Sept. 7-13, 2005

Wednesday, September 7


One of the best low-key L.A. MCs, Acey's recent output hasn't matched his terrific first three solo albums (1995's All Balls Don't Bounce, 1998's The Book of Human Language, and 2001's Accepted Eclectic), but he's always great live. Emanon, Bukue One, and John Robinson open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League

From the End of Your Leash, BBJYCSL's 2004 album, has its share of smart-aleckiness, and also its share of tunes, a nice combination that bodes well for the show. Tom Heinl and Jason Ringenberg open. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $12 Also at Easy Street Records Queen Anne, 20 Mercer St., 206-691-3279, at 6 p.m. Free

Pat Metheny Trio and Quartet

Celebrating, among other things, the spiff new reissue of his great 1986 album with Ornette Coleman, Song X (Nonesuch), Metheny is accompanied by an astounding lineup: bassist Christian McBride, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and saxophonist David Sanchez. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sold out

Thursday, September 8

The Divorce

The slightly glamorous, satisfyingly big sound of local rockers the Divorce evolves on The Gifted Program, their new album for Made in Mexico. Hear tracks from it at your pick of locations this week, before they hit the road with the Catch. Sonic Boom Ballard, 2209 N.W. Market St., 297-2666, 7 p.m.Also Friday, Sept. 9 at Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8and Saturday, Sept. 10 at Seattle Laserdome, 200 Second Ave. N., 443-2850, 8:30 p.m. $11

Tori Amos

There ain't no faithful like the Tori Amos faithful, 'cause the Tori Amos faithful don't stop . . . until she releases a stinker like this spring's The Beekeeper (Epic). Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 206-628-0888, 6:30 p.m. $39.50/$79.50

Friday, September 9

Destiny's Child + Mario + Amerie

The headliners are saying farewell, the middle guy is hoping to say stick around for a while, and the opener is hopefully just getting started, having made one of the two best pop singles of the year (see Tuesday) and all. KeyArena, 7 p.m. $30.50–$70.50

The High Dials

A Montreal pop band whose psychedelic bent doesn't take a space-cake to appreciate, the High Dials have jangled through these parts a couple times already this year. If you caught them at the Comet before, watch them upstage the god-awful Brian Jonestown Massacre across the street tonight. Inoffensive songsmith Richard Swift also performs. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12

The Lashes

Someday that Columbia debut's gonna come out, and when it does what a day that'll be. (That day, by the way, will be Tuesday, Oct. 11.) In the meantime, the Lashes keep on doing it for the kids, this time around with some help from openers the Lonely H, the Emergency, and Tennis Pro. El Corazon, 5 p.m. $8. All ages

Oasis + Jet + Kasabian

None of whom is anywhere close to being bigger than Jesus. Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, 425-322-2600, 7 p.m. $33–$43

Saturday, September 10

Gender Bending Bandits Showcase

This benefit for Bend-It, an organization of and for queer youth, features art workshops, drag makeovers, and musical interludes from Double Trouble, Carla and the Scientist, the Von Foxies, and Fetish. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $7–$10

John in the Morning at Night: Bobby Bare Jr. + 50 Foot Wave + Tom Brosseau + the Pale Pacific + Ian Knapp

A whole lotta people's favorite indie-rock radio morning DJ brings five similar-but-not-really acts together for a pretty nice bill. Our picks are 50 Foot Wave, the raw new band of ex–Throwing Muses leader Kristin Hersh, and local faves the Pale Pacific. Crocodile Cafe, 5 p.m. $20

Keith Urban

A country star who looks like a rock and roll Adonis, Urban's Web page bio states, "Where does a guy go after making an album that's been on the charts for more than 100 weeks (2002's Golden Road)? If you're Keith Urban, you go deep." Let's just say a few of his fans would be happy to hear it. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., George, 206-628-0888

Megadeth + Fear Factory

Dave Mustaine may be a big ol' geek, but he's never been less than godlike to his constituents, and they've got a point. Fear Factory have constituents of their own, and the combination should buoy both. Gigantour opens. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn, 206-628-0888, 3:30 p.m. $21.25–$35


Monolake are pioneers of the spacious, cymbal-free "heroin house" sound that seeped into most of the German (and European) techno worth bothering with in the past decade; they get respect for that alone, though their early tracks like "Cyan" are minimal-techno classics. Nordic Soul and Paul Edwards open. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10


Vocalist Azam Ali (Vas), multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian (Axiom of Choice) and producer Carmen Rizzo perform Persian and Indian folk music as channeled through electronic beats and mystical Sufi poetry. The result is adventurous, accessible, and dazzling. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, 8 p.m. $20–$32

Sunday, September 11

The Pale Pacific

The Pale's name may have changed but their gentle, melancholy indie pop continues to incite swooning on the just-released Urgency. We've seen love notes scrawled to these guys in certain public bathrooms, it's true. Sonic Boom Ballard, 2209 N.W. Market St., 297-2666.

