Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2005

Wednesday, October 26

Deerhoof + Lavender Diamond + We Are Wolves

With The Runners Four, Deerhoof have finger-painted their masterpiece. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

Earshot Jazz Films

In addition to the panels and concerts Earshot Jazz Festival is putting on, they're also having a scrumptious-looking film festival. Tonight we get a compendium of "Jazz Jukebox Films from the 1940s" and the U.S. premiere of My Name Is Albert Ayler. Other films include This Is Gary McFarland (a work in progress); "Animation + Syncopation: Swinging Cartoons for the Whole Family"; Jazz on the West Coast: The Lighthouse, and "Jazz Women on Screen," a program that will be screened exclusively here. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, various times and prices

Foo Fighters + Weezer

Weezer's latest, Make Believe, is unbelievably awful—but don't let us Blue Album–worshipping geezers keep you from this show, where they'll likely play all the hits and then some. Ditto for the reliably awesome Foo Fighters, whose In Your Honor is great. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 206-684-7202, 7:30 p.m. $28.50–$38.50

Guitar Shorty

An ex-Seattleite with ties everywhere from L.A. to New Orleans, this veteran bluesman tours in support of last year's stellar Watch Your Back (Alligator). Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Organist DeFrancesco leads his grooveful rhythm section, Jake Langley (guitar) and Byron Landham (drums), on the B3. Triple Door, 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Robert Glasper

Pianist Glapser's trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid have just issued the masterful Canvas (Blue Note), which augurs good things for this appearance. Tula's, 8:30 p.m. $13 Earshot members/$15

Thursday, October 27

The Decemberists + Cass McCombs

SEE ARTS PICKS, P. 61. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15. All ages Also Fri., Oct. 28 (ID only)

Heavy Trash + the Sadies + Vinyl Avengers

SEE ONE PIECE AT A TIME (Heavy Trash), P. 69. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

Onry Ozzborn + Murs + DJ Abilities

Local fave Ozzborn celebrates the release of his new CD, In Between (Camobear) with some help from L.A.'s terrific MC Murs and Minneapolis' great DJ Abilities. Geologic opens. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Ralph Alessi Quintet

The strong, versatile New York trumpeter leads a band featuring saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bassist Drew Gress, pianist Andy Milne, and drummer Mark Ferber. Tula's, 8:30 p.m. $13 Earshot members/$15

Sunn O))) + Boris + Earth

You want heavy? Here it is times three—only Sunn O))) (the latter isn't pronounced—it's more for visual effect) and Boris could possibly headline a bill like this over locals Earth. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $10

Wallace Roney Quintet

Trumpeter Roney has played with greats ranging from Art Blakey to Miles Davis; here he leads keyboardist Robert Irving, bassist Clarence Seay, and drummer Eric Allen. Triple Door, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Friday, October 28

Darek Mazzone + Nortec Collective

Mazzone's a long-standing local fave, Nortec's a long-standing Mexican fave. Together they should provide a damn good time. Trinity, 10 p.m. $10

DJ Icey

The Northwest B-boy scene is well-acquainted with '70s funk breaks, but this ambassador from the Deep South has been producing and DJing funky, Florida breaks for years, usually to folks that can't quite rock a backspin. Element, 10 p.m. $15

Halloween Chiller Theatre: The Withholders

The poppy guitar-drums duo (half of whom writes for us) presents a holiday-themed show in a terrific space. EMP's JBL Theatre, 7 p.m. $4 EMP members/$6

Wesafari + Crystal Skulls + Velella Velella

This bill is a triple treat for local indie fans, with post-rock (Wesafari), '60s-inspired pop (Crystal Skulls), and groove-laden instrumental jams (Velella Velella) represented by bands who know what they're doing. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $7 with club card/$8

Saturday, October 29

Dirtnap Halloween Party: the Charming Snakes + the Cripples + the Old Haunts

The Charming Snakes are planning a cover of Prodigy's "Firestarter." Danceable? With their spin, we're betting so. Comet Tavern, 9 p.m.


USC (United State of Consciousness) Events cobbled together their annual Freaknight party in a pinch this year, but they scared up a monster bill: the Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Aphrodite, Gabriel and Dresden, Icey, Dom and Roland, GrayArea, Uberzone (live), Hive, Liquid Todd, Influenza, MCMC, Zacharia, Eva, Flave, the Dowlz, Dean Lowden and Aaron Simpson. Damn! Qwest Field East Hall, 1000 Occidental Ave., 381-7555, 9 p.m. $30–$40

Hell's Belles

In this corner, the lovely all-girl tribute Hell's Belles, so wrongfully overlooked by Spin this year in favor of San Francisco's AC/DShe, shaking you all afternoon long with Glimpse and the Mechanical Dolls. El Corazon, 4:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Maiden Seattle + Problem Child + Misfats + Vital Idol

And in this corner, tributes to Iron Maiden, AC/DC (all male, of the Bon Scott era), the Misfits, and Billy Idol. Come as your favorite rocker, duh. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $8 with costume/$10

