Sept. 21-27, 2005

Wednesday, September 21

The Arcade Fire

The ornate old theater is a fitting backdrop for the Arcade Fire's cabaret rock, which attracts more fans each time they pass through town. Paramount, 8 p.m. $22.50

Carla Bley and the Lost Chords

One of the great composers and pianists in modern jazz, Bley's always got something up her sleeve, and with this unit (longtime bassist—and husband—Steve Swallow, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, drummer Billy Drummond), anything can and hopefully will happen. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $22.50

LTJ Bukem + MC Conrad

He hasn't released anything in a while, but LTJ keeps busy with his Good Looking label, its roster of jazzy, ambient drum and bass artists, and touring the world with his sidekick, the fluid and able Conrad. With the Dowlz and Quentin J. Soular. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12


The German-born, locally based industrial giants celebrate the release of their newest CD, Hau Ruck (Metropolis), and kick off their new tour. Premier, 8 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25

ZZ Top

Beards to the floor, guitars to 10, hits to here, Texas' greatest boogie band stops by the fair for a spell to bring the goods. Puyallup Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup, 206-628-0888, 7 p.m. $41.50–$46.50

Thursday, September 22

The Robert Cray Band

Not just a local performance by one of the hardiest blues dudes kicking it out, the Thursday night show is also the venue's second anniversary. Have a toast. Triple Door, 8 p.m. $50 Also Fri., Sept. 23

Wolf Parade + Vells + Dante Decaro

SEE CD REVIEW (WOLF PARADE), P. 50. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

Ashlee Simpson

We'd pay money to see the sound guy's instructions for this one. Showbox, 7 p.m. $39.50

No Depression 10-Year Anniversary

Tonight, it's Peter Case and Christy McWilson; Friday, Raul Malo of the Mavericks headlines; and Saturday, the bill is Richmond Fontaine, Chuckanut Drive, and Mike Coykendall. The best of them all comes Sunday, with the Waco Brothers Bloodshed Revue, featuring Jon Langford, Sally Timms, and Dollar Store. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $48.50

Decibel DJ Lounge

SEE FEATURE, P. 43, AND SEVEN NIGHTS, P. 56, FOR FULL DECIBEL LISTINGS INFORMATION. Barca maintains your Decibel pre-func throughout the weekend with associated DJs from Seattle and Portland, including Camea, Derek Fischer, Jacob London, Jeromy Nail, Jizosh, Misha, Noah Pred, Ramiro, the Perfect Cyn, and Tim Xavier. Barca, through Sun., Sept. 25.

Shake the Shack Rockabilly Ball

This ladies showcase features Lil' Bit and the Customatics, Nicky Kay and His Fabulous Kay Tones, Meary Lanahan, Lauren Marie, the Donettes, the Triple R Rhythm Ranch, and lots of tight black dresses, pompadours, and red pouts. Tractor Tavern, 8:30 p.m. $12

Spaz 360

On cable's syndicated Dance 360, wanna-be fly girls and guys battle each other and brave ridiculous dance moves in an improv atmosphere. Re-bar's first spin on it, hosted by Mr. Grant and Queen Lucky, promises nothing short of hilarity. Re-bar, 10 p.m. $3

Friday, September 23

Nine Inch Nails + Queens of the Stone Age + Autolux

SEE CD REVIEW (NINE INCH NAILS), P. 50. KeyArena, 7:30 p.m. $35–$45

The Intelligence + Tyrades

Their first on In the Red, Icky Baby is also the first Intelligence record to feature, on a few songs at least, a full band executing—and here, both definitions of that word apply—full-on controlled chaos. From Chicago, the Tyrades play extreme sport, grrl-fronted hardcore outré punk. The Swimmers open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Raul Malo

SEE THURSDAY. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $17 adv./$20

Portastatic + Two Gallants + Holy Ghost Revival + the Rosebuds

SEE CD REVIEW (PORTASTATIC), P. 51. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10


This great band's You Fail Me (Epitaph) was named the second-best album of 2004 by Decibel magazine, which is good enough for anyone. Terror and Cursed Mare open. El Corazon, 6:30 p.m. $12

