THURSDAY 4/13

SPEECH (OF ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), TRE HARDSON, LONGSHOT, MODILL
(Chop Suey) See My Philosophy.

BAND OF HORSES
(Neumo's) It's doubtful that former Carissa's Wierd-os Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke were trying to be all things to all people when they formed Band of Horses, but darned if they didn't go and make one of the most immediately accessible indie-rock records in recent history. Everything All the Time combines elements of My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, and Neil Young to create an attention-grabbing and addictive blend of soaring transcendence, lo-fi pop, and classically good songwriting. Album closer "St. Augustine" is a masterpiece of quiet beauty that sneaks up on you and burrows its way into your subconscious. Lovely. BARBARA MITCHELL

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LESLEY GORE
(Triple Door) Before Kathleen Hanna, Deborah Harry, or Janis Joplin, there was Lesley Gore. The most successful solo artist of the girl-group era, Gore is best known for her 1963 #1 hit "It's My Party," but her true legacy was the 1964 follow-up, "You Don't Own Me." A protofeminist anthem sung with head held high, it remained just as resonant when covered by Joan Jett and Klaus Nomi two decades later. Gore's chart success waned by the time she played Catwoman's sidekick on Batman in 1967, but she never quit working (she co-wrote the Oscar-nominated "Out Here on My Own" from Fame). Her latest release, the jazzy Ever Since, finds her distinctive voice a wee bit raspier, but her charisma and defiant spirit still burn brightly. KURT B. REIGHLEY

FRIDAY 4/14

SIBERIAN, SIRENS SISTER (W/ZACH FROM VENDETTA RED), BLUE CHECKERED RECORD PLAYER (W/SONNY FROM SLENDER MEANS), SEA NAVY
(Crocodile) You're broke as a joke, but the folks at the Crocodile Cafe don't want you to have to give up going to rock shows just so you can keep paying the bills. They started the "Save a Penny Series," and tonight's show is absolutely free. Sea Navy is a must see for Ted Leo fans. Blue Checkered Record Player is Slender Means' Sonny Votolato's solo project, and Sirens Sister is Vendetta Red's Zach Davidson's new project. And Siberian, well, they're only one of my favorite local bands right now, playing wonderfully lush and dynamic indie rock. And it's free. MEGAN SELING

THE INTELLIGENCE, UNNATURAL HELPERS, PARTMAN PARTHORSE
(Funhouse) Much like Mark E. Smith or Country Teasers' Ben Wallers, Intelligence frontman Lars Finberg knows that a strong hook will trump expensive recording equipment and intricate musicianship every time. He's essentially a pop songwriter who deals strictly in severely distorted guitar hooks, warped drum grooves, and blurted or yelped vocals. Example C (2004's Boredom and Terror and last year's Icky Baby being Examples A and B, respectively) is the Intelligence's latest, vinyl-only, limited-release EP. In the Red Records' website claims that only 600 of these things exist, and they're only available on the site or at shows. You're dumb if you don't pick one up, stat. GRANT BRISSEY

BAND OF HORSES
(Neumo's) See Thursday, 4/13.

KITTIE, CALICO SYSTEM, THE WARRIORS
(Studio Seven) Kittie are an all-female "metal" band who've been around for years. They were all over the place for a while when their debut album, Spit, was released in 2000. Remember? Since then, they've had constant lineup changes, and been branded "the band to watch" numerous times. But I'm tired of watching. They're Canadian, they wear a lot of eye makeup, and they like portraying themselves as being tough-as-fuck chicks with attitudes. The only difference between them and Avril Lavigne, though, is an Ozzfest tour and heavy bass lines that they probably didn't write themselves. MEGAN SELING

SCOUT NIBLETT, GHOST TO FALCO, EMMA ZUNZ
(Vera Project) Ms. Niblett once told former Stranger music editor Everett True that she sustained herself with "coffee, carrots, and whiskey" during the recording session for her last record. Given her world-weary persona and her primal, guttural growl, that diet is no surprise. Some people call this brazen Brit the female Tom Waits, others call her the next PJ Harvey (having Steve Albini as a producer helps with that comparison), or (unfairly) a performer akin to Cat Power nut job Chan Marshall: I just call her a stunning, brave songwriter whose delivery is as gut-wrenching as it is enchanting. Prepare to be riveted. HANNAH LEVIN