Mostly Ghostly Baroque

Costumes are encouraged at this performance of Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata and Vivaldi's Nightmare Concerto, featuring Linda Melsted on baroque violin, with Sand Dalton, Claire Garabedian, and Jillon Stoppels Depree. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-726-6088, 8 p.m. $10–$25

The Spits + Head

Old-school without being dull or overly reductive, the Spits and Head both play raw punk that's so dumb it's smart. With Glenn or Glennda and Rain City Shwillers. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

Video Games Live

No, that's not as in "They're alive, and they're going to eat you!"—it's as in "we're performing the music from them on instruments in front of you." Just in case you needed the distinction made. Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m. $20–$55

Wally Shoup/Nels Cline

A great local saxophonist meets up with a great out-of-town guitarist and gets free—at a seemingly apposite venue, no less. Tower Records, 701 Fifth Ave. N., 206-283-4456, 2 p.m. Free

Sunday, October 30

Broadcast + Gravenhurst

On Tender Buttons, their fourth and latest album for Warp, Broadcast find themselves whittled down to two members, the ghostly-voiced Trish Keenan and James Cargill, though their hazy, nostalgic-for-the-future electronic pop is better than any they made as a larger unit. Gravenhurst support Fires in Distant Buildings, out this week on the same label. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

Funhouse Halloween: New Rose + Dead Vampires + Equis

The weekend of Eternal Tributes continues on the Funhouse's second anniversary with New Rose's Damned renditions, Equis' take on X, and Dead Vampires—"the life and death of the party"—who might actually play some original tunes. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $5

Mon Frere + the Catch + Holy Ghost Revival + Siberian + Cat Bees

SEE TALK TALK (Mon Frere), P. 69. El Corazon, 6 p.m. $8

Olu Dara Quartet

Trumpeter, guitarist, and vocalist (and father of rapper Nas), Dara has played as many styles as anyone at Earshot this year, and he leads a superb group featuring guitarist Kwatei Jones-Quartey, bassist Alonzo Gardner, percussionist Coster Massamba, and drummer Larry Johnson. Triple Door, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Rolling Stones

You remember them. Once upon a time they were the greatest rock band on earth. Allegedly, they still can be when they feel like it—though it's difficult to tell in an arena. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 206-628-0888, 7:30 p.m. $60–$350

Monday, October 31


Metric's new album, Live It Out, is pure indie rock satisfaction, and lead singer Emily Haines' stage presence radiates on her crowds like a hail of glitter. With Death of a Party and Lovely Feathers. Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. $11

Paris Combo Halloween Show

A nice breather from the heavier end of the Earshot lineup, though Paris Combo aren't precisely lightweights—just a little poppier and overtly humorous. There will be best-costume prizes at the shows; we suggest going dressed like a French person. Triple Door, 7. and 9:30 p.m. $23 Earshot members/$25

Scary Monsters: David Bowie cover night

Once more, with feeling: the Pale Pacific, Voyager One, Mercir, Pleasurecraft, Izabelle, seven other local groups, and DJ Mamma Casserole cap off this week of charades by honoring the Thin White Duke. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $5

Tuesday, November 1

The Bad Plus + Mocean Worker

SEE CD REVIEW (Bad Plus), P. 71. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $21.50


The ex-Pharcyde member has a new solo album, the charmingly titled Theloneliest Punk, out next month. Rainbow, 9 p.m. $6

Jeff "Tain" Watts Quartet

One of the premier jazz drummers of recent times, Watts is also a fine leader. Here he plays with equal heavyweights like saxophonist Marcus Strickland, pianist David Budway, and bassist Eric Revis. Triple Door, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $18 Earshot members/$20

Ravi Coltrane + Garfield High Jazz Band + Roosevelt High Jazz Band

Fresh off his sideman stint with Ralph Alessi (see Thursday), Coltrane leads a quartet as well as poets A.B. Spellman and Paul Harding, with two of the city's premier high-school jazz bands in support. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4800, 7 p.m. $16 Earshot members and students/$18


Nov 3 Paul McCartney, KeyArena

Nov 4 Bright Eyes + Sons and Daughters + Willie Mason, Moore Theatre

Nov 4 My Morning Jacket + Saul Williams, Showbox

Nov 5 Rachel's + Tristeza, Neumo's

Nov 6 Clay Aiken, McCaw Hall

Nov 7 The Magic Numbers, Crocodile

Nov 7 The Moody Blues, Paramount

Nov 7 They Might Be Giants, Moore

Nov 7 Atmosphere + Blueprint, Showbox

Nov 8 Def Leppard + Bryan Adams, Everett Events Center

Nov 8 Brendan Benson + Silversun Pickups, Crocodile Cafe

Nov 8 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Benaroya Hall

Nov 8 Blues Traveler + Carbon Leaf, Showbox

Nov 8 Staind + Taproot, Paramount

Nov 9 Jethro Tull, McCaw Hall

Nov 9 Amos Lee, Showbox

Nov 9 Rob Thomas + Anna Nalick, Paramount

Nov 9 Styrofoam + Alias, Chop Suey

Nov 10 Diamond Nights + the Vacation, Crocodile Cafe

Nov 10 The Roots, Premier

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