WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
Dead Man The latest release from this local guitar-and-drums duo is the aptly named Filthy Blues. With Glossary, Lincoln Barr. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 9 p.m. $5.
Earphunk This New Orleans–based funk group is currently in the midst of an extended national tour that includes dates with like-minded jam band Shmeeans & The Expanded Consciousness. With Groovesession, Brothers Gow. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS.
Princess In an uncommon move for a metal band, this four-piece released in December an album-length remix of its Welcome Winter EP, featuring contributions from both electronic and metal musicians. With Giza. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
C'est La Mort The eclectic lineup for this show reads like a warped version of the '80s underground, from hazy C86 guitar pop (the headliners) to four-on-the-floor new wave (Jupe Jupe) to gothic synth-pop (Golden Gardens). With Blue Light Curtain. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Thousands Formerly a duo—Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman, who played gentle acoustic folk—Thousands is now a four-piece rock band. They'll record their first album in this new configuration in February. With Neighbors, Lori Goldston. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Tomten This sunny sepia-pop quartet will make you long for those few T-shirt-and-shorts days on the other side of the year, and keep you as warm as your fondest memories. With Shenandoah Davis, Seven Colors. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Wow & Flutter Occasionally, life imitates Portlandia: This Portland psych-pop duo recently released the EP Double Deuce, which can be purchased only by buying a 22-ounce microbrew of the same name from the Alameda Brewing Company. With Scriptures, Steradian. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $6.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Brite Lines Both these headliners and their openers, Pocket Panda, play electronica-inflected folk rock, so it's fitting that the two bands will release a split 7-inch at this show. With James Apollo. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
FLASH, an electronic-music showcase curated by Decibel Festival and Shameless Productions, will run weekly through the end of February. This first installment features producers John Tejada (I'm Not a Gun) and Pezzner (Jacob London). With Nordic Soul, Recess. Q, 1426 Broadway, 432-9306, qcapitolhill.com. 9 p.m. $7.
The Grizzled Mighty This duo plays an energetic brand of blues with crunchy guitars and echoey vocals. Tonight is the release show for their new EP Thick Hand Grip; they top a great all-local bill. With Kithkin, Rose Windows, River Giant. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Kristen Ward Why an artist as beautiful (those cheekbones!) and talented as Kristen Ward isn't ruling Seattle's roots-rock scene is an ongoing mystery. Her deep, rich voice separates Ward from the latest crop of reedy female vocalists around town; she sounds just . . . like . . . a woman. With the Blue Tracks. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 8 p.m. $15 adv./ $18 DOS. All ages.
Muse At this point in their nearly 20-year career, Muse's massive popularity has more than caught up to the band's unbridled ambition. Last fall's The 2nd Law earned a #2 Billboard debut—the band's highest ever and one worthy of their outsized neo-prog epics, which draw on everything from King Crimson to Skrillex. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, seattlecenter.com. 7 p.m. $32–$62. All ages.
Tapwater is a six-piece roots/country ensemble (or, per their website, a "world twang experience") from Portland whose pleasant folk songs show an eclectic set of influences. With Tumbleweed Wanderers, Heels to the Hardwood. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Black Breath This Seattle-via-Bellingham black-metal outfit has spent much of the past year touring in support of their second LP, the heavy-hitting, Southern Lord-released Sentenced to Life. With Sandrider, Occult SS, Nite Nurse. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
Hey Ocean! This Canadian group epitomizes cutesy folk-pop, from the superfluous exclamation point in their name to their boy/girl harmonies. But they also have a stranger claim to fame: their popularity among fans of My Little Pony, due to singer Ashleigh Ball's work as a voice actor on the show. With The Ninth Step, Man Without Wax. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
Mayors of Liberty Operatic-voiced songwriter Kirt Debique fronts this local folk-rock trio, whose debut album, Another Day in the Dream Factory, came out in October. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 10 p.m. $5.
The Sonics It's not every day that a show features two progenitors of the Northwest sound, but this one does, pairing the proto-garage-rock headliners with trailblazing grunge band (but don't call them that) Mudhoney. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. Sold out.
Star Anna The Ellensburg-born country crooner closes the second night of Spark & Shine Records' showcase with the Maldives and Ken Stringfellow. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Aly Tadros This up-and-coming singer/songwriter/guitarist is touring behind The Fits, a collection of wistful, winsome folk songs bolstered by Tadros' classical-inspired picking style. With Irvin Dally, J Wong. Sunset Tavern. 7:30 p.m. $8.
Nonpoint This Chicago alt-metal band is touring behind an eponymous album, its ninth, which includes contributions from three new band members. With Candlelight Red, Digital Summer. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Riz Rollins A 20-plus-year veteran of KEXP's airwaves, Rollins spins a far-ranging variety of tracks during his meticulously prepared DJ sets. Q. 3 p.m. Free.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Ben Folds Five It had been 13 years since Ben Folds had released an album with his inaccurately named trio, but that changed with September's The Sound of the Life of the Mind, another set of Folds' trademark witty piano-pop tunes. With Nataly Dawn. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. Sold out.
I Wish We Were Robots Melodic metalcore from Sacramento with all the usual signifiers: alternating screamed and "clean" vocals, chugging breakdowns, and a healthy dose of puerility ("Influences: Your mom"). El Corazon. 7 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Suzanne Vega Among this singer/guitarist's best-known work is "Tom's Diner," a simple a cappella pop tune that isn't all that notable on its own, but which played a significant part in the history of digital audio when it was used in the first tests of the mp3 file format. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org/benaroya. 7:30 p.m. $45. All ages.
Tara Stonecipher & The Tall Grass Eugene songwriter Stonecipher and her three-piece backing band craft pretty, placid folk songs. With Sincerely Val, Matthew O'Toole. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.