Tonight

Friday, February 22

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Blitzen Trapper play the HUB Auditorium Friday, 2/22.

Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, BOAT

HUB Auditorium Fri., February 22, 7:00pm

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The Weekend Preview!

Tonight

Friday, February 22

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Blitzen Trapper play the HUB Auditorium Friday, 2/22.

Menomena, Blitzen Trapper, BOAT

HUB Auditorium Fri., February 22, 7:00pm

Let’s face it, weekend shows on the University of Washington campus are a little like standing in a grocery check-out line on a Saturday night with a tub of cookie dough and a sixer of Diet Dr. Pepper. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not necessarily the first place you want to be seen. Still, the UW HUB has hosted some unexpectedly good bands over the years, including Cursive, Blue Scholars, the Posies and most notably, Nirvana in 1990—who were subsequently banned for life from all UW venues for destroying so much equipment. That won’t be a problem tonight, when Menomena and Blitzen Trapper (both from Portland), and local band Boat play a birthday concert for UW’s radio station, Rainy Dawg Radio. Sloppy-poppy, electro-acoustic Boat deliver infectious hooks, synthy keyboard licks, handclaps, and “ooo”’s. Blitzen Trapper play backwoods ‘60s country rock a la the Band and Canned Heat if they were around long enough to reap the benefits of 21st-century pedals and digital production, and indie-experimentalists Menomena play soulful rock exploding with vocal harmonies, baritone saxophone, and vibraphone without seeming to ever take themselves too seriously. Truly, a triple header we can all be proud to attend. ERIK NEUMANN

University of Washington HUB North Den. $6 with UW ID/$12. 7 p.m.

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Monotonix play the Comet Tavern, Friday, 2/22.

Monotonix, the Valley, Black Eyes & Neckties

Seattle Weekly has spilled way more than our share of ink lavishing praise on Tel Aviv–based garage punks Monotonix, urging anyone with two ears and a pulse to catch them live, reviewing their shows and post-show parties, and generally spazzing out about how amazing and truly kinetic they are onstage ("stage" being a very loose term, considering their tendency to exploit every square inch of a venue). Well, why stop now? If you only go to one bar show all year, this really should be it. The boys are rolling through Seattle with new drummer Haggai Fershtman in support of their forthcoming Drag City debut, Body Language. Really, the only legitimate concern I have about this show is that Monotonix probably should be playing a venue larger than the Comet this time around; selling out early is a given. With the Valley and Black Eyes & Neckties. HANNAH LEVIN

Comet Tavern, 9 p.m.

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Viva La Zep!

The Music of Led Zeppelin

The sound is perfect. John Paul Jones welcomes the congregation on the organ, Jimmy Page's guitar plucking is sublime, Bonzo's unflappable, and just as Robert Plant lays into the chorus of "Your Time Is Gonna Come," I realize: This is as good as it's gonna get—my old LP, my "new" speakers, my turntable, and my living room. If I'm gonna get the Led out, there's no better place to do it than in my own house. Yet this week, there's a pair of bills that beg to differ. There's the tribute act, No Quarter (at the Tractor Tavern), which was recently snubbed by Bonnaroo in favor of Lez Zeppelin, the all-female fakers. The other is a rock band and orchestra performing "The Music of Led Zeppelin" at the Paramount. If it's anything like that mid-'90s set I saw at the same venue, featuring the Seattle Symphony and a rock band (Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, Slash, half of Queensryche, etc.) performing grunge staples, it'll be well worth it. The Music of Led Zeppelin, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 683-1414. 8 p.m., $28???$68. Friday, February 22; No Quarter, Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18. Saturday, February 23. CHRIS KORNELIS

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Infamous String Dusters play the Wintergrass Music Festival Friday, 2/22.

Wintergrass Music Festival with the Infamous String Dusters, the Grascals, Michael Cleveland, Dale Ann Bradley

Wintergrass gets two of the most important Northwest festival features taken care of right from the get-go: It’s indoors, and it’s free (well, at least the best parts are). It’ll also break you away from the monotony of everyday living: no indie rock or scholarly hip-hop on the Hill, but plenty of mandolin, banjo and Downtown Tacoma. The annual bluegrass party attracts pickers from around the country in search of a winter fix. Sure, there are “headliners,” like the youthful, poppy Duhks, and former Nickel Creeker Chris Thile, who once wrote a song about Jack Nicholson’s character in As Good As It Gets. But the main draw of this four-day affair is the jamming. Every corner, armchair, and elevator will be filled with amateurs and pros, playing side by side into the early morning. There’s no fee to jam or to wander around and hear how your neighborhood fiddlers sound. CHRIS KORNELIS

Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, $100/pass, $280/family pass, $15-$20 per show. Through Sun., Feb. 24.

Saturday!

