July 13-19, 2005

Wednesday, July 13

Ben Harper

There is a club-employee term, "GGBB" ("good guy(s)/gal(s), bad band.) This applies entirely to Ben Harper, whose painfully straining vocals and lax groove are counterbalanced by his genuine niceness. Moore Theatre, 7 p.m. $33.50


It's a long way from covering Prince's "Sexy Dancer" as a libidinous playlet with Peaches (under the name Bitch Lap-Lap, no less) to playing a tony room like the Triple Door with an appealingly mellow set of folk-pop with electronic embellishments, but that's exactly what Leslie Feist is doing. Good for her. Graham Travis opens. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $15

John Hammond

The bluesman has been illuminating the corners of his chosen genre for over four decades now, which means a deluxe-sized repertoire to choose from. What's doubly nice is that his recent work stands up with any of it. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $20.50

Noise for the Needy: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo + Henry Hanks + Rosyvelt + Purdy Mouth

A benefit for the homeless with some pretty good bands, which should be all you need to know. If it's not, go to www.volunteersolutions.org/uwkc/org/224331.html, the Web page of Roots Young Adult Shelter, the beneficiary of this show and several others this week. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Thursday, July 14

Arturo Sandoval

The Cuban trumpeter plays a four-night stand with a longtime band including bassist Dennis Marks, drummer Alexis Arce, percussionist Tomas Cruz, sax player Ed Calle, and pianist Javier Concepcion. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $26.50 Also Fri., July 15–Sun., July 17

Cafe Campagne Bastille Day

At Campagne's Bastille Day fete, do the can-can with New Orleans natives the Atomic Bombshells (better yet, just watch them do it) or check out the baroque street cabaret of Moon Penny Opera, who are natives to the Pike Place Market. Cafe Campagne, 1600 Post Alley, 7 p.m.

The Chieftains

The world's biggest trad-Irish band tour in support of, how appropriate, a live album, Live From Dublin: A Tribute to Derek Bell, in honor of their now-passed bandmate. Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $27.50–$42.50

Friday, July 15

Christian Asplund

A terrific ex-Seattle composer returns with two nights of material. Friday he'll premiere his works for a "power trio" of himself on viola and piano, monster bassist Michael Bisio, and drummer Greg Campbell. Saturday brings Asplund, Tari Nelson-Zagar, Matthew Sperry, Eyvind Kang, and Brent Arnold as a string quintet. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15 Also Sat., June 16


The soon-to-be Mr. Nicole Richie takes a break from mixin' and scratchin' at movie premieres (War of the Worlds and Herbie are both on the résumé), fashion shows, and celebrity birthday parties to sprinkle some L.A. glitter on unglamorous Seattle. Last Supper Club, 11 p.m. $15

Evan Dando

The ex-Lemonhead has moved away from the brashness of his early work to something a little more earthbound, if no more resonant than his slight former band. Tractor Tavern, 10 p.m. $12

Saturday, July 16

BBQ Fest: Kultur Shock + Seventy Three

Super-enthusiastic Eastern European–style rock-plus headliners and barbecue?! Where's the line?! Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

Colby B's F*cking Birthday Party

The lady about town you've seen manning the door at the Showbox and getting the party started in various locales as a DJ celebrates tonight with her Comeback cohorts, as well as cool kids Julie Herrera, Kid Hops, Nostalgia B, Kippy, Sean Horton, Blu, and Julia. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. NC

Fever: Dance Disaster Movement + Kill Me Tomorrow + The Planet The + DJ F.I.T.S.

VERA continues its monthly dance party for the all-ages set, though this lineup of bombastic, well-crafted art rock (Kill Me Tomorrow) and post-punk disco (Dance Disaster Movement) should appeal to folks of all ages. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $8 (7 w/club card)

Kings of Leon

Last seen taunting Seattle's young females at an Easy Street in-store and at a packed-to-the-rafters Neumo's before that, Southern rockers (and superstars in England!) Kings of Leon have graduated to the very grown-up Moore. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $25

Sun Vow

Formerly named Odessa, Sun Vow is an instrumental ensemble whose arrangements are reminiscent of Red Stars Theory and Do Make Say Think—simply, they'll carry you away. With Waves and Blue Light Curtain. Mars Bar, 9 p.m. $6

Sunday, July 17

Billy Corgan

He used to beeee a little boooy, but now he's a published poet who takes out full-page ads to reunite the band he alienated years ago. Oh, and he has a new solo album out. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $33.50

