Thursday, May 18

Bobby Blue Bland

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25.50 Also Fri., May 19–Sun., May 21

Brag 'N Writes: Silent

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Weekly Notable Shows

Highlights-and otherwise-from this week's music calendar.

Thursday, May 18

Bobby Blue Bland

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25.50 Also Fri., May 19–Sun., May 21

Brag 'N Writes: Silent Lambs Project + Siren's Echo + dRED.i + Specs One + Siver Shadow D

You finally meet the cool kids in town, and they tell you where the party's at—that's what it's like at the Lo Fi every night. Tonight's hip-hop showcase features Jace Ecaj and Silas Blak as SL Project, and dRED.i's MCs Moorpheus and Han Solo give a taste of what you'll hear on the newest mixtapes. Felicia Loud and TC Islam host the party, so get up and get down. Lo Fi, 9 p.m.

Domu

He's one of the residents at London's influential broken beat Co-Op party (along with 4 Hero, and Bugz in the Attic), and Domu's original tracks and remixes—with the remix of A.C. Lewis' "Tickles" the next release for openers SunTzu Sound's label—are equally sophisticated. Baltic Room, 9 p.m. $6

Julian Priester

Brown-bag it with master trombonist Julian Priester at this free show—and if you want more, check him out with the Priester's Cue quartet (including pianist Dawn Clement, drummer Byron Vannoy, and bassist Geoff Harper) later tonight. City Hall Plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., Noon. NC Also at Gallery 1412, 8 p.m. $5–$15

Friday, May 19

Bashment

Capitol Hill record store Zion's Gate hosts this ragga/jungle monthly that deals in rapid-fire rhythms and supersonic bass. Tonight's headliner is Vancouver, B.C.'s Angst, playing with locals Rama, Necron99, and MC the Specialist. The front room's "urban crushup" comes courtesy of Element and Alibi. Lo Fi Performance Gallery, 10 p.m. $5

The BellRays + Top Heavy Crush + Sugar Farm + Pretty Monster

Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $10 Also Sun., May 21, at Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 1 p.m. NC

Derby + In Praise of Folly + Bre + 20 Minute Loop

Derby's one of those Seattle-not-Seattle bands: they're from Portland, but play their fuzzy, lovely power-pop here often enough to have amassed a faithful following. Daylight Basement's Bre and San Francisco freak-pop quintet 20 Minute Loop join them for a show that'll charm your socks off. Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $5

The (International) Noise Conspiracy + the Fever + the Divorce

Capitalism stole my virginity! Guitarist Lars Strömberg and vocalist Dennis Lyxzén started the Conspiracy with fuel from a Phil Ochs quote that "the perfect rock outfit would be a combination of Elvis and Che Guevara." They haven't made the social impact of Lyxzén's defunct hardcore band Refused, but their new noise is worth checking out. Try your hardest not to court the Man by buying beer. El Corazon, 7 p.m. $12 All ages

Jason Lytle (Grandaddy)

The melancholic, spacey indie outfit of Grandaddy is no more, but frontman Jason Lytle appears solo tonight with songs from Just Like the Fambly Cat, their final V2 release. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 7 p.m. NC

Modeselektor + Derek Michael + Jerry Abstract + Recess Vs. Nordic Soul

The crew running the annual Decibel Festival have their hands busy all the time, as this excellent booking attests—BPitch Control techno artist Modeselektor's first Seattle appearance is supplemented with Detroit's Derek Michael, and some of our best local tune-slingers. If you like techno, you should be here. Re-Bar, 9 p.m. $7 before 10:30 p.m./$10

Saturday, May 20

Bats of Belfry + the Cuts + the Honey Hush + Radio City

Still staking their claim as Seattle's Next Big Thing, the Bats of Belfry are a shimmering '70s rock monster. Though they are their own monster, their astral harmonies and glam-inflected riffs owe plenty to Bowie, Neil Young, and Can. Comet Tavern, 9 p.m. $7

Cowboy Junkies

The eclectic, Canadian-bred band is one of the most criminally underrated bands of the past 20 years. Why? Because they play beautiful, haunting music that is virtually unclassifiable; and they won't let the Pussycat Dolls share the bill. The Junkies' version of Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" is one of a handful of covers that might actually be better than the original, and 2005's spare, rootsy Early 21st Century Blues shows that the Timmins family—particularly Margo—is still at the top of their game. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., $29–$39

Susana Baca + Cuchata

Perhaps the world's most well-loved Afro-Peruvian vocalist/performer, Baca's interpretations of traditional and classic melodies on this year's Travesías (Luaka Bop) are likely to be particularly affecting in this rare and intimate appearance. Crocodile Cafe, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25

Sunday, May 21

Boom Bap Project + Cancer Rising + Abyssinian Creole + Ricky Pharoe + DJ Sabzi

Hip-hop Appreciation Week winds down, so if you missed the Lo Fi bash earlier this week, catch up with Silent Lambs Project here, and a host of noteworthy Seattle crews, with Common Market's RA Scion heading up the proceedings. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $12 adv./$14. All ages

Six Parts Seven + the Can't See + the Fleet Foxes + Tiny Vipers

As the only band to break out of Kent, Ohio's post-metal-punk scene, Six Parts Seven are about to release their fifth disc for Suicide Squeeze. If past albums are any indication, it should be a gentle, rocking wave of instrumental subtleties, strange chords, and melodic twists. Crocodile Cafe, 7 p.m. $7 All ages

DJ Vadim + Yarah Bravo + Blu Rum 13 + Ammon Contact + DJ Collage

The hip-hop supergroup Oneself consists of DJ Vadim and collab MCs Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum 13, and last year's Children of Possibilities (Ninja Tune) got critical props. With Ammon Contact and DJ Collage. Chop Suey, 8 p.m. $10

Tuesday, May 23

Country Teasers + Climax Golden Twins + Ineffectual Healing

Funhouse, 9:30 p.m. $7

Mogwai + Earth

Scotland's Mogwai are one of the most interesting, mostly-instrumental acts of the decade thus far, outliving their peers (Explosions in the Sky, et. al) with prolific experimentation. From the depressive, Spacemen 3–like haze of 1999's Come On Die Young (Matador) to their darkly complex new Mr. Beast (PIAS) which finds them in kindred spirits with metal and drone heroes like Isis and Earth, they never fail to evolve. Showbox, 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20 All ages

The New Amsterdams

Will it be something to write home about? Sorry, couldn't help it . . . this spawn-of-the-Get-Up-Kids indie pop/punk group probably gets lighters raised for their own compositions, but we're too old to know firsthand. With the Lashes and the Look. Neumo's, 7 p.m. $12. All ages

The Tough and Lovely + the Fucking Eagles + MC Vagina

Organ-tinged garage rock straight outta Columbus, Ohio! Far superior to fellow dusty 45–crazed groups like Detroit Cobras, the Tough & Lovely forego mimicry and head straight to the heart of what makes garage-rock so good: rawness, honesty, and soul. Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m. $6

 
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