Live This Weekend: Timbrrr! Fest, Evening Bell, Califone, Girls That Shred, and More

Friday, Jan. 10

Half Kingdom creates experimental music without the pretentiousness. Mixing a post-rock aesthetic with math-rock guitars over an ambient-synth foundation, the group has come up with an accessible Frankenstein-like project with its new EP, Guided by Vices. Both funky and raw, the band’s broad sounds merge into an exhilarating, almost theatrical experience. With iji, Imaginary Lines. Chop Suey. $7. 9 p.m. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

Evening Bell is Ballard honky-tonker Davidson Hart Kingsbery’s new project with pianist Caitlin Sherman. The two perform tender Americana-rooted duets with a slightly haunted edge that recall the dusty barrooms of the vintage country era. Think Gram Parsons meets Tom Waits with a feminine touch. Great stuff. With Tripwires, Moonspinners. Conor Byrne. $8. 9 p.m. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

As I was combing a lonely stretch of shoreline in Petersberg, Alaska, it wasn’t the ancient petroglyphs that moved me so much as the shipwrecks: At low tide you could enter their rusted hulls and explore. While taking it all in, Califone’s debut Roomsound and its haunting single “Bottles and Bones” instantly came to mind (the inside of the wreck was littered with them). Rattling, experimental, propulsive: That was Califone circa 2001. The Chicago-based group led by former Red Red Meat frontman Tim Rutili has since released a number of albums, most recently this year’s Stitches. The band’s sound now incorporates more synth-based elements (as opposed to the jangled acousticism of its early days), but with this group it’s a most natural progression. Califone’s music—falling somewhere between Brian Eno and Wilco—has always been about atmospherics, the kind that perfectly soundtrack an eerie encounter on the beach. With the Luyas. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $12 adv. All ages. GE

Krautrock Tribute: An Evening of Cosmic German Music Do you despise most typical Western musical conventions? Tend to prefer your beats motorik and your bass lines relentlessly groovy? Well then, tonight will have you exclaiming “Wunderbar!” as a slew of local bands cover tunes from Kraut classics like Neu, Faust, Kraftwerk, and Can. With Low Hums, Teredecimal, Red Martian, Blue Light Curtain, Terminal Fuzz Terror. Lo-Fi. 9 p.m. $7. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down It’s no wonder folks in Seattle understand what this San Francisco–based act is putting down. Firstly, the band’s breakout release, 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings and All, was recorded in our backyard (via Olympia’s K Records). Secondly, the group’s perfect blend of dreamy, funk-inspired folk is just the sort of stuff that gets Seattle peeps to dance. With Sonny & the Sunsets. Neptune Theatre. 9 p.m. $16.50 adv./$18 DOS. KEEGAN PROSSER

The first TIMBRRR! Winter Music Festival promises more than some fine pop bands, including Hey Marseilles, Telekinesis, The Moondoggies, The Lonely Forest, and The Wild Ones. The two-day event (through Saturday, Jan. 11) is also a wintery getaway from the drizzly city that includes snow sports and a Hot Toddy Happy Hour, all nestled in the Bavarian wonderland of Leavenworth. It’s a midwinter dream, really. Various locations, Leavenworth, Wash., timbermusicfest.com. $45 adv. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Girls That Shred, Vera Project. See our preview here .

Saturday, Jan. 11

Smooth Sailing’s first full-length, 2011’s XoXo, remains a remarkable achievement nearly three years later, full of thunderous, metallic riffs. We’ll hopefully hear more of the same when the band records some of the new material it’s been playing live lately. Rounding out this bill are local heavyweights Grenades and Princess, who both put out well-received records last year. Blue Moon. 9:30 p.m. $8 DOS. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

Pablo Trucker is a band of infrequent updates. Its website and Twitter account have been inactive since 2011, and its latest Facebook post promotes an April show with Invisible Shivers and Garage Voice. Day jobs and other bands (bassist Kory Kruckenberg also plays in Pickwick) have surely taken up the members’ time, but, as this performance will show, the minimalist Americana trio is still alive and kickin’. With Grace Baker, Nu Klezmer Army, Lonely Mountains Lovers. Conor Byrne Pub. 9:30 p.m. $7. 21 and over. ACP

Indigo Girls In the ’90s, the duo of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray bridged the radio gap and had listeners of mainstream and college airwaves in the palms of their hands. They took full advantage of this, too, and peaked with a slew of critically acclaimed albums and one Grammy-winning one, each toting tender harmonies and heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and redemption. Their songs were clean, bright, and true, and perhaps it was this, in light of the excesses of the Reagan era, that attracted fans across the board. Those fans remain strong today, as do Saliers and Ray, who in 2011 released their 13th album, Beauty Queen Sister. Yet it’s still the older stuff that gets to most of us—you know, like when “Closer to Fine” comes on and you suddenly find yourself belting out every word. Edmonds Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $47–$57. GE

“Fill It Up,” the first track on The Breaklites’ fifth album, I<3 America, opens with a juicy bass synth that evokes any number of frivolous ’80s pop tunes. A distorted electronic voice intones “There’s a hole in your heart, girl, you better fill it up/With cocaine, Vicodin, and rich men.” The hedonistic vices of the ’80s mentioned here recall another time our country was in a compromised economic state, one of this album’s main themes. Lyrically, the group explores the contradictions of contemporary America (“War is peace, and freedom is slavery/Ignorance is strength, and death is bravery,” from the title track). Musically, the album is tightly unified. The synth bass underpins many of the album’s eight tracks, where it’s mixed with funk guitar (“Evel Knievel”), dubstep (“I<3 America”), and chiptune (“Lites”). The album is available now, and the band celebrates its release tonight. With Mr. Melanin, Perry Porter. Jazzbones. 8 p.m. $8. 21 and over. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Reel Big Fish was one of the more commercially popular groups to come out of the mid-’90s SoCal scene and third-wave ska revival, thanks to its crossover hit “Sell Out” and bands like Sublime and No Doubt hitting it big in the mainstream. After several lineup changes over the years, the band released Candy Coated Fury in 2012. Full of big guitars, big horns, and an even bigger sense of humor, the album sounds as if it could have been released in the band’s heyday. With Suburban Legends, Mighty Mongo, the Maxies. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$23 DOS. All ages. JB

During a tour of the West Coast and Southwest late last year, Seattle’s Black Queen debuted its short film for the song “BabeGhostWitch” at ex-Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival. Taken from its 2012 EP, March of the Obsidian Triumvirate, the short is a nod to Italian giallo horror films and fittingly suits the mood of the witchy metal outfit’s goblin-influenced sound. With Tomb of Ligeia, Babylon, Coughin’ Nails. Slim’s Last Chance. 9 p.m. 21 and over. $8. JB

The California Honeydrops How a quintet from Oakland (with a Warsaw-born frontman, no less) plays with as much soul and spirit as a New Orleans street band is beyond me, but the Honeydrops have mastered the formula. With Lech Wierzynski’s soulful vocals, expressive brass and wind instruments, and undeniably groovy bass lines and percussion beats, it’s clear that the Honeydrops treat every day like Mardi Gras. With The Dip. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $12. 21 and over. ACP

 
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