Expect new odd twists from the Dandy Warhols

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Friday, December 11, 2009 12:01am
  • Life

Italy and Oregon don’t seem like obvious mates, but that won’t keep the Dandy Warhols from connecting the two this Christmas season.

The Portland, Ore., band will use Italian traditions to frame its three upcoming holiday shows, including its stop in Seattle tonight.

“We like to take a different approach to Christmas: a little more Old World and a lot more jaunty,” frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor said on the group’s blog.

Stylish stunts like that have given the Dandy Warhols a loyal following beyond rock radio, where the group has scored hits such as “Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” and “Bohemian Like You.”

Concertgoers might hear fan favorites during the Dandy’s Seattle stop, along with the group’s take on “Little Drummer Boy.”

8 tonight, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20; ticketswest.com or 800-992-8499.

Dick Dale: The king of surf-rock guitar casts a large shadow.

The 72-year-old performer scored some minor chart success in the early 1960s, but saw his reputation as the fiery master of the Fender grow in the ensuing years.

He received a huge bump in popularity when Quentin Tarantino used his song “Miserlou” in the film “Pulp Fiction.” The soundtrack went triple platinum, and Dale became a hot item, joining the Warped Tour alongside bands such as 311 and NOFX.

He continues to tour at a pace that might put younger men to shame, with 10 shows scheduled in the next month.

8 tonight, the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $35; www.thetripledoor.com or 206-838-4333.

Zero 7: Grammy nominations and the platinum-selling success of the “Garden State” soundtrack have elevated this low-key London duo to international status.

The electronica group was introduced to a wider audience in 2004, when actor Zach Braff included the group’s mellow song “In the Waiting Line” on his movie’s soundtrack.

The group built on that exposure by embracing a poppier sound and earning a 2007 Grammy nomination for its album “The Garden.”

Zero 7 is now touring behind its September album, “Yeah Ghost.”

8 p.m. Saturday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

J. Tillman: Seattle band the Fleet Foxes are top-heavy with talent, something that drummer J. Tillman makes clear.

He has released five albums in the past four years. He will play his hometown in support of his September album, “In the Kingdom.”

8 tonight, the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $10; thecrocodile.com.

107.7 the End Deck the Hall Ball: Muse headlines this sold-out show, which also features Thirty Seconds to Mars, Metric, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend.

5 p.m. Tuesday, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; sold out.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; arathbun@heraldnet.com.

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