Dec. 7-13, 2005

Wednesday, December 7

The All-American Rejects + Rooney + the Academy Is . . .

Emo, like gang colors, doesn't die, it multiplies. The AAR do it pretty well, though; the openers, not so much. Showbox, 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20

Benji B + Steve Spacek

Another stellar Red Bull Academy showcase, this one pairs future soul vocalist Steve Spacek (performing live) with BBC DJ Benji B, who got his start producing Gilles Peterson's Worldwide at just 16. His Deviations program links soulful tunes of all styles—the latest featured Chick Corea, D'Angelo, and Carl Craig—with verve. Mikki and Oscar Eduaro Mora also spin. War Room, 9 p.m. $7

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

Zebraclub hosts this Christmas Party featuring the oft-visiting Ted Leo, his Pharmacists, and a fashion show—not necessarily in that order. Get in the photo booth with Santa or knock back some egg nog with DJs Red Leather Chapstick, Shortnin', Martymar, and Space. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $12

Tim Seely

Seely may be the best local songwriter you've never heard of. A major-label casualty from his days with the Actual Tigers, his solo debut, Funeral Music features self-proclaimed "sophisticated space-folk for hard-luck lovers." With a dreamy voice and melodies to match, we say that's right on. Will Johnson of Centro-Matic and Hart Kingsbery also play. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

Thursday, December 8

Deck the Hall Ball: Death Cab for Cutie + Harvey Danger + Aqueduct + the Saturday Knights

This benefit for the VERA Project has been sold out for weeks, so if you got your ticket, congratulations—it's for a great cause. Showbox, 7 p.m. $35

Charlie Hunter Trio

The sharp jazz-rock-etc. group is a big local favorite, and this lushly appointed room is the perfect setting for them. Triple Door, 9:30 p.m. $20 adv./$22 Also Fri., Dec. 9

Johanna Kunin

A soft-voiced singer/songwriter with plenty of sweetly sad things to say, Kunin is a fairly new Seattleite (since '99) who came for Cornish and hasn't left yet. Her off-kilter, jazz-influenced pop style has plenty of promise; we hope she's here to stay. The Can't See open the show. Lo_Fi Performance Gallery, 9 p.m. $5

John Lennon Jam

Participants in this 25th-anniversary-of-the-honoree's-death soiree include the Beatniks, Hit Explosion, Alan White, Michael Maker, Richard and Jared of the Radio Nationals, Travis Bracht of Second Coming, Kelli Hanson, Rob Morgan, and Ron Nine. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $15

Silent Night, Holy Shit! Sonic Boom party

The Coconut Coolouts might sing "Who cares about the starving people that you see in the street each day/I wanna dance to the radio," but the banana-costumed band's participation in this debauched holiday party, along with the Cops, Whalebones, NEO, and DJs Cleaning Lady, Life the Wolf, and Prairie Dawn, shows they really do care. Aww. . . . Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $2 with canned good/$5

The Smile Brigade

They aren't the band who played on Brian Wilson's album from last year, but the Smile Brigade veer in that direction nevertheless—more straightforward and rocking, but still kissed by the wayward psychedelia of Smile and its ilk. The Melody Unit and the Elephants open. High Dive, 9 p.m. $5

Velella Velella

Their Bay of Biscay is one of the best local electronica releases of the year. You'll have another chance to see the space-age soul brothers (and sister) this month, but the vibe of the S.S. Marie is sure to get a funktastic party started. The supporting lineup of Nate Ashley, the Gift Machine, and Karl Blau ain't half bad, either. S.S. Marie Antoinette, 1235 Westlake Ave. N., 7 p.m. $5

Rocky Votolato

The ex-Waxwing's new Suicide Medicine continues the sharp path he's been taking in his solo work over the past few years. Here's hoping some of the bigger-show spillover benefits him. Showbox Green Room, 6 p.m.

Friday, December 9

DJ Fresh + Reid Speed

This party, called "Boom! Shake the Room!," should do just that with DJ Fresh, whose associate in Bad Company, Maldini, tore it up at the War Room recently with similarly hard-hitting drum and bass pressure. Reid Speed is one of the U.S. scene's best female DJs/producers. With Aaron Simpson, Zacharia, Aksion, and Frankie Dubs. Premier, 10 p.m. $15 before 11 p.m./$20

No Neck Blues Band

Arguably the group that augured all this weird folk semi-improv action that's been going around lately, NNBB are one of those bands that you either don't know exist or travel from show to show just to catch the buzz again and again. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15

Laptop Battle Championships

A bunch of dudes staring at their computers all night = probably the tamest "battle" you'll ever witness. Still, Seattle's premier collective of chin-scratching beat-tweakers, Fourthcity, round up a ton of talent: M.O., Dangger Dave, RRine, Let's Go Outside, DJ Knucklez, Starkey, Humdinger, and Square Root of Evil among them. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Saturday, December 10


