THURSDAY 6/20

THE START, ENEMY, SCARLING, GUESTS
(Meow Meow) A scarling is a tiny scar on your heart left from a severe injury, like say, a stabbing. How sweet. Former Jack Off Jill singer Jessica fronts this gothy new band--a distortion and guitar-heavy, Cure-type implosion that draws from the likes of MBV and Black Sabbath, and what kind of idiot doesn't love those bands? KATIE SHIMER

LYDIA LUNCH
(Dante's) Lydia Lunch is a performance artist/singer/ writer/political commentator, and she manages to be one of the most provocative and cynical sex goddesses of our time. She doesn't even really have to put on an act, because talking to her is basically like being subjected to performance art. "I'm not saying that my truth is The truth," she told me recently. "I'm not a solutionist; I don't pretend to be. I think the whole solution is leveling the whole playing ground." Tonight, she promises to talk about the apocalypse, the war, and the murder of the psyches of young men across America. While in costume. KATIA DUNN

FIREBALLS OF FREEDOM, WADSWORTH, HESH PLUS, THE MASS
(Satyricon) There is something about Wyoming's isolation that leads its punk rockers down a molten path... the path where people go FUCKING NUTS with an overabundance of beer, drugs, and ironic wiener jokes. Hesh Plus, a sludgy UN-ironic metal duo that's been playing in and around Laramie for at least five years, are an island of sanity in an ocean of crazies--just the sort of HEAVY, badly-beaten drums-and-guitar metal you'd expect from two fellows living in the vice grip of a stunted society. JULIANNE SHEPHERD

20 MILES, MATT WALKER
(Blackbird) Damn...This ain't the 20 Miles of old, like, there's not one drop of drum and fife charm. Oh, right...20M is the Blues Explosion's Judah Bauer solo project, which first began as a nice attempt at folkin' the blues, rather than exploding them, but NOW 20M is yet another INDIE ROCK take on Mick'nKeef, um... "seasoned" with a pinch of Lou Reed's stagger swagger. Honestly, 20M ain't here nor there anymore, it's kinda benign. Now, in terms of 20M LIVE, I ain't seen this year's model, so I ain't got no idea as to exactly what to expect, but it's your cash, right, spend as you see fit. I just hope 20M can someday translate mediocre into kick ass. MIKE NIPPER

MONKEY TRICK, BAST, WITCH MOUNTAIN, THE OWNERS
(Berbati's) Monkey Trick is a Jesus Lizard cover band featuring cover-bandaholic Aaron Beam of Lachrymator, a dude from The Standard, Eric Johnson (ex-Gern Blandsten/dirtclodfight), and Trevor "crazy" Solomon, formerly of Fuckpriest Fantastic. Now, of course you're wondering, "How will Trevor pan out as the David Yow of this ensemble?" But we have been assured that Trevor is, indeed, insane, and has even sacrificed parts of his leg bones while doing rock jumps, just for the cause of art. Yes, Trevor will explode. I am sort of hoping he won't actually expose himself like Yow, but if he does choose to penisify the show, you can bet it is because he loves rock, and the Jesus Lizard. JS


FRIDAY 6/21

UHF, THE TAKEOVER, HERKEMER, CAPTAIN ROCK
(Tonic) The Takeover makes lullaby-sounding pop music with the typical lovestruck boy vocals and extremely simple rhythms/melodies. It's executed well enough, but the music is totally innocuous--the kind of stuff people book to play at Saturday Market or other family affairs, because of its inoffensive qualities. The songwriting neither inspires nor angers; it will probably just leave you flatlining. JS

DOUG MARTSCH, MIKE JOHNSON
(St. John's, for the next three nights) At first glance, Mike Johnson's solo style may have a soft spot for the sad songs, but closer inspection reveals a tighter kinship with something like patience and melancholy. His voice can sound almost monotone, as it squats calmly in the lower register. There is a strong spiritual vibe intoning this music; it's actually kind of spooky, dimly conjuring images of early deaths and lifelong curses. However, the lyrical content is benevolent, not bitter, and the songs carry an air of meditative trust. MARJORIE SKINNER See My What a Busy Week

DEMENTED ARE GO, SCOTCH GREENS, GRAVEYARD SHIFT
(Satyricon) Anyone reading this who likes psychobilly is probably going to be at this show, but just make sure you get there early to catch Graveyard Shift. Lead singer Murder Mike has a killer voice that's a near dead-ringer for Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and the music is aggressive while still being faithful to its roots and avoiding the "metal-influenced" pitfall that can sometimes undo lesser bands in the genre. BILL BULLOCK

 

HAZMATS, COOTIE PLATOON, JOSHUA JAMES & THE RUNAWAY TRAINS
(Medicine Hat) Cootie Platoon are the type of girls who dot their "i"s with bubbly hearts, and then promptly kick your ass. They have the rambunctious and giggly energy of teeny bobbers all stuffed into confident and womanly maturity. Perky, charming, and beaucoup talented. PHIL DOT BUSSE

