The Short List: The Week's Recommended Shows

The Alfredo Rodríguez Trio / Wednesday, September 1

While this 24-year-old Cuban pianist was "discovered" and championed by none other than Quincy Jones, he obviously caught Q's serious jazz ear because there's nothing crossover about him. Rodríguez and his trio break up even 4/4 time into an elusive, polyrhythmic groove that swings hard even as it avoids every cliché of popular Latin-jazz. Rodríguez channels Monk, montuno, baroque classical, soundtrack lyricism, and the power chords of the Palmieris into a sound that's gripping, original, and unpretentious. It's been about 25 years since the last piano player (Gonzalo Rubalcaba) was whisked out of Castro's Cuba to jazz superstardom, but I like this guy even better. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729. 7:30 p.m. $21.50. MARK D. FEFER

Hootenanny for a Healthy Gulf / Thursday, September 2

About six months ago, a few weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, STG honcho Debra Heesch and Ashley O'Connor (the wife of Pearl Jam's Mike McCready) stepped up to organize the Hootenanny for Haiti at the Showbox at the Market. Featuring McCready, myself, Star Anna, Mark Pickerel, and others, the Hoot was quickly organized and sold out even faster. It can be a big headache to corral a bunch of artists into the same cause and venue for a single performance. I think it says something about this city's arts community that all these musicians actually dropped everything, not only for an important cause but for the chance to play with each other. Deb and Ashley are back in action for Thursday's Hootenanny for a Healthy Gulf at the Moore. Artists this time around? McCready, Pete Droge, Shawn Smith, the original Fastbacks, Rachel Flotard, and many others, including myself. With Star Anna, Mark Pickerel, Kim Virant, Justin Davis, Tim DiJulio, Chris & Rick Friel, Rebeqa Rivers, Jeff Rouse, Ty Bailie, Kristen Ward, Gary Westlake, Rusty Willoughby. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., 877-784-4849. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. DUFF MCKAGAN

Cyndi Lauper / Thursday, September 2

Like pizza, unexpected tax refunds, and sunny days in winter, it's impossible not to like Cyndi Lauper. In the '80s she came off like Madonna's wacky, kinda dorky, completely adorable cousin; she symbolized "girl power" long before the Spice Girls thought of it, and sang her heart out on "Time After Time" and "True Colors"—two of the best songs recorded during the Reagan era. In the '90s and '00s she branched out into critically acclaimed soul, roots, and adult-contemporary sounds, and became a hero in the LGBT community for her tireless activism. Refusing to be categorized as some sort of '80s throwback, Lauper's most recent album, Memphis Blues, is a legit blues platter full of sweat and passion. See—girls wanna have fun, but they also wanna go down to the crossroads! With Charlie Musselwhite. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500. 5 p.m. $32. All ages. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Dave Matthews Band / Friday, September 3–Sunday, September 5

It's very chic for connoisseurs of "cool" music to trash the Dave Matthews Band. Yes, they crank out jammy songs that tend to be indistinguishable from one another, they're so prolific they come off as annoyingly ubiquitous, and they attract inebriated throngs of former Greek-system undergrads to their shows. But you should be thanking their asses: DMB's three-show run at the Gorge every Labor Day weekend means those people won't be showing up for Dylan or Neko at Memorial Stadium or stumbling around one of Bumbershoot's smaller stages. And you should also lighten up and consider both their roots (they slaved away on the bar-band circuit for years before attaining megastardom) and where Dave's put down his (Wallingford). Plus, best of luck assailing the bang (three-hour concerts are de rigueur) they give their fans for the buck. With Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Alberta Cross. Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., Quincy, 6 p.m. $62–$85.20. All ages. MIKE SEELY

Dave Mustaine / Friday, September 3

Perhaps the only thing harder than defending Courtney Love is being a Dave Mustaine apologist. After being famously ejected from the original Metallica lineup, the curmudgeonly guitarist and vocalist went on to make some truly progressive, intelligent records with his own influential speed metal/thrash outfit, Megadeth. However, much like Love, Mustaine is often his own worst enemy, starting and resolving feuds with his peers faster than a Gossip Girl story arc, and generally facilitating the notion that calling him a diva isn't much of a stretch. The caveats for this signing event for his new autobiography, Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir, don't help much: "Dave will sign books only. He will not sign memorabilia. Dave will not be personalizing books. No posed photos." Sheesh, Dave, why bother? Skip the clown convention and save your time and money for the live show at WaMu Theater later tonight. [See Rocket Queen]. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400. 12:30 p.m. Free. All ages. HANNAH LEVIN

Ear Candy's Official Bumbershoot Kickoff Party / Friday, September 3

What better way to kick off Bumbershoot weekend than with a solid lineup drawn from all corners of the local soundscape? This Macklemore-hosted and festival-condoned kickoff event opens with the harmonic indie rock of five-piece outfit Curtains For You, followed by the bold swagger and smooth flow of unstoppably creative MC Sol and the psychedelic cross-genre pop of Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. At the top of the bill is the soulful bluesy rock of Thee Emergency, led by spirited frontwoman Dita Vox. Bumbershoot is all about the best Seattle has to offer, and that's exactly what this kickoff celebrates. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 9 p.m. $10. NICK FELDMAN

