Wednesday, Feb. 2
Black Japan are unapologetic Wolf Eyes disciples whose early shows were so vibrant and well executed that we haven't bothered faulting them for a little unoriginality. Hopefully, the knob twiddling and painterly feedbacking will take on more and more of its own identity; Black Japan show loads of promise. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., 206-322-1533, 7:30 p.m. $5
The Detroit-bred jazz violinist brings a four-piece backing band that includes drummer Alvester Garnett, pianist Alon Yavnai, and bassist Chris Lightcap. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $20.50–$24.50. Also Thurs., Feb. 3–Sat,. Feb. 5.
One of the biggest and blandest of the U.K.'s crop of "superstar DJs" that emerged in the mid- to late '90s, Jules spins it big and epic, though who knows how that's going to translate in a room this size. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $15 adv.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Chevelle + Helmet + Future Leaders of the World + Crossfade + Strata
Helmet's woefully titled comeback album, Size Matters, is hardly the lump of watered-down alt-rock crap naysayers are making it out to be, but the new tracks don't exactly stand out amongst this throng of lame, jocko copycats. Plus, it's hard to recommend any band whose bassist punches the air in tandem with drum breaks. Moore Theatre, 7 p.m. $25
"Jangly" needs to be permanently stricken from the Indie Journalist Book of Failsafe Vague Descriptors, but this local glam-garage quartet's guitarist seems to be openly petitioning for an accompanying portrait next to the entry. Snarkiness (there's another one!) aside, Razrez's self-released six-song debut EP was among last year's more intoxicating dance-punk freakouts. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $6
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 47. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $15. Also Fri., Feb. 4.
Friday, Feb. 4
What better outfit to christen the rebirth of rock dungeon Graceland as El Corazon than Clutch? In their decade-plus of existence, they've scarcely deviated from their stripped-down, balls-out, power-rock roots. Think Queens of the Stone Age minus the hooks; that's not a slight. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $17 adv.
Localchaospalooza Day 1
SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 39. Funhouse, 8 p.m. $6 with canned food/$7
All Your Faded Things, Ms. Oxygen's 2003 debut, makes an excellent workout CD, but it's also a concept album (with color as its, um, primary concept) and a highly addictive piece of electro-pop. Seattle native Anna seems a little unhinged onstage, but there's nothing crazy about her deep, supple voice, which transforms the music from kitsch to cool. Vera Project, 7:30 p.m. $6 with club card/$7
Saturday, Feb. 5
Dwelling in the house of blues and the house of jazz (and serving as house piano master at both), the legendary Mose Allison would be known as a giant talent even if it weren't for his songwriting skills. The Who have covered him, Tom Waits reveres him, and anyone who gets within earshot has trouble resisting. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, 425-893-9900, 8 p.m. $10–$29
Herbie Hancock/Michael Brecker/Roy Hargrove
"Directions in Music," the show is billed as, nodding to Hancock's old paymaster Miles Davis. This tour will celebrate the work of Davis and John Coltrane. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $25–$45
The Hidden Cameras + the Blow + Scream Club
The Cameras are arch and naughty, the Blow celebrate the small and occasionally indelible (just like their music), and Oly "rappers" Scream Club made 2004's worst album. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8 adv.
We expect good things from Horses; in Carissa's Wierd, Ben Bridwell's multimusicianship always seemed a steady source of, well, steadiness in an otherwise delicate and dangerous affair. But don't worry—with C.W. songwriter Mat Brooke, Horses are likely long on that precious fragility. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10
SEE FEATURE, PAGE 41. El Corazon, 8 p.m. $10
Localchaospalooza Day 2
SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 39. Fusion Cafe, 904 Fourth Ave., 206-382-5010, 4:30 p.m. $7 adv./$10
As you might gather from the title of their 2004 sophomore album, Fuckin' A (Sub Pop), the Portland-based Thermals put a lot of punk surge in their sunny pop. Songs like "How We Know" catapult toward the finish line, driven by the perfect yelling-to-singing ratio in Hutch Harris' mesmerizing vocals. Vera Project, 7:30 p.m. $8 with club card/$9
Sunday, Feb. 6
Mikey Dread and the Dread at the Controls Band
Long ago, Clash collaborator and radio personality Dread made a couple superb post-roots/pre-dancehall dub albums, African Anthem and Beyond World War III; he's long since settled into a steady touring schedule. Fenix Underground, 8 p.m.
Localchaospalooza Day 3
SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 39. Studio Seven, 5:30 p.m. $7 adv./$10
Monday, Feb. 7
Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet
The local-legend jazz guitarist plays with cellist Hank Roberts, violaist Eyvind Kang, and violinist Jenny Scheinman to celebrate Songlines' new reissue of his limited-edition 2002 album, Richter 858, originally commissioned to accompany the publication of a collection from celebrated painter Gerhard Richter. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $20 Also Tues., Feb. 8.
Steam engine hardcore sounds much more interesting with a frontman who shrieks like a refugee from Wedgie World. Once this upstart quintet tweaks their Suicidal Tendencies/Biohazard influences into something more modern (i.e., less snicker inducing), they'll make even better time on metal's fast track. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $8
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 41. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10