A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo/Thursday, January 17

When Uncle Tupelo split in 1994, Jay Farrar went on to form alt-country fave Son Volt, and Jeff

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The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

A Tribute to Uncle Tupelo/Thursday, January 17

When Uncle Tupelo split in 1994, Jay Farrar went on to form alt-country fave Son Volt, and Jeff Tweedy did his thing with Wilco. The two bands garnered fans far and wide—Wilco attracting more "adult alternative" listeners, Son Volt the indie ones—all while the frontmen simultaneously started a stable of esteemed side projects. So why the tribute to their short-lived ensemble? Because the punky, roots-rock group the two men formed in their early 20s begot a perennial creativity that nowadays wields a polished, consummate sheen. Back then, Uncle Tupelo steamed along with grit and soul; they were less-practiced and unrefined, and perhaps a bit more cool. With Transmissionary Six, Downpilot, the Swearengens, Ian Moore, Aaron Starkey & the Detasselers, Red Jacket Mine, Jaren Clifton, Fan Fiction, the Mangles, Kim Virant. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $8. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Camp Lo/Friday, January 18

Not to circle every rap-related conversation back around to Shabazz Palaces, but SP pulled Camp Lo's Geechi Suede onstage a few years ago during their fantastic hometown concert debut at this very same venue, so it is entirely possible that Ish will be in the building to repay the favor. The show is part of the "Uptown Saturday Night 15-Year Anniversary Tour," Camp Lo's tribute to their 1997 debut album, a jazzy, loop-based, classy, brag-rap-laced New York rap classic (which, btw, contains a gleaming, old-school Ish verse on its seventh track, "Swing"). Lo MCs Suede and Sonny Cheeba can hold their own and should put on a fun show regardless of who shows up. With Graves33, Spekulation, DJ Marc Sense. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $15. TODD HAMM

Yo La Tengo/Friday, January 18

On January 2, beloved local music merchandiser Easy Street Records brought down New Year highs with the news that they'd be closing their Queen Anne location after failing to reach a rent agreement with the building's landlord. (Easy Street's original West Seattle location will remain safely intact, having signed on for another 15 years.) For 12 years, they've curated the city's best lineup of in-store performances. The store's tiny raised stage against the back wall has boasted shows by everyone from Jurassic 5 and Robyn to Elvis Costello and Lou Reed. The opportunity to see artists of that caliber in such an intimate environment—for free—provided Seattle music fans with a huge number of special, unforgettable moments. Given its meaningful role in our music scene, it's fitting that the Queen Anne location will say good-bye with a performance by one of the era's most significant indie-rock bands, Yo La Tengo, who'll play songs from their superb new 13th album, Fade. Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 691-3279. 7 p.m. Free. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Gaytheist/Saturday, January 19

This excellently named, melodically sound hard-rock band from Portland is signed to heavy Seattle label Good to Die. Gaytheist plays with plenty of urgency and distortion, but their sound is far from dark; the trio balances heaviness with vocals that are sung as often as yelled and riffs that signal a party more often than a fight. Their tracks are short, loud, and sprinkled with great lines ("Fuck sex, let's dance and call it romance"; "I want this adventure, but I'm so scared/So I sit and wait in my underwear"). This show should satisfy the mosh-pit-seeking metalhead and the dance-happy Capitol Hillbilly just the same. With Argonaut, Princess, Transient. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272. 9 p.m. $7. TODD HAMM

Layzie Bone/Saturday, January 19

Mainstream music produced by macho African-American males has always presented listeners with an interesting dichotomy. At one end of the spectrum is gangsta rap, at the other is "Girl, be mine" slow jamming. You might expect the purveyors of both sounds to be at stark odds; instead there exists a peculiar mutual-admiration society, in which polar opposites often guest on each other's tracks. But it's the rare artist who has dared fuse these divergent sounds, and few have done it as effectively as Layzie Bone of Cleveland's Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Pepper in Layzie's rapidity of rhyme, and you've got a chance to catch one of the more distinctive talents in R&B in a relatively intimate venue that had better have good ventilation on the night in question. With Tay Smallz, Mo Thugs Family, Richie Rich, Bing-X. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020. 9 p.m. $15. MIKE SEELY

Niki & The Dove/Tuesday, January 22

The Swedish pop duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf had a breakout 2012 after Sub Pop released their debut album, Instinct, which recently received a 2013 European Border Breakers Award, a prize that recognizes Europe's best new music acts (previous honorees include Lykke Li, Mumford & Sons, and Adele). It's easy to catch on to the appeal of an act as exciting and bold as Niki & The Dove—their music is coated with a glossy, futuristic, synthesizered sheen, underneath which skulks a feral jungle aura of tribal beats and Dahlström's ecstatic vocals, calling up images of sleeping lions, soaring eagles, and the smell of violets and spruce trees in the midst of such impassioned lines as "I love the rhythm/The pounding of my heart." It's a wild, primal quality not often found in electro-pop. With Vacationer, Nightmare Fortress, DJ SH6RL6S6. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $12. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

 
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