Weekly Notable Shows

Wednesday, July 5

Connie Evingson with Pearl Django

The Seattle quartet has long been on the forefront of gypsy jazz, infusing the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing. Here they appear with Peggy Lee–style vocalist Connie Evingson, likely singing tunes from her popular 2005 album, Gypsy in My Soul. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. $21.50-$23.50 Also Thursday, July 6-Sunday, July 9

Raz Rez + Mon Frere + Euphoriette + Magneto

Raz Rez, who fashion themselves after vintage glam and metal (think T. Rex meets Scorpions), headline this showcase of exuberant rockers for tonight's taping of the TV program The Indie Show. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $6

Thursday, July 6

The Flying Other Brothers (with G.E. Smith) + Anna Coogan

No matter what, G.E. Smith will always be remembered as the rubber-faced SNL bandleader, the guy who made the craziest guitar hero grimaces this side of Stevie Ray Vaughn. But on top of that hefty resume-builder, the gold-fingered guitarist has backed up Hall and Oates, Mick Jagger, and Tina Turner, and is now working with the Flying Other Brothers. Wet City Rockers open. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $10


African super group Kekele's latest effort, Kinavana, can be considered their Havana moment. A blend of Congolese music and classic Cubano, it sounds akin to a session wth the Buena Vista expats. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25

LL Cool J

Ladies Love Cool James, it's true, but after 20 years in the game, so does most everybody else. Pay no mind to his excursions into film (Last Holiday, anyone?) and watch the Grammy-winning performer captivate the crowd tonight. The new Todd Smith—his 12th album for Def Jam—keeps it fairly real with rap-crossed R&B and old-school funk. With Luke & Q. Showbox, 8 p.m. $35

Mother Hips + Derby + Backyard Tire Fire

While San Francisco psych-poppers the Mother Hips have been in the studio recording their sixth full-length, they've offered up Red Tandy, a darling little EP of '60s-inflected pop songs. Hear plenty from that EP, as well as a few numbers from their upcoming full-length. Portland's fuzz-pop darlings Derby will bounce all over the stage as openers, along with Backyard Tire Fire. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12

Social Distortion

The once-hard-livin' Mike Ness and his L.A.-based band may be best known for their punkabilly cover of Cash's "Ring of Fire," but they should be equally recognized for their energy, endurance, and creativity in blending strategic swaths of blues, punk, and rock. Moore Theatre, 7 p.m. $25-$27 Also Friday, July 7

Friday, July 7

Tom Brosseau + Norfolk & Western + Shelly Short

North Dakota–bred songwriter and KEXP favorite Brosseau performs in support of his latest, Empty Houses Are Lonely, a comp of old and new released on esoteric label Fat Cat. Often compared to Nick Drake and Woody Guthrie, Brosseau's melancholy moods will perfectly match Portland's dreamy Americana-influenced Norfolk & Western. Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m. $10

Thee Emergency

June was packed for the local garage rockers, who released the full-length Can You Dig It? and played numerous parties in celebration. If you missed the band—led by sassy frontwoman Dita Vox—then, don't sleep on this free gig. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 6 p.m. NC

Lyle Lovett

For years, Lovett's appearance at One Reel's Summer Nights concert series was as regular as cloud cover in Seattle on the Fourth of July. With the future of that series now in doubt, the quirky country singer hauls his act to the Chateau, where his wit and whimsy should go over well with wine-lubed crowds. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300, www.ste-michelle.com, 7 p.m. $45.25-$79.75 Also Saturday, July 8

Saturday, July 8

Catch 22 + Voodoo Glow Skulls + Big D and the Kids Table + Suburban Legends + Westbound Train

What spells summer like S-K-A? Yeah, we thought so. . . . El Corazon, 7 p.m. $12 adv./$14 All ages


The sultry R&B songstress has been keeping her latest creations under wraps for quite some time, so this CD release party should please her current fans while winning many new ones. Ms. Karter and DJs DV One and Vitamin D also play. Chop Suey, 9 p.m. $8

Free for All: You Say Party! We Say Die! + Velella Velella + Argo + Woji + the Tina Turners

