Wednesday, July 3
• ELZHI Hailing from Detroit’s hip-hop underground, this underrated rapper, ex-Slum Village member, and former J. Dilla collaborator lays down lyrically adroit, multisyllabic verses over soul-leaning beats. With Luke Rain, Black Magic Noize, Task1Ne, Ro Knew, Tai the 13th, Spends Quality. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$12 DOS.
MORAL CRUX Though they’ve operated out of the central Washington hamlet of Ephrata since 1983, the members of Moral Crux play Seattle fairly regularly, and their fervent, time-honed pop-punk reportedly slays live. With The Botherations, Grave Matters, Communist Eyes. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $7.
• JUAN MACLEAN Neumos recently booked DFA/LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy for a September DJ set. Fans looking for something to tide them over until then would be wise to check out this set from Murphy’s associate, who has a similarly advanced dance-music vocabulary. With J-Justice, Introcut. Barboza, 925 E. Pike st., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $13 adv.
Thursday, July 4
• YOURYOUNGBODY For those more interested in dive-bar shows than fireworks, this diverse bill is the best option. The main draw here is probably Youryoungbody, an electronic duo whose abrasive synth-pop can work seamlessly into a rock lineup like this one. With Airport, Leatherdaddy, Imperials. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.
Friday, July 5
ATOMIC BRIDE On last year’s Dead Air, this local band plays fuzzy punk that’s loosely psychedelic and surfy, with traded-off male/female vocals. With Fox and the Law, Erik Blood. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.
THE BOG HOPPERS This six-piece plays high-energy, Celtic-inspired folk-punk. With Jip Sea Party, Nu Klezmer Army, Hoist the Colors. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 9 p.m. $8.
MOLASSES The self-described “real OG funk [band] of the Seattle music scene” was active mostly during the grunge era. Today, retro funk and soul are back in fashion (Allen Stone, Pickwick, etc.), providing the perfect rationale for a reunion show. With the Braxmatics, the Fabulous Party Boys. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $8.
THE NEW FUTURES recently released their debut EP Radioactive, a collection of grungy mainstream rock songs. With Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, The Duke Evers Band. All ages. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Saturday, July 6
BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER Asher Roth, of “I Love College” infamy, is the special surprise guest on BFA’s new single “Groov,” off their Tacos on Broadway EP. Luckily, Roth’s frat boy-isms have toned down considerably since 2009, and Tiglo and Cole’s performance on the track renders him an afterthought. With Fearce Vill, Bean One, Dave B. All ages. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv.
TIMOTHY ROBERT GRAHAM Much like fellow triple-named songwriter Bryan John Appleby, Graham plays his folk-rock compositions with a full band. His graceful The Hidden Rose was released earlier this year. With Lonely Mountain Lovers, A Leaf. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $8.
Sunday, July 7
• BOB LOG III is the consummate “best seen live” musician. On record, his Delta-blues tunes are good, but nothing distinctive. Onstage, though, he’s a weirdo one-man band, playing slide guitar with his hands and drums with his feet and singing through a telephone receiver wired into a motorcycle helmet. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15 adv.
THE MELODIC This aptly named London quartet takes cues from modern indie folk (they sound a bit like Seattle’s favorite softies The Head and the Heart) and Afropop to make its breezy, lightweight pop songs. With Song Preservation Society. Tractor Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $8.
Monday, July 8
CASKET OF CASSANDRA This Concord, Calif., metalcore band is touring behind last year’s Embracing the Void. With Kinetik, Betrayed by Weakness, For the Likes of You. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 6:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
• SEACATS, who sound like they have a copy of Weezer’s Blue Album on permanent rotation, headline an evening with some of Seattle’s most creative young indie-pop bands. With Superprojection, Tangerine, Lures. Heartland, 5306 Roosevelt Way N.E., hrtlnd.org. 8 p.m. All ages.
TAE PHOENIX This local singer/songwriter’s piano-driven pop balladry bears the influence of musical theater. With Direct Divide, the Dazzling Dooms, Lust for Glory. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $6.
Tuesday, July 9
BIGFOOT WALLACE & HIS WICKED SONS Wallace and his three-piece backing band play swampy, early–Black Keys–lite blues-rock that’s refreshingly grimy and rhythmic. With The Holy, Dead Bars, Spirit Treader. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8 p.m. $8.
CAVALERIE Inner Stellar Grooves From the Fifth Dimension, this group’s debut EP, is a messy melange of slap bass, wah-wah guitar, jazz keys, and rapping. With Grizzly, Joey Beats Brady. High Dive. 8 p.m. $6.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK It’s not surprising that the “Hangin’ Tough” crew isn’t as popular as it used to be; April 10 saw the single “Remix (I Like The)” peak at #38 on the Adult Pop chart. Adulthood (or by now, middle age) tends to do that to boy bands, but this show is a chance to relive NKOTB’s rat-tails-and-acid-washed-jeans glory days. With 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men. All ages. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., 272-3663, tacomadome.org. 7:30 p.m. $27.50–$89.50.