Seattle has one of the most renowned local music scenes in the United States, and to celebrate, Seattle Weekly is having both a Music Awards


Seattle Weekly

Music Awards Showcase 2003

Seattle has one of the most renowned local music scenes in the United States, and to celebrate, Seattle Weekly is having both a Music Awards contest and an accompanying showcase concert. Across nine Pioneer Square bars in one night (Sunday, Aug. 10), the Awards Showcasefeaturing 52 of the nominated bandspresents some of local musics brightest talents. Heres a guide to the bandsand a cheat sheet to their set times and venues.


124 S. Washington St., 206-748-9975


They may be ridiculously prolific (five releases in four years), they may know how to crank out memorable song titles ("It's Not Like I'm a Cat"), and lead singer Brent Amacher may insist that you call him "Weed," but is there a solid rock core beneath Dorkweed's garden of quirks? A scan of the creative sampling and molten riffs saturating their latest LP, Fluxivity Test Project (Shaky), indicates "Hell, yes." Keeping the quirk fertile, the band is striving to out-trip Floyd with what Amacher calls "Dorkweed Karaoke," a Fluxivity DVD with original art videos that will coincide with the album. 4 p.m. Indie Pop


With a sound that falls somewhere in between other Northwest female-fronted bands like Sleater-Kinney and Visqueen, Ms. Led are a power-pop four-piece with a strong but not heavy-handed feminist message and a straightforward punch. Fronted by Lesli Wood (whose name and clear, sirenlike voice will be familiar to those who recall her former band, lesliwood) and backed by notables Matt Menovcik of Saeta, Peg Wood, and Stephanie Hasselman, Ms. Led are an energetic, inspired act with enough experience and stage presence to give their sincere songwriting a solid backbone. 5 p.m. Punk/Hardcore


Released this year on Pattern 25, The Gospel Project was recorded and performed entirely by Graig Markel and displays the songwriter's affection for '70s pop, smooth soul, and mellow R&B. Of Markel's previous release, Hard Grammer, CMJ magazine wrote, "This is the album your love life has been waiting for." Clearly, Markel is as influenced by the pitfalls of modern romance as he is by performers like Prince, Steely Dan, and vintage Chicago. Also a noted recording engineer, Markel is a seasoned Seattle veteran who has worked with local bands like Tagging Satellites and Hello From Waveland. 6 p.m. Indie Pop


Take King Missile-style humor, throw in DAT and video projections that draw from all things pleasurable from video games to ethnic food, and you're starting to approach the unparalleled DIY force connecting this "boy and his machines." Pleaseeasaur, aka J.P. Hasson, has previously tripped around the country with Dead Milkmen's Joe Talcum in the bands We're Not From Idaho and Touch Me Zoo, and both his costumes and lyrics give Mike Patton a run for his money. Not one for rock jocks or those who take themselves too seriously, his full-lengths include The Yellow Pages and As Seen on TV (Imputor?), the Australia-only Pleaseeasaur International Airport (Black Hole/ VB Recordings), and the Beef Flavored Island Adventures EP (Razler). 7 p.m. Experimental/ Avant-Garde/Electronic


This down-tempo trip-hop duo comprises Sarah McColloch on vocals and Matt Frickelton on production. Their first LP, Interactive Family Radio, combines samples, drum loops, synthesizers, and organic elements to create what the duo describes as "groove-based soundscapes." The Collection are fairly prolific performers, appearing at all the usual suspects around town and having made numerous appearances at EMP's Liquid Lounge. 8 p.m. Experimental/ Avant-Garde/Electronic


With a rotating cast of contributors and performers over the years, Trick Deck is the creative brain of Mark Wand's delays, tweaks, and hallucinogenic effects. Sounds like a studio obsession, but with frequent live performances and the aid of vocalists Nichole Halleen and the High Children's Mr. E, Trick Deck mixes electronic wizardry with hip-hop influences and live instrumentation to challenge clubbers to step beyond their typical scene. Full-length releases include Freaky Love and Trick Deck (Infrasonic), with appearances on the Ponga Remix CD (Loosegroove), Hi Fi Killers' Loaded (Loosegroove), and the Womb Till Tomb compilation. 9 p.m. Experimental/ Avant-Garde/Electronic


