Sept. 15-21, 2004

Wednesday, Sept. 15

The Hentchmen

You're sick of the garage-rock hyperbole? Just imagine how Detroit's Hentchmen feel. Regardless, their fifth release, Form Follows Function (Times Beach), shows exactly no signs of wavering from the vintage keyboard-drenched rock—except that it doesn't sound like it was recorded inside an oil can. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

People Under the Stairs

Couple dudes from L.A. who rap, not badly or anything, but not in any especially noteworthy kind of way. Ditto the beats. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10 adv.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Further Seems Forever + Brandston + Moments in Grace

Remember when all of those "anthemic," pretty-boy emo-pop hybrids were citing Fugazi as their primary influence? Looks like Ian and Guy have been delivering severed horse heads, because the new breed has clammed up and embraced their inner Rick Springfield and Richard Marx. Tonight's participants oughta have the lyrics to "Don't Mean Nothin'" engraved on their riders. Graceland, 7 p.m. $10 adv.

Library Science

This local dub unit has a way with sound effects (see the traffic vroooms of "High Life Honey" and the weirdo final minute of "Dummy Pants," both from the new High Life Honey, on Happi Tyme) and grooves (see that disc's "What Time Is Science?") that may not be particularly Jamaican-purist, but moves nevertheless. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

Rocky Votolato

Rocky proves that an artist can be honest without going emo. It's amazing how one man and his acoustic guitar can mesmerize, capturing the audience and never losing grasp. Phenomenal songwriter, performer, and demeanor—Rocky is one of the best-kept secrets in Seattle, but not for long. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10

ZZ Top

SEE SW THIS WEEK, P. 45. Puyallup Fairgrounds, 110 9th Ave. S.W., Puyallup, 253-841-5045, 7 p.m. $36.50–$41.50

Friday, Sept. 17

Burnt Sugar

SEE CD REVIEW, P. 47. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429b Eastlake Ave., 206-254-2824, 8 p.m. $10

Ming + FS + Mocean Worker

Ming + FS have dabbled in just about every stripe of post-rave and post-hip-hop machine groove, but the New York duo seem most comfortable with the kind of not-quite-industrial style that post-dates Meat Beat Manifesto. Mocean Worker, aka Adam Dorn, makes mostly forgettable jazzy drum and bass and Fatboy-style breaks. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $12 adv. Mocean Worker also plays Easy Street Records West Seattle on Sat., Sept. 18.

Mountain Con

The new Dusty Zeros Dirty Ones (Big Record Company) may do the usual college-radio, post-Beck, campfire-rock-with-samples thing, but the songs are plenty catchy, the production is interestingly detailed, and it's better executed than most records of this kind. Heather Duby, Kuma, and Rick Baine open this CD release show. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $7

REO Speedwagon

Sometimes when we get tanked, we have a tough time differentiating REO from Journey. If REO had the same problem, say, onstage and opened with "Separate Ways" and "Don't Stop Believin'," well, that would be an excuse—nay, justification—to drink even more, wouldn't it? Or is that just drunky logic? This type of magic happens hourly at . . . Puyallup Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. $31.50–$36.50

Those Peabodys

Considering that they were all born a good couple of years after Thin Lizzy figured out that they were a rock band, Austin's Those Peabodys belie their very existence by self-imposing frequent gouges in their garage-rock sound and going fatally acid-rock on your ass. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8

Saturday, Sept. 18

Farm Aid: Willie Nelson + Neil Young + John Mellencamp + Dave Matthews

Well, well, well, if it isn't two of the three people we'd most like to share a joint with, and even if we're only feeling lukewarm about Mellencamp and Mr. Matthews, the cause—combined with the greatness of the two headliners—is surely enough to make them palatable. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 206-628-0888, 2 p.m. $30–$95

Old Time Relijun

Olympia's Old Time Relijun make funk/punk/folk that stands up to the soundtrack art-noise of legendary late-'60s Kraut-rock experimenters Can. OTR's Arrington DeDionyso howls only slightly more coherently than Damo Suzuki, and his band's tribal, progressive, psychotropic sounds are as raw and danceable as anything that went down in Cologne. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $6 with club card/$7

Seattle Metal Online Fourth Annual Party

It's fitting that the black heart of our metal scene lies on the outskirts of town, surrounded by decaying warehouses, lonely train tracks, and random pools of piss and puke. This all-day, 14-act showcase highlights the best young death metal, metalcore, and art metal Seattle has to offer. Expiration Date, Enkrya, MTF, and Dissonance are among the standouts. Studio Seven, 1 p.m. $4 before 4 p.m./$7

Sunday, Sept. 19

Beastie Boys

They performed in front of a giant prop penis, almost titled one of their best albums Don't Be a Faggot, revolutionized sampling on the follow-up, infused fledgling rap-metal with explorative vigor and class, fought to free Tibet, and dropped really wack rhymes about deposing the current president. Say what you will, but few bands can boast such an eventful evolution. KeyArena, 7:30 p.m. $32.17–$43.89

M83 + Ulrich Schnauss

SEE FEATURE, P. 47. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14

Reba McEntire

Long before starring in an unfunny sitcom, Reba McEntire was a prolific country singer, recording roughly an album a year from 1977 to 1999. Her evolution from Tammy Wynette–worshipping schoolgirl to faux-folksy WB darling might reveal something unpleasant about pop culture, but Dolly Parton made 9 to 5, and Faith Hill became a Stepford Wife, so who's to say? Puyallup Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. $44.50–$49.50

Rock Against Bush: Anti-Flag + Midtown

You may think this tour is more preaching to the converted, but many a Hot Topic–shopping Midtown fan has conservative Eastside parents that could use a passionate dose of the progressive real that Anti-Flag have been spitting for quite some time. Showbox, 7 p.m. $15 adv.

Monday, Sept. 20

"Weird Al" Yankovic

He riffed irreverently on Amish living eight years before Amish in the City, and 1999's "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" isn't likely to get him invited to any Anti-Defamation League fund-raisers. But Weird Al remains the undisputed king of American parody songs, and as dubious a title as that is, he's likely to be hilarious—or at least mildly diverting—in the flesh. Puyallup Fairgrounds, 7 p.m. $15

Tuesday, Sept. 21

George Winston

New age's very own magic-fingered spiritual wonder returns. Moore Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $31–$39

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