Cock and Swan "Walking Up Dandelions"

Cock & Swan, Globes, the Friendly Skies at Jewelbox, 10:30 p.m., $5

Cock and Swan's heavy electronics and keyboard/bass


Tonight's Show Suggestions

Cock and Swan "Walking Up Dandelions"

Cock & Swan, Globes, the Friendly Skies at Jewelbox, 10:30 p.m., $5

Cock and Swan's heavy electronics and keyboard/bass grooves reference

Tortoise, Portishead and Brian Eno. Ranging from the core duo of Ola

Hungerford and Johnny Goss, the band sometimes swells from two to five

pieces, working in pedal steel, guitar and multiple percussionists.

Cock and Swan's songs are packed full of samples and loops, but retain

a sense of direction often lost in electronic outfits. It's a detail

that means the difference between an interesting composition and

electronic textures that get lost in the squishy world of "sound

scapes." But to really know Cock and Swan you also must know the music

collective Dandelion Gold. While the term "collective" can mean just

about anything, Dandelion Gold is a veritable cottage industry of

like-minded musicians who actively release their own albums, play in

each others' bands and put on their own shows. ERIK NEUMANN

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Duke Ellington's Sacred Songs at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 7:30 p.m., $24.$28, all ages

There's a way in which all of Duke Ellington's music seems to have half

an eye upturned toward the heavens. But in his last decade of life, he

turned to creating expressly liturgical music, composing three Sacred

Concerts that require a huge chorus as well as his customary big band.

SRJO's performance of this music has become an annual tradition and,

during a season of inescapable saccharine crap, a necessary one. The

band features some of Seattle's top straight-ahead players, such as Jay

Thomas and Thomas Marriott on trumpet, and will be augmented this year

by vocalist Dee Daniels, a sometime Northwest presence over the past

few decades who couldn't keep from raising the roof if she tried. MARK D. FEFER

The Broken Knives, Octagon Control, Idle Times at Funhouse, 9:30 p.m., $6

Based on the information they've provided, the members of Seattle

quartet the Broken Knives range in height from 5'4" to 5'8", with

frontwoman Morgan Chosnyk at the tall end of the spectrum. Their

stunningly good song "Frame X Frame," however, is 100 feet tall, angry,

jacked on probably every stimulant known to man, and out for blood.

Based on her vitriolic, distorted (yet melodic) crooning and yowling on

that tune, Chosnyk's been compared to everyone from Andrea Zollo to

Karen O; the rest of the band, meanwhile, garrotes that melody with

barbed-wire guitars, feedback, and clattering goth-industrial rhythms.

But they're hardly all about noise - "Epilogue" is an absolutely

engrossing, haunting, ethereal slice of shoegazery atmospherics

reminiscent of late-period Slowdive. Both sides of Broken Knives'

musical personality will hopefully be represented both on the EP

they're working on and in their live set; based on what I've heard

already, they may be towering over the Seattle music scene in no time. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

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