POP/ROCK By Erin K. Thompson
Cold War Kids/Thursday, March 1–Saturday, March 3
The Long Beach, Calif., quartet is playing three three-night stands in three West Coast cities to promote their hooky new single, "Minimum Day," and their new lineup— former Modest Mouse guitarist Dann Gallucci replaced the departing Jonnie Russell just last month. With Superhumanoids. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 9 p.m. $20 or $50 for all three nights.
Cloud Nothings/Tuesday, March 6
Cloud Nothings' third LP, this year's Steve Albini–produced Attack on Memory, finds 20-year-old mastermind Dylan Baldi recording with a full band for the first time, making for a heavier, more aggressive sound. With Mr. Dream. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10.
Javier Colon/Wednesday, March 7
Javier Colon's wrenching rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" was one of the highlights of last year's first season of The Voice; Colon went on to win the entire competition and collaborated with Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder, and Adam Levine on his new record Come Through for You. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 7 p.m. $25. All ages.
Islands/Saturday, March 10
Islands' latest record, the endearing A Sleep & A Forgetting, chronicles Nick Thorburn's devastating Valentine's Day split with a longtime lover last year; the result is the most touching and starkly emotional collection of songs he's written yet. With Idiot Glee. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages.
The Raincoats/Friday, March 16
Veteran lady punks the Raincoats haven't released an album in 16 years, but after Jeff Mangum asked them to play his curated version of All Tomorrow's Parties this year, the girls decided to follow up the festival with five U.S. shows. Seattle is one of the lucky cities they'll hit. With Grass Widow, M. Women. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8004. 8 p.m. $16.
Kelly Clarkson/Thursday, March 22
With her fifth album, Stronger, Kelly Clarkson proves her endurance as a pop star; her anthemic single "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" topped the Billboard and iTunes charts, making it much more successful than her recent Ron Paul endorsement via Twitter. With Matt Nathanson. ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent, 253-856-6777. 7 p.m. $35–$65. All ages.
Milagres/Sunday, March 25
The New York indie-pop quintet has spent the past year touring the U.S. and Europe, relentlessly pushing their Kill Rock Stars–released Glowing Mouth, a radiant, exquisitely crafted record that deserves any attention it gets and more. With 1,2,3, Desert Noises. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 8 p.m. $7.
Sharon Van Etten/Sunday, March 25
This buzzworthy, world-wise Brooklyn singer/ songwriter played a lovely set at Bumbershoot last year; since then she's released her intimate third record, Tramp, which features Van Etten's colorful vocals alongside moodily strummed guitars. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
The Coathangers/Wednesday, March 28
These feral Atlanta girl-rockers released their riotous Larceny & Old Lace on Suicide Squeeze last year; their thrashing punk tunes are even more of a rip-tearing good time in a live setting. With White Mystery, Sick Secrets. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272. 9 p.m. $10.
The Ting Tings/Wednesday, March 28
After four years, this British dance-punk duo is finally releasing the follow-up to their much-hyped debut, We Started Nothing. Sounds From Nowheresville is more of the same—a clash of party pop, punchy beats, and breezy R&B. With MNDR. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $21 adv./$23 DOS.
COUNTRY By Gwendolyn Elliott
Punch Brothers/Tuesday, March 6
Merging bluegrass themes with expansive, progressive instrumentation, mandolin man Chris Thile formed this lively five-piece string band after Nickel Creek broke up in 2007. With Aoife O'Donovan. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 781-5755. 8 p.m. $19. All ages.
Side Saddle/Friday, March 9
This trio of classic country-loving ladies sing with sweet harmonies and conjure up a time when Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris ruled country radio. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640. 9 p.m. $8.
New Multitudes/Saturday, March 10
Jeff Tweedy had his Woody Guthrie–inspired collaboration with Billy Bragg (Mermaid Avenue), and it's only fitting that Uncle Tupelo's other founding father, Americana rock legend Jay Farrar, should have his, too. With Sarah Jaffe. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 8 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
The Buckaroosters/Thursday, March 15
This all-Buck Owens, all-the-time cover band, comprising some of Seattle's best country players, regularly lights up the Hen's dance floor with their honky-tonkin' take on Owens' classic Bakersfield sound. Little Red Hen, 7115 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 522-1168. 9 p.m. $3.
Drive-By Truckers/Tuesday, March 20
These Alabama/Georgia based alt-country rockers swing through Seattle on the heels of last year's Go-Go Boots with their dirty-South-styled operatic ballads and roots-rock anthems. With Robert Ellis. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS.
Lady Antebellum/Tuesday, March 20
Irrepressible country rockers Lady Antebellum have garnered an impressive seven Grammy wins (their latest: 2011's Best Country Album, Own the Night), and will just as likely charm Seattle with their effervescent harmonies and soulful rock. With Darius Rucker, Thompson Square. KeyArena, 401 First Ave. N., 684-7200. 7 p.m. $24–$76.50. All ages.
Latigo Lace/Friday, March 23
"Butt Kickin' Rockin' Country" outfit Latigo Lace performs classic and Top-40 country with punch and pizzazz, and have been a mainstay at the Hen for years. Little Red Hen, 7115 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 522-1168. 9 p.m. $5.
