Nov. 9-15, 2005

Wednesday, November 9

Bruce Cockburn

A political activist and singer-songwriter who's won numerous Juno awards in his native Canada, Cockburn's guitar takes center stage on his latest release, the aptly named Speechless (Rounder). Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4800, 7:30 p.m. $35

Dressy Bessy + Once for Kicks

Even though Dressy Bessy's label, the twee powerhouse (ponder that contradiction a while) Kindercore, went out of business a couple years back, they're still making nerds happy with their guitar pop. This is a CD release show for Once for Kicks. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18

Styrofoam + Alias

Last year, Styrofoam's Nothing's Lost—a senti-minimal production with Ben Gibbard, Lali Puna's Valerie Trebeljahr, and American Analog Set's Matthew Kenny—established Morr Music as the weepy indie kid's electronic label. They'll induce tears live tonight with Anticon. collaborator Alias, whose darkish atmospheric beats add necessary oomph. Voyager One opens. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Rob Thomas

From Matchbox 20 to matchbox twenty, Rob Thomas has done it all. Now he goes solo to do it again. Oh joy. Anna Nalick opens. Paramount Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $32.50–$42.50

Thursday, November 10

Diamond Nights + the Vacation

Everything old is new again, which explains the bitchin' Camaro sound of Diamond Nights and the cocksure swagger of the Vacation, whose frontman Spin calls "an absolute psychopath" who smashes glasses, pours drinks down his pants, and forces the audience to dance with him. Can the Croc contain these arena-sized sounds? Crocodile Cafe, 10 p.m. $8 Also at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279, 6 p.m. Free

Playing Enemy + Girth

Two of the loudest and best bands in the city get together and celebrate their own heaviosity. Bring earplugs; then use them. Back Stabbers Inc. and the Kept open. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

The Roots

One of the best live hip-hop acts ever, the Roots prepare their massive for the upcoming Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding the Roots (Geffen), two discs of remixes and rare tracks from their 12-year career. Premier, 8 p.m. $30

Friday, November 11

Treva Blomquist + Grrls with Guitars + Amy Roberts + Amy Rigby + Reb Fountain + Adriana

SEE TALK TALK (Amy Rigby), P. 44. Part of Rockrgrl Music Conference. Caffe Vita, 1005 E. Pike St., 206-709-4440, 8 p.m.


Having just finished with local goth-pop faves Kuma, Bre Loughlin goes solo; should be interesting to see how she harnesses her intense stage presence out of a band context. Neycha, Half the World, Stiffed, and Viva K also play. Part of Rockrgrl Music Conference. El Corazon, 8:30 p.m.


As good a pop group as anything Seattle's got happening—and always getting better. With the Glo, Falconhawk, and Mystery Hangup. Part of Rockrgrl Music Conference. LGBT Community Center, 1115 E. Pike St., 206-323-5428, 8 p.m.

Echoset + Ms. Led + the Girls

Three mighty all-girl rock groups—from Austin, Seattle, and Tel Aviv, respectively—convene for a raucous time as part of the Rockrgrl conference. Capitol Hill Arts Center, 1621 12th Ave., 568-0753, 10 p.m.

The Free Verse

Politically conscious—and musically powerful—punk/hardcore outfit the Free Verse unite with Black Horse, Switchblade Kittens, Push Box, and the Juliet Dagger for one of the Rockrgrl conference's most truly rocking bills. The VERA Project, 7 p.m. $8 (free with Rockrgrl wristband)

Diane French

There are tons of out-of-towners playing unconventional venues this weekend, but French's bewitching low voice and sophisticated guitar structures are something special. With Shelley Miller, Sara Celina, Dana Parish, and Janet Robin. Green Papaya, 600 E. Pine St., 206-323-1923, 9 p.m.

Doc Martin

If you attended three West Coast raves in the late '90s, you saw Doc Martin at least once. Adjusted for time and fashion, he still sounds much the same: a house head who knows how to give you funky good time. LSDJ also spins. Trinity, 10 p.m. $10

MC Chris

The next best thing to Comicon: famed for his Aqua Teen Hunger Force character MC Pee Pants, the comic-voiced rapper/writer/animator, and his drum and bass. DJ John Fewell headlines this "Revenge of the Nerd" tour, with SNMNMNM and the Ergs. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $12 Patti Smith + Lenny Kaye

After giving the keynote speech at this year's Rockrgrl conference, songwriting legend Smith and her longtime guitarist, Lenny Kaye, perform in honor of the 30th anniversary of their masterpiece, Horses. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $25

