Live This Weekend: Deep Sea Diver, Acoustic Christmas in Ballard, Ivan & Alyosha

Friday, Dec. 20

Yogoman Burning Band He’s a DJ. He’s an alien. He’s Jordan Rain. And he’s got a knack for mixing all sorts of music to create original work as Yogoman. Pulling influences from hip-hop, classic rock, and funk (among others), Rain has been creating dance-friendly experimental music in the Northwest since the early ’90s. With each new release, he continues to push the boundaries of what we might expect. With Guardian Alien, DJ Marc Muller. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. KEEGAN PROSSER

After spending much of 2012 on hiatus, blues/garage rock duo My Goodness has been a little more active these days. Since drummer Ethan Jacobsen’s departure last year, new skins man Andy Lum and guitarist/vocalist Joel Schneider are set to release a 7-inch in February, along with a full-length early next year, too. With XVIII Eyes, Duke Evers. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$14 DOS. JAMES BALLINGER

Branden Daniel and the Chics have a great Pacific Northwest garage sound that recalls the Sonics’ jangled pop and Mudhoney’s sludge rock, with an added touch of New York glam like the Stooges or the Strokes. In fact, the band recently opened for Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. when he recently played Chop Suey in support of his new solo album. With Cute Lepers, the Hugs, Brother Janes and the Soul-Vation. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. 9 p.m. $7. GE

Though in the industry for only two years, RL Grime, aka Henry Steinway, sure has worked with a roster of impressive musicians, including Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna, Benny Benassi, and Chief Keef. Well, kinda. Grime produces trap and electronic remixes of some of your favorite hip-hop artists’ biggest songs. The 22-year-old has an ear for picking out a song’s most vital parts, accentuating what’s familiar while adding his own spin. His remix of Kanye’s “Mercy,” for instance, for which he teamed with producer Salva, is a massive overhaul of the original—the two completely do away with the verses, though the original’s still immediately recognizable thanks to their manipulation of the chorus. But Grime, a member of the WeDidIt collective, doesn’t just stick to remixes; the L.A. native already has two EPs of original material under his belt—most recently July’s High Beams—with another in the works for 2014. The Neptune. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. ACP

Deep Sea Diver, Neumos. See our preview here .

A Google search of “Dangerfield Newby” brings up articles about a man who was born into slavery and died during abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. It figures that Jeremy Best, the man behind this indie-pop project, is a history teacher. Best released his sophomore album, The Global Scheme of Things, this summer. With The Loveless Building, We Say Bang. Skylark Cafe. 9 p.m. $7. 21 and over. ACP

Acoustic Christmas in Ballard (Night 1) This two-night happening is the handiwork of legendary DJ Marco Collins, who has flexed his programming muscle by gathering an eclectic roster of Seattle artists, stripped them of electric accompaniment, and invited them to sings songs of the season. Tonight’s lineup is the more traditional of the two, featuring two of the city’s most celebrated young acoustic balladeers, Kris Orlowski and Noah Gundersen, as well as blues guitar heavyweight Ayron Jones, who doesn’t need electricity to blow your Santa-loving mind. With Braden Blake (Super Deluxe), Ben Carson (Hot Bodies in Motion), Exohxo. Volterra Drawing Room. 8 p.m. $15 adv. All ages.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Lonely Mountain Lovers describes itself as “County, Not Country.” Confused? It’s actually a spot-on descriptor when you consider its bluegrass twang and folky group vocals next to its more rock-minded electric guitars. It’s a jumble, but it really does work out in the end. With Hand in the Attic, Mariko Ruhle. Conor Byrne Pub. 9:30 p.m. $7. ACP

Duffy Bishop Band Known around the Northwest as a star of circus/dinner theater Teatro ZinZanni, blues singer Duffy Bishop has been performing in one capacity or another for years, something that becomes immediately apparent upon seeing her onstage. Bishop has a sly sense of humor, and she and her brassy band are masters of knowing when to be subtle and when to go all-out. Highway 99. 8 p.m. $17. 21 and over. ACP

Benefit Concert for Haiti Seattle-based nonprofit Carbon Roots International, which primarily works to promote clean energy and agriculture in Haiti, hosts this benefit concert, reception, and live auction. With Budo, Gravity Kings, and special guests. Nectar Lounge. Auction 6:30 p.m., concert 8:30 p.m. $50 (concert only $10 adv./$15 DOS). JB

Like the highly detailed Gothic-style circular windows that inspired its name, Rose Windows takes a simple thing—in this case, good old-fashioned classic rock—and infuses it with tastefully layered psychedelia, folding in the exotic rhythms of the Middle East. With Unnatural Helpers, Low Hums. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12 adv. 21 and over. JM

Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha (named after two of the brothers in Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov) has been busy touring, gigging on radio stations, and generally promoting the shit out of itself. It’s been working. Since its debut album All the Times We Had, featuring the swelling single “Easy to Love” and an overall Beatlesque pop vibe, the group now has hipsters coast to coast smiling and singing along. With Campfire OK, Pacific Gold. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. ALICIA W. PRICE

Acoustic Christmas in Ballard (Night 2) The second of Marco Collins two-night musical feast might just have enough juice to generate a Christmas miracle. Macklemore acolytes Wanz and Hollis Wong-Wear headline the evening and should bring some surprises, as both artists have a breadth of talent that goes beyond pop hooks. In support are three of the cities most powerful, soulful voices—Katie Kate, Adra Boo and Radio Raheem’s Josephine Howell. Hold on to your stocking caps. With Hobosexual. Volterra Drawing Room. 8 p.m. $15 adv. All ages.

Sunday, Dec. 22

Hatters For Hire To fund its debut EP, this Christian pop-rock quartet created an Indiegogo campaign that offered some interesting rewards: A $150 pledge bought a batch of homemade cookies; for $500 the group would perform the patron’s yard work. Neither prize was snatched up, but 18 Hours was funded nevertheless, and will be released at this show. With Matt Bacnis Band, Saving Sunsets, Laser Fox, Rob Domos, Lover Fighter. Through Monday. Chop Suey. 5:30 p.m. $10 adv./$15 DOS. All ages. ACP

Liam Gallagher—originally from Belfast—was the first to grace the tiny Kells stage 30 years ago, and he’s still performing traditional Irish favorites, rich with stories and infamous characters he does great justice to. His repertoire also includes American folk-rock and original odes to Seattle. He accompanies his endearing, seasoned voice with a Taylor acoustic guitar; both reverberate among the old pub’s dark, wood-lined walls. Kells. 9 p.m. Free. JM

Gorilla Battle of the Bands Though Gorilla Music, a Cleveland-based booking company, sued Tacoma garage-rockers Girl Trouble after the band raised concerns online over Gorilla’s questionable “pay to play” ticketing format, the judge ruled in favor of the band and the lawsuit was dismissed. Gorilla Music, however, charges on, and continues to stage its Battle of the Bands at Studio Seven, as it has for years. With Black Bone Exorcism, Jenny’s Last Stand, Esoson, Sorrow’s Edge, C.S.P., Minimum Age, Pariah’s Revolt, Orbiting Giants, Daughter of Lost Albion, Losing Daylight, Arcanum. Studio Seven. 4 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages. ACP

 
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