WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Dabrye Signed to trendsetting label Ghostly International, this Detroit producer's hip-hop-laced instrumentals have earned praise from the likes of XLR8R. With Katie Kate, Keyboard Kid. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 10 p.m. $12.
Grouplove Appropriately, this fast-rising Los Angeles pop-rock group played on the Southern California leg of the similarly schlock-minded Mumford & Sons' "Gentlemen of the Road" tour. With Alt-J. The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./ $22 DOS. All ages.
Plateau This Enumclaw-based three-piece plays classic-sounding power pop. With Devilwood, String Theory. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 9 p.m. $5.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Balam Acab Producer Alec Koone is often lumped in with witch-house acts like Salem, which isn't entirely fair. Yes, Koone's compositions as Balam Acab are requisitely dark, replete with pitched-down vocal samples and gothic ambience. Last year's Wander/Wonder, however, goes beyond flimsy genre constructs, making for an album that's incredibly self-contained but with a profound sense of space. With Devonwho, Natash Kmeto, DJAO. Barboza. 10 p.m. $12.
Joyfield This female-fronted local rock group headlines a benefit concert for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. With Alabaster, Out Like Pluto, Acelyn. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 7 p.m. $6. All ages.
Nude Beach Nude Beach II, the no-frills title of this Brooklyn trio's recent LP, fits the group's easygoing blend of punk and Americana. Sonic Boom Records, 2209 N.W. Market St., 297-2666, sonicboomrecords.com. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Ariel Pink It's been a strange trip for Los Angeles–based solo artist Pink, who has gone from oddball, lo-fi tape recordings to classic-pop revivalism in the course of his decade-long career. His latest, Mature Themes, has some solid tunes, but this Decibel Festival set might be worth checking out for his infamously mercurial stage presence alone. With DaM-FunK, BODYGUARD. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 9 p.m. $22. All ages.
Dragonette In 2010, this Ontarian trio made a splash with their spacey hit single "Hello," a collaboration with French DJ Martin Solveig. The band is currently touring in support of their third album, the recently released Bodyparts. With the Knocks, Icona Pop, Kids & Explosions. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 9 p.m. $23.50. All ages.
Mike Watt and the Missingmen Watt, an iconic punk bassist, has played in fIREHOSE, the Stooges, and most notably the Minutemen over his 30-plus-year career. The Missingmen has been his main project since 2005. With Hounds of the Wild Hunt. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $15.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
The After Party Hailing from Manhattan, Kan., this band's mewling pop-rock wouldn't sound out of place on a mid-'00s MTV2 rotation between Fallout Boy and Panic! at the Disco. With Hollywood Ending, Letters & Lights, Blue Like Jazz, Dylan Jakobsen. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7 p.m. $10. All ages.
Blood Orange Paradise On its May-released self-titled album, this group channels the taut post-hardcore sound of Dischord Records. With Love Battery, Baltic Cousins, Walter & Perry. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Eternal Tapestry On A World Out of Time, its second full-length of 2012, this Portland quintet plays sprawling psychedelic rock that's equally ambitious and noisy. With Terminal Fuzz Terror, Stenskogen, Baby Guns. Funhouse, 206 Fifth Ave. N., 374-8400, thefunhouseseattle.com. 9:30 p.m. $6.
Roman Flügel Probably best known for two big, unstoppable, peak-hour choons—his own goofy, synth-squiggling "Geht's Noch?" and his duo Alter Ego's snarling "Rocker"—but his tastes and prowess run deeper than that, from techno to jazz to unexpected points in between. With Max Cooper, Matt Tolfrey. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 9 p.m. $20.
The Modern Sounds This Chicago trio headlines the 25th and final edition of the Rockabilly Ball, hosted by Leon Berman of KEXP's Shake the Shack. With Johnny and the Blades, Bloodshot Bill, Dave Stuckey and The Rhythm Game, Angelatini & the Treblemakers. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $20.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Emancipator This Portland producer has made a name for himself within the EDM community, where his sample-heavy trip-hop has led to opening stints for scene stalwarts like Bassnectar and Pretty Lights. With Yppah, The Great Mundane, Anomie Belle. The Crocodile. 9 p.m. $20. All ages.
OPTICAL 5: UNDERCURRENT The finale of Decibel Fest's Optical series features three artists representing the Chicago indie experimental label Kranky Records: husband- and-wife space-rock duo Windy & Carl, multimedia artist Christina Vantzou, and British Columbian ambient artist Scott Morgan, who dubs himself Loscil. Triple Door, 206 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7 p.m. $30. All ages.
The Weeknd Is there room for The Weeknd in a post-Channel Orange world? Can sad-sack indie dudes make room on their shelves for two token R&B records? Abel Tesfaye will croon the answers to these questions and more tonight. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $39.95 adv./$45 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers The founding member of seminal Southern-rock act Drive-By Truckers, Hood is touring in support of this month's Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. With Hope for Agoldensummer. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$22 DOS.
Nightwish One of the most commercially successful Finnish bands ever, this symphonic-metal group released Imaginaerum, a concept album about a dying composer, last year. With Kamelot. Showbox SoDo. 8:30 p.m. $35 adv./$40 DOS. All ages.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Ben Howard Though he's also a former surfer who plays acoustic guitar, Howard luckily has little else in common with Jack Johnson. Instead, the British songwriter's music is hushed and agilely finger-picked, and features his decidedly accented singing voice. With Marcus Foster. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS. All ages.
Joe Jackson Best known for late-'70s/early-'80s hits "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and "Steppin' Out," the 58-year-old keyboardist and saxophonist pays tribute to Duke Ellington on his latest album, The Duke. The Moore. 7:30 p.m. $42.50–$62.50. All ages.