Wednesday, Feb. 23
Spanish for 100
A rootsish rock quartet who've been notching accolades for a few months now, Spanish for 100 are set for a KEXP session in March. They open this breast cancer research benefit (dubbed Mamafest); Kuma, Verona, and Senate Arcade are above-billed. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $7
Thursday, Feb. 24
After getting her start as a teenage backup singer for R&B bands, Anderson recorded her first record in 1947 when she was still quite young, and she hasn't stopped. Performing vocal jazz, standards, and pop, Anderson has a timeless, energetic presence. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20
SEE FEATURE, PAGE 41. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv.
Let's see: This chick's bored, rich, and jealous that all the boys are fantasizing over her halfwit Britney clone sister. So she pulls a Veruca Salt, whines "Daddy, I want to be a pop superstar!" and gets her own MTV series documenting the making of her horrible debut album, which has culminated in her routinely playing shows that are pervasively ridiculed. By all means, spend 37 fucking dollars to encourage her. Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m. $37
Tsunami Relief Benefit:
IQU + Aqui + Foscil +
Obviously a good cause, but go because the lineup is nice. IQU are great fun live, especially when Kento breaks out the theremin, and the Fourthcity DJs usually have something up their collective (cough) sleeves. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $8 adv.
Yellow Swans' Bring the Neon War Home on Narnack is an aurally abstract, drum-machine-driven, goth/no-wave/pop pre-apocalyptic political statement. Once it's finally televised, the Yellow Swans seem to be saying, the revolution is going to be very, very noisy. Gallery 1412, 7:30 p.m. $5
Friday, Feb. 25
The Can't See
The Can't See are John Atkins, of 764-HERO and Magic Magicians, and Ken Jarvey, who you've seen playing various instruments with Aveo, New Luck Toy, and others. Given this information, we'd say you should expect outside-the-lines indie rock from the duo, but then again, there's every chance they'll surprise you. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5
Pittsburgher Dieselboy remains America's biggest drum and bass DJ—and at a time when d&b is making an artistic comeback, his show here should be pretty terrif. DJ Fresh, MC J Messinian, Zacharia, Slantooth, the Dowlz, Quentin J, Ill Ceaserelli, and Doc Schmikyl open. Catwalk, 9 p.m. $17 adv./$20
This promising young metalcore quintet is comprised of kids from Alberta and Wisconsin, yet they regularly pop up as openers around these parts. They won't be anonymous for long. Like Unearth, Misery Signals puree melodic bits into their thrash, but they never quite devolve into pandering emo-creep breakdowns. Last year's Of Malice and the Magnum Heart (Ferret) is a promising introduction. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12
Saturday, Feb. 26
Whoa. Night of the Living Grunge Knockoffs II. Somehow, the dude who drawled "WUH-HUH, WUH-HUH, WUH-HUH! LET'S MIN-GLE! LET'S GEL!" on mid-'90s alt-radio convinced the world that his generic pub quintet is an "indie" band "again," and worthy of a high-profile comeback club tour. Tonight sold out well in advance. Gotta love that classic alternative fetish. Neumo's, 6 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25
What Radiohead meant to do on their last album is what Idiot Pilot easily accomplish on Strange We Should Meet Here (Clickpop). Exhibit A: "To Buy a Gun," a nightmarish mix of arcade-game blips, nü-metal screams, and singer Michael Harris' bulletproof, Yorke-inspired vocals. Headliners the Lashes and openers the Cops make this an unusually strong local-rock bill. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $7
Mates of State
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 43. Chop Suey, 6 p.m. $10 adv.
Their self-released coming-out party As Small as the Center was one of last year's most graceful, textured local electronica releases. But don't get us wrong—Mercir is a band in every sense, conjuring dreamy synth and guitar passages vaguely reminiscent of Massive Attack and even Radiohead at times. Easy Street Records West Seattle, 4559 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-3279, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 27
Its lead singer calls herself Jesika von Rabbit, but don't hold that against this lazy trio, whose Music to Start a Cult To (Stinky) was one of last year's sleepers, thanks to cuts like "Dirty Horse," which concerns Jesus and the devil, and "Kill a Man": "I'll kill a man cause his back is sore/I'll kill a man till he's man no more." Robbers on High Street headline, with Some by Sea in the middle. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $8 adv.
Pat Metheny Group
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 43. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $35–$60
Monday, Feb. 28
Keren Ann's soon-to-be-released Nolita (Blue Note) is a full set of smoldering, bilingual jazz-pop. On "Chelsea Burns," the French singer-songwriter muses: "Chelsea burns, Chelsea burns/Under my feet," giving the arson image a firewalker twist. Then, on the seven-minute title track, she drifts into breathy reverie against violin tremolos. Headliner A Girl Called Eddy keeps the retro lushness going. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10
Master Musicians of Bukkake + Tuna Helpers
As if the experimental (and very loud) mishmash of our own Master Musicians of Bukkake weren't enough of a show, Austin's all-female Tuna Helpers are here, too. Imagine Kate Bush tripled, and with a sense of humor, and then put them on The Gong Show. That's them—sort of. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $5
Tuesday, March 1
Dave Douglas and Nomad
After last year's straight-up Strange Liberation (RCA/Bluebird), Douglas has made two more chamber-ish discs: the collective-improv Bow River Falls and the new Mountain Passages, featuring his new group, Nomad. But he's a treat no matter which guise he plays in. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $27