THURSDAY 1/29


HANK WILLIAMS III, ASSJACK
(Graceland) See Drunk by Noon, page 29.

MAYOR WEST, MILTON MAPES, HEX COUNTY
(Sunset) See Drunk by Noon, page 29.

MATES OF STATE, HAWNAY TROOF, ROGUE WAVE, GRAND BUFFET
(Chop Suey) First things first. This show is a party for Chop Suey's Frank Nieto, one of the few people I know who's worked in the industry for a long time yet still maintains a pure, sugar-rush kind of giddiness when he finds a new band to gush over (if you don't believe me, just ask him about the Fiery Furnaces). So Happy Birthday, Frank! To celebrate, he's got an eclectic little bunch making music here, from the indie pop of Mates of State to the straightforward backpack hiphop of Grand Buffet to the electrotrash vibrations of Hawnay Troof. Hawnay is the "sexplicit" side project from 18-year-old Chris Touchton (AKA Vice Cooler) of XBXRX, one of the best spazcore acts out of San Francisco, and it puts whiny, libido-driven lyrics over old-school, drum-machine-heavy beats. Work it, girl! See also preview, page 29. JENNIFER MAERZ

FRIDAY 1/30


BLUE SKY MILE, KANE HODDER, SURROUNDED BY LIONS, DANGER:RADIO
(Ground Zero) See Underage, page 41.

THE HANDSOME FAMILY, THE BUTTLESS CHAPS, SCOTT McCAUGHEY
(Tractor) See Drunk by Noon, page 29.

VISQUEEN, GOODBYE, BIG BUSINESS
(Crocodile) Lucky Visqueen has gotten band advice from Dave Mustaine about hanging in there (despite the fact that the band member he was doling out wisdom to has been in the business longer than it took Mustaine to get in and out of it), which can only be topped by getting to put Duff McKagan AND Tommy Stinson on the same guest list. Oh what a glamorous tour life Visqueen leads. KATHLEEN WILSON

EEK-A-MOUSE, NUFF SED, FANTASY SOUND
(Chop Suey) With his peak now in the distant past (the early '80s), it is impressive that toaster Eek-A-Mouse is still around and drawing crowds to his shows. Nevertheless, it's hard to believe that anything that he has produced recently could improve upon "Wa-Do-Dem" (What Do Them), which was released in 1981. Backed by the greatest band on earth, Roots Radics, dubbed by King Tubby's genius disciple, Scientist, "Wa-Do-Dem" is roots reggae's most enchanted prayer to female virginity. It's not that Eek-A-Mouse wants to deprive the beautiful girl of her virginity in the song. Instead, he marvels at her virginity, throwing his fallen, meek body before the feet of its angelic perfection. CHARLES MUDEDE

KRMTX, RADIO BERLIN, TRIUMPH OF LETHARGY SKINNED ALIVE TO DEATH
(Hideaway) No-wave and death disco become fast friends on this lineup, which is lined with so much arty pretense the songs should come with gallery tags--and I mean that in the best possible way. Canada's Radio Berlin are synth-driven rock, only where bands like the Faint knock out quick-moving, club-friendly hits, Radio have a much more dour sound, with the beats moving at a crawl at times over dramatic, Cure- and Joy Division-tempered lyrics. It's a much more minimal sound than you hear most of the indie dance kids mashing out these days, sometimes naked except for a drum machine, bass line, and lonely caterwaul. I've only seem Triumph of Lethargy--the band that's fronted by former Murder City Devils singer Spencer Moody--once, and it felt like either the nebulous beginnings of a very experimental group or just a really out-there act that doesn't care much for form, melody, or rhythm, instead making a lot of feedbacky noise and adding garbled stream-of-consciousness vocals over the top. JENNIFER MAERZ

MINUS THE BEAR, ROY, EYES OF AUTUMN
(Hell's Kitchen) Check out the mini-Botch reunion going on here: Between Minus the Bear and Roy you've got four former members of Botch on one stage tonight. The two bands couldn't be more different, though, with Minus the Bear favoring raw power pop while Roy toes the introspective indie-rock/alt-country line without tripping over it. KATHLEEN WILSON