166 S. King St., 206-382-8454


Apocalyptic raps, darkened backgrounds, and boasts are hardly news in hip-hop, but throw out some props to chess champion Bobby Fischer and references to songwriter/kid poet Shel Silverstein, and you've got a unique spit. Proving to be one of the more prolific of the sprawling Portland-Seattle alliance Oldominion, Onry Ozzborn blends all of the above on slick productions and stout beats. Along with The Grey Area, just days off the press, and the soon-to-drop In Between EP, you can catch Onry's flow on his solo debut, Alone, all on BSI/One Drop Recordings. 4 p.m. Hip-Hop/Rap


One of the founders of the Northwest's drum and bass scene, Zacharia introduced Seattle to jungle's ominous backgrounds, Reese bass lines, and breakneck "amen" breakbeats in the puddled shadows of the Alaskan Way Viaduct back in 1996 with the 360BPM crew (Marcus Lalario and DJs Nitsuj, Maxx, and Theory). The drum and bass buyer for Platinum Records, Zacharia is a rave and club mainstay across the Northwest, holding his own against the biggest international names with slots at Groovetech, the Baltic Room, Temple Billiards, Aristocrats, and his current monthly at Noiselab among his residencies. Bets are you can't find a beat-head around who hasn't felt his pressure. 5 p.m. DJ/Turntablist


Striking out from a litany of aliasesCodebase, Betamax, Heatsync, and Induction, as well as active membership in the .x09 collectiveTom Butcher is one of a handful of Seattle producers turning heads in Europe. With his roots in electro, Butcher pushes revisionist techno that finds middle ground between Detroit's minimalism and burning deep house funk. Aside from Orbit Records, which he ran and released tracks on throughout the mid-'90s, you can find Codebase's singles "Unravel" and "Esperanto" on Swayzak's 240 Volts, or head straight for a full serving with his recent release, Style Encoding, on the widely respected Frankfurt label Force Inc. www.x09music. com/codebase/. 6 p.m. Experimental/ Avant-Garde/Electronic


Members of the Northwest hip-hop collective Oldominion, the Boom Bap Project are MCs Karim and Destro Destructo and DJ Scene. Boom Bap can be found on the bill opening for just about every major hip-hop act that comes to town. They've performed with everyone from the Souls of Mischief to Wu-Tang Clan, and their fiery brand of battle raps and aggressive beats always excites. Their latest single, "Trade Remix," produced by Vitamin D, is an always popular request on KEXP's Street Sounds, and the 2001 EP Circumstance Dictates features cuts with underground legends Pep Love of the Hieroglyphics and L'Roneous of the Dreamweavers. 7 p.m. Hip-Hop/Rap


Known around the Pacific Northwest for his underground mix tapes, Mr. Supreme is a DJ who's performed with just about everybody. From DJing for the Rock Steady Crew's 24th Anniversary Party to holding it down as Bumbershoot's official DJ, Mr. Supreme always gets up, and his crowds always get down. 8 p.m. DJ/Turntablist


B-Mello cut his teeth on mix tapes in the early '90s and is a veteran of Seattle's hip-hop battle scene. The DJ made his name when he battled Shortkut and Babu at the 1994 West Coast DMC Finals. Since then he's put out several mix tapes, including Blends Pt. 3, which is ranked as one of the top 10 mix tapes of all time by B-Mello currently hosts KEXP's Street Sounds and can be found MCing what seems like every local hip-hop show. 9 p.m. DJ/Turntablist


114 First Ave. S., 206-622-2563


Idolized by young Seattle jazz musicians for decades, Thomas manages the feat of being a brilliant player on both brass and woodwind (tenor saxophone and trumpet, in his case), approaching each with a warm, ballsy, swinging tone. Thomas is revered by those few national jazz critics who manage to see beyond New York CityNat Hentoff celebrated him in the pages of The Wall Street Journal not long agobut for Seattle listeners, his great chops are modestly on display at joints like Tula's any given night of the week. 4 p.m. Jazz MARK TAYLOR QUARTET