Bumblefuck / Saturday, September 4

Bumbershoot tends to Hoover up most of the quality local bands you might want to see in the weeks surrounding Labor Day, but hey: The economy still bites, and not all of us have the cash to drop on one of Bumbershoot's graduated tickets. Fortunately, this bill of garage-rock bands (Partman Parthorse), psychedelic doom (Labyrinth And the Desert), ambient alt-psych (The Curious Mystery), straight metal (Throne of Bone), and a whole bunch of local bands in other rock subgenres would be thrilled to play their crusty little hearts out for you for a fraction of the cost of Bumbershoot—and without all those pesky small children harshing your mellow. Or, if you're attending Bumbershoot but would like to escape those children for a hot minute, the Belltown Underground Events Center is but a modest walk from Seattle Center. I promise you it'll be better than Weezer. With Naomi Punk, A Gun That Shoots Knives, Brad Dunn, KLED, Spurm, Resets, Stephanie, Valu-Pak, Contraband Countryband, Country Lips, Dudamana, DJ Leopold Bloom. Belltown Underground Events Center, 2407 First Ave., 957-8076. 3 p.m. $5 suggested donation. SARA BRICKNER

The Official Bumbershoot After-Party With Surfer Blood / Sunday, September 5

Sunday's going to be a busy day at Bumbershoot—Courtney! Weezer!—but if you've got any extra energy left after all that rock, the Hard Rock's hosting a late-night after-party featuring one of the year's most buzzed-about indie bands. Surfer Blood will also play Bumbershoot on Monday, but they're worth seeing twice—the Florida fivesome's debut, this year's Astro Coast, plays like a glorious, anthemic attempt to prove once and for all the un-toppable power of loud, smashing, crunching electric guitars. None of the band members is older than 24, which makes their impressively deft handle on their instruments even more astonishing. Also, they have a song about "Twin Peaks," and we can take that as a local shout-out. With Dead Confederate, Futurebirds. Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St., 204-2233. 11 p.m. $10 adv./$15 DOS. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Pavement / Sunday, September 5

I was one of about six people who were more excited about seeing Pavement than anyone else playing Sasquatch! 2010. Alas, it proved to be a total shit show. While the band eventually made it through all the songs, the set was punctuated by a possibly intoxicated Malkmus berating his band for not doing a better job. But if you love Pavement, you need to see them standing in solidarity with other people who love Pavement, not some underage Kid Cudi worshippers. Which is why it's worth giving the band another chance as a headliner in a nice venue. That the show is taking place on Bumbershoot weekend just strengthens the argument to attend, because anyone who'll skip out on Bumbershoot's solid 40th-anniversary lineup to catch Pavement is a true fan. Hopefully the band will recognize this by actually fucking practicing beforehand so they can give the real fans the show they deserve. With Quasi. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877-STG-4TIX. 8 p.m. $32. All ages. SARA BRICKNER

Coliseum / Monday, September 6

We live in a time of grand excesses, where AutoTune and terrible studio tricks once reserved for prefab pop stars are now making their way into punk-rock records. In times like these, bands like Coliseum truly shine. The Kentucky-based trio are masters of that special strain of rock and roll that comes from a dimed-out amp, careening wholeheartedly into that heads-down, no-bullshit territory you just can't fake. Coliseum borrows heavily from a nice swath of influences; combining the hazy, fuzzed-out riffage of Southern-fried stoner rock, the vicious pounding pulse of early-'80s punk, and the melodic yet hoarse-throated screaming of '90s hardcore, the band creates a brutal bouillabaisse of their very own. Managing to be gigantic, dangerous, and yet somehow anthemic enough to scream along to, Coliseum is every bit as grand and massive as its name suggests. With Burning Love, Heiress. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $10. GREGORY FRANKLIN

Mark Kozelek / Tuesday, September 7

The latest Sun Kil Moon record, the lovely and gently rhythmic Admiral Fell Promises, is actually just Mark Kozelek singing with his nylon string guitar. But the distinctions between Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters, and Kozelek's solo recordings are inconsequential, since the starring feature of all three projects has always been Kozelek's famously melancholy, soul-searing vocals and his tranquil and eloquent presence as a performer. On past records, Kozelek's used his home state of Ohio, the songs of Modest Mouse, and his deceased ex-girlfriend as inspirations for his richly evocative tunes; Admiral is his exploration of classical guitar as well as a personal travelogue of sorts, with songs referencing California's Half Moon Bay and the intersection of Third and Seneca here in Seattle. With Tiny Vipers. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. 8 p.m. $18. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Man Man / Wednesday, September 8  See the music lead.

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