1 Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn't is this Swedish songwriter's third full-length of demure, self-effacing ruminations on romance. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $20. All ages.
2 METZ This Sub Pop–signed Canadian band's sludgy hardcore punk recalls The Jesus Lizard in its go-for-broke intensity. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $10.
3 Afghan Whigs Part of a relatively short list of successful bands from Cincinnati (others: the Isley Brothers, 98 Degrees, and The National before they moved to Brooklyn), the Whigs have reunited for their first major tour since breaking up in 2001. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. Sold out.
4 Pantha du Prince Hendrik Weber's most recent minimalist techno opus, 2010's Black Noise, featured guest spots from members of Animal Collective and LCD Soundsystem. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15.
5 Lúnasa While more than a few bands have made a career blending Celtic instrumentation and rock, Lúnasa (named for a Gaelic harvest festival) takes a traditionalist approach to Irish folk music. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 6 p.m. $25. All ages.
6 Those Darlins Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino called this Nashville garage-rock trio her "favorite band right now" in an interview with Rolling Stone. Not coincidentally, they opened for Best Coast's 2012 summer tour. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $12.
7 Wiz Khalifa Following the lead of rappers-turned-actors like Ice Cube and Ludacris, Khalifa starred in the straight-to-DVD stoner comedy Mac & Devin Go to High School in July. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, wamutheater.com. 6:30 p.m. $39.50. All ages.
8 Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter Last year's Marble Son marked a high point in Sykes' long career; the sprawling psych-country record even earned her a New York Times write-up. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $10.
9 New Monsoon The latest release from this bluegrass-influenced jam band is, fittingly, a two-disc live album, recorded over three nights of shows in Texas. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10.
10 Mount Kimbie Compatriots of James Blake and other artists from the tasteful side of the dubstep tracks, this British duo is preparing its second album, to be released on respected electronic label Warp. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 9 p.m. $12.
11 Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard A folk musician and comic-book artist, Lewis' simply strummed three-chord songs have much in common with those of Kimya Dawson, his opener at this show. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages.
12 Absence of Grace This Tacoma five-piece plays no-nonsense, thrashy metal. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $5 DOS. All ages.
13 Rush Currently on their umpteenth massive arena tour, these Canadian progressive-rock innovators released Clockwork Angels, their 19th album, in June. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, seattlecenter.com. 7:30 p.m. $56–$150. All ages.
14 Titus Andronicus On Local Business, Patrick Stickles and co. have scaled back from 2010's epic, loosely conceptual The Monitor, but they retain their Replacements-meets-Springsteen bravado. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
15 Wintersleep This Nova Scotia band (2008 Juno Award winners) plays agreeably polished indie rock. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 DOS.
16 J. Boog The music of this Compton-based singer/MC (a former member of early-'00s R&B group B2K) is now closer to reggae than hip-hop. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $32 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
17 Minus the Bear With the exception of 2010's uneven, funk-tinged Omni, Minus the Bear has been remarkably consistent, releasing five albums of precise but lyrical progressive rock over 10 years. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $25. All ages.
18 Susanna Hoffs Best known as a founder of the Bangles, Hoffs has relaunched her solo career with Someday, her first album since 1996, and a sound that moves her pop sensibilities in a more mature direction. Triple Door. 6 p.m. $30. All ages.
19 Fatlip A former member of early-'90s alternative hip-hop group The Pharcyde, rapper Derrick Stewart left the group after two albums to pursue a solo career. He released The Loneliest Punk in 2005. With Slimkid3, J. Swift, L.A. Jay, Project Lionheart, Yirim Seck. Neumos. 8 p.m. $18.
20 Taj Mahal Trio Grammy-winning guitarist Taj Mahal blends blues and reggae on his band's latest, Maestro. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 5:30 p.m. $33.50. All ages.
21 Bryan John Appleby Boasting a mellifluous tenor and vivid neo-folk arrangements, Appleby has quickly become a vital component of the local songwriter scene. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
22 Sammy Steele Band Celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the most American of holidays, with Steele's appropriately traditional country-roots rock. Little Red Hen, 7115 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 522-1168, littleredhen.com. 9 p.m. $3.
23 Skism This up-and-coming DJ is known both for his live technical prowess and his prolific output of dubstep remixes. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
24 VALIS Formed in 1996 during the tail end of Van Conner's stint as the bassist for Screaming Trees, VALIS finds Connor fronting an alternative-metal powerhouse. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.
25 World Party Karl Wallinger founded World Party in 1986 as a vehicle for his pop-songwriting eccentricities; most notably, he scored a minor hit with "Ship of Fools." Triple Door. 6 p.m. $30. All ages.
26 Green Day Since American Idiot, this erstwhile punk group has had a flair for the grandiose, so it's hardly a surprise that they're planning a sequence of three thematically related albums. The first, ¡Uno!, is out now. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5520, stgpresents.org. 6:30 p.m. $47.50. All ages.
27 Jonathan Richman Known by some as the "godfather of punk" because of his influence as leader of the Modern Lovers, Richman will perform tonight and the 28th. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $15.
28 Strange Jerome This local quartet offers a rollicking take on blues, country, and folk. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
29 Death Grips is the Internet's most famous shock-rap group, after tweeting that they would release their second album of 2012 without permission from their label—and with an erect penis on the cover. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
30 Deep Sea Diver Jessica Dobson is often lauded for her guitar abilities, but her songwriting is the star of Deep Sea Diver, whose indie-pop songs are surprisingly muscular and proggy. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12.