WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
Maris Maeve O'Tierney Originally from Alaska, this guitarist and pianist headlines Veracity, a free monthly concert of low-key music, with her contemplative songwriting. With Heather O'Neill, Jan Zimmer. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 6:30 p.m. All ages.
P. Steez The local rapper will go it alone at this show after collaborating with Nacho Picasso and Jarv Dee last year, when the trio released a mixtape under the name BAYB. With PetaTosh, The Good Sin, DJ Same. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
Steel Panther This post-ironic rock act's lyrics are far more interesting than its cheese-tastic hair-metal music. Case in point: "I banged 17 girls in a grocery store/And never lost my erection." Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
THURSDAY, JULY 12
Chona Kasinger This up-and-coming local shooter—and regular in these pages and on seattleweekly.com—celebrates the opening of her new photo show at Caffé Vita. She's recruited John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest), Erik Walters (the Globes), and Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band) to play acoustic sets for the occasion. Caffé Vita, 1005 E. Pike St., 709-4440, caffevita.com. 5–8 p.m.
Sam Lachow This is something of a homecoming show for this Seattle-to-New York-transplant hip-hop artist, whose latest is the EP Brand New Bike. With Raz, Ant Beezy + Rebel, SuperFire, Shelton Harris, DJ Pants Armstrong. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $12. All ages.
Danny Schmidt This songwriter from Austin, Texas, deals in gentle, well-crafted acoustic ballads. With Patrick Foster & The Locomotive, Carrie Elkin. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Whiting Tennis This Fin Records artist uses his somber vocals to create meandering, melancholy, slightly off-kilter folk songs. With Ghost of Kyle Bradford, Ghosts I've Met. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.
Young Magic This NYC trio creates percussive, tribal-sounding pop influenced by Afropop, hip-hop, and psych-rock, as heard on their debut LP, Melt. With Quilt. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $10.
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Blitz the Ambassador On last year's Native Sun (and in its accompanying short film), this Ghana-born MC melds old-school hip-hop with samba, soul, and African music. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages.
Dream On This mostly female group plays Aerosmith's greatest hits. With The Grindy Low. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 10 p.m. $10.
The Spits This veteran local punk band will celebrate the release of its first German single, featuring vocals from King Khan, at this show. With Mean Jeans, Monogamy Party. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $10.
Ubu Roi Sharing its name with a 19th-century surrealist play, this U District punk band released its first recording, a six-song demo, in April. With Nineteen Ninety 999, Walter & Perry. Blue Moon Tavern, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 9:30 p.m. $6.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Big Dirt This rootsy local quartet blends blues, country, and folk. With the Fallen Stars, Sawdust Creek. Blue Moon Tavern. 9:30 p.m. $6.
Estocar This Portland band's latest is the bouncy surf-pop of Faux Fiction, released in May. With Fall of 1920. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Marina and the Diamonds Welsh pop singer Marina Diamandis sings with the force and ambition of a contemporary like Adele (OK, almost) and harnesses the bounciness of a classic dance-oriented artist like Cyndi Lauper. With MSMR. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $19.50 adv./$22 DOS. All ages.
Dawn Mitschele This Los Angeles singer/songwriter released the Love Remains EP in April and has collaborated with Jason Mraz. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $6.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Starr is probably best known as Mr. Conductor on the PBS children's show Shining Time Station; his current All-Starr Band (get it?), which includes Todd Rundgren, plays the songs of the little-known '60s pop group the Beatles. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300, ste-michelle.com. 7 p.m. $57.50–$99.50.
Summer Reload Summer hasn't actually been happening in Seattle long enough to warrant a reload, but this glossy dubstep night will give it a shot anyway. With Calvertron, Ajapai. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $20–$35. All ages.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Drunken Prayer Led by the manic energy of frontman Morgan Greer, this Portland band plays rambling neo-Americana. With Casey Ruff & the Mayors of Ballard, ThorNton Creek. Tractor Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $6.
Sola Rosa After six albums as Sola Rosa, musician/producer Andrew Spraggon has emerged as a major player in the electronic-music scene of his native New Zealand. With Irukandji Physics of Fusion. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $12.
MONDAY, JULY 16
If Bears Were Bees The solo project of Timothy Justin Grant, IBWB specializes in hyperactive indie-pop. With Third Seven, Fable City. High Dive. 8 p.m. $5.
Vox Maquinista This electronic duo melds singer Vox's powerful, diva-esque vocals with '80s production and adult-contemporary flourishes. With Golden Gardens, Terabyte and the Battery Eaters, Your City Sleeps. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $5. All ages.
TUESDAY, JULY 17
The Brambles This local quartet plays country-tinged rock, highlighted by singer/guitarist Vanessa Small's sinewy vocals. With Whiskey Shivers, Sam Smith. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $6.
J. Pinder On the strength of Careless, his debut full-length, this rising Seattle MC got written up by MTV and booked an East Coast tour opening for Talib Kweli. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279, easy streetonline.com. 7 p.m. Free. All ages.