Without doubt the smoothest, easiest transition of the night will occur between this set by Mark Taylor and the next by Matt Jorgensen. That's because the two bands have identical personnelin the first set, the saxophonist leads; for the second set, the drummer takes over. (Taylor's quartet also adds guitarist Chris Spencer to the mix.) With a crisp, biting style on alto and soprano, Taylor is solidly in the hard-bop tradition of Cannonball Adderley and Jackie McLean, but with modernist touches and off-kilter runs. His band plays a jittery swing, interspersed with gentler ballads. His most recent record as a leader is After Hours on Origin. 5 p.m. Jazz


Since returning last year from a decade in New York, drummer Matt Jorgensen has been making his Seattle presence heavily felt, taking over operations of the invaluable Ballard-based label Origin Records and making tracks with a number of bands, most especially the one he leads, composes, and arranges for, 451. This band, usually a quartet, covers the range of modern jazz, creating a distinctive hybrid that's forward thinking, groove-based, and bad-assed. Ryan Burns handles Fender Rhodes duties these days, taking over from the great Marc Seales (whose work was a highlight of 451's two Origin discs), while Phil Sparks occupies the bass chair and Mark Taylor handles the sax wailing. And Jorgensen's drummingimpeccable, as always. 6 p.m. Jazz


A regular performer at Seattle's summer street festivals, downtown concerts, Bumbershoot, and clubs, Angulo's Latin jazz band is a smooth-burning unit, covering Afro-Peruvian and other pan-Latin sounds with style and sweat. Angulo on sax is the rare female bandleader in the Latin realm; she and conguero Walter A. Torres also compose and arrange the band's killer tunes. This isn't generic salsa but something a lot looser and exciting, with strong horn solos and plenty of percussive drive. 7 p.m. Jazz


Somewhere around the mid-'90s, Balkan music became the hippest thing among New York musicians, who started weaving its intricate, melancholy motifs into progressive jazz. Balkan Cabaret subtract the downtown pretension to get a purer form of Balkan cafe music that's made for toasting, dancing, and carousing. The band got its start two years ago, when Seattle vocalist Mary Sherhart linked up with some recently transplanted Bay Area folk musicians; later they added guitarist Steve Ramsey to the mix of fiddle, bass, and accordion. They get the crowds moving and talking about the old country at places like the Porta Greek Taverna on Eastlake. 8 p.m. World/Reggae


Pioneers in the Northwest Latin-jazz scene, this Olympia 10-tet has been giving up a hot-headed, bighearted, bomba- salsa-funk for nearly three decades. They've played Bumbershoot and Du Maurier and opened for Charles Mingus and Don Cherry. A few years ago, they toured Cuba. And they still provide a high-minded party, with positive vocalizing from Connie Bunyer, fluid lines from guitarist Paul Hjelm, wild piano riffs from Michael Moore (not the filmmaker), and creative intergenre drumming from Steve Bentley. The band's latest incarnation also features hot gusts from saxophonist Dan Blunck, plus two trombones. 9 p.m. World/Reggae


309 First Ave. S., 206-622-5826


Blending modern rock, funk, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and world music into a Northwest-flavored organic cocktail, this quintet has appeared with the String Cheese Incident, the Mickey Hart Band, and the Zen Tricksters. The Hanuman Collective (formerly just Hanuman) includes Paul Benoit's acoustic guitar, Tige DeCoster's acoustic bass, Scott Law's mandolin and acoustic guitar, Damien Aitken's sax, and Will Dowd's various rhythm instruments. Together these elements yield predominantly instrumental songs with a knack for making audiences groove. Formed in 1996, the band takes its name from the legends of a Hindu monkey god. 4 p.m. Groove/Jam


Is it live or is it a cybertronic mutant escapee from a computer lab? New listeners can be expected to wonder, but patrons of ToST long ago learned that the electrolyte mix of organic and mechanical in Siamese has its source in the humanoid drummer Kevin (aka DJ) Sawka, who keeps up beats that would exhaust Pentagon computers. No wonder jazz bigs like Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, and Graham Haynes have all sought him out. With Lightfoot on electric bass, Dave Z on keys, and all three players spooling samples and effects, this is drum and bass with frenetic and eerie impact. 5 p.m. Groove/Jam


