The Bird And The Bee, Obi Best at Chop Suey, $12

In 1928, Cole Porter penned the ribald "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love"


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The Bird And The Bee, Obi Best at Chop Suey, $12

In 1928, Cole Porter penned the ribald "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love" with the immortal lines "Birds do it, bees do it/Even educated fleas do it/Let's do it, let's fall in love." Soon, "the birds and the bees" became the chief euphemism for explaining sexual intercourse to children, since people were too chickenshit to call it what it really was. In 2006, L.A. duo The Bird and the Bee brought it all full circle by naming their debut single "Fucking Boyfriend." Strange how times change. And yet how they don't: Vocalist Inara George ("Bird") sings like an old-timey cabaret-jazz chanteuse, all smoky and sultry and sexy. And yet how they do: Producer/beatmaster Greg Kurstin ("Bee") - who's worked with Lily Allen, Beck, the Flaming Lips, and others - makes effervescent, retro-futuristic soundscapes that range from electro-pop to trip-hop and kitschy lounge-pop. It's all sparkly and fun, like a diamond. Or like new tune "Diamond Dave," in which George reveals a major-league crush on the erstwhile Van Halen frontman. Try explaining that one to your kids. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Lilla D'Mone & Brazilian Lions at Neumos, 7 p.m., $18

One of the very few positives that Hurricane Katrina brought about, (perhaps the only positive unless you count Brad Pitt's architecture hobby or Kanye West's nationally-broadcast sentiment regarding George W's feelings towards black people), was the renewed interest it sparked in the city's deeply rooted jazz and blues history. Perhaps no other New Orleans band today is a better example of this revival than the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. For those unfamiliar with the southern powerhouse, Dirty Dozen, in a sense, did for the New Orleans Dixieland sound what Martin, Medeski and Wood did for jazz: made it cool and accessible to a generation that had since forgotten the glory of screaming horns. Constantly touring since the early 1980's, Dirty Dozen continues to meld traditional standards into modern concoctions infused with youthful funk and just a twinge of rockabilly and bebop, a sound so lively that it's attracted the likes of Modest Mouse (who used the Dirty Dozen for recording on Good News For People Who Love Bad News) as well as The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello and Galactic. Known for their lively showmanship, go prepared to dance and sweat and get in touch with those southern roots you've denied for so long. RAECHEL SIMS

Blake Lewis at Nectar, 8 p.m., $25

It's been a rough few years for Seattle native Blake Lewis. After gaining a nation of fans on Season 6 of American Idol -- his beatboxed rendition of "You Give Love a Bad Name" springs to mind -- Lewis appears to be on a slow decline. In late December 2007, he released Audio Day Dream to mixed reviews but high chart performance. Six months later, he was dropped by Arista, his record label. But as any bow-tie wearing beatboxer knows, you can't keep Blake Lewis down forever. Apparently, he's still recording, since he told MTV news last June he had four new tracks completed. At that rate, the artist also know as "BShorty" has probably written a whole album's worth of Justin Timberlake-inspired material by now. It's hard to say, since none of the tracks have been posted on his Web site or leaked on the Internet. So, for those die-hard Lewis fans in Seattle, seeing the blond-haired boy wonder live might be the only chance to sample his latest musical stylings. For the rest of us, here's to hoping he sticks with Bon Jovi covers.PAIGE RICHMOND

Dave Alvin, Martha Scanlan at Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m., $20

It's a fact: Old punks don't die, they just turn country. And for that, we have Dave Alvin to thank...partially, at least. Alvin and his brother Phil were catalysts in the great country-punk wave of the '80s, which was led by their blues-rock band The Blasters, as well as their Slash Records labelmates X and the Gun Club (both of whom Alvin played guitar for briefly). Alvin left the Blasters in 1986 and has released top-notch Americana records ever since, including 2000's Grammy-winning collection of American folk songs, Public Domain. Like his California brethren Dwight Yoakum and Merle Haggard, Alvin has a dry, arid voice and a sun-baked guitar style. His songs are often steeped in his knowledge of American music, but resist all notions of bookishness. Currently, he's touring in support of Best of the Hightone Years, which collects 18 tracks (chosen by Alvin himself) from his years with Bruce Bromberg's Americana label. A blend of folk, blues, classic country, R&B, and rockabilly, Hightone Years serves as a fine introductory lesson not just to Alvin himself, but to American roots music as a whole. BRIAN BARR

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