WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Jon Auer This power-pop veteran co-founded the Posies and played with the most recent incarnation of Big Star. With Simon Lynge. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages.
1 Wize Monkey This recently formed four-piece blends hip-hop and funk with straight-ahead indie rock. With Peace Nuckle, No More Knives, Selecta LB. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Pigeon John This Southern California hip-hop artist released the R&B-inflected Dragon Slayer in 2010. With Tanya Morgan, Cookbook, Playdough, City Hall. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Acorn Project This Bellingham sextet's slinky, groove-based jams are deceptively mellow and surprisingly musically diverse. With Eric Tollefson Band, Funktion. Nectar. 8 p.m. $7.
Trace Bundy Known as the "Acoustic Ninja" for his deft finger-picking skills, Bundy has been recognized multiple times by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of the country's best fingerstyle guitarists. With Shook Twins. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $16 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Curren$y A hip-hop show headlined by a weed enthusiast and supported by seven other names on the bill: You think this one might be a late-running shitshow? With Styles P, the Jets, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money, Corner Boy P, Trademark, Young Roddy. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$24 DOS. All ages.
Sad Face This local quintet plays brooding indie rock that's heavy on the reverb and atmosphere. With Timothy Robert Graham, A Leaf, Friends and Family. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $6.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
Allo Darlin' Slumberland band's shimmering twee pop recalls labelmates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. With the Wave Pictures. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages.
Black Dice The electronic noise-rock weirdos and occasional Animal Collective collaborators who released the esoteric Mr. Impossible last month. With Jabon, Uncle Pooch. Sunset Tavern. 10 p.m. $12.
The Dead Milkmen This seminal Philadelphia punk band reunited in 2008 and released The King in Yellow, its first album since 1995, last year. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.
Dog Shredder This fast-rising metal trio has a deal with local label Good to Die, and received an all- important positive review from Pitchfork for its Brass Tactics EP. With The Ruby Doe, Black Elk. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $10.
Ivan & Alyosha This local duo infuses Head & the Heart-ish earthiness with Beatlesque whimsy, thus making them better than either The Head & the Heart or the Beatles. With Rosie Thomas. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $14 adv./$16 DOS. All ages.
Laura Veirs This Portland chanteuse may be one of the newest singer/songwriters to pen a children's album (her latest release, Tumble Bee), but her upstanding catalog of folk harmonies, including 2010's critically acclaimed July Flame, rings with mature and refined beauty. With Cataldo, Pretty Broken Things. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. $10 adv./$15 DOS. 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
AyO This Seattle-by-way-of-Lagos, Nigeria rapper boasts a laid-back flow and fluid instrumentals. With Saturday Morning Cartoon, The Rush Project. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 9:30 p.m. $7.
Bassnectar Lorin Ashton has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the great dubstep boom of the past few years, becoming one of EDM's biggest names after years of moderate success. Get there early to see how the raver crowd receives Ghostland Observatory's trademark electro-pastiche. With VibeSquaD, Mr. Projectile. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, wamutheater.com. 7 p.m. $35. All ages.
Cumulus Alexandra Niedzialkowski's hushed acoustic recordings have evolved into fuzzed-out indie pop, courtesy of a full band featuring members of Say Hi and Great Waves. With Alcoholic Sweet Faith Mission. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.
Origin Masters of the new wave of death metal, Origin are touring in support of their upcoming fifth studio album, Entity. With Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battle Cross, Loculus, Triosis, Those Who Lie Beneath. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 4 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. All ages.
Seattle Rock Orchestra This 50-piece orchestra takes on two Beatles classics, Rubber Soul and Revolver, in their entirety. Moore Theatre, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 8 p.m. $18. All ages. (Also 2 p.m. Sun., May 13.)
Sleepy Sun This San Francisco psych-rock quintet recently took some time out from their frequent travels to record their third full-length, the haunting Spine Hits. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $10.
Special Explosion This up-and-coming local band was a 2012 Sound Off! finalist, and recently opened for Brad at the Showbox SoDo. With Us on Roofs, Winnebago, Ruler. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $6. All ages.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Death Cab For Cutie Ben Gibbard and friends play a smaller-than-usual stage with the accompaniment of San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra. With Youth Lagoon. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 467-5520, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $31.25–$62.25. All ages.
Great Lake Swimmers Known for recording in unusual places (abandoned grain silos, rural churches), this Canadian folk band's most recent album, New Wild Everywhere, was their first to be recorded in a traditional studio. With Cold Specks. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. $12 adv./$14 DOS. 8 p.m.
Hoodie Allen On last month's All American, Allen comes across as a more polished version of Asher Roth—better lyrics, better beats, and no "I Love College" frat-party pandering. With Shelton Harris. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $14. All ages.
The Prophets of Addiction A perfect blend of glam, punk, and good ol' rock 'n' roll. With Freehands and the Curbside Avengers. High Dive. 9:30 p.m. $6.
MONDAY, MAY 14
The Jesus Rehab Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese spin raucous garage rock on the appropriately named Drunken Hillbilly Bar Fight EP. With Slowwave, The Great UM. The Crocodile. 7 p.m. $5. All ages.
Smile Empty Soul Holdovers from the post-grunge era of the early aughts, this three-piece is touring behind its forthcoming sixth album, 3's. With The Veer Union, Ionia, No Buffer, One Gun Shy, Silent Theory. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
E-40 This veteran MC and perennial contender for the title of the Bay Area's hardest-working rapper (he sees Lil B), E-40 hits Neumos on the heels of his new triple album The Block Brochure—not to mention the two double albums that preceded it and a catalog stretching back to '92. With Keak Da Sneak, BSE Family Luck, Young Fee, Blue Nose Music, T-Wisdom. Neumos, 925 Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $30.
Rodina This funk and soul group features members of jam bands like Kinetix and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. With Unsinkable Heavies. Tractor Tavern. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 9 p.m.
Tin Man Americana-tinged rock tunes from down south—Puyallup, that is. With Colin Bradford, Ian Jones, B Willing James. High Dive. 8 p.m. $6.