CLAYMORE, THE FALL OF TROY, MARCH 15TH, MIKAELA'S FIEND
(Old Fire House) The Fall of Troy just released a full-length late last year on Lujo Records, but they already have a bunch of new material and are ready to record again. Talk about ambition. So I'm guessing they'll have a handful of new songs at tonight's show. And if you haven't seen them since the addition of their keyboardist, you really oughta, because now there's even another layer woven into their already complicated sound. And fans of Claymore, one of Bremerton's strongest hardcore bands (does Bremerton have any other hardcore bands?), should take note that the band has posted a new song on www.hxcmp3.com (uh, just search for Claymore). If you dig it, keep this in mind while listening: It's their live performance that'll really kick your ass. MEGAN SELING

BRADEN BLAKE, GAVIN GUSS
(Sunset, early) Braden Blake is one of Seattle's great pop vocalists, from one of Seattle's great--albeit defunct--pop bands, Super Deluxe. Tonight he hosts the recurring 7 O'clock Soft Rock showcase of local talent. KATHLEEN WILSON

ROTTEN APPLES, THE HAZARD COUNTY GIRLS, SMOOSH
(Sunset, late) This show is a celebration of the female vocalist, as three teams of women- (or girl)-led acts take the stage. The remarkably young (ages 9 and 11) duo Smoosh have opened for Death Cab and Sleater-Kinney and play cute keyboard-and-drums pop songs. Rotten Apples are fronted by the husky-throated diva Dejha Colantuono, who's been showing a different side from her band's poppy punk in a couple of recent solo gigs at the Sunset. Out-of-towners Hazard County Girls have a sound slinkier than a rack of silk negligees, with haunting harmonies sliding around a noirish kind of punk. Theirs is a dirgy girl-group sound that suggests its performers carry switchblades under vintage baby doll dresses. JENNIFER MAERZ

DJ KEOKI, PHIL ANTHONY
(Club Medusa) One of the big DJs of the '90s rave movement, flamboyant DJ Keoki, who produces and spins a variety of electronic dance music, was born in El Salvador, raised in Hawaii, and discovered in New York City. He now lives and mostly works in L.A. Late last year he released a mix CD called Kill the DJ, which wasn't his best or notable. But that doesn't matter because his live sets have always been more impressive than his mix CDs, which are too confined, too limited to adequately capture the vibrant territory that his disco/techno/trance journeys explore. CHARLES MUDEDE

SATURDAY 1/31


THE SHINS, ALL NIGHT RADIO, THE CHARMING SNAKES
(Showbox) See Stranger Suggests, page 17.

RICHARD BUCKNER, ANDREW DUPLANTIS
(Sunset) See Drunk by Noon, page 29.

MONOLAKE, LUSINE, BRUNO PRONSATO, NORDIC SOUL, FORMER SELV, GUESTS
(Washington Hall) See Data Breaker, page 39.

THE FALL-OUTS, THE EVAPORATORS, AAIIEE!!
(Fun House) The thing most people will be talking about with regard to this show--aside from the new Estrus release from the Fall-Outs--is Nardwuar the Human Serviette, the legendary Canadian goofball and most unusual music journalist, who's fucked with everyone from Blur to Snoop Dogg, Vanilla Ice, Marilyn Manson, and Slayer. If you haven't seen his stuff, check out www.nardwuar.com, where the silly requests he makes of his interview subjects have helped knight him as one of the funniest television/Internet personalities around. (Select shows on this tour will have him breaking out a couple gems from the Nardwuar video vault. So get ready for a little "Do do da lo do... do do.") As for his band, the Evaporators, well, the CD doesn't do much for me, sounding like pretty vanilla pop punk, but live I expect the frontman to make it a show to remember. Much more recommendable on disc are locals the Fall-Outs, who've made pop punk interesting with their latest, Summertime, an album that is 100 percent snot-free, preferring to hit more earnestness than attitude. In places the disc reminds me of both the Presidents and a punked-out Beach Boys, with songs that'll have you humming for days. JENNIFER MAERZ

