This Week's Recommended Shows

From Reignwolf to Glen Campbell.


Pollens/Wednesday, November 21

This six-member collective is making pop music like no one else in Seattle right now. Founders Hanna Benn and Jeff Aaron Bryant met each other, and the band's eventual four other members, as students at Cornish College of the Arts, where they all performed in the school's traditional Indonesian metal-percussion ensemble, Gamelan Pacifica. Their worldly influences are incorporated into Pollens' polyrhythmic pop, which combines droning, buzzing-bee-like vocals (all six members sing) and dexterous lines ("Like birds make nests without their hands/How might we understand?/Like edges form unplanned/Like form mutates without demand") with instrumental elements of African trance, Krautrock, and folk. It all comes together with a magical, hypnotic effect on Pollens' beautifully poetic debut album, last month's Brighten & Break. Tonight they open for songwriter Bryan John Appleby and his folksy backing band. With Shenandoah Davis. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m.  $10 adv./$12 DOS. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Silas Black/Friday, November 23

This bill is stacked with creative voices from across the scene. Headliner Silas Black is half of the longtime local rap duo Silent Lambs Project (with Jace ECAj), and also a member of the rap/soul trio (with Jace and vocalist Felicia Loud) Black Stax. Black has a rich well of baritone verses to pull from, all heavy on quality, so his live show is a good bet regardless of specifics. Middleman Specs One is a local legend—the strong, quiet type whose audio wisdom has touched many a beatsmith/MC over the years. OCnotes is opening this one, but stick that guy in any slot on any bill and it's a good idea. You could play this lineup backward, sideways, or upside down, and it'd probably pop all the same. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272. 9 p.m. $6. TODD HAMM

Reignwolf/Saturday, November 24

If blues rock is having a moment in Seattle, it's in no small part thanks to Saskatchewan native Jordan Cook—stage name Reignwolf—who moved here last December and instantly caused a stir with his wildly impressive guitar chops. Reignwolf's gift is his combination of the fierce, young spirit of rock and roll and the soulful, old spirit of the blues. Cook loves the city (earlier this year he told SW's Todd Hamm, "It's definitely where a musician wants to be . . . even the weather here being up and down, it makes you feel moods like crazy, and makes you want to play music") and the city loves him. His Phil Ek–produced EP is hotly anticipated—a recent video clip shows him in the studio bending his guitar strings to create a sound like a giant zipper being undone—and he's currently on a much-ballyhooed nationwide tour. He'll be ably supported tonight by raucous garage duo The Grizzled Mighty. With the Young Evils. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 9 p.m. $16. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

World Party/Sunday, November 25

Launched in the mid-'80s by its lone constant, Karl Wallinger, World Party was nearly over when Wallinger suffered an aneurysm in 2001 that left him unable to talk or walk. This isn't the sort of ailment that musicians typically bounce back from. It's not an annoying callus or laryngitis; Wallinger literally lost the ability to form words, a cruel fate for a brilliant and rangy British troubadour who'd never quite gotten his due. Only Wallinger pulled one over on fate, emerging from five years of rehab not only able to speak, but to sing, play, and tour the world. World Party's songs have always been ambitious, insightful, and exceedingly joyful. Wallinger's comeback only accentuates such virtues. With Martin Harley. Triple Door, 215 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. $35–$40. All ages. MIKE SEELY

Glen Campbell/Tuesday, November 27

"There'll be a load of compromisin'/On the road to my horizon," pop-country artist Glen Campbell sang in his 1975 hit "Rhinestone Cowboy," and few other words so acutely describe the peaks and pitfalls of the life of this seventh child of an Arkansas sharecropper. Divorce, affairs, and addiction may have been the compromises, but overall Campbell's career—which began in the '60s as a session player for the likes of Elvis and Sinatra—is a musical legacy rich with Grammys, Top 10 hits, and album sales upward of 50 million. Recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the artist collaborated with everyone from Billy Corgan and Brian Setzer to Jakob Dylan and Dick Dale on his latest release, Ghost on the Canvas, and his current string of dates—The "Goodbye Tour"—is slated to be his last. With Victoria Ghost. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 682-1414. 7:30 p.m. $21.25–$61.25. All ages. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Screens/Tuesday, November 27

Screens are a trippy West Seattle four-to-five-piece with a very relaxed demeanor and aqueous songwriting that drifts with their mood. They play up the spaciness (there's a high likelihood you'll see a [fake!] astronaut's helmet on somebody with an instrument) and are quirky in their approach, but their songs have a distinct pop flavor that feels good on the palate regardless of your adventurousness. There are notes of dream-pop, light dub, and electro-lounge in their keyboard-heavy blend, held together by Afrocop member Carlos Tulloss' dexterous bass licks and Allison Tulloss' calm vocal stylings. With Starry-Eyed Samurai, The Last Great Fire. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 8 p.m. Free. TODD HAMM

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