WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12
Dear Mister Manager This local four-piece plays melodic guitar rock with a touch of math-y fussiness, spurred by Derrick Jones' kinetic drumming. With Simon the Leper, Burn All the Liars. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. $5.
Kopecky Family Band Some band names can be misleading, like that of this Nashville group, whose moniker suggests a troupe of siblings (or second cousins) playing bluegrass. In reality, the six band members are just close friends, and their folk-pop sound is more car commercial than tractor haul. With Terrible Buttons, Ten-Speed Music. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
Kreayshawn As the Bay Area chirp-voiced sleaze rapper with swag "pumping out [her] ovaries," Kreayshawn became an Internet sensation last year with her viral hit "Gucci Gucci." With Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, Chippy Nonstop. Neumos. 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 7 p.m. $20. All ages.
Paa Kow's By All Means Band Ghanaian bandleader Paa Kow sings and drums with his eight-piece Afro-fusion ensemble, writing songs in English and his native language, Fante. With Thione Diop's Afro Groove. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Snaketopus A few live demos make up the entirety of this band's recorded output (at least what's available online). They blend prog-rock synth textures with grave post-grunge guitar sounds. With Black Biscuit, Death by Stars. Skylark, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111, skylarkcafe.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Lavender Diamond "Ethereal" is among the most overused words in music writing, but it suits Lavender Diamond singer Becky Stark's voice perfectly. Her gossamer vocals complement her band's sparse dream-pop arrangements. With Shelby Earl. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Q Dot The latest from this Federal Way producer and MC is July's Declaration of Dopeness. With Silent Lamb Project, Fresh Preserves, Donte Peace. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 10 p.m. $8.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
Borgore On June's Decisions EP, all-star dubstep producer Asaf Borger teams with an unexpected collaborator: Miley Cyrus, who provides backup vocals. With 12th Planet, Krewella, Two Fresh, Dirty Byrds. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $41.50 adv./$47 DOS. All ages.
El Vez Arguably the world's most prolific Elvis impersonator, Robert Lopez has performed as El Vez since the early '90s. This show is part of his "Merry Mexmas" holiday tour. With Mark Siano & the Enablers. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $16. All ages.
Good to Die Records Holiday Party Seattle's hardest-working metal and hard-rock label closes 2012 with good reason to celebrate: Six of its eight bands released a record this year, including Gaytheist, this show's headliners. With Survival Knife, Mass Games, Glose. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $8.
Trip Like Animals The Bubbleator is a clear globe that originally was an elevator (ostensibly, an elevator from the future) at the 1962 World's Fair. More recently it served as a recording studio for this rock group, and they'll release the results of those sessions at this show. With Wes Sp8, Ever So Android. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. $8. 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Dave Bazan Band Since Pedro the Lion's 2006 disbanding, Dave Bazan has focused his creative energy on his solo material, but to commemorate the 10th anniversary of PtL's Control, Bazan will perform that album in its entirety at this show. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $16 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.
Garage Voice This local garage-rock trio combines ragged instrumentals with gospel music's vintage organ tones and (based on a review from Christcore.net that graces the band's website) holy sensibilities. With Family Crest. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $8.
Northwest Folklife's Winter Celebration Hand-picked artists from the 2012 Northwest Folklife Festival pack this bill of burgeoning regional folkies; they're also featured on the Fest's new CD, Roots and Branches Vol. 4. With Joy Mills Band, Nu Klezmer Army, Brían Ó hAirt, Eleanor Murray. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. 5:30 p.m. $8.
Riff Raff In 2012, hip-hop artist Jody Christian—the apotheosis of gaudy, hyper-self-aware hashtag rap (or maybe just the male version of Kreayshawn)—released two mixtapes and an album, signed a deal with Mad Decent, and amassed more than 400,000 Twitter followers. The Seattle Times described his most recent show at the Nectar as "lawless" and "buffoonish." With Kush Gang Global, "Aro" "the MC," Deadly D, Matt "jarvis" Ft, Camila Recchio, Evan Christian, DJ Poindextar. Nectar Lounge. 5 p.m. all ages; 8 p.m. 21 and over. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
Time to Fly This Port Orchard emo band's one-and-only album was 2002's Birth. Work. Death, released on now-defunct record label RocketStar Recordings. They now reunite to commemorate its release. With Grenades, Colonies. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $13. All ages.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
Cambered Souls This Lynnwood band plays rootsy, mainstream-radio-leaning rock. With States & Minds, John Wayne Guns. High Dive. $6. 8 p.m.
Starry-Eyed Samurai Fronted by the golden-voiced Erin Mario, this band's languid, electronic-tinged progressive rock recalls that of Minus the Bear. With Fellow Traveler, China Davis. Sunset Tavern. 7:30 p.m. $6.
Sunn O))) Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson's iconoclastic metal collective is probably best known for its live show, which involves robes, fog machines, and pulverizingly loud drone metal, though not necessarily in that order. With Dead in the Dirt, Loincloth. The Neptune. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$22 DOS.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17
Alt-J The British music press is notorious for its near-constant cries of "next big thing," and these 2012 Mercury Prize winners are the latest to be bequeathed that title. Their sound—which includes a cappella vocals, hip-hop beats, and glassy-eyed acoustic funk—is frantic and busy, but this is a band that could transcend its considerable overseas hype. With Wildcat! Wildcat! The Crocodile. 8 p.m. Sold out. All ages.
The Mountain Goats John Darnielle is touring behind his 14th studio album (and fourth in the past five years), Transcendental Youth, a collection of character studies set here in Washington. With Matthew E. White. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $24. All ages.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18
Corb Lund Hailing from the ranchlands of Alberta, Lund writes country music that mirrors his rough and rustic upbringing. With Turnpike Troubadours. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
Kingdom of the Holy Sun These woozy Seattle strummers have a little Doors and a little Dick Dale psych-surf in their sound. With Red Hex, Drinking Flowers, Adult Books. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $7.
Vox Maquinista This local duo specializes in danceable, slightly campy electro-rock, like the appropriately named "Death by Pop." With Imperials, Unibroz, Wicked Gloves. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $5.