This Week's Recommended Shows

Ballard jazz and beyond.

Ballard Jazz Fest/Wednesday, April 18–Saturday, April 21

The annual event includes a set from Brotherhood of the Drum (Wednesday), a Guitar Summit (Thursday), and a pancake breakfast (Saturday). Regulars of Seattle Weekly's Reverb Festival will find the format of Friday night's jazz walk familiar: 22 artists (the Spin Quartet, Todd Bishop, etc.) perform at a dozen venues (Salmon Bay Eagles, Egan's, etc.) around the neighborhood. Various times and prices; check ballardjazzfestival.com. CHRIS KORNELIS

***EDITOR'S PICK

Perfume Genius/Thursday, April 19

Mike Hadreas kicked off the year with controversy when YouTube blocked an ad for his new music video, which featured Hadreas in his underwear being cradled in the arms of a hairy Hungarian porn star. Luckily, all that silly hoo-ha ended up being only a momentary distraction from the brilliance of Hadreas' second album as Perfume Genius, February's Put Your Back N 2 It. Hadreas' new songs continue the starkly reflective style he first established on 2010's critically acclaimed Learning; his willingness to address such themes as sexuality, suicide, and, yes, pornography—not only that, but to transform them into moments of eloquent musical beauty—brand him as Seattle's bravest songwriter. With Parenthetical Girls. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10. ERIN K. THOMPSON

A Tribute to Full Toilet/Thursday, April 19

With only a 7-inch to his name, it's surely too early in Don Sheets' career for a tribute to his sludgy brand of speed-punk. But according to his label, Sub Pop, Sheets is dead of a "DUST OD," and among the many odd features of tonight's tribute show, "there will be a bucket of his ashes to piss into for $25 a head." There's more than a hint of irony to this bill, stemming from the author of such songs as "Pist Office" and "Keys, Wallet, Phone, Gun." With performances by Brent Amaker, Kasey Anderson, and Shelby Earl (in another weird twist, all decidedly non-punk country artists), attendees might just be treated to a spectacle that surpasses Sheets' own reputation for mayhem. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9:30 p.m. $7. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

PillowTalk/Friday, April 20

This electronic trio from San Francisco came together through decidedly organic means: a late-night living-room jam session on guitar and piano. From such casual beginnings, the group's gone on to hone a sleekly funky sound combining house grooves, jazzy electric pianos, and live R&B vocals. It seems like a particularly Bay Area take on vocal house: loose, laid-back, and maybe just a little bit too indulgent, depending on your tolerance for vocal schmaltz. It's a setup that should make for a fine live show, though, in which both vocal and instrumental passages could be jammed out on as needed. With the Architects, Xan Lucero vs OFDM, Recess. Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E. Pike St., 568-3972. 10 p.m. $15. ERIC GRANDY

Colleen Green/Saturday, April 21

This 27-year-old California songwriter is sort of the ultimate chiller. Her Twitter handle is @colleengreen420, her Facebook page declaims "It's really fucking easy being green," and she spends her spare time kicking it in L.A. and penning a comic strip called "Real Shit Daily" that depicts fun fantasy experiences like buying bags of grass from Robin Williams. Green's lo-fi fuzz-punk tunes, as heard on her debut LP Milo Goes to Compton (which includes a lyrically twerked Ramones cover called "I Wanna Be Degraded"), do a great job of reflecting her mellowed-out vibe. It's music that's sure to get your head buzzing, pleasantly. With Seapony, Witch Gardens, Corals. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823. 10 p.m. $7. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Dar Williams/Saturday, April 21

If you were to send one American artist to an Adirondack peak to shout the phrase "I am a female folksinger from the Northeastern United States!" and really mean it, that artist would be Dar Williams. She makes music that should send you immediately to your bedroom for a sweater (never silk) and to the kitchen for tea (never tequila). Given these parameters, it's too bad she's playing on a Saturday, but rest assured she'll deliver exactly what's expected of her. With Alex Dezen. At Silver Platters, 701 Fifth Ave. N., 283-3472, 2 p.m., NC, all ages, and The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7 p.m., $35, all ages. MIKE SEELY

 
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