Wednesday, Feb. 9
The buxom blues-and-blooze singer vamps it up in advance of her new album, the prosaically titled White Trash Girl. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $15
Seattle Festival of Improvised Music
SEE FEATURE, PAGE 51. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $10–$20. Also Thurs., Feb. 10–Sun., Feb. 13.
Thursday, Feb. 10
One of modern jazz's most striking practitioners, pianist Williams will be playing both solo and accompanied by bassist Jeff Johnson. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100, 5:30 p.m.
Iron Composer: Jenny Jimenez vs. Erik Blood
If you're feeling hot, crowded, and crazy because you can't see but can only hear the mayhem as area musicians and scene celebs get tangled in the absurdist competition schtick of Iron Composer, don't worry. You're doing it right. It's part circus sideshow, part audience participation, part exercise in extreme futility. Tonight pits Catch bassist Jimenez against Turn-Ons guitarist Blood. Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. $8 adv.
Friday, Feb. 11
Give these Eastside Christian-emo tigers credit: They stuck it out in one of the most indie-centric cities in America and came out on top, signing to Columbia. Sure, the ensuing coming-out party, Phantoms, makes the new Jimmy Eat World disc sound like Metal Machine Music, and sure, they may well be sandwiched between Hilary Duff and Alter Bridge at the 2008 Cheney inauguration, but, like Ed Ved said, this is not for you. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $10 adv.
The Seattle hip-hop duo's self-titled, self-issued debut was one of local music's gems from last year—hopefully something else is on deck soon. Silent Lambs Project, Bishop I from Oldominion, DJ Sabzi, and Marc Sense also play. Chop Suey, 9 p.m.
Ghidra, which is composed of alto sax man Wally Shoup, drummer Mike Peterson, and wild guitar innovator Bill Horist, has been variously described as heavy, hesher hardcore jazz and a "free-shedding" avant blues/rock experiment. The record Strawberry Skinflint is on Sol Disk Records. Blue Moon, 10 p.m.
Luna + Midnight Movies
SEE CD REVIEWS, PAGE 55 AND 56. Neumo's, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. $15 adv.
Saturday, Feb. 12
As lame as all the participants came off on MTV's latest reality train wreck, Battle for Ozzfest, the lamest thing about Adair Cobley's real-life band is, surprisingly, only its name. Manntis is a no-nonsense, spirited thrash band in the Lamb of God vein. They sound driven and legit, so if you were planning on showing up for surreal life giggles, you might wanna wait 'til Corey Feldman's "band" comes back around. Studio Seven, 7:30 p.m. $8
The Mountain Goats + Crystal Skulls
ALSO SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 49. No, Crystal Skulls are not stoner folk. The local sorta-supergroup (featuring members of Seldom and Pedro the Lion) plays unthreatening, if tuneful retro indie-pop. "Hussy" is the standout on their Suicide Squeeze debut Blocked Numbers, in which frontman Christian Wargo subtly incorporates a disconcerting narrative about abuse and promiscuity into the '70s AM radio machinations. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12 adv.
Sunday, Feb. 13
Smoke and Smoke
The scalawags behind Enemymine, Godheadsilo, and Deadlowtide have yet another incarnation, with three individual separate words and everything. Luckily, it's not far removed from their scathing, stripped-down punk-metal blueprint. Debut Love Suffers Long (FrenchKiss) is as delightfully vicious as anything in the Mike Kunka/Spencer Moody canon, and features plenty of first person braggadocio, à la Jon Spencer and KMFDM. Slayin'. Sunset Tavern, 4 p.m. $7
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists + United State of Electronica
Leo exudes the brash scrappiness of Elvis Costello—think "Complicated Shadows," not "Alison." On last year's Shake the Sheets, he and the Pharmacists laid down 11 fast-moving tracks that swayed between punk and straight-ahead rock; "The One Who Got Us Out" is Leo at his most vocally nimble, with an almost Ani DiFranco–like lyrical quickness to match. His exuberance is more than matched by openers U.S.E. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12
Monday, Feb. 14
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 55. El Corazon, 6 p.m. $10 adv./$12
Love Hurts: The Catch + Anna Oxygen
Oh, does love ever. That's OK—both the Catch's catchy little three-song EP and Oxygen's 2003 disc All Your Faded Things figured out a way to chase the pain away: new wave keyboards! Horses open. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $7 singles/$10 couples
You might be vampier, you might be campier, you might even be sassier than Eartha Kitt, but don't count on it, sugarplum. The purringest woman ever to torch a standard brings her act back one more blessed time. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $29.50–$40.50 Also Tuesday, Feb. 15
Country music has always had its share of smartasses, but Fulks stands out even in a semi-crowded field, both for the specificity of his attack and his musical snarl. He's plenty rowdy live, too. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12
Tuesday, Feb. 15
These local hip-hop stalwarts playing the day their Rhymesayers debut, Deadlivers, drops, which is as good an excuse as any to see them play for free, and maybe cop a copy while you're at it. Sonic Boom Capitol Hill, 514 15th Ave. E., 206-568-2666, 6 p.m.
Talk about your Pulp Fiction–style adrenaline needles to the heart. David Vincent is back with the death metal legends for the first time in nearly a decade. Blessed are the sick indeed. This leaves only one question: Why is such a vastly influential reunion phenomenon relegated to co-headlining with Soulfly? Showbox, 7 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30