THURSDAY AUGUST 12

PETER FRAMPTON
(Pier 62/63) Here's your opportunity to pretend you're one of the characters in That '70s Show—or to indulge in your own rock 'n' roll flashback. It's hardly surprising that Peter Frampton once again walks among us—Frampton Comes Alive is, after all, one of THE seminal live albums, and VH-1 has done wonders in rousing artists presumed missing or deceased. Let's hope that Peter, unlike Leif Garrett, retained those flowing locks and some sense of dignity. Since he doesn't seem to have released a new album in years, at least you can be assured that you'll be hearing the hits.—Barbara Mitchell

THE STANLEY TURRENTINE QUARTET
(Jazz Alley, through Sunday) This soulful tenor-sax veteran was making smooth jazz, back when the phrase was simply a hushed compliment uttered in deep-throated, Barry White style. Back when playing smooth meant having a deep blues feel rather than an affinity for jittery, pop-driven pap. Stanley aims to please, just like today's so-called smooth jazzers, but his tone ain't thin: it's big and round and tailor-made for nightclubs.—James Kirchmer

T-MODEL FORD, PAUL "WINE" JONES
(Showbox) Finally, a good Gotdamn reason to git a hun'erd percent wrecked, git yer ass low DOWN 'n' THEN call in "sick" fer Friday! Yes y'all, we sho' got what looks like it might be a night fulla trouble… double trouble goin' by the names 'o T Model Ford AND Paul "Wine" Jones! Whoo… 'em fellas got the lease on the grease! Y'all KNOW what I mean… 'em men got the sticky, gritty GREASE found mostly slickin' up the mighty Mississip, like both of 'em stomp the RAW-thentic Rhythm 'n' Blooze, Sookey style, which, o'course, is gay-run-teed… finger pickin' good!—Mike Nipper

ONE PLUS ONE: A NIGHT OF DUETS
(OK Hotel Lounge) An exciting Seattle-based gypsy guitar pair headlines this third and final Tonehole-produced installment, featuring Mario Butkovich (Kultur Shock) and Leif Totusek (Freestyle Candela, 1-2-3). They go by the name Romales (a Balkan term for "gypsy") and judging by Leif's stellar performances at this year's WOMAD U.S.A. (w/ Geoffrey Oryema), his recently burned fretting-hand no longer poses much of a problem. Multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio (of Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet fame) opens with DJ DMX (KCMU's Darek Mazzone, currently leading La Movida), and Project W cellist Brent Arnold follows with special guest Greg Campbell on drums.—JK

FRIDAY AUGUST 13

MAKTUB, HI-FI KILLERS
(Eagles Hall) Tonight's show at the Eagles Hall (corner of Corson and Michigan—take Exit 162 off I-5 and the Hall is at the first light) is proof that Seattle does, in fact, have Soul. Plenty of it, actually, and this is the perfect opportunity to get a hefty dose. Maktub and the Hi-Fi Killers provide the live music (an appearance by either one alone would be well worth the price of admission) while DJ VSOP and DJ Soul One will be manning the turntables. (Info available by calling 625-1177.)—BM

EDDIE MONEY
(Emerald Queen Casino) Last time through town the former Eddie Mahoney sang his heart out at Parker's Casino while simultaneously fending off the none-too-subtle advances of his thirtysomething audience and splitting his pants, revealing naughty crimson underwear in the process. Not too shabby for a nearly forgotten '80s hitman, if you ask me.—Kathleen Wilson

BRIAN COHEN & THE A.M. DISASTERS, PORNSTAR RODEO, WILLY VLAUTIN
(OK Hotel) A strong lineup all around, but it's Willy Vlautin's solo work that should stand out tonight. Frontman for Portland's Richmond Fontaine, Vlautin is one of that city's most respected songwriters. His dark lyrics about parched and dirty, cracked lives have been compared to the phrases of Raymond Carver and William Kennedy, his reedy croak and furious guitar delivering them with stunning urgency.—KW

SUBSET, EVIL TAMBOURINES, ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE
(Showbox) If our local hiphop bands are getting more attention lately, then some of the credit should go to Evil Tambourines, who have released one of the most addictive, beats-driven albums of the summer with their debut, Library Nation, out on Sub Pop. Alien Crime Syndicate features Joe Meice of the defunct San Francisco band The Meices, and fans of that band will be happy to know that Joe has moved his act to Seattle and is offering up more of the supercharged power pop his former band was so well-loved for.—KW

GRANGEFEST '99
(Triway Grange, Bothell) The city may persist in trying to shut down every all-ages venue that pops up, but that doesn't mean those dedicated to the cause will become any less persistent themselves. The local punk community has banded together and will present Grangefest '99 at Triway Grange in Bothell, offering two stages and 12 bands. Quite an impressive roster of local talent: Polecat, Juno, Formula One, Bounder (from Minneapolis), Left Justified, Redline, the Sheep, 1848, the Jackie Chans, Second Thought, Upside Out, Velloket, and many more surprises. For directions e-mail secondthought@juno.com or call 206-669-7209.—KW

