WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Linkin Park Despite being associated with nu-metal, one of the most universally maligned musical movements in recent memory, Linkin Park endures—at least among the dwindling "people who pay for music" demographic: June's Living Things edged out a Maroon 5 album for #1 its first week on the charts. With Incubus, Mutemath. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663, tacomadome.org. 6:30 p.m. $39.50–$65.50. All ages.
Purity Ring This sharp synth-pop duo, young Canadians Megan James and Corin Roddick, are touring in support of their intricate, mark-making debut album Shrines, which charted on the Billboard 200 when it was released in late July. With Evian Christ, Headaches. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. Sold out. All ages.
These United States This hard-touring Brooklyn band (more than 800 shows in five years) released its self-titled fourth album in June. With Mike Coykendall. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $10.
311 Further cementing their reputation as one of the world's chillest bands, these reggae-rockers recently announced a set of early March dates on a private Caribbean cruise. With Slightly Stoopid. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond, 628-0888, concerts atmarymoor.com. 6 p.m. $49.50. All ages.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Bobby Bare Jr. Country musician Bare is the subject of an upcoming documentary, Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost), which details the triumphs and travails of his life as a touring musician. With Jackrabbit. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $12.
Cristina Bautista Formerly the bassist of longtime power-pop band Visqueen, Bautista pens caustic pop songs about past relationships. With Corner Kick, Normandie Wilson, Zebra Hunt. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. $5.
Crystal Antlers These Southern California garage rockers blend punk and noise with '60s psych rock. With The Curious Mystery. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $10.
Melvins Lite Veteran scuzz-rockers the Melvins might be touring with their "lite" lineup (a trio, with bassist Trevor Dunn), but bandmates Big Business are still opening, and anyway their Seattle stop is part of a breakneck, Guinness-record-attempting tour of all 50 states in only 51 days. DAMN. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS.
Sloan This seminal Canadian alt-rock band will perform its 1994 album Twice Removed in its entirety tonight. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $15.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
The Hives Known for their energetic live show, these Swedes return to the road behind Lex Hives, their first album in five years. With FIDLAR. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 8:30 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.
Moonface The solo project of Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug is touring with Siinai, the Finnish prog-rock band with whom Krug recorded his latest album, Heartbreaking Bravery. With Sad Baby Wolf. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 6 p.m. $12. All ages.
My Morning Jacket At first glance, Jim James and co. make a strange pairing with opener Shabazz Palaces. But despite their bands' radically different genres, both James and Shabazz mastermind Ishmael Butler are united in iconoclasm. Case in point: MMJ fans will be able to curate this show's set list via Twitter. Marymoor Park. 6:30 p.m. $39.50. All ages.
Powerman 5000 I thought Powerman 5000 was the nu-metal band with the funny haircut, but that's Static-X (also playing Seattle this week). Powerman 5000 is Rob Zombie's little brother wearing some proto-steampunk goggles. With Peratus, Sanction VIII, Whiskey LaBido, No Buffer. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E, 262-0482, elcorazonseattle.com. 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Trust After a series of blog-worthy singles, this Toronto-based duo's dense, goth-tinged electro-pop came full circle earlier this year on TRST, its vowelless debut. With DZ Deathrays. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Big Eyes This Seattle-by-way-of-New York trio's scrappy garage rock boasts a clear pop streak on latest single "Back from the Moon." With Something Fierce, Shakes. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 10 p.m. $5.
Eternal Summers This Roanoke, Va., trio plays bouncy, distortion-free guitar pop. With Bleeding Heart Rainbow, Zebra Hunt. Sunset Tavern. 10 p.m. $10.
Don Omar A huge star in Latin America, this Puerto Rican rapper and reggaeton artist hit #3 in August on Billboard's Social 50 chart, which tracks popularity based on social-media presence and activity. Showbox SoDo. 8 p.m. $46.50. All ages.
Bonnie Raitt It's challenging enough for a white guy to earn acceptance into the Delta blues fraternity; can you imagine how tough it was for Bonnie Raitt? She is positively peerless, her mid-career surge giving hope to the likes of Lucinda Williams. With Mavis Staples. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-415-3300. 7 p.m. Sold out.
Trampled by Turtles This Minnesota folk and bluegrass group took on a somewhat unlikely cover recently, trying its hand at "Open All Night" for a 30th-anniversary tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska. With Erik Koskinen, Dead Man Winter. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS. All ages.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Defeater Call it hardcore with a concept: This Massachusetts band's entire discography centers on a narrative about a working-class family living on the post-WWII Jersey shore. With Cowardice, A Hope Not Forgotten, To the Wind. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 6 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.
The Tallest Man on Earth Kristian Matsson, the (average-sized) man behind solo acoustic-folk act The Tallest Man on Earth, used to front a punk band, which is evident in the way he performs. He struts, he stomps, he howls his Dylanesque howls with abandon. Seattle's would-be folk stars would be wise to take note. With Strand of Oaks. The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$22.50 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
The Lloyd Jones Struggle This veteran blues guitarist and R&B songwriter released Doin' What It Takes in July. With LaRhonda Steele. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. $18.50. All ages.
Buffy Sainte-Marie Still performing at age 71, this country artist rose to fame in the '70s for her songs about issues affecting Native Americans. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 8 p.m. $30 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
Curtis Stigers Though hardly a household name, this jazz vocalist and saxophonist had a minor hit in 1991: "I Wonder Why," which hit #9 on the Billboard charts. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages.
Town Mountain Recently featured on a PBS series about Americana, this bluegrass group is touring behind Leave the Bottle, released Sept. 4. With the Warren G. Hardings. Tractor Tavern. $10. 8 p.m.