The Week's Recommended Shows

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26

Blue Ribbon Boys A benefit for the headlining rock band, who recently had their equipment stolen. With Sweet Pups, Killshot, the Deceptives, DJ Madmax. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $7.

Karrin Allyson Nineteen years after her 1992 debut, jazz vocalist Allyson released 'Round Midnight last year, earning a Grammy nomination and displaying her deft, personal transformations of jazz standards. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 5:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

Be Honest, Ruth Bryan! Formed in a Seattle Pacific University dormitory (band members even played the SPU talent show in 2010), this five-piece offers warm, baroque folk music. With Vocal Few, Cynthia Alexander. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640, conorbyrnepub.com. 9 p.m. $7.

Mga EvErs There's a good assortment of up-and-coming local MCs on this bill; the headliner and Raz, especially, are two to watch. With Kush Gang Global, Mac Shine. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $8. All ages.

The Satellite 4 On Street Food, their latest full-length, this quartet's soul- and smooth jazz–inspired instrumentals are satisfying enough on their own merits. They really shine, however, with help from guests, like on "Soul in It," which features local funk magnate Eldridge Gravy. With Moonshiners, Los Perros Olvidados. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

Alesso Swedish DJ/producer Alessandro Lindblad is just 21, but has already collaborated with the likes of Ryan Tedder, David Guetta, and Usher. His 2012 single "Calling (Losing My Mind)" went to #1 on the Billboard Dance charts. With Johnny Monsoon, Loch Stimpson. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 9 p.m. $41.50.

AnnAMercury This local five-piece plays risk-averse hard rock with righteously growled vocals. With Joyfield, gannGGreen. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $10.

Dusty 45s If you want to spend 2012's waning days pretending you're a drunk in a small Midwestern town with a river, pitch a tent along the shipping canal in Ballard and spend two nights at the Tractor with one of the Northwest's most reliably effective rockabilly acts. With Redneck Girlfriend, Side Saddle, the Rainieros. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. (Also on Fri., Dec. 29 with the Roy Kay Trio, the Black Crabs, and the Western Bluebirds).

Dylan Jakobsen Prolific, hyper-poppy, and meticulously coiffed, Jakobsen ventures into surprisingly folksy territory on Long Way Home, which he'll release at this show. With Striking Back, Saving Sunsets, The Bard and the Liar, Hatters for Hire. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 6:30 p.m. $10 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.

Land of Pines are currently prepping the fourth and final EP in a series that's been in the works since early 2011, and its lead single "Dead Feathers" crystallizes the band's strengths: up-tempo indie rock with a pop brain and an electric backbone. With Dude York, Heavy Petting. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $8.

Moral Crux Hailing from the eastern wilds of Ephrata, Wash., this four-piece has been playing politically tinged pop-punk since before it was cool: 1983, to be exact. With Piniellas, Less Than Equals. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 9 p.m. $8.

Shabazz Palaces & THEESatisfaction Seattle's steamiest rap groups join for a bill infused with their unique brands of astral-planing hip-hop and "funk-psychedelic feminista," respectively. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $21.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

Brainstorm One of the three MCs in local hip-hop group Dyme Def, Brainstorm takes a break from his main project to headline this loaded rap bill. With E & DAE, L.A.C.O.S.A., Produktive, Dl xVagrance, News Team, J to tha E, Reklez, Just Cos, King Bishop B.A.R.S., Green Thumbs. Columbia City Theater. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$15 DOS.

Feezable the Germ Specializing in gritty, club-ready rap, this Chicago MC will release Along Came a Germ at this show. With Fearce Villain & Bean One, Knucklehead Banga, Donte Peace. 7 p.m. $7.

Polyrhythmics On last year's Labrador, this local funk octet blends stout grooves and sharp horn melodies with Afrobeat and free jazz influences. With Polecat, DJ Leopold Bloom. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $12.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

Classixx Mostly known for their remixes of usual-suspect indie rock (Passion Pit, Phoenix), this L.A. production duo's original material (glossy electro-funk) isn't particularly novel, either, but it'll at least make for a mild-mannered dance party. With Miracles Club, the Tempers. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12.

Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger It's a shame this show wasn't scheduled a day later, as this Portland band's high-definition dance-rock, combined with celebratory, sing-songy lyrics, all but begs to be played on New Year's Eve. With Jar, Finish Ticket, Koruscant Weekend. El Corazon. 6:30 p.m. $8. All ages.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

Ayron Jones and The Way It's painful to read the bios of blues or rock bands who talk about "getting back to basics," spurning electronics, or other such rockist clichés, but for a musician like Jones, that philosophy works. Seattle's most electrifying bluesman needs little more than a mike, a guitar, and some light support from his backing band to captivate an audience. With Scrumptious & The Backbeat, Boxcar Rebellion. High Dive. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

Monogamy Party This show offers a nice cross-section of the scuzzier side of Seattle's punk scene, from the headliners' post-post-post-grunge sound to Haunted Horses' full-blast gothic sludge. With Wimps, Ubu Roi. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $7.

Mystery Ship Tasty Seattle psych-rockers Mystery Ship have caught the ear of a number of storied rock engineers like Jack Endino and Dave Hillis, and for good reason. They'll be ringing in the new year in wicked fashion. With Daughters of the Dead Sea, Bad Love Sessions. Blue Moon Tavern, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 9:30 p.m. $6.

Resolution 2013 The headliners at this year's edition of the annual EDM-a-thon span dubstep (Rusko, Doctor P) and trance (Cosmic Gate). There are also two themed stages ("Time Capsule" and "Enchanted Forest"), presumably to further ward off anyone over 30. With Dieselboy, FuntCase, Mord Fustang, LA Riots, Johnny Monsoon, Wheelz. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, wamutheater.com. 8:30 p.m. $55. 18 and over.

Rewind Workmanlike covers of '80s classics like "Safety Dance," "Time After Time," and "99 Red Balloons." Sunset Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $20.

 
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