NEQUAQUAM VACUUM, PERCEPTION AS NARCOTIC, CHILDREN OF PARADISE, EVIDENCE, JOEL TAYLOR, LINDA AUSTIN
(Disjecta) This night sounds really cool--the regulars, combined with some New York computer professors (Evidence) making difficult, improvised music on virtual instruments and accompanying improvised dance by Linda Austin, and Seattle's Perception as Narcotic. Burning Man factor is high, but fuck, at least they're doing something that requires brains. JS

THE STUCK-UPS, THE AUTHORITIES, ELECTRIC EYE, THE PIST'UNS
(Blackbird) Gearing up for their second album on Sympathy For The Record Industry, Seattle's Stuck-Ups are female-fronted, three-chord garage punk done right--your ears will be ringing with the sounds of twisted synthesizers, Cockney accents, and ear piercing guitars. Portland's own Electric Eye will be dishing up a bunch of their own blazing guitar riffs and heart-attack inducing energy; be on the lookout for their up and coming release on Fred (The Barber) Landeen's new record label, Vinyl Warning. The recently formed rock duo, the Pist'Uns, will be kicking the night off for the early birds. JOEL JETT

AQUARIUM, MIRUMIR
(Berbati's) The name Mirumir is derived from the menu on the evening of this band's first gig, when dinner was Mirumir and dessert was Tirumisu. Kind of a strange name, but better than the band they evolved from, Starbugs. Anyway, they're made up of several Russian guys and a few Americans, and a lot of their songs are performed in Russian, which is both hilarious and interesting. Their music is slightly poppy rock, run through some electronic devices and turned out into a combination of balls-out energy and strange Russian words of love. KD


SATURDAY 6/22

DESIPALOOZA II STARRING DJ PAPA, MORE
(PSU) Tonight, rock the bhangra/Indian pop/hiphop/ Latin/Arabic/European music, with "live Punjabi" DJ Papa, a bhangra stage performance, salsa demonstration, and professional bellydancing. Go beyond the sitar sample of "Get Ur Freak On." JS

MUSH RECORDS TOUR
(Meow Meow) See Music, My What a Busy Week

RALLY BOY, HENRY MILLER SEXTET, BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS
(Dante's) SF's Henry Miller Sextet is a rollicking noise-pop trio with classic rock hooks and about-to-fall-apart-with-neuroses vocals/harmonies--and will go perfectly with Rally Boy, who comes from a similar aesthetic starting point, but revved-up. JS

TWO FOOSTABLES & A MICROPHONE
(3749 SE Madison) If you think you are the baddest assest foosball player in the world, wait til you see the foosball-humpin' m.f.s at this Foosball Tourney/BBQ, with foosball-freak DJs Tant, KD1, and Johnne. It's too late to enter, but at least you can bring some tofu pups and some beer and watch the intense foosball action. Suck it up, World Cup! JS

KING'S X, TAPPING THE VEIN, POINT DEFIANCE
(Berbati's) The problem with most old-school prog rockers is that they let entire generations of music pass them by without ever noticing; consequently, many of them end up sounding like they never left the late '80s. King Crimson is a good example, because their new stuff is drenched in this weird reverb that sounds like lasers... or at least, the perception of laser sounds in 1989. I wouldn't quite categorize King's X in the prog genre, but they definitely have the '80s thing going--though their uplifting music always sounded vaguely Christian, it sounds like the last time they bought a new record was in maybe 1991. Not that I think people should change their sound according to what's fresh and new in music. But it's inevitable that when you stop listening to new music, you're going to stop being subconsciously influenced by it, and subsequently sound dated. And what's the point of being a guitar virtuoso if you've been riffing on the same solo for 20 years? JS

THE JOLENES, CAPTAIN VS. CREW, PAPILLON
(Ash Street) If you haven't seen Captain vs. Crew lately, check 'em out... it's sorta like magic has happened, and their distorted, dark power pop has been infused with a new energy that topples all their songs a little bit--giving them a rougher edge, and adding some dramatic tension to the mix. It's good. JS

PINK
(Rose Garden) Pink is the more punk Britney Spears that has pink hair and sings, "I'm coming up so you better get this party started, I'm coming up, I'm comin'," which is a great thing to prance around singing if you want to make a daunting appearance at any party. Warning: Don't ever sing a Pink song in karaoke; her cute voice disguises the simplicity of her songs, but yours will not. KS


SUNDAY 6/23

THE PINE, SCIENCE OF YABRA, ARROYO SECO, DESERT CITY SOUNDTRACK
(1036 N Shaver, 5 pm) It's the schizophrenia show, and since it seems like everyone I know is losing their minds these days, we all might benefit from a little indulgence of the insane. The cacophonous rock of The Pine will blow your mind, as will their I'm-mad-and-I'm-about-to-cry vocals. Science of Yabra plays the angry, tortured card--always attractive to crazy people, and Arroyo Seco breaks up their tight-as-hell guitar indierock with throaty demonic vocals and whiney ranting. KS

