Live Tonight: Cali Giraffes, Snoop Lion, Keiko Matsui, and More

Cali Giraffes Despite having not yet released a full-length, Cali Giraffes have racked up lots of press and headlining status in record time. This is no doubt a by-product of their musical pedigree (the group includes Kim Warnick of the Fastbacks and Mikey Davis of Alien Crime Syndicate) and the band’s formation by Evan Dando of the Lemonheads—who hand-picked its members, named the band, then promptly left (due to geographical differences, not musical ones), allowing Seattle vet Thane Mitchell of Furniture Girls to step in. Tonight’s Chop Suey gig will showcase some of the material that will eventually become the band’s debut LP—three-minute pop blasts with male/female vocals that will delight Fastbacks and Lemonheads fans with their bouncy buoyancy and sunny refrains. It’s the perfect gig to say sayonara to summer. With Spaceneedles, Silly Goose. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS. DAVE LAKE

Destruction Unit Space rock and hardcore punk are unlikely bedfellows, but that’s the combo served up by former Jay Reatard collaborator Ryan Rousseau, who fronts this new band. With Dream Decay, the Lindseys. Barboza. 8 p.m. $10 adv. ANDREW GOSPE

Gregory Alan Isakov Colorado-by-way-of-South Africa musician Isakov is a capital-S songwriter—the type of guy with a rustic-looking website (where you can read his lyrics but not listen to his songs) and gentle, lilting folk songs that emphasize what he’s saying more than how he’s saying it. With Sera Cahoone. Crocodile. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. AG

Keiko Matsui Currently in the midst of her 25th-anniversary tour, pianist Matsui is one of instrumental music’s biggest international stars. In the smooth-jazz realm, she has all the staid safety of a Kenny G, but thankfully none of the schmaltz. Jazz Alley. 5:30 p.m. $25.50. AG

MTNS Austin Hund and Daniel Enders’ scorched-earth noise rock is well-known in these parts (at least among those who read Seattle music blogs). With them and Haunted Horses, this show features two of the town’s loudest bands. With Elephant Rider, Big Trughk. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $7. AG

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion “My life is in stages,” Snoop says at the beginning of the documentary Reincarnation. “Whether it’s me performing live onstage or me going through stages in life . . . that’s what my life has always been based on.” With his conversion to Rastafarianism last year, the 41-year-old rapper has entered a new stage in life, reborn as reggae artist Snoop Lion. The reincarnation of Bob Marley he is not, but his new music is a contemporary commingling of Jamaican and African-American cultures—much like the conditions that gave rise to hip-hop some 40 years ago. This concert will feature classic tracks from every stage of his career; and, although he claims to have renounced the persona, there are rumors of one last rap album in the works. With Jarv Dee and ILLFIGHTYOU. Showbox SoDo. 9 p.m. $39.95 adv./$45 DOS. All ages. MICHAEL BERRY

 
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