SATURDAY AUGUST 14

CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION
(Broadway Performance Hall, 8 pm, $15) Having already suffered through a performance by this local ethno-fuzak music and dance collective, I laughed out loud upon reading their press-release claim to be "the future of world music." Although the group features some very talented guns-for-hire, its slick leadership remains a case study in vain mediocrity. For more substantive "world music," head either to the Caribbean party at the nearby Elysian Brewery featuring Mango Kings and the Toucans, or to the rumba-influenced Freestyle Candela & Kultur Shock experience at the Rainbow.—JK

FIRST WORLD CD RELEASE PARTY
(Baltic Room) Major labels got you down? Here's a swank party marking the first releases from one of Seattle's most promising Web labels. The titles feature new material from Bill Rieflin, Jeff Greinke, Trey Gunn, Lesli Dalaba, and Greg Gilmore; DJ Riz will spin. Contact http://www.firstworldmusic.com for more info.—KW

MURDER CITY DEVILS, HARKONEN, LYNARD'S INNARDS, FULL BORES
(RKCNDY) The highlight of this year's Noise Pop festival in S.F. occurred when the Murder City Devils took the stage and the guy next to me turned and said, "I didn't know that guy from Harvey Danger was in this band!" I suppose you can forgive an out-of-towner for not being familiar with the pride of our blossoming "rawk" scene, although—with the gallons of ink spilled over them locally—Seattleites should be overly acquainted with the 'Devils by now. Call me cranky, but I never quite understood the hype. I mean, they're fine and all, but a bunch of guys in tattoos and T-shirts playing rock music hardly seems revolutionary to me….—BM

CHER, CYNDI LAUPER, WILD ORCHID
(KeyArena) Wild Orchid's another pre-fab British girl group—only this one's named after a bad Mickey Rourke film, doesn't have the cool nicknames or grade school feminist posturing of the Spice Girls, and its members aren't in their teens. If watching Britney Spears makes you feel like a pedophile, Alanis has gotten too Earth Mother for you, Robbie Williams is too avant-garde—this is the show you've been waiting for.—BM (See Also Live Preview pg 37.)

VERY JUICY RECORDS SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
(Dixon's Used Furniture Warehouse at 12th and Pine) Bored of all the usual clubs? Well, get your jaded butt down to this show—it's not often you can catch live music from the comfort of a cushy sofa (which, I'm assuming, you could also conceivably purchase). Food and beverages are provided and you can catch performances by the likes of Stephanie Wicker (returning to center stage after the break up of Western State Hurricanes), Lara Lavi, Justin Haley, and Jan Essenburg. Doors open at 7, so get there early if you want the comfiest seating.—BM

SUNDAY AUGUST 15

ROCK THE VOTE
(DV8) It's that time again and some of the region's most interesting folks are gathering to help you activate. The event lasts from noon to 5 pm, and in that time you can check out several local bands, including Juno, Asphalt Meditation, Piece Of Sol, and the Catheters, as well as DJ Vitamin C. Speakers include Dan Halligan and Adam Baldwin, publishers of Ten Things and Roessiger, who'll show you how to create your own zine; Northwest All-Ages Show Association's (NAASA) Michael Compton will head up a workshop on producing your own shows; Hero Sisters will be there to teach girls everything they need to know about guitars; and K Records czar Calvin Johnson will lead a discussion centered around producing and distributing your own music—and who would know better than he? This event is FREE, so unless you're attending bible studies or something, you have no excuse for not coming down.—KW

MONDAY AUGUST 16

BLACKALICIOUS, LATYRYX
(ARO.space) Blackalicious' new EP, A2G, came out on New York's 3-2-1 Records at the exact moment the label went under. So the EP didn't get much of a promotional push. It's available for $6.28 on Amazon, though, making seven-song A2G the great hiphop bargain of '99: a gem from under the Underground for the price of a take-out lunch. It'll probably be available for even less at this show. Chief Xcel's new beats are so chunky they achieve a weird poignancy, as if the spirit of rap's punk-rock past possesses Xcel's digital sampler. MC Gift of Gab is the same amiable brainiac heard on 1995's Melodica and the recent Quannum compilation (Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, and Latyryx make up the Quannum collective). He has more fun on the mic than shiny-suit rappers, because he loves words better. See for yourself.—Adam Heimlich

BUD'S JAZZ RADIO SHOW
(OK Hotel Lounge) In conjunction with Seattle landmark Bud's Jazz Records (located at 1st and Jackson), the OK Hotel's hosting a weekly mock "radio show," where Bud (or his buddy James Rasmussen, the new owner) will host local jazz musicians for revelatory record-spins and stimulating conversations. Both curious newcomers and chin-stroking diehards are bound to be pleased by this uniquely entertaining educational opportunity and the lack of a cover charge.—JK

TUESDAY AUGUST 17

JOHN DOE, BRIAN BERG
(Crocodile) It seems John Doe can do anything he sets his mind to: found a seminal SoCal punk band called X; maintain a respectable solo career while contributing to others' work; star in critically acclaimed films; and just last week, while I was flipping the channels I saw his lanky figure throwing shade on the pale characters of NBC's Veronica's Closet. Tonight he'll be showcasing his solo singing talents (Pixies frontman Frank Black was set to appear as well but has since cancelled), along with Portland singer-songwriter Brian Berg, who also heads up 44 Long.—KW

PUCHO & HIS LATIN SOUL BROTHERS
(Jazz Alley) See Calendar Box pg 53.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 18

EARTH WIND & FIRE
(Pier 62/63) See Calendar Lead.

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