Live Tonight: The Dip, The Acacia Strain, Austra, Andy Fitts

The Dip After more than a year of playing the U District house-show circuit, this soul act (featuring Beat Connection members Tom Eddy and Jarred Katz) is releasing its debut EP at this show. Everything about 9-to-5-fetishizing first single “Working Man” is Motown-era vintage: the groove, the horns, and the casual misogyny. With the Fabulous Party Boys, The Full Clip. Barboza. 8 p.m. $6 adv. ANDREW GOSPE

The Acacia Strain Despite about half a dozen lineup changes since their 2001 inception, the Massachusetts-based metalcore quintet has kept on providing lots of deep growls and double bass to the masses. Their latest, Death Is the Only Mortal, was released last year. With Within the Ruins, Fit for an Autopsy, American Me, and Prestige. El Corazon. 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages. AZARIA PODPLESKY

Canadian trio Austra makes chilly, synth-driven electro-pop that leans heavily on Katie Stelmanis’ outsized vocals, which, as many a reviewer has noted, are strikingly similar to those of The Knife’s Karin Dreijer Andersson. Sophomore album Olympia balances gothic introspection with dance beats. With DIANA. Neumos. 8 p.m. $17 adv. AG

Andy Fitts While you might not know who Andy Fitts is, you have likely heard his work. Throughout the last decade, the Seattleite has lent his multi-instrumental skills to numerous outstanding Northwest bands, including the David Bazan band, The Long Winters, and Say Hi, earning (along with drummer Alex Westcoat) the title of “Barkline.” In a press release for his very impressive debut full-length, Smoky Wilds, he explains the nickname came about “because we were the rhythm section for . . . Barsuk bands.” Tonight Fitts takes the early slot (opening a killer local bill with Shelby Earl and Tomten) to celebrate the album—which is not actually a Barsuk release, though it could be, falling somewhere on the spectrum between Say Hi and David Bazan with its warped instrumental textures, infectious melodic lines, and melancholy vibe. The rhythm is pronounced, of course. And the vocals possess many touchstones of the artists Fitts has spent so much time onstage with. One hopes that this is only the first Fitts release; it would be interesting to see where he carries this torch. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $6 adv. MARK BAUMGARTEN

 
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