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After nearly two decades, Mudhoney are still amalgamating Stooges riffs and Alice Cooper yowls into a grimy, instantly recognizable sound. They celebrate the issue of their seventh album at Crocodile Cafe on March 17.

After nearly two decades, Mudhoney are still amalgamating Stooges riffs and Alice Cooper yowls into a grimy, instantly recognizable sound. They celebrate the issue of their seventh album at Crocodile Cafe on March 17.

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JANUARY

Seattle Weekly Pick31 OF MONTREAL Who’d have guessed that this psych-pop conglomeration would outlast their Elephant 6 peers, much less do it with so much style, as heard on last year’s fabulous The Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)? Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com.

31 THE CHIEFTAINS The traditional Irish-music juggernaut fiddles around in Benaroya, with step-dancers and harpist Triona Marshall as special guests. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org.

FEBRUARY

2 THE GOSSIP Portland-via-Olympia megavocalist Beth Ditto and her turf-wrecking crew come at us again with the new Standing in the Way of Control (Kill Rock Stars). Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com.

3 BLIXA BARGELD + THE LIVING JARBOE Einstürzende Neubauten frontman Bargeld and ex–Swans vocalist Jarboe are dark-sider icons in long standing, and seeing them in this intimate, plush venue should be a black-lighted treat. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

4 BOB MARLEY’S WAILERS + DR. ISRAEL The headliners play here all the time, but it’s opener Dr. Israel, a Brooklyn dub and downtempo mastermind, who really counts. Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

6 MATISYAHU + BLUE SCHOLARS The headliner, a Hasidic reggae singer, will hopefully overwhelm his novelty status; the openers, lots of people’s favorite local rap crew, did a long time ago. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

6 MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA The composer-conducter brings 19 pieces to town for this stand. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 206-441-9729, www.jazzalley.com. Also Feb. 7.

7 MASON JENNINGS + CHAD VANGAALEN A pair of undersung singer-songwriters, one from Minneapolis (Jennings), the other Calgary (VanGaalen), team up. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

8 STARS Canada’s premier twee-pop brigade make hearts swoon with their latest, Set Yourself on Fire (Arts & Crafts). Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

9 DEAD MEADOW Washington, D.C.’s premier psych-sludgers come around again to support 2005’s Feathers (Matador). Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

9 69 LOVE SONGS ThreeImaginaryGirls.com presents an evening of pre–Valentine’s Day hits, performed by locals including the Dutch Elms, Kane Hodder, the Long Winters, Rocky Votolato, Math & Physics Club, Sameer Shukla, Vendetta Red, Tullycraft, Slender Means, and more. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

13 VUSI MAHLASELA One of South Africa’s biggest stars, Mahlasela is a guitar whiz and supple vocalist. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.tripledoor.com.

Seattle Weekly Pick15 BOB MOULD The former Sugar and Hüsker Dü frontman effectively blends rock and dance music on his recent Body of Song (Yep Roc).Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

17 BUDDY GUY The veteran bluesman shows no signs of slowing down, either touringwise or in terms of his wild fret runs. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

20 CAT POWER She’s Southern, she’s often sad, she’s got a new album titled The Greatest (Matador), and you either love her or the opposite. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 206-628-0888, www.themoore.com.

21 BIG BUSINESS The ferocious twosome moved to L.A. at the end of the year to join the Melvins, but they’re coming back for what should be a sweaty, loud appearance. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

21 THE WEDDING PRESENT Having made their most recent album in and about Seattle, they return for another visit. Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

26 NADA SURF + ROGUE WAVE Two little indie bands that could, to modest success any way you slice it—which is good enough for them. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

28 DILATED PEOPLES + LITTLE BROTHER Two collegiate-leaning hip-hop crews whose styles should complement each other nicely. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

MARCH

Seattle Weekly Pick1 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Freak folk and avant-rock at its most strenuously poppy from a loose conglomeration of mostly New Yorkers. Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

4 ROBYN HITCHCOCK AND THE MINUS 5 Hitchcock’s large cult has always been especially pronounced in Seattle, and his backing band should bolster that even more. Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

6 BON JOVI It takes cheek to title your new album Have a Nice Day, as these veteran arena rockers have, but if you’re going, it’s for the ’80s hits. KeyArena, 305 N. Harrison St., 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com.

7 LOW They canceled their last tour due to various personal stresses on the part of singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk. He’s recovered enough to go back on the road. Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

Seattle Weekly Pick6 STEREOLAB The veteran college-radio staples play post–jam band Krautrock grooves that propel beautifully in a live setting. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.

12 DAVE BRUBECK + RAMSEY LEWIS Two veteran jazz pianists go head-to-head. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-628-0888, www.theparamount.com.

Seattle Weekly Pick15 ELECTRIC SIX Detroit’s funniest hard- rockers tour in support of the new Señor Smoke. Neumo’s, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, www.neumos.com.

17 MUDHONEY Local riff-shred vets play this CD release show for the new Under a Billion Suns (Sub Pop). Crocodile Cafe, 2220 Second Ave., 206-441-5611, www.thecrocodile.com.

Seattle Weekly Pick21 GHOSTFACE + M-1 The Wu-Tang Clan’s best MC will be playing to support his forthcoming Fish Scale, while M-1 of Dead Prez goes solo for a minute. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com.


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