Weekly Notable Shows

Highlights-and otherwise-from the week's music calendar.

Wednesday, June 7

The Streets + Lady Sovereign

For all you fit guys and gals out there, the Streets are ready to explode on Seattle's streets with their cheeky Brit rap tunes set to unfussy, hard-hitting beats. Think of the screw-it-all attitude of the Dead Kennedys mixed with the random music stylings of MC Lars and you might begin to understand the Streets. Going to the show might make more sense though, 'cause missing it would be bollocks, mate. Lady Sovereign opens. Showbox, 8 p.m. $20

Thursday, June 8

Noise for the Needy: Izabelle + Argo + Cantona + Wallpaper

Each year the Noise for the Needy nonprofit organizes a concert series to raise money for charitable causes, and this year's beneficiary is New Beginnings. The women's shelter has supported women and children affected by abuse with housing, advocacy, and legal support since 1976. The cream of Seattle's musical crop has come out in full effect this weekend, with proceeds from each show (here marked as NFTN) benefiting the cause. Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

NFTN: The Turn-Ons + Hypatia Lake + Lillydale + Arkade + DJ Up Above

The Turn-Ons' brand-new fourth album, Parallels (Childstar), is the first since the departure of bassist Sharon Oshima, which finds their roles—and their dreamy pop sounds—pleasantly redefined. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Spank Rock + Low-Budget + Pase + Four Color Zack

Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $10

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter + Mark Pickerel + Slender Means

Neumo's, 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10

Voyager One + Stars of Track and Field + Morning After Girls

1. Atmospheric, psychedelic rock band takes its name from a space probe. 2. Portland-based fans of the glockenspiel and drum machine take their name from a Belle & Sebastian song. 3. Psych-fuzz Sydney quintet takes their name from . . . we don't know, but it's all quite good to us. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $7

Friday, June 9

The Dead Science

With a strong jazz background and an upright bass to boot, the three-member group produces a haunted, experimental rock sound without being too inaccessible. Plus, they're local and rising. What more do you need? Catch them now. The Ohsees, Snow Foxes, and Katharine Hepburn's Voice also play. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5-$15

Hall and Oates

Channel 101's popular online series Yacht Rock has done the impossible by reviving the smooth sounds of late '70s-early '80s soft rock for a new generation—even Toto and Kenny Loggins are on tour. We're not too sure about those dudes, but Hall & Oates? We can go for that… Paramount Theatre, 8 p.m. $37-$67

Louie Vega + Greenskeepers

The "Miles Davis of dance music," this half of the revered N.Y.C. duo Masters at Work dropped the "Little" from his name a couple of years back, perhaps in homage to his always-big, always-funky Latin and jazz-influenced house. Boding even better for tonight, he's brought along OM Records quartet Greenskeepers for a live band set. LSDJ also spins. Trinity, 10 p.m. $20

Mountain Goats + Barbara Morgenstern

The most recent offering from John Darnielle's Mountain Goats, The Sunset Tree (4AD), was a document of a difficult childhood that came off as shockingly genuine and deeply moving. His pairing with Germany's Morgenstern is interesting: her new album, The Grass is Always Greener (Monika), is playful and melancholy electro-pop. Neumo's, 8 p.m. $14

NFTN: Lady Krishna's Peppermint Lounge + Levitations + Ape City R & B + the Hands

Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

NFTN: Pleasurecraft + Romance + Spook the Horse + Paris Spleen + DJ Jimi C

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

The Walkmen + Mazarin + Sybris

Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 All ages

Saturday, June 10

Fourthcity Laptop Battle

This showdown between Seattle's best and their Portland rivals determines who gets to represent the Northwest against other cities nationwide. And the players are: Phiber Optix, Stretch Compensation, Electrosect, Bird, DJ L.A.M.P., the_Planet, Cycle60, Paul Edwards, SciFiSol, KFO, Red Jeff, Nominal I, Senor Frio, Rrine, and Highdropod. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Liars + Apes + Rabbits

Liars, Apes, Rabbits—are you screwing with us? The Berlin-via-N.Y.C. Liars and their new Drum's Not Dead (Mute) are about as artsy and esoteric as it gets, so come prepared for anything. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12 All ages


Having just slain the brains of audiences at All Tomorrow's Parties UK, Mudhoney are back in their native Northwest, soldiering on with their brand of fuzz rock. They should be held up as punk icons for their big, sludgy blooze explosions. Just because you live in the same city they do doesn't mean you should take them for granted. Crocodile Cafe, 9 p.m. $12 adv./$15

NFTN: Earaches + the Valley + Invention + Ms. Led

Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

NFTN: Mon Frere + Tourist + Exit Stories + Smile Brigade

Funhouse, 9 p.m. $7

NFTN: Ruston Mire + the Purrs + the Elephants + Stuart Valentine + DJ Chrispo

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $8

Sunday, June 11

John Digweed

After organizing two solid albums of against-type and classic dance (Fabric 20 and Choice, respectively) last year, Diggers returns to form with a mix for Renaissance called Transitions, named after his globally syndicated radio show. His taste is broad and his live sets are impeccable. Chloe Harris and DJ Chronus also spin. Showbox, 9 p.m. $17

Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter is blond, doe-eyed and bearded, exactly what you'd expect from a former pro surfer turned singer-songwriter. His second album (and first for Lost Highway), Move By Yourself, is pure soulful pop dusted with rootsy grit. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $18 adv./$21 Also at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 3 p.m. NC

NFTN: Rock N Roll Soldiers + the Blakes + Boss Martians + the Pharmacy

Crocodile Cafe, 6 p.m. $8 adv./$10 All ages

Monday, June 12

The Giraffes

Drawing comparisons to the Who, Motörhead, Black Flag, and Queen, it's obvious the Giraffes have done their rock homework. Word has it their live show is completely unhinged and should provide an exhilarating alternative to whatever post-punk mopers you originally planned to see tonight. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 7 p.m. NC All ages

Tuesday, June 13

Built to Spill

Kicking off their big fat summer tour with three consecutive nights at The Showbox, Built to Spill are poised to claim their rightful throne as indie rock gods with their latest album You In Reverse, their strongest since Keep It Like A Secret. Though they hail from Idaho, it's still nice to claim them for ourselves. Brett Nelson and Helvetia open the show. Showbox, 7 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20 All ages

The Fiery Furnaces + Man Man + Whalebones

If the Fiery Furnaces' ode to their grandmother (Rehearsing My Choir) didn't do it for you, it's 'cause you didn't see them perform the songs live, where they totally rocked. Check out their new Bitter Tea (Fat Possum) tonight with Man Man, who won the Best Stage Show award at SXSW last year for being the wacky freaks they are. Neumo's, 8 p.m.

Primary Element + DJ Skeeth + DJ Teenage Rampage

This event is part of the Viva Vera campaign, which aims to raise money for the transformation of the all-ages club's new home at Seattle Center. Rat City Roller Girls and Fankick! will make appearances between the bands and music. Vain, 2018 First Ave., 441-3441, 7 p.m. NC

Diane Schuur

The three-and-a-half-octave singing, Grammy-winning vocalist appears with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dave Samuels for six consecutive nights of Latin and jazz rhythms. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $24.50-$26.50

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