Saturday, November 12

Anthony B

The Jamaican hero's new Black Star (Greensleeves) mixes modern dancehall with nyabinghi drumming and ska rhythms to nice effect. Studio Seven, 10 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Leroy Bell and His Only Friends

The heavily feted local singer-songwriter with a soul-music past continues to pack them in. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20

Dead Science + Bonus + Burns/Carlson/Nomura + Tom Swafford

Celebrate the anniversary of Gallery 1412 with this show featuring a handful of the venue's (we think we can call them this) all-stars. LSDJ also spins. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15

Ben Lee

He has one great song, "My Apartment," about his apartment. The rest is good intentions and craft. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12.50

Iron Composer: Billy Joe vs. Lori Campion

The newest installment of this ridonkulous local institution features artists from the Dusty 45s and the Hot Rollers going head to head. Sexy American Girlfriend opens. Crocodile Café, 10 p.m. $10


Lagwagon were the best band in the world to drive to on snowboard trips when you were 15. They've still got it. Bullets to Broadway and Poorsport open. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $15

Liz Phair

Her new one's worse than her last one, where the crassness was at least attention-getting, and she's never been a great live performer, but she's still written some great songs, so it's understandable if you're intrigued anyway. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $20

Punks Protect Kids Benefit

San Francisco punks Bar Feeders organize this benefit for PPK, which raises money nationwide for child protection services and community education on child abuse. The quality lineup includes BlöödHag, Bristle, Snitches Get Stitches, and Audio Infidels. Funhouse, 9 p.m. $6

Bonnie Raitt

The blues-rock veteran's sturdy chops as both singer and guitarist (and, less so, as songwriter) haven't especially diminished with the years. She supports her new Souls Alike. Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $35–$59.50

Henry Rollins

It's been almost 20 years since Henry Rollins was living in Greg Ginn's parents' shack, penning the diary that became Get in the Van. The cynical frontman has since developed enough wit to make one forget that he was in Johnny Mnemonic. Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $22.50

Starflyer 59

A '90s Christian-indie crossover success story, S59's brooding guitars and shoegaze whispers are back with Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice (Tooth and Nail), and a rare Seattle performance. The Western States and the Stares open. Paradox, 8 p.m. $9

Sunday, November 13


Dmonstrations are the kind of band that pack eight songs into 13 spazztastic minutes, whose fury and eccentricity dwarf lyrics you'll never understand. Those fond of controlled chaos can dive in with Lesbian, Federation X, and headliners DMBO from Japan. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7


The new Dreddy Kruger Presents . . . Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture (Babygrande) is one of those albums that looks sketchy and sounds sketchier. The headliner is on it, which shows just how far he's fallen. Swollen Members, I Self Devine, and DJ Scene open. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $16

Jason Mraz

Mraz's innocuous alt-pop becomes a bit rowdier on sophomore release Mr. A–Z (Atlantic)—maybe because his fame has admittedly taken him further from the coffeeshop and closer to the bar. With James Blunt and Tristan Prettyman. Paramount, 8 p.m. $27.50–$32.50

Prince Diabate

The Guinean kora player fuses traditional West African music with modern funk and hip-hop; seeing him do it live should be a treat. Triple Door, 7 p.m. $15 adv./$17.50

Monday, November 14

Chicks on Speed

The Munich trio brings their feminist, experimental electronica to the States—thankfully not with electro-clash puppeteer Larry Tee's help this time. Kevin Blechdom and Planningtorock also play. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $12

The Dandy Warhols

The way critics dump on the Warhols' new Odditorium or Warlords of Mars (Capitol), you'd think they'd stolen their spouses. Nope—just the usual lazy-drawled vocals and slacker rock groove. It's nothing great, but the people hoodwinked into thinking they were the lesser band in Dig! need a reality check. The Out Crowd opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$23

Biz Markie

The diabolical rapper with the congested flow and the goofball demeanor is one mean crate digger, as this DJ set should demonstrate. War Room, 9 p.m. $8

Tuesday, November 15

Battle of the Bands: Abodox vs. Sean + Girth vs. Master Musicians of Bukkake

All of Seattle's best grindcore/metalcore/avantcore/mathcore/corecore musicians come to do battle. Re-Bar, 9 p.m. $5

The Clientele

Anglophiles won't want to miss the Clientele bring the shimmering, lovely psych-pop of Strange Geometry (Merge) to life, with able label-mates Radar Brothers and Annie Hayden. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Juliette and the Licks

Lewis has traded her role as film star for mike-swinging, stage-crawling rock hedonist, à la Karen O. We hear it's a general success . . . if you can actually pay attention to the music and not that fact that it's her. Neumo's, 7:30 p.m. $12.50 adv./$15 Also at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279, 6 p.m. Free

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