Bill Frisell: All We Are Saying... the Music of John Lennon

(Jazz Alley) Many Beatles fanatics would view a musician tackling the John Lennon songbook with suspicion and skepticism; good luck finding a sacred cow more sacrosanct than Yoko Ono's late husband. But when you have an artist like Seattle master guitarist Bill Frisell at the helm of such an undertaking, attention must be paid. On Frisell's All We Are Saying..., he and his deft quintet transform 16 Lennon solo and Beatles tracks—including "Please Please Me," "Revolution," "#9 Dream," "Mother," and "Woman"—into muted auroras of chamber-orchestra minimalism, aided by Jenny Scheinman's violin and Greg Leisz's steel guitars. Tonight is the first of a four-night stand for Frisell's subtle, gorgeous interpretations of classics that will be loved by millions for as long as ears exist. DAVE SEGAL

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Addaura, Theories, Occult SS, Old Iron

(Comet) Sandwiched between the experimental black metal of Addaura, the crusty D-beats of Occult SS, and Old Iron's pretty metal melodies are Theories, a vicious-sounding grind-metal band starring Joe "Grindo" Axler on the drums. You may know Joe from Skarp, Book of Black Earth, or Samothrace. He never stops drumming. He can't. He won't! This is a welcome-home show for Theories—they've been out on tour, burning up the Chaos in Tejas festival and sharing stages with Ghoul and Toxic Holocaust. It'll be heavy. Wear black. KELLY O

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Serial Hawk, Same-Sex Dictator, the Anunnaki, No World

(Funhouse) In the majority of today's metal bands, the bass guitar isn't looked at as the primary source of shred, even though it's always an important element in keeping rhythm and setting tone. Instead, it's the six-stringers who get to really rage, solo, and lead the band. So when you see a group like Same-Sex Dictator, a local sludgy grind unit that features only two members, a drummer and a bassist, it's damn refreshing. Also hailing from Seattle, the Anunnaki shape glorious melodies into skull-dozingly heavy doom. KEVIN DIERS

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