Eminem + 50 Cent + Lil Jon

Sure, Em's last record sucked. Sure, 50's about a quarter as good as his partisans think he is. Sure, Lil Jon's one trick is running out fast. But all three of them together in one place? Ba-freaking-nanas. White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 206-628-0888, 7 p.m. $59.25–$69.25

Glass Candy + Diamond Nights + The Chromatics

Portland's best plastic-wrapped, abstract expressionist post-punk outfit, Glass Candy, and our own excellent Chromatics appear with the '70s-obsessed Diamond Nights, who seem to firmly believe that they are rock stars of the highest order. And who knows, someday they just might be. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $7

KEXP BBQ: United State of Electronica + Crooked Fingers + Smoosh + ?

The third annual KEXP parking-lot fund-raiser lets listeners sneak a peek at the studios, meet the staff, and chow down to some of their favorite artists. This year includes a surprise headliner—who it could be is anyone's guess. KEXP parking lot, 113 Dexter Ave. N., 3 p.m. $10 adv./$15

Maria Muldaur

Muldaur has been crooning the blues for over 30 years now, and with every passing year, she's turned them into even more of a personal vehicle—given her longevity, that's saying something. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $23

Shannon McNally

Though at first Capitol sold her as an Alanis clone, McNally's sound is several country miles—and we do mean country—from Morissette's. 2002's Jukebox Sparrows boasts well-written twang that gets stuck in your head like a sparrow in a barn; rumor has it that Geronimo, released in June, has an earthier sound that matches her shopworn voice to a T. With Todd Thibaud. Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $10

Monday, July 18

The Go! Team

The most inexplicably long line of South by Southwest came courtesy of this enthusiastic Brit outfit, whose import-only Thunder Lightning Strike gets an actual U.S. release next week. The Long Ranger, the Saturday Knights, DJ Red Leather Chapstick, and FanKick! will also be in attendance. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv.

The Shapeshifters + 2Mex

Consisting of AWOL One, Akma, Circus, Die, Existereo, Life Rexall, DJ L.A. Jae, and the rather amazingly fast and funny Radioinactive, the Shapeshifters have a new album, charmingly titled The Shapeshifters Was Here (Cornerstone R.A.S.). Supreme, Brother Reede, and Barfly also play. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $7

Tuesday, July 19

Kimya Dawson

The ex–Moldy Peach has quite enough songs up her sleeve to keep an audience rapt, and the intermingling of goofy and dark that endeared the Peaches to us seems, after hearing her solo work, much her doing. The Pharmacy, Mt. Eerie, Jeffrey Lewis, and Chris Maher open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $7

Mike Bisio/Wally Shoup/Gust Burns/Bob Rees

Tonight marks the last appearance of bassist Michael Bisio in the Wally Shoup/Gust Burns/Mike Bisio/Bob Rees Quartet; Bisio is spending next year in upstate New York. The quartet is known for being conceptual and visceral, and this show has the potential to be electrically charged—the way last things often are. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15

Upcoming Shows

July 20 Marc Cohn + Suzanne Vega, Woodland Park Zoo

July 20 Waterson:Carthy, Tractor Tavern

July 21 Dierks Bentley, Showbox

July 22 Poco + Pure Prairie League, Marymoor Park

July 22–23 Sufjan Stevens, Triple Door

July 23 KUBE Summer Jam: New Edition, Ciara, Nas, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Gorge Amphitheatre

July 23 Nicolai Dunger, Tractor Tavern

July 23 Ann Wilson, South Lake Union Park

July 24 Alkaline Trio, Showbox

July 25 Hieroglyphics- Del Tha Funky Homosapien and more, Showbox

July 25 Ruins, Chop Suey

July 26 The Go! Team, Neumo's

July 26 Stanley Jordan, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

July 27–28 Jane Bunnett & the Spirits of Havana, Triple Door

July 27 Bruce Hornsby, Woodland Park Zoo

July 27 Tears for Fears, Chateau Ste. Michelle

July 27–30 Creation Fest, Gorge Amphitheatre

July 28 Jesse Cook, Marymoor Park

July 30 Motley Crue + Sum 41, White River Amphitheatre

July 30 Tim Kasher, Chop Suey

July 30 Mark Knopfler, Chateau Ste. Michelle

July 30 Femi Kuti, Showbox

July 30 Capitol Hill Block Party

July 31 Capitol Hill Block Party

July 31 Carbon Leaf, Woodland Park Zoo

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