Darrell Scott/Friday, March 23
Revered Nashville session player Darrell Scott's new album, The Long Ride Home, has climbed to the top of the Americana charts with its traditional, rootsy, down-home country sound. With Gary Ogan. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
The Warren G. Hardings/Friday, March 23
This Seattle string quintet performs bluegrass-styled compositions with an indie-rock edge. With Polecat, Head for the Hills. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212. 8 p.m. $10.
Rosie Flores/Friday, March 30
This Tex-Mex rockabilly queen is one of the few female guitarists to have her own official Day (August 31 in Austin), but there's no doubt the maestra, credited as one of the creators of alt-country, has earned it. With Marti Brom. Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900. 9 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.
HIP-HOP By Todd Hamm
Grynch/Friday, March 2
At this album-release show for Grynch's third album, Perspective, expect to see a few of the record's guests and hear a ton of new music from one of the scene's most endearing figures. With The Bar, Chev, DJ Swervewon. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
One Be Lo/Saturday, March 3
As a solo artist and half of Binary Star, this Pontiac, Mich., MC has been making classic music for well over a decade. He's made Seattle his second home over the past few years, and tonight's show should have some killer energy. With Ra Scion, Luke Rain, AudioDose Crew, E & Dae. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 8 p.m. $8.
The Good Sin & Luck-One/Saturday, March 3
Jovial MC The Good Sin and lyricist Luck-One have both come a long way in the past year. Having released a steady stream of quality product and built their brands to a comparably high level, holding a dual album-release show makes perfect sense. It's a great opportunity to get acquainted with a couple of buzzing artists. With Thaddeus David, Brothers From Another. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10.
Fresh Espresso/Friday, March 9
Although they've been somewhat quiet since releasing their summer 2009 debut Glamour, Fresh Espresso's music remains as inventive and forward-thinking as ever. Expect P Smoov and Rik Rude, hard at work on their next album, to bring the heat. With Don't Talk to the Cops!, White China Gold, DJ 100proof. Neumos. 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $10.
Head Like a Kite & Daydream Vacation/Friday, March 16
Dave Einmo has been called the "Supreme Chancellor of Seattle dance pop" (by me), and has done nothing of late to discredit that claim. He will pull double duty tonight with his two bands: established dance/hip-hop project Head Like a Kite and new venture Daydream Vacation. Likely cameos include cohorts Trent Moorman, Tilson, Asya de Saavedra, and Nat Damm. With NighTraiN, Sports. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10.
Young Jeezy/Tuesday, March 27
Swinging through Seattle for the second time in six months (he appeared at Showbox at the Market in September), Atlanta's hyphy figurehead is playing a more intimate setting this time. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 7 p.m. $27.50 adv./ $30 DOS. All ages.
Eligh & Amp Live/Wednesday, March 28
Living Legends representative Eligh and Zion I producer Amp Live found a successful mesh-point in last year's Therapy at 3, so, along with whatever solo material they decide to bring to the stage, they should be able to please fans of both parties. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $12.
THEESatisfaction/Thursday, March 29
The album-release show for TS's Sub Pop debut, awE NaturalE, will likely mark the beginning of a fruitful chapter for the duo and hint at what's to come. Be there to see things take shape. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $10.
DJ/ELECTRONIC By Eric Grandy
Soul Train Party/Friday, March 2
Soul Train's Don Cornelius (R.I.P.) taught a nation to get down while exposing audiences to some funky music; tonight DJ Riz and Shonuph honor that legacy by doing the same for Seattle. Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E. Pike St., 568-3972. 9 p.m.
Mike Q/Saturday, March 3
Before Madonna took vogueing to the Super Bowl, it was part of NYC's gay "ballroom" subculture, where it persists. Mike Q is one of the current scene's premier DJs, and his jacking house tracks are ideal for throwing shade, reading bitches, and otherwise working it. With Cedaa, Ill Cosby, 214, flarelight, Kid Simpl, DJAO, qp. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave., 254-2824. Midnight. $8.
Stop Biting: Suttikeeree & WD4D/Tuesday, March 6
Local producers WD4D and Suttikeeree celebrate the release of their joint effort, the After School EP 2, an ace batch of heady beats laced with glossy synths and rough, cut-up samples. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave., 254-2824. Midnight. $5.
Grammy Electronic Mixer/Thursday, March 8
U mad about Skrillex and Deadmau5 at the Grammys? Tonight's mixer promises subtler strains of electronic music via Portland's Natasha Kmeto—plus the opportunity to join NARAS, the body that votes on Grammy winners, bro. With 214, Sean Majors, Nordic Soul. Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E. Pike St., 568-3972. 6 p.m. Free with RSVP.
Trus'Me/Friday, March 9
Decibel's monthly at Re-bar brings British nu-disco phenom Trus'Me back to Seattle for a night of re-rubbed classics and deep, funky original cuts. With Justice + Treasure vs. Pezzner & Hanssen. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 233-9873. 10 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.
