WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Brotherhood of the Drum Four jazz drummers and their bands will participate in the Ballard Jazz Festival's opening showcase. With Kobie Watkins, Eric Eagle, Todd Bishop, King Tears Bat Trip. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640, conorbyrnepub.com. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.
The Plastic Revolution This Southern California pop-punk band's sound harkens back to the glory days of bands like Blink-182 or Sum 41. With Underwater Tiger, The Whoopsie Daisies. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Pontiak These Virginia psych-rock brothers hit the Comet with like-minded local support from third-eye openers Midday Veil, desert drone seekers Scriptures, and odd electronic duo The Midget. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $10.
Screaming Females This New Jersey punk trio, fronted by yowling vocalist Marissa Paternoster, are touring in support of their twisting, heavy-riffing, Steve Albini–engineered fifth LP, Ugly. With Neighbors, So Pitted, Silicon Girls. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823. 9 p.m. $7.
Tuck and Patti This husband-and-wife vocals/guitar duo plays subdued acoustic jazz. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
DJ Quik A pioneer of West Coast hip-hop both as a producer and MC, Quik continues to refine and experiment with his distinctive production style on 2011's The Book of David. With Dyme Def, Fatal Lucciauno, DJ 100Proof. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $20.
Eve 6 Since putting the nation's hearts in a blender with "Inside Out" in 1998, these pop-rockers have disbanded and reunited, and are set to release Speak in Code, their first album in eight years. With The Audition, NameSake. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 8 p.m. $16 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Greensky Bluegrass This veteran five-piece bluegrass act deals in twangy harmonies and intricately arranged originals. With the Blackberry Bushes, Kris Orlowski. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS.
David Guilbault This local songwriter's gentle folk-rock wouldn't have sounded out of place on '70s AM radio. With Vacant Stairs, Matahey. The Rogue & Peasant, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., 588-0891, therogueandpeasant.com. 9 p.m. $5.
The Parlour Suite This Minneapolis band could easily be mistaken for indie darlings Tennis: Both are husband/wife duos, and both write breezy pop tunes. With Clutch Douglass, White Metal Rabbit. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Todd Snider While both are acoustic artists playing the Triple Door this week, Todd Snider and Dar Williams are as different as Austin and Boston. For instance, Snider has a penis, has probably taken a bong rip in his lifetime, and knows how to sing a joke. With Reed Foehl. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7 p.m. $25–$35. All ages.
Three Bad Jacks Can anyone complain about a night of great rock 'n' roll and burlesque? Didn't think so. Three Bad Jacks and Dragstrip Riot are taking over the Funhouse along with the sexy ladies of Vavoom Room Burlesque, who are ready to show you the goods. Or are they? Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400, thefunhouseseattle.com. 9:30 p.m. $10.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Behemoth Polish death-metal band Behemoth are back from the grave many metalheads thought they would be enveloped by after vocalist/guitarist Nergal was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. What better way to celebrate his replenished health than a tour with Watain? With The Devil's Blood, In Solitude, Samothrace. El Corazon. 6:30 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Eighty4 Fly This rapper's laid-back flow and surplus of weed-referencing lyrics recall fellow local MC Nacho Picasso's; perhaps not coincidentally, he appeared on the Nacho track "100 G's." With Choklate, Vitamin D, Bobby Hustle. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme Gravy and his 12-piece band play vintage funk tunes that are especially kinetic live. With The Brown Edition, Philly's Phunkestra. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
Little Big Show The latest installment of the Starbucks-backed Little Big Show series benefits Coyote Central—a nonprofit that puts creative professions together with aspiring students—and features sets from Real Estate and Poor Moon, the Fleet Foxes offshoot that just released its debut EP, Illusion, on Sub Pop. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $15. All ages.
Louis Logic This underground rapper's brutally honest style recalls that of Slug from Atmosphere. With Sadistik, Griff J., Sarx. The Rogue & Peasant. 9 p.m. $7.
