakery and arena-rock histrionics. It’s manic and suffocating—just check out the group’s “A Dangerous Man” video on YouTube: Eric Sean Nally wails like an institutionalized opera star while his band unleashes a litany of zany antics à la Faith No More. Sure, there’s too much ska in the mix. Plus, DragonForce have raised the bar on all this tongue-in-cheek anthem rock to a ridiculously high level. Nevertheless, Foxy Shazam will have you naked and dry humping a life-sized poster of Jack Black in no time. With Karate High School, Peachcake, Man Without Wax, and the Formal. JUSTIN FARRAR

Studio Seven, 5 p.m. $12. All ages.

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Or, the Whale play Tractor Tavern, 2/16.

The Maldives, Or, the Whale, Band of Annuals

There are those bands that fall easily and comfortably, but unremarkably, onto the vast plains of the alt-country genre. Add the bend of a pedal steel and sing about love, loss, and the plight of the common man, and that iTunes classification is as good as done. While San Francisco’s Or, the Whale could hastily be shoved on the shelf next to the volumes of the inoffensive Americana at first encounter (the sepia-toned press photos, the wavery steel infusion), it would be a mistake to write them off as such. With a more dynamic sound than the standard roots fare, elements of indie rock, solid arrangements, and soaring male-female harmonies help set them—at least a few steps—apart from the pack. With the Maldives and Band of Annuals. AJA PECKNOLD

Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $7.

Sunday!

February 17

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Sunday Bloody Sunset! Sunset Tavern, 2/17.

Sunday Bloody Sunset with 2 Mystery headliners, Thee Sgt Major 3, Jimmy Flame & the Sexxy Boys, the Brown Stripes, the White Strokes

Sunday Bloody Sunset marks the triumphant return of former booking agent Kwab Copeland to the cozy Ballard club. Copeland has taken over the Sunday rock show duties (in addition to his new post filling dates at the High Dive) since the departure of former 4 O’Clock Rock lady Jenny Bendel (who’s moved over to King Cobra booking duties). Copeland promises that “the show will be a nonstop cavalcade of live music, comedy, film, and variety,” with coffee, doughnuts, good times, and $3 Bloody Marys, the drink of the day. The inaugural event features Thee Sgt Major III, Jimmy Flame & the SexXy Boys, the Brown Stripes, and the White Strokes, along with two “mystery” headliners (that Kwab refuses to budge on). Well, it works well enough for Lost. AJA PECKNOLD

Sunset Tavern, 4 p.m. $5.

23rd Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival

Gallery 1412, 8 p.m.

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Birds and Batteries play the High Dive, 2/17.

Birds and Batteries + Wintersleep + Radamacher

High Dive, 6 p.m. $6.

 
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