Steve Aoki & Datsik/Friday, March 9
In the past decade, Dim Mak label owner Steve Aoki has championed post-hardcore, dance punk, blog-house, electro-clash, and whatever else the wind was blowing; that he arrives in Seattle this time with the wubby bro-step of Datsik seems entirely in character. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510. 8 p.m. $25–$35. All ages.
Knightriders 5-Year Anniversary/Friday, March 9
Detroit house and techno producer (and sometimes stand-up comic) Kenny Larkin headlines, while local crew-turned-label Knightriders shows off their promising stable of Seattle talent earlier on the bill. With Christy Love, Mathew Anderson, 214, Ill Cosby, Rhines, Baron & Grindle. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave., 254-2824. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$16 DOS.
Diggin' Deep: DJ Heather/Saturday, March 10
House may be making a comeback in hipper circles, but for Chicagoan DJ Heather, house never left—and she'll probably still be throwing it down once the fair-weather-heads have moved on. With Jeromy Nail, Sky Ortiz, Deep-vibez. Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E. Pike St., 568-3972. 10 p.m. $10.
Mark Farina/Saturday, March 17
Local house crew Uniting Souls celebrates its 15th anniversary with OM Records/ Mushroom Jazz DJ Mark Farina. Expect Farina's typical organic grooves, and maybe a couple screwballs from local support Pezzner. With Michael Manahan, Ramiro, Deepvibez, Jeromy Nail. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 9 p.m. $15.
Skream & Benga/Thursday, March 22
Skream and Benga were among dubstep's first innovators in the early '00s in south London; since then, once-austere bass music has blown up to big, Grammy-winning proportions, and for better or worse its pioneers have largely kept pace. With Kid Hops. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $20. All ages.
THE HEAVIES By Dave Lake
Guttermouth/Saturday, March 3
They're obnoxious, they're offensive, they're Guttermouth—and how better to spend a Saturday night than drinking cheap beer with your fellow degenerates while slamming along to hits like "Pee in the Shower," "Cram It up Your Ass," and "1-2-3 Slam"? With Uncivil, Boldtype. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $13.
Andrew W.K./Sunday, March 4
Marking the 10th anniversary of his breakthrough debut I Get Wet, the party animal will play the record in its entirety tonight, touring with his full band for the first time in almost seven years. With the Evaporators. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.
Hugh Cornwell & Glen Matlock/Saturday, March 10
Two British punk legends face off onstage. Cornwell led the Stranglers from 1974–90, while Matlock wrote the lion's share of the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks. Catch them now before they're both too old to tour. With Red Jacket Mine, Toxic Kid. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS.
Flogging Molly/Tuesday, March 13
Flogging Molly's latest was written in a Detroit basement and recorded in an old church. Speed of Darkness is a sharp blast of Celtic punk about faith, resilience, and community, but the band's always been as enjoyable live as on record. With Suedehead, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510. 7:30 p.m. $29.25. All ages.
Zepparella/Friday, March 16
Rather than choosing between your love of Led Zeppelin and your love of hot chicks, why not combine them by taking in a set from this kick-ass all-female Zeppelin tribute? Bonus: See both shows for $20. I wonder if they'll spend the night fishing at the Edgewater afterward. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 7 & 11 p.m. $12.50 adv./$15 DOS, or both shows for $20.
DragStrip Riot/Saturday, March 17
Celebrate St. Patty's Day with a gaggle of souped-up punk bands. You'll be getting drunk anyway, and these bands are the perfect soundtrack. Plus, The Graceland Five combine two things you didn't even know you wanted together: the Misfits and Elvis. With The Hardcount, Warning: Danger. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400. 9:30 p.m. $6.
Vendetta Red/Saturday, March 17
Hard at work on a new album, a reunited Vendetta Red will take a break from recording to celebrate the release of a new seven-inch, the first 300 of which will be hand-numbered and on glow-in-the-dark vinyl, which you can pick up at the show. With Encourager, Viper Creek Club, Silicon Girls. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
Deicide/Sunday, March 18
Tampa, Florida's death-metal legends will pummel your eardrums with songs from their 25-year career, including their latest, 2011's To Hell With God. Start your Sunday at church, end it here. With Jungle Rot, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne, Super Happy Story Time Land. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$27 DOS. All ages.
Make Do and Mend/Sunday, March 18
In town to record a new record with Matt Bayles, this Boston post-hardcore band will play a one-off show, where you'll hopefully get to hear some of those new songs. Catch them at the intimate Vera before they head out on the Warped Tour this summer. With Success, Erode, Crutches, Four Minute Mile. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372. 7 p.m. $11. All ages.
Onslaught/Monday, March 19
The British thrash-metal vets bring their live show to North America for the very first time. Supporting are M-Pire of Evil, featuring black-metal progenitors Mantas, Antton, and Demolition Man of Venom. With Evil Dead, Crush Your Enemies. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312. 6 p.m. $15 adv./ $17 DOS. All ages.
Mudhoney/Wednesday, March 21
Mark Arm's treatise on Creed in the grunge-themed episode of VH1's Metal Evolution was a highlight. So will be this show. If you've seen Mudhoney before, you already know that. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? With feedtime. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $15.