Stenskogen Tonight's bill showcases an assortment of Seattle's more out-there sound artists: ambient synth soloist Panabrite; sludge-metal rockers Noise-a-Tron; Particle Being Ensemble, a new collaboration among members of sometimes kosmiche/sometimes noise outfit Brain Fruit and cultic psych ensemble Rose Windows; and headliners Stenskogen, a new trio featuring Portable Shrines' Aubrey Nehring, Midday Veil's David Golightly, and Garek J. Druss. Comet Tavern. 8 p.m. $8.
Super Geek League This local punk nine-piece is known for elaborately choreographed and outlandishly costumed live performances. With Lacero, Esitu, The Purpose Being. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $12 adv./$14 DOS. All ages.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Ballard's Got Soul Local DJs spin classic '60s soul records at this monthly dance party. With DJ Sad Bastard, DJ Nitty Gritty, DJ Kristoffer K. Conor Byrne. 9 p.m.
Enter Shikari This British band's latest album, A Flash Flood of Colour, combines hardcore with electronic elements that vaguely resemble dubstep. With Letlive, At the Skylines. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $12.50 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Soul Senate This vibey nine-piece soul orchestra brings back the funk-inflected sounds of the '60s and '70s with soulful vocals and booty-shaking grooves. It's a double-CD-release show with Haiku-Chi. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. $8. $10 p.m.
Sweatbox Fourth Anniversary Sweatbox celebrates with 12 hours of deep and heavy techno, headlined by Berlin-via-Minneapolis marathon DJ Derek Plaslaiko and backed by a crew of equally hard-partying locals. With Jonny Romero & Ctrl_Alt_Dlt, Sh6rl6s6, Roddimus, and Eugene Fauntleroy. Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E. Pike St., 568-3972, electricteagarden.com. 10 p.m. $10.
UW HuskyFest The University of Washington is celebrating 150 years of purple and gold with three days of music in Red Square. Saturday's acts include local up-and-comers Stephanie (1:30), dance/soul regulars Fly Moon Royalty (3:15), and a set from the Portland Cello Project at 5 (if you can stomach such a thing). The Pavilion on Red Square, UW campus. 10 a.m. Free. All ages.
Yonder Mountain String Band A jam band with a progressive approach to roots music, YMSB melds the genre's traditional instrumentation with rock arrangements. With Brown Bird. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 7:30 p.m. $25. All ages.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Deathraid A combination of blistering hardcore punk and a distinct thrash-metal influence, Deathraid's music is loud, fast, and angry. With Countdown to Armageddon. Chop Suey. 7 p.m. $7.
Delhi 2 Dublin This worldly Vancouver, B.C., band mixes acoustic instruments with beat-heavy Bhangra music. With Anjali & The Incredible Kid. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15.
The Infamous Stringdusters The Stringdusters play country-tinged bluegrass (with some serious technical chops), and are touring behind March's Silver Sky. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Papadosio This five-piece classifies itself as "mind-expanding dance music," but "electronic music with a jam-band aesthetic and light-jazz synthesizer noodling" would be a more accurate genre tag. With Nefarious Jones. Nectar. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
Peter Wolf Crier These indie-rockers have a new album, Garden of Arms, and a string of tour dates with Damien Jurado. With Post Madonna. High Dive. 8 p.m. $7.
School of Seven Bells This dream-pop outfit, guitarist Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza, recently released their minimalist third record (their first as a duo), the cool and haunting Ghostory. With Exitmusic. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $13.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
Bettye Lavette This Grammy-nominated soul singer's most recent album, 2010's Interpretations, featured covers of songs by British rock greats like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, and Elton John. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. $26.50. All ages.
The Naked and Famous Arguably New Zealand's biggest band right now (sorry, Flight of the Conchords), TNaF's electro-pop has stadium-sized ambitions reminiscent of MGMT and The Big Pink. With Vacationer; Now, Now. Showbox SoDo. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.
Esperanza Spalding The most overrated artist of her time is supporting her new kinda-jazz, kinda-soul record, Radio Music Society. It's her first since she robbed Justin Bieber—and, considering her chops, every other budding talent—of the Best New Artist trophy at the 2011 Grammys. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $30–$42. All ages.