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posted Friday, March 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 12
Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Cut Copy swing through in April
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Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, Cut Copy swing through in April

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Three rock icons dominate the month of April - Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon, and Rod Stewart - making it the most interesting month for live music thus far in 2011. A fourth legend, John Mellencamp, is also slated to appear this month in Seattle. Aside from the Nicks/Stewart (April 23, Key Arena) and Simon (April 15, WaMu Theater) concerts, which I'll preview more extensively in the coming weeks, here are five shows to keep in mind for next month.

Madeleine Peyroux
March 31-April 2
Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

Singing in both English and French gives Madeleine Peyroux double potency, as does her distinct vocals that swish beautifully from traditional to contemporary. She literally got her start as a busker on the cobblestone streets of Paris before her discovery and eventual breakthrough. Peyroux is so closely followed that every seat at the Jazz Alley, down to the bar stools, will likely be accounted for on each performance of her three-night stay. The Athens, Georgia native is still promoting 2009's Bare Bones release, though her set list will certainly include a few familiars from 2004's popular Careless Love CD, such as 'Don't Wait Too Long' and 'Dance Me to the End of Love.' I'll review one of Peyroux's shows for our April 8 issue.

British Sea Power
April 2
Neumos

It was a ballsy move to title their debut album The Decline of British Sea Power, but the band in reference seemed firmly confident in their unfiltered rock sound, reminiscent of fellow English acts Joy Division, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Pulp. The group boasts David Bowie, The Strokes, and Jarvis Cocker as fans, yet manage to keep a relatively low profile. BSP dropped its newest album Valhalla Dancehall in January - not to be confused with Morrissey's Vauxhall and I - and will introduce Seattle fans to tracks from it when they play a likely sell-out at Neumos next weekend. SGN writer Jessica Price will review the concert for our April 7 issue.

My Chemical Romance
April 3
The Showbox SoDo

Emo is not dead, and neither is My Chemical Romance. The Newark-based outfit has already sold out its Seattle concert in early April, a sign that the group's fans continue to embrace their edgy style of sensitive, often theatrical rock music. 2006's The Black Parade earned MCR strong critical acclaim, though 'Helena' from 2004's Life on the Murder Scene is probably their biggest single to date.

Lead vocalist Gerard Way - who writes comic books on the side and is actually cute underneath the layers of face paint - got married, in true rock star fashion, backstage after a show. SGN writer Shaun Knittel will review the concert for our April 7 issue.

Cut Copy
April 12
The Showbox SoDo

To create an organic electronic sound - a bit of an oxymoron, but stay with me - Australian quartet Cut Copy went as far as using partially filled wine bottles, an assortment of cowbells, and opted for a warehouse instead of a recording studio to make their latest album, Zonoscope. The house-pop elements from the group's previous CD, In Ghost Colours, still peek through, but more purely on the new record (if that makes any sense). Cut Copy is going to kill it at The Showbox SoDo when they unleash 'Lights and Music,' 'Out There on the Ice,' 'Need You Now,' and the oh-so-'80s-inspired 'Take Me Over.' SGN writer Jessica Price will review the concert for our April 15 issue.

John Mellencamp
April 12
McCaw Hall

What's your favorite John 'Cougar' Mellencamp song? You have plenty to choose from: 'Jack and Diane,' 'Pink Houses,' 'Hurts So Good,' 'Human Wheels,' and 'Ain't Even Done with the Night,' to name a few. Personally, nothing beats 'Crumblin' Down.' The rockabilly icon brings his lengthy catalog to McCaw Hall for a performance in mid-April that has vintage written all over it. It's assumed he'll do a lot of big hits, so get those lyrics memorized and get that hair retro-whipped. SGN writer Shaun Knittel will review the concert for our April 15 issue.

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