The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

From Lindsay Buckingham to Loudon Wainwright III.

KEXP Hood to Hood/Friday, May 18

Another eclectic bill from some of the city's coolest curators pits Wow & Flutter's jumpy indie rock against Grayskul's bubbling rap cauldron before The Redwood Plan's Gossip-esque glam takes the stage. The show caps a long day of festivities in Ballard to celebrate the neighborhood's victory in the radio station's Hood to Hood donation challenge, which also includes a live daytime broadcast from Bergen Place and a donors-only show at the Salmon Bay Eagles with the Maldives. Uff da! Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $8–$10. TODD HAMM

Pure Bathing Culture/Friday, May 18

Last year Brooklynites Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille—between tours with Vetiver, for which he plays guitar and she plays keys—moved to Portland and started a dream-pop band called Pure Bathing Culture. Their first single, "Ivory Coast," floats on a breeze of soft synths and reverbing guitars and vocals, bearing little resemblance to Vetiver's folksy sounds. Later this month, the duo will release their first EP, produced by Richard Swift, which will be followed by an "Ivory Coast" music video directed by Sean Pecknold. Tonight, they open for the show for their friends, Jessica Dobson's phenomenal Deep Sea Diver. With Ravenna Woods. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $10. ERIN K. THOMPSON

7 Horns 7 Eyes/Saturday, May 19

These local heathens invade El Corazon tonight to support their full-length debut Throes of Absolution, released last month on Century Media Records. The album is packed with the progressive doom that's been the metal band's trademark since its 2006 inception, and was last heard on their 2007 self-titled EP. After tonight's hometown kickoff, vocalist JJ "Shiv" Polachek IV, guitarists Aaron Smith and Sean Alf, bassist Brandon Smith, and drummer Ryan Wood embark on their first full-scale tour in support of the record. "We don't know [whether] to expect 10 people a night or 100," Smith says, "but it's going to be awesome and we are all very excited." With Stealing Axion, IDOLS, Spare Me Poseidon, Numbers. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages. LAURA SWARTZ

Cairo PA Benefit/Saturday, May 19

On the most basic level, a PA, or public-address system, is what turns an ordinary room into a viable live-music venue. Barring the odd band that brings all its own amps and mixers (noise godheads Lightning Bolt, say, or local duo Haunted Horses), most bands will need to plug their microphones into a house sound system to be properly heard. Ironically, at least half the Cairo-raised bands playing this fundraiser to buy a new PA for the DIY arts space—especially post-punkers Stephanie and promising grunge-exhumers Naomi Punk—deal in vocals blurred, smeared, mumbled, or otherwise sonically obscured. Who even knows what they'd sound like through a working PA? With the Millennials, Half Gift, the Numbs. Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St. 6 p.m. $5. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

***EDITOR'S PICK

Lindsey Buckingham/Saturday, May 19

Buckingham's legacy will obviously always first recognize his success as the guitarist and lead singer of Fleetwood Mac, but that doesn't mean his solo material should be overlooked. His first such effort, 1981's Law and Order, featured the infectious hit single "Trouble" and a smoldering shirtless cover photo. His 1983 ditty "Holiday Road" famously appeared in National Lampoon's Vacation and became a cult favorite. 1984's Go Insane was an awesomely surprising venture into synth-pop. His next four solo albums, up to last year's Seeds We Sow, are all solid collections of smooth pop-rock. That said, Buckingham does sneak a few Fleetwood Mac classics into his sets, so do hold out for "Go Your Own Way." The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 9 p.m. $49. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Love Battery/Saturday, May 19

The story goes that Love Battery never really fit into the grunge-era Seattle scene: Its psych-garage rock was too colorful—too Dayglo, if you will—for those drab alternative times. I don't know about that, but it does make the band a weird candidate for a revival right now, when young bands are drawing from the '90s the most explicitly grungy stuff possible (see Broken Water's Sonic Youth–echoing Tempest, or Gun Outfit and Milk Music's Dinosaur Jr. riffing). Still, Love Battery are apparently back, playing the Lo-Fi for Atomic Brides' Dead Air record-release party. With support from sunny indie poppers Summer Babes. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., 254-2824. 9 p.m. $8. ERIC GRANDY

Loudon Wainwright III/Sunday, May 20

While known to many as a cool dad in Undeclared, Wainwright's actual children, Rufus and Martha, might beg to differ. If he were as amicable as his onscreen persona, Martha would have never written "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole," Rufus mightn't be such a creatively unbridled queen, and Dad wouldn't be a "One Man Guy." Such interpersonal pangs are critical to the brilliance of the family's oeuvre. With Shelby Earl. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333. 7:30 p.m. $30 adv./$34 DOS. All ages. MIKE SEELY

 
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