Legendary all-ages-friendly organization the Vera Project is hosting a free (I said free) show with headlining Canadian punksters You Say Party! We Say Die! and a slew of local indie talent including Velella Velella, Argo, and Woji. We definitely say party! Get in touch with your all-ages side and enjoy the $1 raffle. Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 4 p.m. NC All ages

Tim Seely + Downpilot + the Crying Shame

A few years back, local songwriter and master carpenter Paul Hiraga put out a starkly beautiful pop record, Leaving Not Arriving, produced by master knobby Tucker Martine. Rife with Lennon-esque piano and sandpapery vocals, the record attracted the attention of both the national and international press (Rolling Stone Germany!). Downpilot return now with Like You Believe It, a decidedly moodier, but no less stunning, follow-up. Headliner Tim Seely has seen abundant success locally these days, with his Funeral Music on the Sonic Boom Top 25 list for months. Tractor Tavern, 9:30 p.m. $8

Tullycraft + Racetrack + Parenthetical Girls

Former Stranger writer Zac Pennington is always up to something interesting, like burying himself alive or writing music. Now based in Portland, his Girls release their Safe As Houses (somebody's been listening to Depeche Mode . . . ) while peas-in-a-pod popsters Racetrack and Tullycraft never let us down, again. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

Sunday, July 9

Channel + the Epochs + Carisa

The Epochs uprooted themselves from a vibrant N.Y.C. music scene last year (where they played a residency in the same club that reared Brazilian Girls and Kudu) to work on new material in Seattle. Also DJ'ing Monday nights at Chapel, they've been refining their songwriting and productions into dreamy pop with experimental flair. Hear the fruits of their labor tonight when they play between Channel and Carisa. High Dive, 7 p.m. $5

Electric Eel Shock + Golden Gods + Sunday Night Blackout + Sons of Megalon

Born from a shared childhood obsession with Black Sabbath, Electric Eel Shock has since taken guitarist-vocalist Akihito Morimoto and bassist Kazuto Maekawa around the world multiple times. From their first release, Maybe I Think, We Can Beat Nirvana, to 2005's Attie Bauw (of Scorpions fame)–produced Beat Me, their punky take on classic rock always gets weirder and more intriguing. Sunset Tavern, 4 p.m. $5

Magik Markers + Lambsbread + Warmer Milks

Kentucky's Warmer Milks have the capacity to bliss out on half-hour-long psychedelic song cycles as well as throw down some truly sludgy wreckage akin to Three Legged Race and the Hair Police. In short, they are completely off the hook. They'll open tonight for Lambsbread and Magik Markers. Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5-$15 All ages

Monday, July 10

The Appleseed Cast + Criteria + Russian Circles + the Lonely Forest

Since 1997, once-emo quartet the Appleseed Cast have explored new territory with each release, and Peregrine is their most complex yet. Post-rock trio Russian Circles are coming up on the instrumental metal wave, with fiercely, beautifully brooding compositions. If you missed their too-early opening slot during Suicide Squeeze's anniversary party, here's another chance. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $10

Dashboard Confessional

Some will never forget the first time they heard "Screaming Infidelities," how much it spoke to the soul. Others will never forget the first time they saw a pubescent TRL audience crying along to it, and knew they had become old. Frontman Carrabba's getting older, too, and Dashboard's new Dusk and Summer reflects a slightly-less-emo mellowing out. Paramount, 7 p.m. $25-$28.50

Ray Davies

Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $32-$43.50

Tuesday, July 11

Foo Fighters

The band's most recent album, last summer's In Your Honor, was almost universally praised as "Not Perfect, but Damn Good." After so many years in the business of rocking out, that's really a pretty high compliment for the seemingly tireless Dave Grohl & Co. Paramount, 8 p.m. $50

Mason Jennings + Teddy Thompson

Mason Jennings is a sincere, heartfelt singer-songwriter from Minnesota whose latest effort, Boneclouds, marks his first big jump to the majors. But it was done with a little help from his pal Isaac Brock, whose Epic records subsidiary, Glacial Pace, helped spur the release. Fellow troubadour Teddy Thompson also performs. Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 All ages

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