Before coming to the States from his native St. Catherine, Jamaica, Clinton Fearon was the well-known bassist, vocalist, and lyricist for the Gladiators, a mainstay of Jamaican music. Not incidentally, Fearon was also a regular session player at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One and Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio in Kingston. Upon settling in Seattle, Fearon first formed the Defenders, and then, in 1993, the Boogie Brown Band. Staying true to the classic '70s reggae aesthetic of the islands, Fearon and his five-piece band use time-tested harmonies, positive percussive vibrations, danceable melodies, and dub treatments to color their globe-spanning sound. 6 p.m. World/Reggae


Phat Sidy, besides being a bunch of raging potheads, are Chris Littlefield (trumpet), Bob Lovelace (bass), Davee C (drums), Ernest Pumphry (vocals), John Ryser (sax), and Brian Ray (guitar). This six-strong funk-rock-soul band is almost always guaranteed to play Hempfest and can be caught at the pot party this month. Their first album, Platos Grande Rehersial, features the single "Make It Legal," and their latest album, Subrabae, includes another stoner ballad, "Keef (It Burnin')." 7 p.m. Groove/Jam


Seattle-born brothers Jonathan Moore and Upendo Tookas, aka Wordsayer and Negus 1, formed Source of Labor while living in Atlanta to "bring hip-hop back to the community," and have been a staple of the Northwest hip-hop scene ever since their return a decade ago. With Moore on the mike and Negus 1 holding down the lion's share of the production end, they've expanded to include the talents of Darrius Willrich (keyboards), Allen Matthews (drums), Kevin Hudson (bass), and Vitamin D (turntables). Aside from catching various members of this list weekly at Jumbalaya, you can check out SoL's conscious hip-hop on Stolen Lives (Subverse). 8 p.m. Hip-Hop/Rap


Nu Sol Tribe's sound is a montage of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues. The core members of Nu SolChad Redlight, Buddhaful Mike, and Kimomet a year and a half ago at a Seattle jam session and have since added four more musicians to the lineup. Incorporating a neo-hippie ethic into their music, their shows often include fire, dancers, and shameless plugging of their Buddhaful line of clothing. They'll also be playing at at this year's Hempfest, the weekend of Aug. 16-17. 9 p.m. R&B/Soul


207 First Ave. S., 206-622-0209


Gigantic, irresistible power-pop doesn't always come from bright and shiny places. In 2000, Sister Psychic drummer Ryan Vego used part of his suicide note to ask his friend guitarist Andy Davenhall to commit some of the songs he'd written but never recorded to the studio. Davenhall honored the request and recorded his own music along with guitarist Ron Carnell, laying the groundwork for the Lawnmowers' hyperactive Jack Endino-produced debut, Fearless (Good-Ink). The bittersweet hooks are still coming as the quartet, featuring former members of Pure Joy, the Bolos, Ottoman Bigwigs, and Dodi, are plotting their sophomore effort with Endino. 4 p.m. Indie Pop


Few indie notables juxtapose distinctively personal singer-songwriter sensibility with tasteful rock energy better than Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie; with the release of Stories of Our Lives (Foodchain), Dear John Letters' leader, Robb Benson, just snatched himself a handful of Gibbard's Excalibur. On "Creation Myth," his voice charges up the register from fleeting sigh to the most impassioned, individualized wail west of Rocky Votolato. Dear John Letters sign off on everything from Simon and Garfunkel-esque folk strums ("You Always Win") to righteous, full-throttle power pop. Benson says it best: "Perfection is for snowflakes." 5 p.m. Indie Pop


Talk about a band that can negotiate the right place at the right time. The Pale have already infiltrated the Sasquatch Festival, EndFest XII, and pop-goth sensation Evanescence's first-ever Seattle show, yet they sound little to nothing like the status quo on any of those bills. Delivering uniquely empathetic guitar- pop in the vein of Jimmy Eat World via Rivers Cuomo's twisted, romantic looking glasses, the organ-bolstered Bellingham squad is still making waves with last year's third LP, Gravity Gets Things Done (Always Never). Fans of the Barsuk stable should have little problem digesting them. 6 p.m. Indie Pop