PISTOLITA, SAY ANYTHING, SLOW RUNNER, ELA
(El Corazón) Pistolita are a quartet from San Diego, California, and no thanks to their emotive piano-heavy pop songs, they're never going to escape the comparisons to acts like Ben Folds Five. But maybe they're cool with that. Their latest record, Oliver Under the Moon, harnesses the same adolescent energy with which recent tour buddies Saves the Day fuel their songs, but Pistolita don't take their venting to the streets via a three-chord chorus. Instead, their youthful concerns are released over a dynamic and often gorgeous piano, making the common statements about life's frustrations seem a lot more valid. It might just be a trick, but it's working. MEGAN SELING

SATURDAY 4/15

JAMIE LIDELL, JIMMY EDGAR
(Chop Suey) See Data Breaker, and preview.

QUASI, THE CAN'T SEE
(Neumo's) The Can't See are the latest outfit of John Atkins (764-HERO, Magic Magicians), and their debut, Coma Comma No More, is the type of complex pop masterpiece you might expect. The hooks are plentiful, but they rarely repeat themselves, as the trio deftly wind their way through Atkins's musings on life, love, death, and everything in-between. Their set should be a perfect primer for Quasi's increasingly blues-ified ramblings. Quasi are out playing for their new record, When the Going Gets Dark, whose lead-off single, "The Rhino," features enough gritty guitar and rowdy percussion to suggest that this will be a true showcase of quality Northwest rock. GRANT BRISSEY

JON LANGFORD'S SHIP & PILOT (FEAT. SALLY TIMMS), MARK PICKEREL & HIS PRAYING HANDS, BIG SMOKEY
(Tractor) See Border Radio.

30 SECONDS TO MARS, AIDEN, EMANUEL
(Showbox) Mid-'90s teen-drama show My So-Called Life was tragically canceled after one season, so we'll never know exactly what happened with the show's Romeo-and-Juliet love story starring Angela Chase (Claire Danes) and Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto). But judging by the new 30 Seconds to Mars material, which stars Leto on lead vocals, Angela dumped Jordan, and in a fit of insanity brought on by a broken heart, the sucker traded in the flannel, sold his Ramones records, and started smearing eyeliner down his cheeks while listening to Taking Back Sunday and the Used... Ugh. MEGAN SELING

SUNDAY 4/16

LIVING THINGS, DIAMOND NIGHTS, THE ADORED
(Crocodile) See Stranger Suggests.

THE POSIES, THE LONELY H, MS. LED, JADED52
(Premier) Although their latest record, Every Kind of Light, didn't live up to the high expectations I had set for the band (it's good; it's just not amazing), the Posies still remain in my top 10 favorite Seattle bands of all time. Okay, maybe top 15. Regardless, the band continues to make audiences swoon with dreamy and gentle pop songs that often disguise a darker side. And I can't say for sure, but it's probably safe to say the Posies have had a mild influence on the Lonely H, five young men who are as endearing as they are dorky. Utilizing an array of instruments not usually touched by younger bands (harp, horns, piano), the high-schoolers in the Lonely H craft a contagious pop sound that can stand up to that of the most mature songwriters. MEGAN SELING

MONDAY 4/17

SONYA KITCHELL
(Triple Door) For the most part, the past decade's teen-girl singing sensations have used Mariah-esque melismas, tawdry jailbait imagery, or both to achieve success. By contrast, Sonya Kitchell, 17, arrived in adult-contemporary territory fully formed. It's apt that she released her debut disc Words Come Back to Me on Starbucks' Hear Music label, because it's easy to imagine Kitchell sipping lattes with grown-ups instead of hanging out at the cool-kids coffee shop. Kitchell's self-written songs fit her subtly soulful voice and gently jazzy acoustic guitar work. A demure blonde, she possesses the same attractive-yet-asexual stage presence as the sonically similar Norah Jones. ANDREW MILLER

