(Royal Room) In December, Beck released a unique project: a collection of sheet music for an album, published in a beautiful bound edition by McSweeney's—an album you can hear only if you or someone you know can play it. This week brings two performances of Song Reader, one at the Crocodile on Friday, and one jointly presented by KEXP and Columbia City's wonderful Royal Room tonight, which will have an all-ages set at 7 p.m. and a 21+ show at 9:30 p.m., both backed by the Royal Room house band. Beck told McSweeney's in an interview, "I thought a lot about making these songs playable and approachable, but still musically interesting. I think some of the best covers will reimagine the chord structure, take liberties with the melodies, the phrasing, even the lyrics themselves. There are no rules in interpretation."