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posted Friday, April 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 15

Where It's At: Buble, Spoon and La Roux warm up April
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Blustery evenings aren't an excuse to not get out and see a live show, and in April, there are lots of good ones to choose from. Here are 10 concerts definitely worth seeing this month.

Michael Buble April 3, Key Arena
It's no secret why Michael Buble has a big Gay following: He's irresistibly handsome and sings jazz-pop love songs. This winning mix has also earned the young Canadian - and two-time Grammy recipient - a large female fan base around the world - some have even helped themselves to an ass-grab during his live shows when he regularly steps down from the stage to the main floor. A few brave men have also pinched his tush, and Buble seems unfazed by it. The charming vocalist has more seats to fill at Key Arena than on his previous trip to Seattle, in which he sold out McCaw Hall. If you see a straight guy in the audience, be very surprised.

Spoon April 9-10 moore Theatre
You're either a Spoon fan or you're not, and those of us who are can't get enough of them. The quartet, now relocated to Portland, hasn't lost that special touch of producing two songs from the same album which sound completely different - case in point: "Got Nuffin'" and "Written in Reverse" from 2010's Transference CD. You can classify most of Spoon's material under "geek rock," yet they manage to bring a unique artistic quality to the table each and every time (which many bands never possess an ounce of). Seattle gets Spoon for two nights, and here's hoping they pull out "I Summon You" or "The Ghost of You Lingers" for either - heck, I'll be happy just to hear "Don't You Evah" again.

Jonsi April 9-10 The Showbox SoDo
Sigur Ros vocalist Jonsi ventures out on his first solo tour, following the release of his album Go, an experimental and wildly imaginative project featuring the up-tempo "Boy Lilikoi." It takes a special kind of music fan to appreciate Jonsi's out-there sound, but fans of Sigur Ros and fellow Icelandic export Bjork have been amazingly supportive of the singer-songwriter's new work and will likely be on hand for his back-to-back performances here in early April.

Corinne Bailey Rae April 12 Moore Theatre
Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way: Yes, Corinne Bailey Rae's husband was found dead two years ago in Leeds and it's suspected he suffered from a drug overdose. Fast-forward to 2010. The British guitarist-vocalist has resurfaced with a new album titled The Sea and appears to have moved beyond the tragedy. Rae emerged on the scene with her smash single "Put Your Records On," which received Grammy nominations for Record and Song of the Year. A smooth singer and at times a little sugary, she returns to Seattle this month for a headlining show at the Moore. Look for an interview with Rae next week in "The Music Lounge."

The xx April 12 The Showbox SoDo
Among the latest crop of up-and-coming bands from the U.K. is The xx, who landed on my list of 2009's best albums with their self-titled debut. On the track "Crystalised," they sound quietly cryptic and like a blast from the past - think early Yaz on a downer. The alternative four-piece has lots of Seattle folks interested in seeing them, hence their upcoming performance at the not-too-intimate Showbox SoDo. I predict huge things this year for The xx!

Madeleine Peyroux April 15-18 Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
The first and only time I've seen Madeleine Peyroux in concert was at the Jazz Alley, and I stood in a long line in the parking lot across from the club awaiting the first of two sold-out audiences to exit before taking my seat for the second show that night. Seriously, it was well worth the wait and early winter chill. It's hard to categorize Peyroux as a jazz singer because she's not, and neither is she pop; she's a blend of genres who comes closer to sounding like Billie Holiday than anyone else I've listened to, and if you don't believe me, listen to "Dance Me to the End of Love." You'll be sorry if you miss her at Dimitriou's, so reserve your seat ASAP at www.jazzalley.com.

Norah Jones April 18 Paramount Theatre
Despite the success of her debut album, 2002's Come Away With Me, pop chanteuse Norah Jones has kept herself under the radar - though this hasn't prevented her from churning out more of the terrific music that put her on the map, such as the adorable and quirky single "Chasing Pirates." Her latest full-length recording, The Fall, finds her co-writing tunes with indie oddball Ryan Adams and Okkervil River's Will Sheff, resulting in more mid-tempo fare instead of the polished, feather-like pop numbers we've come to expect from her. At the Paramount Theatre, Jones is guaranteed to thrill.

La Roux April 19 The Showbox Market
Lesbian dance newbie La Roux took the club scene by storm with the single "Bulletproof," her first U.S.-certified hit and third overall in her native U.K., following the success of "Quicksand" and "In for the Kill" - the fourth released track is "I'm Not Your Toy." She sold out Chop Suey on her last swing through Seattle, which earns her a venue upgrade to The Showbox Market on her forthcoming tour stop, and she'll probably draw another packed, Chuck Taylor-wearing crowd.

Josh Rouse April 20 The Triple Door
Have you ever listened to "Winter in the Hamptons" or "Quiet Town" by Josh Rouse? They're guaranteed to make you skip down the street with a bundle of dandelions - well, possibly not to that extreme, but they will definitely put you in a good mood. The interesting thing is I have no idea whether these songs are actually uplifting because the Omaha-bred artist, who now resides in coastal Spain, has a way of writing music that appears delightful on the surface, yet is very melancholy beneath the cheery tones. Rouse's newest work is called El Turista and he'll introduce Seattle fans to it at his favorite local spot, The Triple Door, in late April. He's not to be missed.

Shelby Lynne April 27 The Triple Door
Here's one Best New Artist Grammy winner you rarely hear about these days, and yet she's still cranking out credible material. While Nashville maverick Shelby Lynne has never peaked commercially, she's outdone herself with modern classics like I Am Shelby Lynne and Identity Crisis. Her newest CD, titled Tears, Lies, and Alibis, is set for an April 20 release, allowing Seattle fans to congregate at The Triple Door a week later to be some of the first to hear it performed live. And if she happens to do "Leavin,'" disregard the sniffles of joy coming from my table.



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