What a claim to fame: Blowfly's raunchy, rewritten funk tunes predate 2 Live Crew's, Kool Keith's, and Weird Al's. His debut, Weird World of Blowfly, was released in 1971 and contained 14 reworked popular soul and pop songs. This is his second recent Seattle show. Expect a crowd and crazy costumes. With Hot Rollers and Fe Fi Fo Fums. Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $10

Fifth Element Beatbox Battle: Macklemore + Altered State of Consciousness + the Rebelz + RA Scion

A good local hip-hop lineup, though we wish Macklemore's political naïveté didn't mar his CD, The Language of My World (NWX), so much. (The Bush song is as dumb as it claims the president to be—and we're no fans of the president.) RA Scion, meantime, has a great album out with DJ Sabzi of Blue Scholars titled Common Market. VERA Project, 7:30 p.m. $5 with club card/$6

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings + Choklate

As anyone who's seen her rock the stage knows, pint-sized, 48-year-old Brooklynite Sharon Jones is one of the fiercest frontwomen around, and she's got a killer band to match. Choklate is younger and more modern (the Dap Kings' entire MO is to ape '60s-'70s cusp James Brown), but is beginning to make her own waves. A dynamite pairing. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12

Los Straitjackets

Who better to record an album of Christmas tunes than this instrumental surf group who perform in Mexican wrestling masks? That's just what we get with the new Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets (Yep Roc), and at this show. The World Famous Pontani Sisters ft. Kaiser George and Lushy open. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $15

Twee, Pop Fest: Lillydale + Tullycraft + Parks and Recreation + Speaker Speaker + Central Services + Dutch Elms + Dept. of Energy + Boat

SEE FEATURE (Speaker Speaker), P. 40. Paradox, 7 p.m. $8

Kanye West + Fantasia + Keyshia Cole

SEE FEATURE (Kanye West), P. 37. Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, 425-322-2600, 7:30 p.m. $33–$43

Sunday, December 11

My Chemical Romance + (International) Noise Conspiracy + Circa Survive

MCR's eerily addictive songs and goth-punk superpowers are reason enough to attend, though Noise Conspiracy will sadly never inspire the dancing or activism singer Dennis Lyxzén's short-lived Refused did. Equal Vision Records keeps pumping out the emo hits, as Philly's Circa Survive demonstrate. Premier, 6 p.m. $19.99

Schoolyard Heroes

Heroes vocalist Ryann Donnelly is Seattle's punk princess, backed by a trio of gorgeous geeks, and their bombastic show is not to be missed. Especially tonight—the performance is being filmed for a music video. Nightmare of You, the Cops, and Burning Armada also rock the flaming heart. El Corazon, 6 p.m. $8

Monday, December 12

Christmas with CeCe Winans

The gospel veteran with a huge voice is a perfect choice for those of you who want to celebrate the holidays with some real spirit. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4800, 7:30 p.m. $16–$55 Also Tues., Dec. 13

MF Doom + Moka Only + Count Bass D and John Robinson + One.Be.Lo + Macklemore

SEE ARTS PICKS, P. 35. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 Also Tues., Dec. 13 (with Oldominion replacing Macklemore)

Tuesday, December 13

Tre Hardson

The former Pharcyde member still raps, albeit in a lot less high-profile a fashion than before. He'll be backed up by Minneapolis' mini-Roots live hip-hop band, Heiruspecs. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 206-632-2020, 9 p.m. Free

Calvin Johnson + Tender Forever

Never mind that Johnson is getting on in years. He still takes young women from all over the twee-osphere—in this case, Tender Forever (Melanie Valera)'s southern France—under his wing, helping them record at his Dub Narcotic studio. Valera's debut, The Soft and the Hardcore, is hyped as being "gently aching" and "raw and juicy"—sorry guys, but it's all getting a little creepy. S.S. Marie Antoinette, 1235 Westlake Ave. N., 8 p.m. $5


Dec 16–17 The Wrens + Pretty Girls Make Graves, Neumo's

Dec 16 Dokken, Fenix Underground

Dec 30 Camper Van Beethoven + Cracker, Crocodile Cafe

Dec 31 Maktub, Showbox

Jan 5 Vendetta Red, Neumo's

Jan 7 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Emerald Queen Casino

Jan 7 Disturbed, Paramount

Jan 18 Colin Meloy, Showbox

Jan 19 INXS, Paramount

Jan 21 Toby Keith, Tacoma Dome

Jan 25 Coldplay + Fiona Apple, KeyArena

Jan 29 Chris Botti, Moore Theatre

Feb 22 Il Divo, Benaroya Hall

Feb 25 Supergrass, Showbox

March 6 Bon Jovi, KeyArena

March 25 Ministry, Showbox

April 10 Queen + Paul Rodgers, KeyArena

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