HEARTBREAK COWBOY TRAVELLING ROADSHOW: YOUR HEART BREAKS, DA ME DULCE, AUTOMATON, HIDDEN UNDER THE HIDDEN UNDER
(Love Nest Monster, 2638 NE Buxton, 5 pm) According to Serene Petersen, of Bellingham trio Your Heart Breaks, the Heartbreak Cowboy Traveling Roadshow was spawned from an actual traveling fire circus. "The Incognito Traveling Circus, to be exact... and I'm known as the heartbreak cowboy. I play the banjo and, at the same time, hulahoop fire. Long ago, I realized that I had quite the talent of breaking girls' hearts, and I love cowboys, so this talent and cowboy admiration eventually merged into the nickname The Heartbreak Cowboy. The name serves as a warning to the future hearts I may break." So, if your heart has been splattered into a bloody gush like unwanted roadkill, perhaps you will find some solace in the fact that there are a million other suckers like you all over the world, and Your Heart Breaks is right there with you. Also: a pet rabbit, some hula hoops, a super 8 film fest, and a shitload of fun. JS

BARBEZ
(Dante's) Barbez, from Brooklyn, mash together creepy instrumentation with calliope violin, cello, electronics, marimba, and a warbling vocalist who sounds like she's probably been in musicals and/or trained in modern classical vocal pieces (that sort of un-melody thing creeps through). JS

WILLIAM HOOKER
(Berbati's; Mon 6/24, Satyricon; Tues 6/25, Goodfoot) Tired of free jazz that sounds like it just tumbled out of the nursery in its goodie-goodiness? William Hooker is your savior--a totally intense, amazing free drummer from NYC who will be performing with the evil likes of violinist Eyvind Kang; Miss Murgatroid, the avant-goth accordionist; and Bill Horist, that Seattle guitar virtuoso who invokes the darkness with the utmost precision. JS

CAITLIN CARY
(Crystal) It's impossible not to mention Ryan Adams when talking about Caitlin Cary. The ex-Whiskeytown duo that was the heart of the now-imploding alt.country movement made some damn beautiful music together; too bad I can't say the same for the VH1 schlock that Adams now churns out. Cary, on the other hand, has stayed true to her Southern roots, and her newfound solo career--while not as publicly heralded as Adams'--is far better. With her delicate voice and strong instrumentation, she makes beautiful music that isn't afraid to show some elegant restraint here and there. Sure, she doesn't have Elton John's approval, but what the fuck has he done in the last twenty years? CARMELO MARTINEZ


MONDAY 6/24

 

GLANCE FAILED, STELLA MARIE, BLUE STAR CREEPER, TEXAS DEATH LAW

(Blackbird) So Stella Marie, the band, recently moved to Portland. They play some interesting muted pop and are fronted by the smoky, nonchalant vocals of Lauren Newman. Blue Star Creeper performs some ornate folk/pop music, and Texas Death Law debuts. KS


TUESDAY 6/25

ABRA MOORE, DAVID BAERWALD, SHEILA NICHOLLS

(Blackbird) Sheila Nicholls is an artist who falls into the category of Fiona Apple and Liz Phair followers--except with much less originality and talent. I don't even like Fiona and Liz that much, so liking someone like Sheila is nearly impossible. KD


WEDNESDAY 6/26

LIFT TO EXPERIENCE, DEVICS, GUESTS
(Dante's) See Music

GIFT ANON
(Blackbird) If you were to do the math, the odds of any given indierock band "making it" are pretty damn low. The market is more than flooded with competing bands, plus with touring, day jobs, and all the headaches of everyday life, things aren't looking too good for most of them. Now to makes things even worse, throw in the fact that your band could be from Provo, Utah. Pretty terrible, huh? Well, if the music of Provo's Gift Anon is any indication, maybe things aren't so bad in the land of Mormon. In fact, Gift Anon's polished indierock is downright incredible, considering their given state as unsigned band from a city that outlaws booze, smokes, dancing, birthday cake, minorities, free thought, and a bunch of other things I can't think of right now. Screw the odds; if all things in life were fair then Gift Anon's upbeat, if not dreamy, keyboard-enriched sound will have them rise like a phoenix from that terrible town they call home. CM


GOING TO SEATTLE?

Fri 6/21: Mush Tour (Graceland); Rosie Thomas (Paradox)

Tues 6/25: Tommy Lee (Showbox)

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New Releases June 24:

DSP, Ex-Models/Seconds, Nelly*, Mr. Lif, Orange Goblin, Original Sinners, Prefuse 73, Rayvon, Skeleton Key, Slum Village, Sweep the Leg Johnny

* = it's getting hot in here, I'm gonna take my clothes off