Saturday, September 24

Brad Paisley + Sugarland

SEE CD REVIEW (BRAD PAISLEY), P. 51. Puyallup Fair, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup, 206-628-0888, 7 p.m. $28.50–$33.50

Ladybug Mecca

Fresh off her onstage reunion with the rest of Digable Planets at Bumbershoot, one of the most lovely-flowing MCs ever brings it solo. Steveni opens. Nectar, 10 p.m. $6

The New Pornographers

If Twin Cinema (Matador) isn't quite up to the Vancouver power-poppers' best, it's still smarter and more fun than 99 percent of everything else in the category. Immaculate Machine opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18

Nuclear Assault

Feel like cleaning out your ears some more after Converge last night? This will do you just fine. Bring your younger sibling along to have their wits scared out—it's fun! The Braindead, Black Goat, Global Genocide, and No One Lives open. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $20

Hamell on Trial

Ed Hamell is an upstate New Yorker with a very funny songwriting pen and equally sardonic performance style, meaning he's a lot of fun live. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $10

Richmond Fontaine + Chuckanut Drive + Mike Coykendall

SEE THURSDAY. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. $10

A Particularly Vicious Rumor + Crooks and Nannies

This trio of street musicians from New Orleans (Kid Twist and Miss O from Rumor, Walt Ever as the crook and nanny) have enjoyed the gypsy-musician lifestyle for a while, but now find themselves on a perpetual tour. If the Katrina benefits keep passing you up, here's another chance to show the Big Easy some love. Nine Pound Hammer, 10 p.m. Also Sat., Sept. 25 at Fado, 10 p.m.

Erase Errata + the Lights + Sick Bees

We might switcheroo the lineup to allow the two book-ended girl groups to slur, shake, and stampede concurrently, but nonetheless, this might be the show of the week. As the Lights are more oxygenated and raw live than they are on record, three sets of convulsive, propulsive post-punk equals rapture. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Sunday, September 25

Rickie Lee Jones

Do you think she still plays "Chuck E's in Love?" Maybe not, but she'll probably play "Ugly Man," from her Evening of My Best Day (V2), in which she promises that "we'll take it back" (the country) from that truly unattractive beast (George W). Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $48.50 adv./$50

The Waco Brothers Bloodshed Revue

SEE THURSDAY. Sunset Tavern, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $48.50 adv./$50 Also at Sonic Boom Ballard, 2209 N.W. Market St., 206-297-2666, at 6 p.m. Free

Monday, September 26

Less Than Jake

The wackos behind Crazy Frog aren't the only ones who enjoy coaxing insanity from tolerable, mildly fun songs—take ska-punk heroes Less than Jake, whose new B is for B-Sides (songs that didn't make the cut on 2003's Anthem) is available as a techno remix album special to this tour. Whoomp, there it is! El Corazon, 8 p.m. $17

Green Day + Jimmy Eat World

No, they didn't prevent Bush from getting elected, but hey—they tried. Too bad the album they did it with is kind of a bore. Ditto the openers, minus the overt (or not) political oomph. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 206-268-0888, 7:30 p.m. $39.50–$45

Local H + the Giraffes

Just to prove he could still do it, Scott Lucas (he who is Local H, basically) made a triumphantly rockin' version of Britney's "Toxic" and put it on the band's Web site last year. Hope for an album that follows in the same vein. The Giraffes are sort of mediocre, as we found out when their label sent 578 copies of their album to the Weekly offices. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

Pedro the Lion

One of the city's finest low-key pop-rock groups haven't made an album for a while, but the Web site says they'll have some new tunes to preview. Yay! Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $8. All ages

Tuesday, September 27

Acid Mothers Temple

Definitely weird and psychedelic and expansive, but this Japanese conglomerate is also a bit draggy, at least on the couple albums we've heard. (No, we haven't heard all 84—next time, OK?) The Occasion and Sean open. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10 E


Sept 28 Sigur Ròs + Amina, Paramount

Sept 29 Carl Cox + Evil Nine, Showbox

Sept 29 Four Tet, Neumo's

Oct 1 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Neumo's

Oct 1 Jon Scofield, Tractor Tavern

Oct 1 T. Raumschmiere, Chop Suey

Oct 1 M83 + the National + Athlete + Math and 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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