Monday, September 12

The Bravery + Maximo Park

Rip-offs are the soul of rock music, and so are trends. So mock the Bravery all you want for their brazenness, but that's going to just make them more brazen—especially when it comes time to jump to another "in" style. The Brits in Maximo Park do a less power-charged variation on the '80s indie their tourmates like so much. Crosstide opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18

Living Colour

This prog-friendly hard rock band made a couple of great albums in their heyday, and if their more recent stuff isn't up to it, they're still pretty powerful live. 1234 and Top Heavy Crush open. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Tuesday, September 13

Kelly Clarkson

Back for the second time in four months, Clarkson is riding the wave of the best pop hit of the year—"Since U Been Gone" is inescapable, and even if you could escape it, why would you want to? An evening with her, however, sounds kind of trying. Puyallup Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup, 253-845-1771, 7 p.m. $51.50/$56.50


Kill Rock Stars' newest ingénue spent her adolescence preferring Burt Bacharach over alternative rock, a sophisticated attitude that infuses her sublime acoustic pop with charm. The Pharmacy, Siberian and Levi Fuller open. Paradox, 8 p.m. $7 E


Sept 14 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club + Mark Gardner, Neumo's

Sept 16 The Black Keys, Neumo's

Sept 16 Overkill, Studio 7

Sept 16 Röyksopp + Annie, Showbox

Sept 17 Aqualung + the Perishers, Showbox

Sept 17 Antony and the Johnsons + CocoRosie, Triple Door

Sept 17 Stellastarr*, Chop Suey

Sept 17 Styx + REO Speedwagon, Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept 17–18 Dead Can Dance, Paramount Theatre

Sept 19 Lyrics Born, Neumo's

Sept 19 Jaguares, Moore Theatre

Sept 19 Matisyahu + Mobius Band, Showbox

Sept 20 Xiu Xiu, Neumo's

Sept 20 Nouvelle Vague, Chop Suey

Sept 20 Santana, Everett Events Center

Sept 20 Neil Diamond, KeyArena

Sept 21 The Arcade Fire, Paramount Theatre

Sept 22 Ashlee Simpson, Showbox

Sept 23 Nine Inch Nails + Queens of the Stone Age + Autolux, KeyArena

Sept 24 Akufen, Neumo's

Sept 25 Duncan Sheik, Chop Suey

Sept 25 Robert Plant, Chateau Ste. Michelle

Sept 25 The Queers, El Corazon

Sept 25 Isolée, Neumo's

Sept 26 Green Day + Jimmy Eat World, Tacoma Dome

Sept 27 The Notwist + Themselves, Chop Suey

Sept 27 Acid Mothers Temple, Neumo's

Sept 28 Sigur Ros + Amina, Paramount

Sept 29 Carl Cox + Evil Nine, Showbox

Sept 29 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Talk Demonic, Crocodile Cafe

Sept 29 Four Tet, Neumo's

Oct 1 Jon Scofield, Tractor Tavern

Oct 1 T. Raumschmiere, Chop Suey

Oct 1 M83 + the National + Athlete + Math & Physics Club, Neumo's

Oct 1 Billy Ray Cyrus, Emerald Queen Casino

Oct 1–2 Franz Ferdinand + TV on the Radio + Cut Copy, Paramount

Oct 3 The Fiery Furnaces, Neumo's

Oct 3 Mike Doughty, Showbox

Oct 4 Proclaimers, Tractor Tavern

Oct 4 Black Dice, Chop Suey

Oct 4 Danzig + Chimaira + Himsa + Behemoth, Premier

Oct 4 The Frames + Josh Ritter, Showbox

Oct 5 System of a Down + the Mars Volta + Hella, KeyArena

Oct 8 The Dirty Three, Neumo's

Oct 11 Bob Mould, Neumo's

Oct 13 Against Me! + the Epoxies + the Soviettes, Neumo's

Oct 14 Gillian Welch, Paramount

Oct 15 Brooks and Dunn, White River Amphitheatre

Oct 17 Superpitcher, Chop Suey

Oct 18 Tortoise, Neumo's

Oct 19 Dar Williams + Girlyman, Moore Theatre

Oct 19 Nada Surf, Neumo's

Oct 21–22 Sage Francis, Neumo's

Oct 21 The Posies, Neumo's

Oct 22 Iron and Wine + Calexico, Moore Theatre

Oct 25 The Go! Team, Showbox

Oct 27 Decemberists, Showbox

Oct 30 Rolling Stones, KeyArena

Oct 30 Broadcast, Neumo's

Nov 1 Metric, Crocodile Cafe

Nov 3 Paul McCartney, KeyArena

Nov 4 Bright Eyes + Sons and Daughters, Moore Theatre

Nov 7 Atmosphere + Blueprint, Showbox

Nov 8 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Benaroya Hall

Nov 9 Jethro Tull, McCaw Hall

Nov 12 Broken Social Scene, Showbox

Nov 12 Henry Rollins, Moore Theatre

Nov 12 Bonnie Raitt, Paramount

Nov 14 Chicks on Speed, Chop Suey

Nov 17 Joss Stone, Paramount

Nov 18 Death Cab for Cutie + Stars, Paramount Theatre

Nov 21 Gwen Stefani + M.I.A., KeyArena

Nov 25 Jane Siberry, Triple Door

Nov 26 Donovan, Moore Theatre

Nov 27 Ozomatli, Showbox

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