WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Crooked Smile This local group fuses funk, jazz, soul, and lots of saxophone. With Richie Aldente, For the Birds. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
DJ Shadow Producer and instrumental hip-hop pioneer DJ Shadow (real name Josh Davis) also holds a Guinness world record for the first album to be constructed entirely from samples, his landmark 1996 debut, Endtroducing..... With Nerve. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
Farko Collective A jazz-fusion group led by Uzbekistani bass prodigy Farko Dosumov headlines this free funk showcase. With George Tisdale Band, Spekulation. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. Free.
Justice The flouncy '70s prog-pop of Justice's 2011 album Audio, Video, Disco has about as much substance as their old onstage stacks of fake amps, with none of the engagingly heavy, headbanging techno rock of their early hits. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $26.25 adv./$31.25 DOS. All ages.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Kenny G Arguably as maligned (the hair, the cheeseball smooth jazz) as he is successful (more than 75 million records sold worldwide), the adult- contemporary icon will play four nights (through April 29) of relatively rare club shows. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $55.
SubEndub This high-school DJ duo's mixes bear a heavy influence of EDM titans like Deadmau5 and Bassnectar. With Ronnie Dylan. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
Tennis This husband/wife duo offers more trademark sunny pop tunes on February's Young & Old. With Wild Belle, Pacific Pride. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $11 adv./ $13 DOS.
Waka Flocka Flame This Southern hip-hop artist is touring behind his forthcoming sophomore album, Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, and Family. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $29.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Demon Hunter In support of their newly released True Defiance, Seattle natives Demon Hunter hit the stage tonight with a vengeance. Don't be surprised if your neck hurts in the morning, because with tunes as heavy as theirs, you won't be able to stop banging your head, vigorously. With Into the Flood, They Charge Like Warriors. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.
Hotels The Seattle surf-rockers celebrate the release of their Cinemascope I EP with New Wave electro-dance outfit Noddy and echoey shoegaze group SPORTS. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. 9 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
Kowalski These five rockers, hailing from Bellingham, are ready to show Seattle they can rock just as hard as our metal scene. If you're looking for a killer night of good ol' rock 'n' roll and metal, this is your haven. With Black Beast Revival, One Gun Shy. Studio Seven. 7 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
Storm Large Best known as a contestant on CBS's short-lived Rock Star, Portland native Large published her memoirs earlier this year detailing her rise to fame. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$22 DOS. All ages.
Neon Indian Chillwave survivor Alan Palomo's most recent offering is the straight-up electro-pop of Era Extraña. With Lemonade, Silent Diane. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $16 adv.
Portland Cello Project This show will commemorate the release of Homage, the cover- happy collective's latest. With Alialujah Choir. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 8 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Rusko This British producer was one of the first DJs to put a rave-friendly spin on dubstep, helping shape the genre into the incredibly popular cultural phenomenon it is today. With Sigma, Hyperfunk. Showbox SoDo. 7 p.m. $38.50 adv./$43 DOS. 16 and over.
A Tribute to CCR Had they decided to slog it out this long, Creedence Clearwater Revival would have been 45 years old this year, older than most of the local performers at tonight's tribute show. With Star Anna, Kasey Anderson, Half Acre Day, Gary Reynolds, Kim Virant, Robert Roth, Aaron from Spanish for 100, the Glass Notes. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 10 p.m. $8.
Yellow Dubmarine Those of you who have been incessantly clamoring for a dub reggae Beatles tribute band can go back to peaceful bong rips again. There really is a Yellow Dubmarine, and they're really performing all of Abbey Road in all its dubby glory. You can't make this stuff up. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $15.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
Kung Foo Grip The Kirkland hip-hop group reps the 425 on Indigo Children: Tales From the Other Side, its recent collaboration with Redmond beatmaker Giorgio Momurda. With Keyboard Kid, Key Nyata, Tee Gee. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages.
Ben Kweller This veteran songwriter's music ranges from power-pop to straightforward rock to alt-country; his latest, the pleasantly listenable Go Fly a Kite, is no different. With Sleeper Agent. Neumos. 7 p.m. $16. All ages balcony.
Andre Nickatina Since emerging during the heyday of West Coast hip-hop, this Bay Area MC has shown unusual longevity, releasing 18 albums in a nearly 20-year career. With MUMBLS, Fashawn, Concrete. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $30 adv./$33 DOS. All ages.
Night Moves This monthly DJ night will flash EDM-crazy kids back to their parents' dance music of choice, disco and boogie, alongside some more modern house and funk offerings. With Justice & Treasure, Introcut, DJ FITS, Dicso. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951. 10:30 p.m. Free before 11 p.m./$5 at 11 p.m./$8 at 1 a.m.
Slow Dance This producer/MC duo's four-on-the-floor party rap is electric in a live setting. With Radiation City, Sons of Huns. Nectar. 8 p.m. $10.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
James Morrison Though he isn't a household name stateside, this soul-influenced songwriter's most recent album, The Awakening, hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart. With HoneyHoney. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $22.50 adv./ $25 DOS. All ages.
Michelle Shocked The latest from this prolific singer/songwriter is 2009's pop-friendly Soul of My Soul. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./ $25 DOS. All ages.
Sioux City Pete & The Beggars This Iowa band puts a unique, metal-influenced spin on blues rock. With School Shootings, Whyte Leathur. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
The Contortionist This Indianapolis five-piece delivers highly technical progressive metal. With Envisionist, Repave the Skies, Thief River Falls, Czar, Triosis, Defenestrator. Studio Seven. 6:30 p.m. $10 adv./ $12 DOS. All ages.
Terabyte & The Battery Eaters Singer/ songwriter Terra Marotz and producer Stephen Fairweather team up to make sensuous electro-pop. With Combine the Victorious, Gold Wolf Galaxy. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $6.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
Denizen Seven This local band apes classic-rock bona fides from genres as diverse as grunge and Southern rock. With Cotton Mayer. High Dive. 8 p.m. $6.
Devin the Dude The Houston-based stoner-rapper has never found widespread success, but his uncanny delivery and storytelling lyrics have earned him a cult following. With Coughee Brothaz North, Hi Life Sound System. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $17.