Wednesday, Nov. 14
The Octopus Project This Austin, Texas, quartet's hyperactive instrumental pop songs have their share of experimental qualities; its 2010 album Hexadecagon is the recording of an art installation where the band played through a surround-sound ring of eight speakers while being accompanied by eight video projectors. With the Torn ACLs, Shotty. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Streetlight Manifesto Despite postponing the release of their fifth album, The Hands That Thieve (originally scheduled for earlier this month), this seven-piece is still taking its melange of ska, funk, and Latin music on tour. With Hostage Calm, Lionize. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $18.50 adv./$21 DOS. All ages.
The Vespers Comprising the Cryar sisters (ukulele, banjo) and the Jones brothers (bass, drums), the Vespers' ebullient folk-pop is about as cutesy—or as cloying—as it gets. With Zach Fleury. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 6 p.m. $15. All ages.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Diamond Rings John O'Regan's glossy electro-pop has drawn very justified comparisons to that of Robyn, both for its futuristic Top-40-style production and its themes of empowerment and self-actualization. With Gold Fields, Ononos. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
The Polish Ambassador Breakbeat-happy producer and self-described "Polish ambassador to the universe" David Sugalski is currently allowing free downloads of his entire discography—as high-quality FLAC files, no less. With Unlimited Gravity, Elfkowitz. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $12.
Prism Tats Rising from the ashes of Koko and the Sweetmeats, singer/guitarist Garett van der Spek's current creative outlet is Prism Tats, whose stripped-down garage-rock songs are keyed by his nonchalant tenor vocals. With Baltic Cousins, Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $8.
Thione Diop At this show, the local Senegalese musician curates a showcase of traditional African and Afro-jazz music. Triple Door. 6 p.m. $20. All ages.
Friday, Nov. 16
Dance Party of all Dance parties You want to have some mindless, unpretentious fun? DJs Swervewon and Indica Jones do battle this night with a big-time '80s vs. '90s music showdown. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 9 p.m. $5 before 11 p.m., $7 after.
Lindsey Stirling Best known as America's Got Talent's "hip-hop violinist," Stirling performs choreographed covers, often of hip-hop, dubstep, and mainstream pop. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Snow Bud and the Flower People This stoner psychedelic rock band's latest is the Jack Endino–produced Flashback. With the F-Holes, DJ Dark Justice. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 9 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
Onuinu Portland resident Dorian Duvall makes electro-pop with warped samples, disco beats, and crystal-clear (read non-chillwave) production. With Gems. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10.
Rachel Yamagata The soulful pop-rock songstress—a cross between Fiona Apple and Norah Jones—returns to Seattle in support of 2011's laid-back, easy-rolling Chesapeake. With Ed Romanoff, Adrien Reju. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 6:30 p.m. $16 adv./$18 DOS.
Rats in the Grass From their clean bluegrass sound, you'd never guess Rats in the Grass is the sum of two punk bands, one called Poop Attack. Man, are those fun words to string together. With Hillstomp. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $8.
Saturday, Nov. 17
Beat Connection The local electro-pop quartet recently followed their full-length debut, The Palace Garden, with The Garden of Forking Paths, a free digital collection of rarities, old demos, and solo tracks from each member. With Sorne, ODESZA, Lila Rose. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $12. All ages.
The Coup Melding the live instrumentation of a rock show with unabashedly political hip-hop, this Oakland collective has been active since 1991, and is responsible for cult-classic rap records like 1998's Steal This Album. With Hi-Life Soundsystem, Kung Foo Grip. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
Tender Hips Hailing from Walla Walla (like Chastity Belt, the band they're opening for), Tender Hips play ramshackle, few-chord rock. With Boat Party. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. $5.
Tokyoidaho On their meandering, self-titled September release, this local group crafts synth-heavy space-rock tracks. With BOAT, Soft Hills, Kingdom of the Holy Sun. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $8.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Q Dot This Federal Way hip-hop artist and producer was named Tacoma Weekly's rap artist of the year in 2011. With Fictitious, Prince R.O.B., Ethos. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Roger Clyne Duo Earlier this month, classic-rocker Clyne played a virtual concert to raise Red Cross funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 8:30 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS.
Terrible Feelings Touring behind April's Shadows LP, this Swedish quartet plays buttoned-up, bar-friendly classic rock. With Red Liquid, Crime Wave, Hexane. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave. E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9 p.m. $8.
Monday, Nov. 19
Sad Little Men To form this rock duo, former jazz saxophonist Dusty York teamed with his cousin Aaron Linn, whose muscular drumming is the highlight of their music. With Not From Brooklyn, I Like Science, Children of Kids. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $6.
Youngblood Hawke Named for a 1962 novel about a struggling writer, Simon Katz and Sam Martin's pop-rock project recently supported Passion Pit on tour. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $12.27 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Asking Alexandria It should come as little surprise that this is a metalcore band; the gerund in its name practically screams it. Its Reckless & Relentless, from 2011, earned a top-10 Billboard debut. With As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire, Attila. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showbox online.com. 5 p.m. $28 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
The BreakLites Internet station Juice Radio hosts a weekly contest in which two upstart MCs vie for the chance to get an interview, decided by popular vote. This show, with Tacoma rap five-piece the BreakLites topping the bill, will see the release of a mixtape featuring the contest's winners. With Brainstorm, John Crown, Nu Era, DJ Swervewon. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $10.
Delicate Steve A skilled guitarist and composer of largely instrumental, vaguely tropical rock songs on July's Positive Force, Steve Marion signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. With Dana Buoy. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $9. All ages.