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Angela Boatwright
Chromeo, with Holy Ghost!, Telephoned. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. Sold out. All ages. Hall & Oates are

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Tonight: Chromeo at the Showbox, The B-52's + Blondie at Chateau Ste Michelle, Nneka at the Crocodile

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Angela Boatwright
Chromeo, with Holy Ghost!, Telephoned. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. Sold out. All ages. Hall & Oates are very much alive, but should they perish in a jet skiing accident or fall down a well, the heir to their throne just may be Montreal's Chromeo. The electro-disco-funk-pop duo has a long way to go to match Daryl and John's sterling songbook, but P-Thugg and Dave 1 -- the self-described "only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture" - know how to find an unstoppable groove and fire up the dancefloor, or croon a soulful, righteous slow jam. Chromeo's live sets feature Prince-worthy guitar licks, New Wave synths, and enough flashing lights to make Justice look like they forgot to pay the electric bill. Daryl Hall himself has endorsed Chromeo by performing with them at Bonnaroo and having them guest on his hit online series Live From Daryl's House. You can't buy that kind of hipster cachet! MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

The B-52's & Blondie. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300. 7 p.m. Sold out. Here comes a bikini whale! Imagine 1978 at NYC punk club Max's Kansas City, hearing party band the B-52's' first single, the wacktastic "Rock Lobster." Now imagine going back a few nights later to see the sensational Blondie, whose amalgam of punk, rock and proto-rap elevated the definition of new wave. So maybe you missed those defining moments in musical history (and Blondie's performance at Bumbershoot '06)? You can celebrate summer with both groups at the gorgeous Woodinville winery this weekend. The B-52's's Kate Pierson has left her Catskills love shacks (a cabin-and-airstream hotel) to rock out in our equally beautiful NW. Toast your good luck with a glass of the winery's raspberry-licious dry Rose, and commence the clambake. RACHEL SHIMP

Nneka, with Pigeon John. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $12. Fresh off the release of her third record Concrete Jungle--which also happened to be her American debut--singer-songwriter Nneka does a wondrous thing with crossover. By combining the sounds of a dual heritage inherited from her Igbo Nigerian father and German mother, the R&B artist meshes Afro-pop melodies, hip-hop rhythms and the trademark soul vocals that have garnered comparisons to legends like Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. But aside from her musical prowess, Nneka's music is hopeful, searching for salvation. Nneka's got soul, and she'll remind you that you do too. NICK FELDMAN

 
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