WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
Key of Solomon These Orlando, Fla., transplants are currently searching for a singer, but in the interim, their thrashy, prog-inspired instrumental rock is plenty exciting without vocals. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $5.
Mingus Dynasty is a seven-piece jazz combo dedicated to performing the music of legendary bassist Charles Mingus. But the group is also more than just a tribute act—Mingus was a prolific composer, and the group's repertoire includes many pieces he never performed himself. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 6:30 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
Pinback This San Diego rock band has carved itself an enviable niche: a unique sound, reliable-if-not-great records, and a moderately large following that keeps them just under the radar. With Judgement Day. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $18.50 adv./ $22 DOS. All ages.
Shwayze There (probably) won't be any sand or sunshine inside Neumos tonight, but the Shwayze dudes will do their best to keep things light regardless. Have yourself a "Corona and Lime" or two. With Terraplane Sun, Paul Couture. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
B-Lines This Vancouver group's abrasive punk is as aggro as it comes, and also as concise: All the songs on its eponymous 2011 12-inch are less than two minutes long, and many are shorter than one. With Ubu Roi, Ex-Girlfriends, Sailor Mouth. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $7.
Détective Music writer and former Guided by Voices member James Greer enlisted L.A. music-scene vet Guylaine Vivarat to form this garage-rock group. With Smile Brigade. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $8.
The Great Um The latest from this local rock trio is August's What the People Want, a solid debut LP of bluesy, brawny indie rock. With the Hoot Hoots, Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.
La Luz Former Curious Mystery frontwoman Shana Cleveland's new band rocks with well-spun lyrics and waves of bright surf-pop. With Yuni in Taxco, Invisible Shivers. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $7.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25
The Braxmatics This five-piece, and their backup dancers, channel the sound of '60s and '70s soul and funk. With Tip to Base. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 10 p.m. $6.
Gabriel Mintz is an up-and-coming songwriter whose 2010 debut, Volume One, displayed a potential for winsome, lyrical rock that someday could make him one of Seattle folk's elder statesmen. With Renata Almeida, Zarni, Saint John and the Revelations. Blue Moon Tavern, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 9:30 p.m. $6.
Hot Buttered Rum This San Francisco bluegrass quintet are prepping a new studio album, the follow-up to 2009's Limbs Akimbo, to be released later this year. With Fruition. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $20 adv./ $22 DOS. All ages.
Stag This show is a release party for these local music veterans' self-titled full-length debut, a rollicking power-pop record produced by Jack Endino. With the Purrs, Little Hearts. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $8.
Thaddillac Seattle funk representative Thaddillac takes the stage with a full roster of like-minded musicians to celebrate the release of his latest album, Adayzndalyfalayk/One Man Trash Can Band. With Sophistafunk, Richie Aldente, More of Anything. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
Cold Blue Mountain Last summer this brutally heavy stoner-metal group from northern California released its self-titled debut, a record filled with down-tempo, low-end-heavy sludge. With Cascabel, Enemy Camps. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9 p.m. $6.
Deception Past These country-to-city transplants largely stick to their roots, making outlaw country that's traditional in sound and in attitude: According to their website, they have "All-American, red-blooded patriotism flowing through their veins." With Massy Ferguson, Legendary Oaks. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.
The Valley Recently reunited, this loud, grungy rock group is playing shows in support of October's Halloween EP. They headline this rock showcase curated by local music blog Nada Mucho. With the Springboards, Lights From Space. Barboza. 6 p.m. $8.
The West This local pop-rock five-piece recently wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a music video for their catchy single "It Was Disco and It's Over" off their 2011 debut EP, Don't Make a Sound. With Black Swedes, Out on the Streets. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Jetman Jet Team These promising locals deftly blend shoegaze, psychedelia, and post-rock—the common denominator of those genres being pulverizing waves of guitar noise. With Ecstatic Cosmic Union, Rainbow Wolves. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 10 p.m. $5.
Tristan Prettyman This Southern Californian has toured with the likes of Jason Mraz (her ex-boyfriend) and G. Love & Special Sauce, appropriate musical partners for her ebullient, squeaky-clean folk-pop. Triple Door. 6:30 p.m. $15. All ages.
Yellowcard still makes music nearly 10 years after scoring a surprise hit with "Ocean Avenue," and their latest album, Southern Air, sticks to the formula that made them relevant: ultra-melodic pop-punk with an anthemic edge. With Alabaster, Moneta. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, JANUARY 28
Ask the Ages Named for free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock's final album, this quintet plays in a similarly avant-garde style. With Majestical Quintet. Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com. 8 p.m. Free.
The Sweetlix Perhaps the consummate Monday-night-at-the-Comet bar band, this West Seattle threesome's blues-punk is limited in scope but heavy on scuzz. With the Do Wrongs, Say Banzai. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $5.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29
Bent There's something distinctly Northwest-sounding about this trio's easygoing, melodic rock, but it could just be that singer Matthew Litz's voice bears a passing resemblance to that of Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch. With Really Big Beard, Radio Telescope, the Confetti Kids. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $5.
John Lee Hooker Jr. This Detroit bluesman (and son of John Lee Hooker) is touring behind his fifth album, last year's All Hooked Up. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 5:30 p.m. $20.50. All ages.
Rival Sons NME recently debuted a music video for "Until the Sun Comes," the single from this hard-rock group's lat est album, Heads Down. With Trip Like Animals. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10.