TUESDAY 4/18

THE FAT ACROBATS, GUESTS
(Rendezvous) The solitary work of Seattle expat (and longtime Nagoya, Japan resident) Jarrod Minto, the Fat Acrobats make experimental pop music of crystalline simplicity and subtle intellectual gravity. Minto designs delicate dollhouses of pop confection containing grief-heavy singing sometimes reminiscent of Swans/Angels of Light frontman M. Gira; alternately folk-bare and drunkenly dissonant guitar playing; and old-world-dramatic piano. As the band's tragicomic name suggests, many of the songs are both threaded with gentle wit and burdened with tremendous senses of sadness and regret. In many of their lyrics, the minutiae of workaday life yawn to reveal the void of resignation to decisions past and unchangeable. The Fat Acrobats' ornamented and silvery songs rest in the quiet landscapes between utter hopelessness and unreasonable hope. SAM MICKENS

BEHEMOTH, DESPISED ICON, KRISIUN, MORBID ANGEL
(El Corazón) Morbid Angel introduced a nation of stutter-chuckling misfits to death metal when its video "God of Emptiness" (from 1993's Covenant, the genre's first major-label release) appeared on Beavis and Butthead. The titular critics disliked this plodding tune (they'd probably be much more impressed by drummer Pete Sandoval's dumbfoundingly complex sound-check solo, currently posted on the band's MySpace page), but a statistically significant percentage of viewers embraced its doom-laden riffs and David Vincent's angry-Aslan roar. Formed in Florida in 1984, Morbid Angel catalyzed death metal's evolution from extreme thrash to staggeringly progressive compositions. Bow to them faithfully; bow to them splendidly. ANDREW MILLER

WEDNESDAY 4/19

THE VOMITING UNICORNS, MARTIAN MEMO TO GOD, THE MORIARTYS
(Crocodile) Besides having one of the best fucking band names ever, the Vomiting Unicorns also offer fans a really sharp and forward rock-and-roll sound made by blending equal parts of DC post-hardcore with the catchy melodies of Brit pop. They cite Fugazi, Flaming Lips, and Mclusky as influences (so they're pretty much my dream band), and you can hear little pieces of all those acts in their tight compositions of highly danceable proportions. Since your curiosity is no doubt skyrocketing right now, you'll be happy to know you can hear a few cuts on The Stranger's band page at www.thestranger.com/bands. MEGAN SELING

GARY HEFFERN'S CAVALCADE OF STARS
(Tractor) Gary Heffern is pretty much a Seattle institution; he's graced the stage of the Tractor more times than this paper has printed the word "monorail." He also has a lot of talented friends, so it's fitting that for his final Seattle show (he's moving to Finland) he has recruited many of them to perform—some solo, some in cross-pollinated configurations. Among the local luminaries scheduled to appear are the Walkabouts‚ Carla Torgerson, No Depression editor Peter Blackstock, under-appreciated guitar-slinger Robert Roth, and many members from the U-Men and Mudhoney. Warm fuzzies included in the very reasonable $12 cover charge, some of which will help Heffern cover moving expenses. HANNAH LEVIN

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ROONEY, EVERYBODY ELSE, THE CATCH: Fri April 21, Chop Suey

PAINT IT BLACK, THE LOVED ONES, SHOOK ONES, SINKING SHIPS: Sat April 22, the Paradox

PINBACK, THE JADE SHADER: Sun April 23, Showbox

RYAN ADAMS, JESSE MALIN: Sun April 23, Moore

HARD FI, THE RAKES, GUESTS: Mon April 24, Chop Suey

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS,BLOOD ON THE WALL, IMAAD WASIF: Tues April 25, Paramount

ICE CUBE, THA DOGG POUND: Sat April 29, Showbox

SIGUR RÓS: Wed May 3, Benaroya Hall

TV ON THE RADIO, CELEBRATION: Fri May 5, Showbox

BOY SETS FIRE, KANE HODDER, VERSUS THE MIRROR, THE FULLY DOWN: Sat May 6, El Corazón

SICK OF IT ALL, STRETCH ARM STRONG, GUESTS: Tues May 23, El Corazón

MOGWAI, EARTH: Tues May 23, Showbox

MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, PITBULL DAYCARE: Sun May 28, Showbox

ALKALINE TRIO, THE LAWRENCE ARMS, THE DRAFT: Tues May 30, Showbox