Notable Shows

Highlights-and otherwise-of this week's music calendar.

Wednesday, October 25


First rule of Bananas!? Absolutely no use of laptops or i-Pods. Second rule of Bananas!? Each set must be composed of at least 80 percent vinyl records. In this digitally dominated age where lightweight, pocket-sized devices often replace cumbersome crates of carefully selected material, that is bananas! Brought to you by Kerri Harrop, aka DJ Cherry Canoe, and Dann Gallucci, this new, old-school weekly night is the perfect shelter from (the many) stormy autumn Wednesday evenings to come. From reggae, soul, and funk to dancehall, dub, and hip-hop, the warmth that emanates from the speakers as needle caresses vinyl is undeniable. Sit back, relax and let smooth sounds such as Stevie Wonder's "I Don't Know Why" (a Cherry favorite) soothe your soul. AJA PECKNOLD

Cut Chemist + Lyrics Born + Pigeon John

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 All ages

Thursday, October 26

Regina Spektor

"Anti-folk" may not be the most bandied-about musical term in the Northwest (freak-folk is more like it), but in New York City, it has been a movement for 20 years. Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is one of the more notable voices to emerge from that scene to the major-label stage in the last few years, with her 2004 Sire debut, Soviet Kitsch, and this year's Begin to Hope. Unconventional songwriting that feels more like punk is an anti-folk trademark, and the Russian-born Spektor plays with language and lyrical delivery in delightful ways. At her last, sold-out Seattle show, her extended vowels and twisting enunciations got a rise from the crowd as much as her vibrant piano playing. She's eccentric but not pretentious; her storytelling feels immediate and genuine. Plus, it's funny. Nothing like hearing a roomful of neurotic Seattleites laugh at the suggestion that depression can be solved by drinking less coffee and kissing someone nice. RACHEL SHIMP Moore Theatre, 8 p.m. $17. Also Fri., Oct. 27, at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 6 p.m. Free

Friday, October 27

Freaknight: The Crystal Method + DJ Icey + Donald Glaude + Judge Jules + Aphrodite + Tech Itch

Raving's got a bad rap right now—a lot of people think nothing could be scarier than spending an evening with 3,000 sweaty strangers in a warehouse, or in this case, Fremont Studios. But the initiated know what a freaky good time a rave can be, and no occasion is better than Halloween to embrace your inner party monster. Local production folks United State of Consciousness know this well, and for their 10th annual Hallow's Eve bash they've enlisted a pretty impressive lineup of local and international talent. The Crystal Method haven't updated their promo photo in 10 years, but apparently they've still got it—big and funky beats come courtesy them, Icy, Baby Anne, and Dig-Dug, where Judge Jules (of BBC Radio 1 fame) and Irene will be dropping your hard house and Scissor Sisters trance remixes. Jungle renegades Aphrodite, Tech Itch, and Dylan are solid bookings, and everyone who's anyone in the local scene—plus Donald Glaude!—represents. So freak out—just don't accept candy from strangers. RACHEL SHIMP Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., 888-221-7491, 9 p.m. $40–$50. 18+

Jinxed!: Circus Contraption Band + March Fourth Marching Band + Orkestar Zirkonium

Seattle's beloved ragtag vaudevillians the Circus Contraption have just wrapped up a stint in N.Y.C., and are back for a spooky good time at Jinxed!, their annual Halloween soiree. Tonight, the self-described "gypsy carnival junk orchestra" will get to play all the songs deemed too rock and roll, and too risqué (is there such a thing?) for their usual show. They're joined by the March Fourth Marching Band, a Portland-based ensemble boasting 35 (!) musicians in addition to the requisite stilt-walkers and dancing babes, and locals Orkestar Zirkonium, a Balkan-style brass band. If that ain't enough, the Nanda acrobats, comedian/magician Scotty Walsh, and the ohmigod spectacle of the zombie dance (a large-scale re-enactment of M.J.'s "Thriller") will also feature. We're dead serious: miss it at your peril. RACHEL SHIMP Showbox, 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18

The Prids

DJ Mamma Casserole has been doing her best to keep a sense of community flowing between Northwest bands. Her bookings at the Comet Tavern have been some of the strongest this city has seen, not just because she caters to up-and-coming locals, but also to Olympia, Bellingham, Vancouver, and Portland bands. Tonight, she's bringing back the Prids, a Rose City fave that sold out the fabled tavern when they rolled through town last summer. While an overall sense of black-haired gloom pervades the Prids' angular post-punk, it's not enough to weigh the music down in its own mire. Rather, they come off as ominous and not simply looking for any reason to be sad. Their full-length, Until the World Is Beautiful, is out now, so swing by the show, say hi, and pick up a copy for yourself. BRIAN J. BARR Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

Silversun Pickups + Viva Voce + the Kingdom

Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $12

Aaron Mannino + Goodbye Victoria + Tiny Vipers

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

Saturday, October 28

Akufen + Lusine + Kristina Childs

Neumo's, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15

Iceage Cobra

These three Spokane transplants have certainly been staking their claim in Seattle's garage scene, playing packed shows all over town (at venues as far-flung as Nectar, Bop Street Records, the High Dive, and EMP's Liquid Lounge) since they landed in town late last year. Their riffs are thick with auto grease and canned beer, their throats rubbed raw with cigarette ash. If you've never seen them live, be prepared, because they will kick you in the chest with their primal, driving backbeats and guitar whippings. Oh, and if you fear other people's sweat, head for the back of the room; the Cobra ain't afraid to thrash their long hair around in mock hurricane fashion. Their new record, Brilliant Ideas From Amazing People, is out now on In Music We Trust. BRIAN J. BARR Blue Moon, 10 p.m. Free

Monday, October 30

Andrew Hill Quintet

Andrew Hill's series of '60s Blue Note releases found him digging his own niche in the era's jazz avant-garde. The pianist/composer's off-kilter experimentation kept company with his recognition of straight-ahead values and discs like Andrew!!! even earned him a latter-day fan in Stephen Malkmus. This year's album, Time Lines, saw him return to the label for a third time. The record's power and command promise that this rare Seattle appearance will be an Earshot highlight. Hill's moment is now. RICKEY WRIGHT Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20

Amy Sedaris + Love Is All

Neumo's, 6 p.m. $5 adv./$7

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