February 23

Bollygrooves with DJ Aanshul

Chop Suey $12 adv./$15 Sat., February 23, 10:00pm

A world away from Sweden, you’ve got this evening’s installment of Bollygrooves, an offshoot of the city’s many ongoing and successful Bhangra/Bollywood nights. DJ Aanshul, a Delhi-raised dude who later landed in Seattle, has played his precise mix of the aforementioned genres, enhanced with Latin and Arabic flavors, at parties such as I Heart Shiva and Tasveer nights at Fremont’s ToSt Lounge. If you’ve ever been to one of these crowded, sweaty, near ecstatic parties, you know that this may be the most important piece of information on the subject: the first 100 women get free entry for e-mailing groovynites@gmail.com. RACHEL SHIMP

Chop Suey, 10 p.m., $12 adv./$15 before 11 p.m.

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Jeffrey Lewis plays Neumo's, Saturday, 2/23.

Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters

Even though I'm a married baby-mama, I still get rockin' crushes. My love for music has always been primarily libidinous, and these crushes come in two varieties: one immediately packs a powerful punch to my naughty bits (like a Steve Turner guitar solo). The second offers the same POW, but first to my intellect, then slowly trickles down. I'd assumed that feeling was what I'd been experiencing for NYC's Jeffrey Lewis, as I'm currently smitten with his ridiculously sharp folk-rock. But then I realized that this man-boy, with his off-the-meter smarts, self-deprecating wit, feminist ideals, and seemingly endless vault of musical knowledge, possesses all the characteristics that I not only find hot, but are just the kind I'd want my son to grow up with. Now it seems I have a third, all-new kind of crush, this time on Jeffrey Lewis' mom. With Mountain Goats. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $16 adv.

Serious Business

Another day, another confusing new genre of electronic music! I asked local DJ Jizosh, who’s a co-organizer of the new “juke/B-more/electro” monthly “Serious Business,” just what exactly that means. “Juke (Chicago), Jit (Detroit), Wu-Tang (Baltimore)…they’re all urban dance styles that put emphasis on footwork,” he explained. “The common thread between them is bass-heavy club music at 140-plus bpm, and that’s a big part of what this night is about. Chicago ghetto house, Detroit ghetto-tech, Miami bass, Baltimore club…we’re going to play all of that, alongside French house, disco, hip-hop, and soul.” And how have Seattleites responded to these genres in the past, at parties such as Bootylib (held in the room that’s now the Cha-Cha, where people don’t really get down)? “Club music can be somewhat polarizing, in my experience. It’s one of those things people love in small doses. Our aim is to inject as much variety into this night as possible, without it becoming a total gong show.” And the DJs? They’ll be Slugo, from the Southside of Chicago, and Vancouver’s U-Tern. Still not sold? Jizosh suggests prepping with U-Tern’s “One Day Later” podcast on BrooklynRadio.net. RACHEL SHIMP

Lo_Fi Performance Gallery 10 p.m., $10.

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Refugee All Stars play the Moore Theatre, Saturday, 2/23.

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

No rapper's backstory comes close to matching that of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars'. First, its members had to flee Freetown, the ironically titled capital of their titular home country, after rebels descended on it in a fusillade of hot metal. Then the group had to haul ass outta their refugee camp in Guinea, because the army decided it was high time to visit yet more cruelty on the landless miserables. Luckily for them and us, however, the All Stars met some cool Canucks, who gave them equipment (and, along with a pair of Americans, filmed a doc on their lives) so they could deliver their reggae-splashed, West African–rooted, peace-loving music. Their sound reinforces the idea that, while we may come screaming into this world, we can leave singing. KEVIN CAPP

Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25.

Speaker Speaker (CD release), the Lonely Forest, Hungry Pines

This pop-punk trio is the first band I ever interviewed for this paper, back when they were releasing a little three-song EP called Again & Again & Again in 2005. It was impossibly fresh and infectious, making you want to play it . . . well, you know. Since then, it's been fun to watch them blast off, from playing to adoring crowds at Bumbershoot, to winning a certain local contest for up-and-coming bands in 2006, to covering Jawbreaker on their second EP, to having their debut full-length—released tonight!—produced by the king of this genre, Jawbox's J Robbins. Call It Off does not sound like "Nirvana and the Posies having a battle of the bands inside your stereo," as the P-I has written—it's a hyped-up Braid, a more fun Q and Not U, a more serious Dead Milkmen, an off-the-rails pop romance as unique as the three Seattle kids who made it. With the Lonely Forest and Hungry Pines. RACHEL SHIMP

Vera Project, 7:30 p.m. $7.

Sunday!

February 24

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Palmer, AK plays the Green Room, Sunday, 2/24.

Strong Killings, Palmer, AK, Royal Brougham

At Palmer, AK's initial show at the Crocodile back in early December, band mastermind Eric Howk blew his audience—of friends, family, former and current bandmates, and anyone else who was fortunate enough to catch the live debut—away. Backed up by a good portion of Seattle band Ships (Jacob Hoffman, who also joins Howk in the Lashes, on keys and the lovely Laurie Kearney on bass) as well as Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground's Phil Peterson, Howk's solo material was beautifully executed and full of pop sensibility, melodic hooks, and harmonies over solid walls of rhythmic acoustic guitar. With even more time to fine-tune it since then, and opener Strong Killings (boasting Howk's other Lashes mate, Nate Mooter), tonight should be another feel-good experience for all. With Royal Brougham. AJA PECKNOLD

Green Room, 8 p.m. $5.

 
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