Wednesday, March 16
Joseph Arthur can do a hell of a lot for one man alone onstage, and that's before he even opens his mouth to sing. Whether you're in it for the pedal menagerie, the possessed strumming, the lyrical bloodletting, or the full-meal combo pack, Arthur puts on a fine show. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv.
Kenny Barron Quintet
One of jazz's best living pianists, Barron brings his stellar group, including vibes player Stefon Harris, flutist Anne Drummond, bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and drummer Kim Thompson. Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $22 Also Thursday, March 17
Dr. John and the Lower 911
N'awlins' favorite white son still has plenty of cult appeal, from his early, funky work to the more jazz-inflected stuff he does now, and he knows how to tell a story as well as play piano. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $24.50–$28.50. Also Thursday, March 17–Sunday, March 20.
Best known, historically speaking, for his K Records cassette band Some Velvet Sidewalk, Al Larsen is on the radar these days with his Steve Fisk–produced The Hardline According to Danny and the Dinosaur (Property Is Theft). It's likely that Larsen's live show is, as ever, worth seeing. Thanksgiving, Cains and Abels, and Fynics open. S.S. Marie Antoinette, 8 p.m. $5
Thursday, March 17
The Glasses + Mon Frere + Hello Scenario
Winners of EMP's 2004 Sound Off! competition, Mon Frere are a female-fronted three-piece synth/rock outfit who touch on cabaret and smoky lounge music with their otherwise modern and jerky riffs and rhythms. Call it Sleater-Kinney for the appletini set—even though the Mountlake Terrace band is barely legal. Cafe Venus, 9 p.m. $5
Seattle's airiest and maybe best live electronic group have always been plenty arty, which makes the setting for this performance just about perfect. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University St., 206-654-3100, 5:30 p.m. Free
Expect an intimate half-hour-plus of pretty strum-and-twang from the wispy Gold Rush vocalist. The man's croon and presence is almost literally haunting—dude rocks a blinding white mane—but that hasn't scared anyone away so far. Engage yourself in something meaningful on St. Patty's Day, for Chrissakes. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15
Friday, March 18
Don't be put off by the dull-ass moniker; Ottawa art-metal quintet Buried Inside are an ambitious lot of young slayers. Their third full-length, Chronoclast (Relapse), is an austere, oceanic, occasionally overly repetitive 40-minute rumination on "time-reckoning and auto-cannibalism" split into 10 segments. The big ideas are there; identity will follow soon enough. Jucifer headlines. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv.
Forty years after first appearing with Chico Hamilton, the jazz-rock guitar pioneer still has more chops than an endangered rainforest. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $22
SEE JUKEBOX JURY, PAGE 51. Showbox, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14
SEE FEATURE, PAGE 55. Element, 9 p.m. $22 adv./$27
Northwest School Benefit: Pearl Jam + the Presidents of the United States of America + Ann and Nancy Wilson + Bill Frisell
Already sold the hell out, so don't bother unless you want to give a random scalper the chance to send his kid to the independent prep school beneficiary, of which all four participating performers are connected to as either alumni or parents of students. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $45–$150
Saturday, March 19
At the Spine
It takes stones to compose a song based on found refrigerator magnet poetry; it takes talent to make it unpretentious and listenable, and At the Spine's rootsy multi-instrumentalist wizard Mike Toschi exhibits both on "Kiss and Remember," the intro to his fine new record First Day of Spring (Global Seepej), released tonight. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6
Degenerate Art Ensemble
In their reading, the first word of the Degenerate Art Ensemble's name means, roughly, "a beginning." As the group's onstage conductor once told an interviewer, "You begin at degenerate and you can go anywhere." Therein lies the excitement of their shows. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $10–$15
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
There's something intrinsically wack about charging money for punk-rock covers of pop hits, but this Warped supergroup (ft. members of NOFX, Lagwagon, Swingin' Utters, and Bad Religion) has been doing it forever, and the kids aren't complaining. At least Me First are passionate about creatively rejiggering their diverse array of originals, spanning everything from "The Rainbow Connection" to "Nothing Compares 2 U." El Corazon, 7 p.m. $12 adv.
The Country Music Hall of Famer now owns a bank, which means he doesn't tour that often. So if you like country at its most traditional, you'll want to belly up to hear classics like "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore" and "I'm Just Me." Emerald Queen Casino, 8 p.m. $30–$60
Tomasz Stanko Quartet
The Polish trumpeter has issued several atmospheric, well-received albums on ECM, most recently last year's Suspended Night. His quartet includes pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz, and drummer Michal Miskiewicz. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $25
Tuesday, March 22
Gift of Gab + Lateef the Truth Speaker
SEE SW THIS WEEK, PAGE 49. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $15 adv.
SEE CD REVIEW, PAGE 56. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $6 adv./$7
SEE PREVIEW, PAGE 56. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $15 adv./$17