When Kurt Bloch and Kim Warnick of Fastbacks fame lend their production and vocal skills to a band, it's a safe bet that you're dealing with quality. Another scuffed-just-right gem in Bellingham's boisterous rock scene, Once for Kicks (formerly Sourmash) keep things messily distorted, yet conjure everything in the pop landscape from the Beach Boys to Green Day. No amount of grime could cover the hooks, especially in "Either Way, We're Going Ashore," a song that imagines The Simpsons' Montgomery Burns as a "WWII fighter pilot determined to defeat King Kong" and, incredibly, makes sense as such. 7 p.m. Indie Rock


The Dt's are Dave Crider on guitar, Diana Young-Blanchard on vocals, and Phil Carter on drums. Formed in 2001, the Dt's are contemporaries of other like-minded bassless blues-influenced hard-soul rock bands like the White Stripes and the Soledad Brothers. Young-Blanchard's husky, gospel-singer vocals are the predominant ingredient, with Crider's (formerly of the Mono Men) guitar as a close second. Crider is also the head of Estrus Records, the local imprint responsible for releases from bands like Gas Huffer, Monkey Wrench, and the Cherry Valence. 8 p.m. R&B/Soul


This Pixies tribute band is named for track 11 of the Pixies Elektra debut, Doolittle, and has been known to turn in live shows that are better than those of the original. Not without their own fair share of celebrity, No. 13 Baby boast Presidents of the U.S.A. drummer Jason Finn, guitarists Jeff Barnes and Craig Montgomery, and bassist Jennifer Czeisler. Everybody in the band serves double duty and pitches in on vocals. Regulars at the Crocodile would be hard-pressed to tell them apart from the real thing, except for the lack of condescending attitude. 9 p.m. Cover/Tribute


109 S. Washington St., 206-405-4313


Guitarist Nathan Smurthwaite, bassist Dorando Hodous, and drummer Benjamin Kennedy keep their live arsenal simple (Kennedy plays only a four-piece kit) and their assault ferocious. The Abodox, who share a name with a Nintendo video game, cross college-radio-ready indie rock with harsh, punkish metal. On their self-titled debut album (released by Pullman's Cymbeline Records), the trio, who describe their sound with the cryptic tag "Black is a pigment, a pigment of your imagination," favor hard, heavy riffs and minimal vocals from the esophagus-churn school of hard-rock singing. 4:20 p.m. Hard Rock/Metal


Barely two years old, Mico de Noche have already forgotten how to play nice with other brats. Making the power-rock duo trend look tame and lame, guitarist Courvosier Jones and drummer Don de Noche trade in sexy, self-stylized "freak rock" that ignites, explodes, and evaporates just as you start to appreciate the black rhythmic undercurrents. The concept: Smash everything in sight and maybe clean it up the next afternoon. Mico's discordant new EP, Stripper Wars (Perverted Son), is just the right soundtrack for a hallucinogenic all-night bender of lap dances and switchblades. Mike Patton would be proud. 5:20 p.m. Hard Rock/Metal


It had to be done, and the Speedles finally did it. Formed in London and brought to Seattle by manager Dwayne Edwards, the Speedles give a new twist on two classic (and, seemingly, diametrically opposed) styles. The group plays all Beatles coversonly they do so in the style of U.K.-circa-1977 punk rockers like the Clash, the Damned, and the Sex Pistols. Singer Johnny Stallin, guitarists Harry George and Lenny Best, bassist Saul McHartley, and drummer Ringo Marrs speed up and thrash out everyone's favorite Fab Four classics till they become tickets to ride . . . straight into the mosh pit. 6:20 p.m. Cover/Tribute


If you've been touched by God, you've witnessed the men of C Average uniting with Eddie Vedder to perform ultrarare sets of Who covers. If you're just an everyday Pacific NW concertgoer, well, you'll be just as blessed to see this Olympia-based troll-core duo break out heavily ironic, still kick-ass heavy metal. They'll slay you with all manner of battle-axes, from curt musings on three-way calling with Dr. Laura (remember her?) to Lord of the Rings-inspired blitzkriegs penned well before Orlando Bloom-mania ("Orcs vs. Elves") to the occasionalif you're luckyZZ Top cover. 7:20 p.m. Hard Rock/Metal


The self-proclaimed "premier Iron Maiden tribute band" of the city, Maiden Seattle take their roles seriously. On their Web site, the band members are introduced along with their doppelg䮧ers from Iron Maiden itself. Vocalist Ken Rich ("Bruce"), drummer Steve Fournier ("Nicko"), bassist Kristian Ulriksen ("Steve"), and guitarists Tommy Steinley ("Dave") and Joe Kurtz ("Adrian") have honed their act to a fine sheen, paying deft homage to metal classics like "Number of the Beast," "Can I Play With Madness," "Run to the Hills," "Flight of Icarus," "Two Minutes to Midnight," and many, many more. 8:20 p.m. Cover/Tribute


109 S. Washington St., 206-405-4313


A member of local label Dirtnap Records' stellar rock and punk roster, Tacoma's Mexican Blackbirds promise "no goofy stage costumes, no stupid pyrotechnics, no deep, meaningful lyrics to try and impress the locals with, no inside jokes, and no gimmicks to fool anyone into believing we're superheroes." Even better, they deliver. Vocalist Chris Trashcan and drummer-backup singer Jill Trueblood (formerly of the Valentine Killers) shout with vigorous authority, while guitarist Corey Knafelz and bassist Marty Sparks propel the songs forward with fuzzy, gnarly, sloppy riffs, and ground-out chords. They're one band that hasn't quite left the garage, and that has no need to. 4 p.m. Punk/Hardcore


Lots of bands have clever naming gimmicks (the Ramones, the Donnas), and the Rotten Apples have a great one: Each of its four members' stage monikers plays on the group name. An all-female quartet, the Rotten Applesguitarist-vocalist Dejha Colantuono ("Candy"), drummer-backing vocalist Heather Jane ("Rotten"), guitarist-backing vocalist J.J. Henry ("Caramel"), and bassist-backing vocalist Bambi Nutt ("Sour")have been compared to Joan Jett, Elastica, the Muffs, the Jim Carroll Band, and Blondie. Their hooky, catchy, attitude-drenched sound rocks like a house on fire. Hear them on their album, Real Tuff (Empty Records), and the Dirtnap Across the Northwest compilation CD. 5 p.m. Punk/Hardcore


Androgynous '80s Britpop and psychedelic '70s glam inform the sounds of the Turn-Ons. Taking cues from T.Rex, Bowie, the New York Dolls, and Morrissey, frontman Travis DeVries possesses the mysterious appeal of his heroes and a unique flair all his own. In keeping with their stylish aesthetic, the Turn-Ons frequently augment their live shows with slides, collaged film, and other visuals. In the British music monthly Q, columnist and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck called them his "favorite new Seattle band." Respected producer and multi- instrumentalist Erik Blood rounded out the lineup when he joined DeVries, Sharon Oshima, Will Hallauer, and Corey Gutch in 2000. 6 p.m. Rock/Garage


Sabrina RockArena, the bassist-vocalist for local hard-rock trio Cookie, may well have the best name of any Seattle musician, though guitarist JayMe LayMe isn't far behind. (Drummer Tommy Sparks' moniker isn't too shabby, either.) Playing what the group describes as "sexy muscle-car rock and sleazy country and western with a glittery flash of metal," the band formed in 1995 and have appeared on the Vans Warped Tour; they've also released two albums, 1999's All Hell Can't Stop Us (produced by Conrad Uno) and the more recent Sweat-Soaked & Satisfied. And RockArena has even had a red plaid handbag, designed by Paul Frank head designer Missy Broom, named for her. 7 p.m. Hard Rock/Metal


Led by Midwest-born and -bred brothers Erin and Sean Wood, the Spits are a four-piece punk band known as much for their over-the-top stage antics and ridiculous costumes as they are for their catchy, deceptively simple pop-punk tunes. Speeding drumbeats, up-front keyboard noise, and purposefully anti-intellectual lyrics trademark their self-titled 2002 release. Comparisons to the Ramones, Devo, and the Screamers, along with their chaotic live shows, have garnered the band a loyal cult following in punk clubs across the country. One noted underground zine, Horizontal Action, called them "brilliantly retarded." 8 p.m. Punk/Hardcore


610 First Ave., 206-682-4649


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