THE PLOT TO BLOW UP THE EIFFEL TOWER, REVISIONIST, JOULES, ME INFECTO, FALLING AMONG BANDITS
(2nd Avenue Pizza) I respect the fact that San Diego's Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower will only play all-ages shows, but the fact that they're playing a venue that could fit on the head of a pin means you've got to get to this one early. It's gonna be packed. The post-hardcore band turns the genre away from its confrontationally aggressive roots, channeling enough positive feeling to light up the White House Christmas tree. They're not ones to shy away from experimenting, either, having brought both saxophone and a bit of spoken word into their recorded material. The band blew the roof off Ground Zero the last time they came to town, so I highly recommend getting your ass to this show because not only are they talented musicians, they're also some of the sweetest guys around. Not an ounce of band-dude attitude in sight. JENNIFER MAERZ

THE DEAD SCIENCE, TARA JANE O'NEIL, PARENTHETICAL GIRLS, LIARBIRD
(Vera Project) Seattle's the Dead Science have recently released their debut full-length record on Absolutely Kosher Records, and tonight's show is the launch of the month-long tour that follows the release. And joining the Dead Science on the journey through the states is my friend and former Stranger coworker Zac Pennington, who has just released a debut record of his own. Playing under the name Parenthetical Girls, Pennington teams up with a handful of friends creating gentle and pretty pop songs. It's good, and I'm not just saying that because he's my friend. For the tour, Sam Mickens and Jherek Bischoff will be joining him on stage. You'll want to go to this show. MEGAN SELING

SUNDAY 2/1


THE SHINS, ALL NIGHT RADIO, VELLS
(Showbox) See Stranger Suggests, page 17.

PHANTOM PLANET, KANE HODDER
(Fenix) See Stranger Suggests, page 17.

THE MELLORS, THE SUN-UPS, WALTER CLEVENGER & THE DAIRY KINGS
(Sunset, late) If a band whose influences are as far-flung as Steve Earle, Cheap Trick, and Nick Lowe sounds like fun, you'd be missing out if you don't make it to the Sunset for Walter Clevenger & the Dairy Kings. Their third full length, Full Tilt & Swing (Brewery Records) is like '60s Britpop's country cousin, packed with shining harmonies and Hammond-crazy, wheat-chewing power pop. KATHLEEN WILSON

MONDAY 2/2
Love will tear us apart... again.

TUESDAY 2/3


ATMOSPHERE, MR. DIBBS, BLUEPRINT, EYEDEA & ABILITIES, DEE JAY BIRD, GRAYSKUL, VITAMIN D
(Showbox) See the Truth, page 32, and Stranger Suggests, page 17.

NADA SURF, KIND OF LIKE SPITTING, aqueduct
(Crocodile) Kind of Like Spitting singer and lyricist Ben Barnett is an artist I can count on to never give up on his muse--good old love. Hands down one of the best bittersweet lyrics ever written are his: "Till a good one leaves the continent/you just can't write words to send" (from "Continent," off the band's 2002 release Bridges Worth Burning). Keep the flame, Ben. KATHLEEN WILSON

WEDNESDAY 2/4


STARSAILOR, MATTHEW RYAN
(Crocodile) See Some Candy Talking, page 61.

NUMBERS, CARO, KISS KISS KISS, SCIENCE VICTIM, DJ PACO
(Chop Suey) See Data Breaker, page 39.

THE NEVVERS, THE CONSEQUENCES, HENKENSIEFKEN
(Central) Somehow, local band the Nevvers slipped past my radar. I don't see how, because their simplistic pop songs are right up my alley. In case you're not aware of them either, though, let me fill you in: The Nevvers' songs are sweet--cute keyboard sounds, minimal head-bopping beats--led by thoughtful lyrics. On "Someone Else," frontman Nathaniel Nevver sings, "Just when I was starting to think/I was getting over you/the sky turned perfect royal blue/the color of your eyes." But not every song is a walk in the park (and I like that). On "Burndown," there's a heavy tone thanks to a drawn-out keyboard buzz. Nathaniel sings disappointedly, "Where the hell is my glass dreamboat?/I was supposed to be on top of the whole damn world by now." The same simple guitar part plays again and again. "Let's go have a march down main street/It's time to burn this ugly motherfucker to the ground." I'm glad they're no longer a secret. MEGAN SELING

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