Weekly Notable Shows

Highlights—and otherwise—of the week's calendar.

Wednesday, April 5

Common Market + Smoosh

The Vera Project is in limbo while its new home at Seattle Center's Snoqualmie Room gets renovated, but here's one night you can check out the space, and catch two Vera-tested, Vera-approved acts while you're at it. Snoqualmie Room at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 6 p.m. NC.

FCS North + Time Promises Power

This Mass Mvmnt label showcase should update you on what's been simmering beneath the surface in Seattle's experimental electronic scene, and we can say it's a hell of a lot. FCS's Say Go is out now and TPP's Tomorrow Grieves Today is coming soon, along with work from most of the supporting artists on this bill, which include Scientific American, DJ Collage, DJ F.I.T.S., Plastiq Phantom, and Mr. Piccolo. War Room, 9 p.m. $7

Nils Lofgren

Veteran songwriter and guitarist may be most well known for his time playing on Neil Young's After the Gold Rush and Crazy Horse, but his upcoming Sacred Weapon shows how Lofgren's developed on his own. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $35 adv./$45 Also Fri., April 7, at 8 p.m. and at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., Thurs., April 6, at 6:30 p.m. NC

Thursday, April 6

Clem Snide (Eef Barzelay) + Tim Seely + J. Tillman

Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $10

Friday, April 7

Curtis Mayfield's Superfly

If you've ever wanted to hear the soundtrack to said film brought to glorious life, now's your chance— performed by members of Maktub, Skerik's Syncopated Taint Septet, and more, it's bound to be interesting. Dig? Nectar, 9 p.m. $6

Diplo + Julius Papp

Hollertronix producer/DJ Diplo (AKA M.I.A.'s B.F.), who's described as "hip-hop, cut-up, breaks, mash-up"—let's just say "party rocker"—and damn fine Om DJ Julius Papp headline Trinity's one-year anniversary party, along with residents Guy, VSOP, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail, and LSDJ. Trinity, 10 p.m. $15


Aussie trio Infusion have earned accolades for both last year's Six Feet Above Yesterday (Thrive) and the live interpretations of their sexy big beat sound. Since Element's DJ booth is so small, we figure they left their guitars at home, though. With DJ Chloe, Carl Thompson. Element, 10 p.m. $15 before 11 p.m./$20


Also from Down Under are the electronic stylings of songwriter Sia, whose "Breathe Me"—and all its remixes—is overrated, though her Astralwerks debut Colour the Small One yields other, more tenderly beautiful moments. Talented L.A. ladies Eagle and Talon open. Crocodile Cafe, 8:30 p.m. $12 adv./$14

The Valley + the Hot Rollers + the Emergency + Sugar Farm

Each of these local bands has been getting some attention in recent months, and it's not without warrant. There's something for everyone in Ballard tonight. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

John Vanderslice + Crystal Skulls (CD release) + Kelley Stoltz

Neumo's, 9 p.m. $10

Saturday, April 8

Emerald City Soul Club

"No DJ used to let no DJ look at they beats!" Try to sneak a peek into the crates of these obsessive collectors, including DJs Mike Umholtz, Mike Nipper, the Soulcial, Kevin Jones, and Gene Balk. Lo Fi, 9 p.m. $7

Fall Out Boy

If you're a fan of these Spin cover boys and their pop-punkiness, then you've already got tickets in hand. If not . . . well, see below. With Hawthorne Heights, All-American Rejects, and From First to Last. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D. St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663.

Mountain Con

Pick up the new Sancho Panza (Hidden Peak) at one of two shows backing it up tonight: early with the Feelings Hijackers and No Fi Soul Rebellion, and later with the Feelings Hijackers and Common Market. Chop Suey, 5 p.m. all ages; 9:30 p.m. 21+ $10

Vendetta Red + the Divorce + Kane Hodder + Sameer Shukla

It's the final show ever for Seattle-bred Vendetta Red, which is good or bad depending on your view of their often-polarizing hard rock. The Divorce, Kane Hodder, and Sameer Shukla are a few of who's next and notable. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $10 All ages

Monday, April 10

John Doe + Colin Spring

Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m. $10

Tuesday, April 11


In case you're wondering where to get your death-metal fix this weekend, it's right here. Vital Remains, Crematorium, Black Goat, and Severus also tell tales of a scorched earth. Studio Seven, 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18


Innocuous—and refreshingly unpretentious—English indie rock that occasionally borders on brilliance. They've upstaged other bands on former tours (particularly at this venue). If they'll work it, now's the time to shine. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15

Gravy Train!!!

Claiming to be like Le Tigre minus the "pesky political activism and feminist hectoring," Oakland's Gravy Train!!! fight against sobriety instead of sexism. In other words, get ready for an even more brainless dance party. V.I.P., Old Time Relijun, and the Suspicions join the spectacle. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $8 All ages

Subtle + Fog + Jel

Jel's fellow Anticon. associate Alias once sampled: "It's just stupid nerd rap." That's not necessarily true, but these guys may be "only popular on the Internet." Loosen yourself from the Web and find out what's happening in the real world they'll be taking on live. Neumo's, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 All ages

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