WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Alice in the River This project of songwriter Alice Sandahl (the Pica Beats) and percussionist Joel Harmon (Grand Hallway) finds the former singing piano-led pop songs with a voice that resembles that of St. Vincent. With Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Jordan Lake This young songwriter enlisted members of Barcelona to produce his second full-length, last year's Consistency—a logical move, given the polished pop sensibilities they share. With Jesse Andrews, San Juan. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $5 adv./$7 DOS. All ages.
Kite Repair This five-piece plays baroque folk rock, replete with cello, gentle keys, and guitar. With Tape Stacks, Chris Jarski. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 9 p.m. $5.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Benjamin Francis Leftwich This English songwriter is touring behind the meditative acoustic folk of last year's EP In the Open. With Lanford Black, Ben Fisher. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
Charms On its EP Hillary, this local quartet plays breakneck garage rock with a knack for melody. With Chastity Belt, Week of Wonders, Shogun Barbie. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 7 p.m. $7.
JK Pop! Tonight's installation of the flamboyant monthly celebration of the best of Japanese and Korean dance music will feature a drag performance by Seattle's Atasha Manila. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, thebarboza.com. 9 p.m. $3.
Scott and Dani Band This newly formed folk-rock duo is big on gentle harmonies and soulful lyrics, a sound that draws comparisons to that of the Civil Wars. With Smith's Cloud, Leah Bakst. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640, conorbyrne.com. 9 p.m. $7.
The XPloding Boys have quite the shelf life for a tribute act, having played faithful Cure covers since 1999. With Still Falling, DJ Coldheart. Highline, 210 Broadway E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Gift of Gab This Bay Area MC is one of hip-hop's most respected wordsmiths, both for his solo material and his classic work with Chief Xcel in Blackalicious, whose 1994 EP Melodica was reissued last year. With Theoretics, Nu Era. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.
Josiah Johnson & Charity Rose Thielen The main girl and guy from ultra-smooth folkies The Head and the Heart headline this benefit concert for Outdoors for All, a nonprofit that provides recreational instruction for people with disabilities. With Smokey Brights, River Giant. Tractor Tavern. 9:30 p.m. Sold out.
Kultur Shock Eclectic and fiercely independent (their last four releases came out on their own record label), Kultur Shock mixes elements of metal, Balkan folk, and jazz into its freewheeling sound. With Chervona. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $12.
Ra Ra Riot This Barsuk-signed band has undergone a sonic makeover on their newest album, Beta Love, transforming from a group whose closest referent was Vampire Weekend to one that takes its cues from electro-pop and Auto-Tuned dance music. The results are mixed on record, but we're guessing the live show will be much improved. With Cayucas. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 9 p.m. $20. All ages.
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Portland's Thao Nguyen leads this experimental folk-pop group, whose fifth album, We the Common, was released February 5. Sonic Boom Records, 2209 N.W. Market St., 297-266, sonicboomrecords.com. 6 p.m. Free. All ages.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
The Bend The description on this group's website reads simply "five guys playing music," a blasé but accurate description of their staid, workmanlike rock. With Hondo II, Underwater Tiger. Slim's Last Chance, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900, slimslastchance.com. 9 p.m.
Shawn Mullins Known for chart-topping country songs like "Lullaby," "Beautiful Wreck," and the Zac Brown Band's "Toes," Mullins recently released his 11th studio album, Light You Up. With Max Gomez. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7 p.m. $25. All ages.
Wimps This trio's most recent endeavor is last month's Repeat, an aptly titled album of snotty punk with a streak of dark humor. With Eighteen Individual Eyes, Let's Get Lost. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
The Wood Brothers Oliver and Chris played apart for years in different kinds of bands in different parts of the country, until they were drawn back together in 2004 to write the family soundtrack. With Seth Walker. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $20. All ages.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
DreamWreck A collaboration between friends and experienced session musicians Brooke Lizotte and Ben Smith (Heart's current drummer), DreamWreck's old-school brand of rock is characterized by Lizotte's dexterous work on the keys and Smith's funk-based grooves. With Kieran Strange. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Ethan Jennings This local folk musician specializes in lap-style acoustic guitar, and this unconventional playing style results in songs that are surprisingly rhythmic and soulful. With Dana Pierce, Matt Green, Aron Bach. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 7:30 p.m. $7.
Hot Water Music With its layered guitars, on-point rhythm section, frontman Chuck Ragan's ragged vocals, and general production aesthetic, this veteran punk group has quite a bit in common with fellow Floridians Against Me!. Last year's Exister was the first new full-length from the group in eight years. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $21.50 adv./ $25 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Dumbass Jones This Renton-based four-piece plays furiously technical thrash metal. With Ancient Wind, Tatarus. 2 Bit Saloon, 4818 17th Ave. N.W., 708-6917, the2bitsaloon.com. 9 p.m. $5.
Hot Tuna Original Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen formed Hot Tuna in 1969 as a blues-rock side project, eventually outlasting it (Jefferson Starship notwithstanding). Casady and Kaukonen will play acoustic at this show. Triple Door. 6:30 p.m. $49.50 adv./$55 DOS. All ages.
UUVVWWZ This sprightly Lincoln, Nebraska quartet is fronted by the brassy Teal Gardner; this month they released a full-length called the trusted language on home-state record label Saddle Creek Records. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $6.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Gimmicks On their Bandcamp page, Gimmicks have just two songs—both released last month, both laid-back, agreeable indie-rock tunes with nasally vocals and strong choruses. With Verdant Mile, Radio Telescope. High Dive. 8 p.m. $6.
Tomahawk Seldom is the term "supergroup" more than hyperbole, but in Tomahawk's case it might be warranted because of the members' former projects; the metal group features Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison, and Battles drummer John Stanier. With Retox. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.