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posted Friday, October 1, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 40
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M.I.A., Maroon 5, Lady Antebellum highlight crammed October

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

They don't call it Rocktober for nothing. This is the busiest and most exciting month of the year for live music in the Emerald City. From electronica to metal, jazz to pop-rock, the following weeks are loaded with amazing concerts that'll truly knock your socks off. Here are 12 anticipated shows to keep in mind for last-minute ticket buys.

Klaxons
October 5
Chop Suey

After winning the Mercury Music Prize for 2007's perky debut, Myths of the Near Future, UK punk-electro act Klaxons went into hiding - did they join extensive vacationer Amy Winehouse for some much-needed beach time? Wherever they were, they've returned with a bang - the trio's new album, Surfing the Void, is a second helping of their rather adventurous style of dance-rock and they'll introduce it to fans at Chop Suey early in the month, but I'm all about the old stuff - 'Golden Skans', anyone? Tickets: www.chopsuey.com.

Frightened Rabbit
October 7
The Showbox Market

Just before Scottish folk group Frightened Rabbit took the stage at Neumos back in May, people were making last-minute attempts to buy tickets to the sold-out concert. This time around, fans are in luck as the band upgrades to The Showbox Market on their second turn promoting their newest offering, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, one of my picks for 2010's best albums thus far. If there's even an ounce of Scottish blood in you, come party with your fellow kind and see just how incredible Frightened Rabbit truly is. Tickets: www.showboxonline.com.

Alice in Chains
w/ Deftones and Mastodon
October 8
Key Arena

You might need earplugs if you're even walking past Key Arena when grunge icons Alice in Chains play a blistering set of old and new favorites to local fans next month, joined by veteran rockers Deftones and Mastodon. Transitions aside, Alice in Chains continue to be a tour de force and can still make 'Would' and 'Angry Chair' sound almost as potent as circa Layne Staley (RIP, baby). Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.

Manu Chao
October 12
Paramount Theatre

French-born musician Manu Chao puts everything and the kitchen sink into his Spanish-sung folk songs, also spiced with bits of Portuguese and English. A Latin Grammy winner and Coachella Festival alum, whose 2001 recording Proxima Estacion: Esperanza ranks as one of the best albums of the previous decade, is only landing at four West Coast cities on this brief tour - note to self: run to the box office. Tickets: www.stgpresents.org.

Deadmau5
October 13
Paramount Theatre

My favorite Canadian is not Michael Buble, and neither is he the cutest, in my opinion. Both of these titles go to Toronto native Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known artistically as the globally successful turntablist Deadmau5. His sold-out performance last winter at The Showbox Market was off the frickin' chain, a high-powered dance party with all the bells and whistles (literally) brought in by a rave-inspired crowd. Look for a repeat at the Paramount, but with more wiggle room. Fingers crossed he rotates 'Contact' into the mix. Tickets: www.stgpresents.org.

M.I.A.
October 17
The Showbox Market

The on-again, off-again tour of M.I.A. appears to have a somewhat happy ending, the result being a one-night-only appearance at a too-small venue for an artist with this talent. The flip side of this electronic-hip pop performer being relocated to the Showbox Market (from the Paramount Theatre) is that we'll have less pretentious hipsters to bump elbows with. From the new album Maya, let's hope she does 'Story to Be Told' and 'Illygirl.' I've been waiting for M.I.A. all year, and I'm not exaggerating! Tickets: www.showboxonline.com

Matt Costa
October 20
El Corazon

Pro skateboarder-turned-musician Matt Costa has reinvented himself again on his just-released third album, Mobile Chateau, going for a breezier sound reminiscent of fellow SoCal natives the Beach Boys. A crafty songwriter and composer, this pop-rock maestro of sorts plays multiple instruments and sings effortlessly like a 20something Bob Dylan. He's got the chops, the looks, and the potential to be huge, so the fact he's playing venues the size of El Corazon is a pity - here's hoping he includes 'Behind the Moon' and 'Mr. Pitiful' on his set list. Tickets: www.elcorazonseattle.com.

City Arts Fest
October 20-23
multiple venues

Admittedly, I haven't done my research as to whether the forthcoming City Arts Fest is celebrating its inaugural year or if it's been around for a lot longer. What I do know is that the four-day event includes rare performances by indie icons Cat Power and Belle and Sebastian, reason enough to buy the all-inclusive festival pass. Also on the lineup: She & Him, Gogol Bordello, Rory Erickson, and Blitzen Trapper. Tickets: www.cityartsfest.com.

Maroon 5
October 21
Tacoma Dome

I'd love to be a pair of Adam Levine's jeans. The lead hottie for Grammy-winning group Maroon 5 has been accelerating the heartbeats of Gay men since 2002 when the group dropped its first album, Songs About Jane. M5's newest record, Hands All Over, was released on September 21 and has already produced a pair of hit singles, including 'Misery' and 'Out of Goodbyes' (with Lady Antebellum). Dare me to scream louder than the training bra-strapped tweens at the show? I'm up for the challenge! Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.

Lady Antebellum
October 25
WaMu Theater

It's not what Lady Antebellum has done in 2010, it's what they haven't done. The country trio won their first Grammy Award at the start of the year, followed by an appearance on Oprah, a national tour with Tim McGraw, and an armload of ACM trophies for their crossover smash 'Need You Now.' But October's concert will be their first headlining gig in Seattle, which means no short set and two hours of fixated viewing on proportionately sized lead singer Charles Kelley. Tickets: www.wamutheater.com.

Spencer Day
October 26-27
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

A breakthrough is in progress for jazz-pop newbie Spencer Day, so watch out. The rising star interviewed with Seattle Gay News last year, right before he wowed guests at his debut performance at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. He returns to the small club for back-to-back nights to play songs from his album Vagabond, and perhaps newer music selections. Plus, rumor has it he's interviewing with us a second time. Reservations: www.jazzalley.com or (206) 441-9729

Sufjan Stevens
October 30
Paramount Theatre

Detroit-born Sufjan Stevens is one of music's best-looking performers, though he's also one of its most mysterious - he rarely does interviews or TV appearances, so the verdict is still out on whether he's Gay, straight, or a little of both. The chamber pop artist, known for matching fine classical-style arrangements with genuine American life stories, finally returns to Seattle after a four- or five-year drought (I lost count, seriously). If he's anything short of brilliant, I'll be shocked and disappointed. Tickets: www.stgpresents.org.

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