WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Flight to Mars Mike McCready's UFO tribute band is celebrating 10 years together; tonight's show will benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, a cause near and dear to the Crohn's-afflicted McCready. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $20. All ages.
Narrows Featuring members of These Arms are Snakes and Bullet Union, this five-piece specializes in raw, vicious hardcore. With Retox, Great Falls, Brokaw. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.
Pony Time The party-rocking duo of Luke Beetham and Stacy Peck play this hometown show before embarking on a short June tour raging down the West Coast. With Half Gift, Psychic Feline, Naomi Punk. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, rendezvousseattle.com. 10 p.m. $5.
The Unibroz This local joke-rap group comes off like a less-polished, less-self-aware version of Das Racist. With Allium, They Rise We Die. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.
THURSDAY, MAY 24
Simon Kornelis The baby brother of Seattle Weekly's music editor makes porch-swing folk music that will compel you to tuck into a pint of pale ale and hit on the brunette with the vintage eyeglasses and cryptic forearm tattoos. With Jon Dee Graham, Mike June. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 8 p.m. $7.
Nefarious Jones Cross the early work of Talking Heads with an improvisational jam-band sensibility, and it might sound something like this funk-rock group. With Quinn, High Ceiling. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
The Manhattans This classic '60s and '70s R&B vocal group, set to play four nights at Jazz Alley, has a style that ranges from doo-wop to soul. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. & Sun.; 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat. $30.50. All ages.
Roaming Herds of Buffalo This recently formed four-piece plays quirky folk-pop in the vein of Fruit Bats. With Something in the Trees, Carousel. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 9 p.m. $6.
The Skins These mood-rock purveyors bring their show from Tacoma for a night with loud rockers Ticktockman. With GOD. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $7.
The Twelves This Brazilian DJ duo has done remix work for the likes of M.I.A. and Asobi Seksu. With Victor Menegaux, James Ervin, Hanibal. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $12.
FRIDAY, MAY 25
The Dusty 45s This energetic jump-blues group recently served as rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson's backing band. With Shane Tutmarc, the Whisky Swillers. Tractor Tavern. 9:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.
Heavy T & The Blue Notes Old-school blues-rock led by veteran guitarist and singer Tom "Heavy T" Bukowski. With Jamestown Revival. High Dive. 9:30 p.m. $7.
Mahogany Baffling Web presence aside ("formulated as a response borne of multidisciplinary generational precedent"), Mahogany seems to be a clever little avant-garde orchestral-pop thing; hooking them up with go-to local audio wizard Erik Blood seems like a smart fit. With USF. Comet Tavern, 902 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $10.
NighTraiN This all-female quartet's self-dubbed "locomotive punk" has garnered rave reviews from the likes of Three Imaginary Girls. With Punk Funk Mob, Pony Time, Orca Team. Skylark, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111, skylarkcafe.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Rainfest The hardcore scene's answer to Sasquatch!, this annual three-day festival features acts like Bane, H2O, and Trapped Under Ice. Neumos. $75 for a three-day pass. Through May 27.
Voltaire How could you resist a night full of the macabre "murder ballads" and other bawdy, upbeat songs that Cuba's Voltaire is known for? Drop that prudish veil and enjoy a night of the grotesque. With Jamie Nova. El Corazon. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
SATURDAY, MAY 26
Duffy Bishop The Grammy-nominated singer will perform the music of Etta James at this rhythm-and-blues dance revue. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Down North Vintage soul that bears the influence of local legends Wheedle's Groove. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $8. All ages.
Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band A mainstay of the local reggae scene, Fearon will release Heart and Soul, his 10th solo record, at this show. With Selecta Raiford. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.
MxPx Bremerton's finest pop-punk band is touring behind its ninth studio album, Plans Within Plans. With Amber Pacific, Poorsport. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Automatic Theory The Tacoma power-pop three-piece recently released a six-song EP, Two Sides. With Merci; Kiliii Fish; JG, Cedric & Lula; Flying Tortugas; Denizen Seven; Callie Cash; Disruption. Nectar. 6:30 p.m. $10 adv./$13 DOS. All ages.
Baka Beyond This world-music collective fuses African rhythms and Celtic harmony singing. Triple Door. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, MAY 28
Ascension to the Sun Something of a goth-rock supergroup, this band is a collaboration between This Ascension and Trance to the Sun, two mainstays of the '80s and '90s darkwave scene. With Imaginary Daughter, Blackpool Astronomy. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Hundredth These South Carolinans play melodic hardcore with a Christian message. With Counterparts, Gideon, To the Wind, Prestige, Prepare the Bride. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 5 p.m. $12 adv./$14 DOS. All ages.
TUESDAY, MAY 29
Matt Bishop The frontman of cabaret pop group Hey Marseilles leads a triple bill of singer/songwriters. With Brooke Parrott, Ritchie Young. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $7.
Pearl Django This gypsy-jazz quintet combines the influence of its namesake, jazz-guitar legend Django Reinhardt, with that of string bands and Balkan folk. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. $21.50. All ages.
Skelator One of the best local metal bands coalesces wailing vocals, killer guitar riffs, and monstrous drums and bass into one big eargasm. With Watcher's Eye, Phalgeron, Tanagra. Chop Suey. 7 p.m. $10.
Nick Waterhouse This California musician makes vintage-style soul and R&B with appealingly rough edges—it should fit nicely with Emerald City Soul Club's repertoire of rare 45s. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $10.