WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
Foreign Friends The local synth-pop duo of Brian Cervino and Matt Leschuck traffic in sharp, twisting dance tunes; tonight they celebrate the release of their second EP, Maps. With YourYoungBody, Computer Children of the Airplane Age. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $5. All ages.
Los Lobos One of pop music's most enduring and best-known Chicano rock bands, this Los Angeles quintet (somewhat surprisingly, they've had the same lineup since 1984) will go acoustic for this Benaroya Hall performance. 200 University St., 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org/benaroya. 7:30 p.m. $40–$54. All ages.
Nez Lightning This recently formed group combines driving math-rock instrumentals with raucous punk enthusiasm. With the Apollos, Winnebago, Full Moon Radio. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Tribal Seeds This San Diego reggae/dub group puts a fresh-enough spin on the genre to keep things interesting, but still offers all the pot-packed dreadlock anthems you'd expect. With Stick Figure, The Maad T-Ray, The Approach. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 7 p.m. $13. All ages.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
Andrea Gibson The highly political poetry of this Boulder, Colo., slam poet focuses on gender issues and LGBTQ rights. Flower Boy, her most recent album, is the second on which she sets her poems to original music. With Tara Hardy. Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., 414-8325, fremontabbey.com. 7 p.m. $15–$20. All ages.
Chris Eger Band If you feel like you've been listening to way too much Pitchfork-endorsed music of late and need an ear enema, Chris Eger's brand of straightforward, bluesy rock will do the trick. With Rai, Old Growth. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Trapt Best known for the 2002 single "Headstrong" (which is probably playing inside the Tacoma Dome as you read this), this California hard-rock act is touring behind the forthcoming Reborn, their sixth studio album and first without longtime drummer Aaron Montgomery. With Acidic, Action Blast, Stoic FB, Says the Snake, IANA. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.
Wes Speight and the Visual Dialog There are a great many blues-rock bands in Seattle these days, but the one led by songwriter Wes Speight (often stylized "Sp8") is notable for its particularly gritty and gutty take on the genre. With Rainbows. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $6.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
Davidson Hart Kingsbery If you have yet to see the gravel-throated twanger who's lighting up dance floors around town with his two-step-ready country tunes, what's stopping you? With Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, Jackrabbit. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $8.
Hounds of the Wild Hunt were tabbed as an opener when Titus Andronicus played Neumos in November—a pairing that makes a lot of sense after listening to last year's El Mago. Hounds' songs aren't as anthemic or razor-sharply witty as Titus' (Local Business notwithstanding), but they're similarly rough-edged and ragged. With Redwood Plan, Panama Gold. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.
The Reds This Bellingham garage-rock duo's tunes are ultra-lo-fi and a little sloppy, but they'll likely be a lot of fun live. With the Bitter Roots, the Phosphenes. Skylark, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111, skylarkcafe.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Sex With Strangers Dancy Vancouver, B.C., rockers utilize multiple vocalists for a kooky brand of pop-rock that should mellow out the Comet for a night. With Ever So Android, 1-2-1-2. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Teenage Fanclub Tribute Night Members of SHiPS, A Breakthrough in Field Studies, and others team up to pay tribute to the influential Scottish rock band. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. $8.
Vagabond Opera Part jazz ensemble, part cabaret revue, this eclectic act plays everything from tangos to swing to Balkan folk. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 6 p.m. (all ages) & 9:30 p.m. (21 and over). $18 adv./$20 DOS.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
Pasatempo Rebetika Most bands aren't so transparent as to include the genre of music they play right in their name, but this local six-piece does: "Rebetika" is a blanket term that encompasses several varieties of Greek folk music. Triple Door. 6:30 p.m. $16. All ages.
Sum 41 These pop-punk icons are touring to commemorate the 10th anniversary of their platinum-selling sophomore album, 2002's Does This Look Infected? With Hunter Valentine, iamdynamite. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
The Foghorns These locals' most recent effort, 2011's To the Stars on the Wings of a Pig, was a Reverb favorite, and this rare all-ages show gives kids an opportunity to catch their heartfelt, country-tinged folk in person. With Casey Ruff & the Mayors of Ballard, Sincerely Val. Skylark. 3 p.m. $5. All ages.
Numbers On their June self-titled EP, this local progressive metal group blends electronic textures with metalcore breakdowns. With Reach for the Sky, Vessels, Lo There Do I See My Brother. Chop Suey. 7 p.m. $8. All ages.
Wayfarer is a standard-issue indie-folk/rock band in most ways but one: They play covers of ultra-traditional gospel hymns (with titles like "Alas and Did My Savior Bleed?") wrapped in modern accoutrements. With Garage Voice, Timothy Robert Graham. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21
MachOne Jazz Orchestra Led by artistic director Anders Anderson, this 17-piece big band's catalog ranges from '30s swing to Michael Bublé. Tula's, 2214 Second Ave., 443-4221, tulas.com. 7:30 p.m. $5.
Rory Gannon and Friends This Whidbey Island–born songwriter's slide-guitar-heavy songs are equal parts melancholy and blues-inflected. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $5.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
Down Featuring members of Pantera and Eyehategod, this New Orleans sludge-metal supergroup is currently at work on a series of EPs, the most recent of which came out last fall. With Warbeast. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
Falling Awake This clearly hilarious Orange County rock group will hit Seattle as part of the "We're in Town and Ur Daughters [sic] Down" tour, in anticipation of an EP to be released at the end of January. With the Dares. El Corazon. 7 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
Hi Ho Silver Oh Songwriter Casey Trela fronts this Los Angeles three-piece, which makes bombastic, folk-tinged indie rock. With Charlyne Yi. Fremont Abbey. 8 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.