Toro y Moi/Wednesday, February 27

Chaz Bundick has come a long way since making heads nod on Causers of This, his long-form debut as Toro

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The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

Toro y Moi/Wednesday, February 27

Chaz Bundick has come a long way since making heads nod on Causers of This, his long-form debut as Toro y Moi. In 2010, his most popular pieces were dramatically compressed beats that breathed in-and-out like many of his contemporaries', and although there was much more to his style, he was haphazardly lumped in with the chillwave and beat scenes. Since then, Bundick increasingly has reached back through time to become one of today's most competent purveyors of retro-falsetto funk and light disco. His latest album, Anything in Return, is the culmination of his quest to sonically stir up the past, but rather than simply pay homage to it, he's improved upon it. With Sinkane, Dog Bite. Crocodile. Sold out. TODD HAMM

Wintergrass/Thurs., February 28-Sun., March 3

After a 16-year run at Tacoma's Hotel Murano, 2013 is the fourth year the annual bluegrass festival will be held in Bellevue. The move was slow to warm the hearts of South Puget Sound roots-music aficionados, but not of the fest's devoted fans, who continue to flock to the workshop-crammed weekend intensive known for 24-hour jam sessions and a lineup featuring some of the finest pickers and fiddlers around. In the circuit, David Grisman and Peter Rowan—known for their many string-based projects, along with their work with Jerry Garcia in the group Old and in the Way—are sure to up the jam factor, if not the "grass" one. With The Seldom Scene, The David Grisman Sextet, Peter Rowan and the Travelin' McCourys, California, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Della Mae, the Cleverlys, Sarah Jarosz, 18 South, Hills to Holler, Mollie O'Brien, Spinney Brothers, Mamajowali, Matuto, Pert Near Sandstone, Darol Anger and the Furies, The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, the Deadly Gentlemen, the Paperboys, Polecat, The Student Loan, Wayward Vessel, Tim Connell & Jack Dwyer, The Modern Grass, North Country Bluegrass, Kevin Brown & the Beloved Country, the Howdy Boys, Pickled Okra, Highway Home. 6:30 p.m. $25 Thurs., $55 Fri., $70 Sat., $40 Sun.; pass $135. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

*** EDITOR'S PICK

El Corazon's Eighth Anniversary Show/Friday, March 1

For their b-day, El Corazon hosts a trio of acts who could all headline—Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and Guttermouth—which ought to make for one seriously sweaty evening of psychobilly and punk rock. Besides turning eight, El Corazon has plenty more to celebrate: Concert-industry trade publication Pollstar recently recognized the venue as one of the busiest in the nation for tickets sold in 2012. With the Spittin' Cobras. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 9 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. DAVE LAKE

Mico de Noche/Friday, March 1

MdN are bruisers. Get your hands on a copy of their latest LP, Cherries or their 2009 split 10" with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, and grab hold of something. They rock with such might and ferocity that sometimes . . . they get a little sleepy, so from 2010 to mid-2011 they took a little band nap (aka hiatus) before returning to the studio and the stage. Now they've brought us their first post-break release: a self-titled, four-song 7-inch (released tonight) that reflects all that pent-up hiatus energy, from Michael Crum's rugged animal howl to their truckload of distorted guitar. They clearly haven't lost a step, and sound like they had some wild dreams while they were away. With Mos Generator, Ancient Warlocks, Serial Hawk. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St, 324-8005. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. TODD HAMM

Hey Marseilles/Friday, March 1

To celebrate Lines We Trace (out March 5), the long-awaited sophomore LP from Hey Marseilles, they'll play a sold-out hometown show tonight before setting off on a six-week tour. It's been more than four years since the band released To Travels & Trunks, their debut, but in that time they've built a solid following outside of Seattle. Lines will further their cause, especially with the local management company that helped launch the Lumineers on their side. Like Travels, Lines is at once intimate and soaring, staying true to its folky roots while expanding the songs with lush instrumentation. And even if singer Matt Bishop's lyrics find him still searching for answers, the band, at least, seems to have found them. With Y La Bamba, Pollens. Showbox at the Market. Sold out. DAVE LAKE

Dave Alvin/Friday, March 1

Call it alt-country, roots rock, Americana, or just good old rock and roll: After more than 30 years of tearing it up with the likes of the Blasters, X, the Knitters, and his own various projects, Dave Alvin continues to stake a claim as one of the most influential ambassadors of good old-fashioned American music. Alvin's latest excursions into the heartland include his honky-tonkin' contributions "Harlan County Line" and "Beautiful City 'Cross the River" for the new soundtrack to the FX redneck-cop drama Justified. His latest LP, Eleven Eleven, leaves no doubt he's still the man decades after he introduced a generation of punk rockers to the roots. On his latest tour, Alvin is teaming with standout guitarist/singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw, best known for his '80s hit "Someday, Someway." The posters feature a longhorn-emblazoned jukebox, which tells you pretty much all you need to know about what they're serving. Tractor Tavern. Sold out. JOSH KERNS

 
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