The Short List: This Week’s Recommended Shows

***EDITOR'S PICK

Learning Team/Wednesday, May 30

This pop-rock quintet, one of Bellingham's most notable current players, has released three FreePs via Bandcamp since their inception in 2011, the most recent being this March's Daypack. The five-track EP contains such tasty offerings as "Oreo" and "Iced Coffee," sweet and appealingly pleasant songs driven by strumming guitars and humming vocals. The band's frontman, Emile Panerio, is a lovely vocalist—his easy singing style reflects youth and sharp perceptions best heard on Daypack's standout track, "MLK," an atmospheric coalescence of tranquilizing rhythms and swirling strings. Good summer vibes all around. With The Royal Sea, The Underwater Tiger. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $8. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Michael Monroe/Wednesday, May 30

There's no doubt that Monroe, flamboyant former vocalist of Finnish glam band Hanoi Rocks, is one of the glammest guys in rock 'n' roll history, and these days he still rocks out in the leather attire and big hair he was known for in the '80s. His latest solo album, last year's Sensory Overdrive, features a backing band with previous members of Hanoi Rocks, the New York Dolls, Backyard Babies, and Danzig, and is full of the punk sounds that made Monroe famous. Live, there's always the chance of hearing some of his old band's best hits, like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" or "Up Around the Bend." With Witchburn, Hard Roller, the Kamikazies. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. LAURA SWARTZ

Ray Wylie Hubbard/Thursday, May 31

Hubbard's career, begun in 1965, has seen him fly outside the mainstream spotlight that's illuminated his Lone Star contemporaries like Willie, Waylon, and Jerry Jeff. This may have more to do with his subject matter than anything else. Hubbard takes his cues from Muddy Waters, not Hank Williams, and everything he writes about—from his frequent unapologetic exhalations on the virtues of unstable women to topics like tornadoes ripping down farm shanties—are not only intensely compelling but oddly sexy. The man is a master painter, for whom the blues is a canvas and his palette the creepy, Jesus-drenched underbelly of Texas' feel-good music scene. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $15. MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSAR

LMFAO/Saturday, June 2

A fun and slightly disturbing factoid: Stefan and Skyler Gordy, poetically known as Redfoo and SkyBlu and collectively known as the super-selling LMFAO, were R&B royalty before they recorded even a single song. SkyBlu is Redfoo's nephew; his grandfather (Redfoo's father) is the legendary producer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. (That lineage reveals another startling fact—half of LMFAO is approaching 40 years old.) With that family tree in mind, it's possible to see the (d)evolution of the hallowed, classic R&B of the Supremes and Marvin Gaye into leopard-print man-tights, wiggling-penis videos, and the feat of managing to look more ridiculous than the tightrope-bouncing guy at Madonna's Super Bowl performance. One could either sigh and lament modern times, or just do as the group's moniker suggests and laugh it all off. With Far East Movement, The Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons, Natalia Kills. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 628-0888. 7 p.m. $32–$62. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Destroyer/Sunday, June 3

Destroyer's Dan Bejar has long been an indie rocker with poetic/literary scope. Lately, as of his most recent album Kaputt (2011), he has also taken on an odd new persona: not a neo-folksinger or indie-rock bandleader, but a reclining soft-rocker. The album—easily one of his very best—is full of foamy, spraying synthesizer pads, bright but rounded guitar textures, and, yes, saxophone solos. And although Bejar's lyrics can be self-deprecating and sharp, there's nothing ironic in this pointedly mellowed musical atmosphere—it's all done smartly, without winking, and it works. The title track's cautionary character—chasing cocaine and girls "through the backrooms of the world all night"—could hardly exist on any other soundtrack. With Nurses. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. ERIC GRANDY

Merle Haggard/Sunday, June 3

If Merle Haggard engaged in a barroom confrontation with metrosexual country trio Rascal Flatts, Haggard wouldn't even have to throw a punch. Rather, he would simply stare at each Rascal, at which point they would crumple to the ground and contract vocal-cord diseases that rendered them permanently unable to sing. If Haggard resorted to such subliminally fiendish behavior, he'd be doing Nashville a favor, but instead the ex-con does one better by continuing to drag his legendary ass out on the road at age 75. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234. 7 p.m. $60–$125. MIKE SEELY

Welcome to Doe Bay/Sunday, June 3

Here's a new SIFF documentary about the one percent: the connected and/or savvy music fans who know how to procure tickets to an intimate music festival at a resort in the San Juans that sells out in less time than it'll take you to read this review. In chronicling the annual multiday festival on Orcas Island, local filmmakers Nesib Shamah and Dan Thornton provide a respectable primer of our Northwest music scene: the mix of rock, folk, and hip-hop acts that swim together (and are unendingly impressed with themselves for doing so). Inadvertently, the directors also capture the self-righteousness and exclusive spirit that exists in pockets of that scene. That's the fest's biggest selling point: All those other people aren't here. "If you do provide for more people," according to Doe Bay organizer Kevin Sur, "you ruin the experience." This is a doc about how good it feels for a select group of people to celebrate their tribe without the hassle of the unsophisticated masses and the Budweiser signage they attract. "I'd rather be heard authentically by 100 people," says one musician, "than inauthentically heard by 10,000 people." The message is clear: This is the real experience, these are the real people, and everything else is just a bloated orgy of mass-market beer and MySpace hot dogs. Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., siff.net. 9:30 p.m. $11. Repeats at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 9:30 p.m. Tues., June 5. The filmmakers will attend both screenings. CHRIS KORNELIS

Jason Molina Tribute/Tuesday, June 5

Since 2009, singer/songwriter Jason Molina, of Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia, has been "in and out of rehab facilities and hospitals in England, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New Orleans," according to his label Secretly Canadian, which posted the news in a solicitation for help with his medical funds. (He's currently "working on a farm in West Virginia raising goats and chickens for the next year or so, and is looking forward to making great music again.") You can take this story a variety of ways: as a testament to the link between sad songs and real-life depression; as an example of the failure of our nation's health-care system and the music industry's meager safety nets; as an individual tragedy. In any case, tonight's show features some fine Seattle musicians raising awareness for Molina and paying tribute to his songs. With Pickwick, Jason Dodson, Cataldo, Lotte Kestner, Ben Fisher, Alexandra Niedzialkowski (Cumulus), Song Sparrow Research, Alex Jones (Keaton Collective), Trever Hadley. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $8. ERIC GRANDY

 
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