The Good Wives/Wednesday, January 23

Last month, on his 28th birthday, Jake Bruggman, frontman of the local folk-rock band The Good Wives, was diagnosed with

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The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

The Good Wives/Wednesday, January 23

Last month, on his 28th birthday, Jake Bruggman, frontman of the local folk-rock band The Good Wives, was diagnosed with stage IIIB Hodgkin's lymphoma. Bruggman has already begun the debilitating process of treatment, and while he is fortunate to have health insurance, he'll have a sizable deductible to pay; he won't be strong enough to work for at least the next six months; and he has to move out of his shared housing into an apartment by himself to sustain the spotlessly clean living environment his immune system now demands. Fortunately, Bruggman has great friends, who've created The Foundation for a Better Jake. The Foundation is attempting to raise $15,000 to help with Bruggman's medical, moving, and living expenses; Miss Washington 2013 Cassandra Searles has already donated, and Bruggman's favorite Mariner Casper Wells has tweeted word of tonight's benefit, which likely will be Bruggman's last show for a while. It'll feature a solo performance by Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner. With Aaron Kirby, Blackheart Honeymoon. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $12–$30 suggested donation. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Mystikal/Thursday, January 24

In a musical climate in which the rapper-of-the-minute turnover seems almost literal, it's unlikely, to say the least, that a Southern MC (who was to many just a blip on their MTV-honed radar) can resurface and be successful more than a decade after his previous visible commercial splash. However, given today's audience, throaty New Orleans rapper Mystikal has two main things working for him: 1) His first post-prison (like, post-six-year stint) album will be released this year on hit-making label Cash Money Records; 2) His wild-ass rasp could be just what the currently massive party faction is looking for. Live, his reactor-strength energy level should play well for him; if all else fails, he has only to yell three words to set things off: "Shake ya ass!" With Dyme Def, Feezable the Germ, G-U, Jay Key. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $17. TODD HAMM

Lonesome Shack/Friday, January 25

On the press page of Lonesome Shack's website, a bit written by Luke Bergman describes the band's tunes as music "for those getting tired of hearing bands that are only shallowly influenced by American roots music." Funny thing is, Bergman is the band's bassist. It's blatantly tongue-in-cheek, but these Cafe Racer regulars are known for the improvisation and whimsy they regularly infuse into their creative output. Collectively, Bergman, drummer Kristian Garrard, and guitarist Ben Todd are in a billion other bands, from much-loved folk duo Thousands to frenzied pop group Heatwarmer. Lonesome Shack's latest release, City Man, earns them a stake in country-blues territory. Whatever they're doing, they do it well and have a good time doing it. And in Bergman's words, Lonesome Shack is like "a wild dance party." With Betsy Olson, Country Lips. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 9 p.m. $8. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Daughters of the Dead Sea/Saturday, January 26

Break out the plaid flannel and ragged jeans you have hidden in your closet, because listening to the all-female trio Daughters of the Dead Sea will awaken '90s nostalgia. The garage-punk sounds created from Iris' strong bass riffs, Mia's heavy drumming, and Jen's gritty singing (the women don't give their last names) show that these West Seattleites are perfectly at home in the birthplace of grunge. The Daughters spent 2012 gracing many a local stage, and and songs from their October EP The Killroom Sessions have made their way onto KEXP. Looks like there's no slowing these ladies down. With No Passengers, Tacoma Finish. Skylark, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111. 8 p.m. $5. ASHLEY ROE

Aceyalone/Sunday, January 27

A prolific off-the-top lyricist, the dexterous Aceyalone helped build the most prolific open-mike rap workshop on earth, Project Blowed, into a legitimate movement that in the '90s turned the Project's South Central L.A. Good Life Cafe into a traditionalist rap mecca of sorts. As an artist, his smooth positivity flows like water over beatnik jazz and soul instrumentals, whether on a solo classic like All Balls Don't Bounce, any of his rap-poetry work with Haiku D'Etat, or select winners from his RJD2-produced Magnificent City. His pro-love community ethos has helped create a healthy alternative to the violence-fetishizing gangster sect that has defined Cali rap for so long. Suffice to say, tonight should be all love. With JNatural, Pat Maine, Brainstorm, Black Magic Noize. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St, 632-2020. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS. TODD HAMM

***EDITOR'S PICK

The Walkmen/Sunday, January 27

It's been 12 years since Hamilton Leithauser and co. formed the Walkmen in Washington, D.C. (their Facebook history timeline hilariously commemorates such moments as "A bill arrives from London, England, in the amount of 1000 British Pounds–owed for having 2000 copies of our first record 'Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone' destroyed."), and they've never sounded better. The band's fifth and sixth albums, 2008's You & Me and 2010's Lisbon, resonated with a deep, sentimental sense of drama, and their latest, last year's Phil Ek–produced Heaven, went further by introducing a new, resplendent, even relaxed glow to their sound. "Stick with me/Oh, you're my best friend/All of my life/You've always been," Leithauser tenderly sings on the title track, sounding like a far cry from the guy who snarled "You've got a nerve to be asking a favor" on the band's aggressive 2004 breakout track "The Rat." Tonight's show will be opened by the far-from-mellowed-out Father John Misty (who'll also headline the same venue on Jan. 29). The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 8 p.m. $16.50. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

 
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