WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Children of Kids This local electronic trio's songs are playfully experimental and moderately danceable. With Vibe Warrior, Werebearcat. High Dive, 513 N.>"/>
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Children of Kids This local electronic trio's songs are playfully experimental and moderately danceable. With Vibe Warrior, Werebearcat. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Patti Smith A formative figure in the history of independent rock, Smith is touring behind Banga, her first album of original material since 2004. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $36 adv./$38.50 DOS. All ages.
Rory James, a former minor-league pitcher (in his one forgettable season for the Sioux City Explorers, he posted a 1-6 record and a 6.70 ERA), now makes dusky, straight-outta-Ballard acoustic folk. With Petty Party, the Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 8 p.m. $8.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Dillon Warnek and the Dismal Tide On last year's A Stranger Here, Warnek's songwriting is melancholy and introspective, but with his four-piece band, his songs have a muscular pop-rock bravado. With the Texas Teardrops, Sam Russel with the Harborrats. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Heartland String Project Typically a quartet, this New Haven, Conn., Americana group has slimmed down to a duo (violinist Corinna Smith and bassist Andrew Small) for a batch of Seattle dates. Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-5282, caferacerseattlecom. 9 p.m. Free.
Midday Veil Tune in for drawn-out compositions from the dark side of synth-rock for all you Bacchic revelers. With A Story of Rats, Great Falls, Hekate. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 8 p.m. $8. 21 and over.
Snowden It's been nearly seven years since Jordan Jeffares' previous album as Snowden, but his post-punk band is set to return to form in May with the release of No One in Control. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1
Andy Coe One of Seattle's pre-eminent jazz guitarists, Coe's credentials are matched by those of the other musicians on this bill, who play in groups like McTuff, Spellbinder, and Mad Season. With Danny Godinez, Joe Doria, Barrett Martin. High Dive. 9:30 p.m. $7.
The CRY! Most music that bills itself power-pop relies on big, anthemic, traditional rock songs to get the point across, but these Portlanders draw from '50s and '60s pop and doo-wop as well as punk, making for wry music that seeks to please rather than overwhelm. With Big Eyes, Sweet Pups, the Piniellas. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelboxtheater.com. 9 p.m. $8 DOS.
Blueprint A signee of influential underground hip-hop label Rhymesayers (Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, MF Doom), this Columbus, Ohio, MC released Deleted Scenes last year. With TH3RDZ, Fatal Lucciauno, Jewels Hunter, Nathan Wolfe, The Sharp 5. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Why? On 2012's Mumps, Etc., this Yoni Wolf–led band continues to confound with its hard-to-classify mixture of hip-hop, art rock, and Wolf's confessional (emo?) songwriting. With Astronautalis, Dream Tiger. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2
BOAT In conjunction with the release of their forthcoming Pretend to Be Brave, this local art-pop group curated an album of covers of its songs, featuring contributions from Throw Me the Statue, SW columnist John Roderick, and the two bands who'll open this show. With Aqueduct, Quiet Ones. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10 adv.
March Fourth Marching Band Their mélange of big band and funk works because of the musicians' technical proficiency and, most of all, spectacle. Nearly half the 20-plus members are dancers or acrobats, lending its live shows a circus feel. With Cascadia '10. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $16.50 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Ramona Falls has been Brent Knopf's main focus since the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter defected from Menomena two years ago, and he has one severely underrated album of artsy indie pop—last year's Prophet—to show for it. With Social Studies, Cathedral Pearls. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3
Alabama Shakes Fourteen months ago, Alabama Shakes played the Crocodile when they visited Seattle. It's a testament to the strength of their live show (and perhaps to the general appetite for ultra-traditional rock) that this blues-rock/soul quartet has now jumped to a much larger venue. With Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Doores, Riley Downing. The Paramount. Sold out.
Anberlin This Florida post-hardcore band has deep ties to Seattle, including records on Tooth & Nail and a new album, Vital, produced by Aaron Sprinkle, which topped Billboard's Christian Albums chart. With Paper Route, All Get Out. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave. S., 888-929-7849. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS.
Andy Glover Acoustic singer/songwriter Glover will release his Visions of the Future EP at this show. With Raven Zoe, Caren Taylor, Norm Bowler. Rendezvous. 7 p.m. $5 DOS.
Yes Today, calling a band "prog" is a pejorative in many circles. But that wasn't the case when Yes helped form our modern conception of the genre in the early '70s, when rock-star excess was the norm and a concept album about obscure Hindu scriptures (1973's Tales From Topographic Oceans) could crack Billboard's Top 10. The band released Fly From Here, its 20th album—sans classic frontman Jon Anderson—in 2011. The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 7 p.m. $32.50–$62.50. All ages.
MONDAY, MARCH 4
BOY Just as Girls started as two dudes, BOY is actually two women, Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass. The Hamburg-based duo's agreeably ramshackle pop tunes are reminiscent of those of Feist and Neko Case. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Monkey Bat This local power trio deals in jammy, acoustic guitar–led jazz-funk. Comet Tavern. 8 p.m.
Psychic Ills The New York psych-rockers favor slow-paced, reverbed-out guitar that oozes California lifestyle. With Folkazoid, Kingdom of the Holy Sun. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10. All ages.
TUESDAY, MARCH 5
The Hush Sound After three albums and tours with bands like Fall Out Boy and All-American Rejects, the Illinois quartet went on hiatus in 2009. But it's back at work, with a new album slated for spring and a string of West Coast dates, their first in four years. With the Last Royals, Sydney Wayser. El Corazon, 1426 First Ave. 6:30 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.
Lemolo It's that time of year again when up-and-coming bands venture to the marketing-team-infested wilds of Austin, Texas, for SXSW. See these locals off at this show—which is also one of much-hyped hip-hop producer OCnotes' last performances as a Seattle resident before he relocates to Portland. With Spac3man, Seacats. Neumos. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Passion Pit Michael Angelakos and co. are arguably the world's biggest electro-pop act, and the songs from their sophomore album, Gossamer, are outsized and catchy enough to fill arenas (the band played Madison Square Garden earlier this month) and sell Doritos® Locos Tacos™ in equal measure. With Matt & Kim, Icona Pop. The Paramount. 7:30 p.m. $33.25. All ages.