Late last year, Beck released yet another work into his canon of pop gems and oddities: a book of sheet music called Song Reader. The idea is to have tracks brought to life by artists in their own style; where Beck might utilize synths and a vocoder, Joe Smith may employ a sax, and so on. Several local artists, including the Seattle Rock Orchestra, have accepted the challenge—and tonight artists like Robb Benson (Dept of Energy, the Glass Notes), Hann Benn (Pollens), Carla Torgerson (the Walkabouts), Rachel DeShon, Robin Holcomb, Katie Jacobson (Honey Noble), and others will present an interpretation of one of Reader’s 20 tunes.
Considering the venue’s penchant for improvisational jazz, the versions may stray far from the sonic template of what Beck might ever have imagined, though with titles like “Fluffy Ruffles” and “Ev’ry Morning I Bring Her Chicken,” there’s no mistaking the songwriter’s blueprint. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920. 7 & 9:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.