Live Tonight: Vikesh Kapoor, Wild Throne, Terence Blanchard Sextet

Seattle’s Big Trughk should be atop your list of bands to check out if you haven’t yet. Released late last summer, the band’s first recording, Too Drughnk to Fughk, is a sludgy, Jesus Lizard–inspired blast, recorded by Tad Doyle (Tad, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth) at his Witch Ape Studio. With Deadkill, Blood Drugs, Ratza. Barboza. 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

Formally known as Dog Shredder, Bellingham’s Wild Throne is one of those jaw-dropping bands that leaves you breathless after a show. Chaotic as ever, the band is set to release its new EP, Blood Maker, recorded by producer Ross Robinson (Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, Slipknot). With Gaytheist, Drunk Dad, The Great Goddamn. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. JB

It took Chicago’s Lawrence Arms eight years to release Metropole, but its members have been busy: Chris McCaughan with Sundowner, Brendan Kelly with Wandering Birds, and drummer Neil Hennessy with Smoking Popes. Though this album doesn’t reach the highs of previous outings, it’s by no means off the mark. Neither will be the live show. With Nothington, Great Apes, Success! El Corazon. 7:30 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. DL

Neon Sigh affiliates Jetman Jet Team harken back to bands like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive in their fuzzy, swooning heyday: Dreamy melodies glisten above booming waves of guitar distortion, and the tones are simultaneously harsh and lovely. With Blackstone Rangers, Soft Shadows, Golden Gardens. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. 9 p.m. $7. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

New Orleans jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and film composer Terence Blanchard is constantly looking to break new ground. The maestro has led, co-led, and scored over 40 albums, and the Terence Blanchard Sextet will showcase his proclivity for improvisation as well as explore hard bop and other lively jazz formats. Jazz Alley. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sun. $24.50. All ages. BRIAN PALMER

Since winning season 3 of NBC’s The Voice, a cappella quintet Pentatonix has released three Billboard Top 15 albums, including November’s PTX, Vol. II. Whether covering Daft Punk and Lorde or creating groovy originals like the swelling dance number “Love Again,” Pentatonix bowls you over with its impeccable melodies. The Paramount. 8:30 p.m. $25–$30. All ages. BP

Vikesh Kapoor Those seeking a balm after the recent passing of Pete Seeger will find it in Portland’s Kapoor, who opens for Eleni Mandell tonight. Kapoor burst onto the Northwest folk scene last year with a collection of original songs titled The Ballad of Willie Robbins. His songs are steeped in the folk tradition that Seeger carried from the prewar era into ’60s counterculture, but Kapoor isn’t as direct a musical descendant of the famed banjo-picking civil-rights activist as is, say, Ani DiFranco, who plays the Moore on Saturday (see our story here ). In fact, until just a couple of years ago, the slight 28-year-old Pennsylvania native most likely didn’t even know who Seeger was. Kapoor came to folk music through a Johnny Cash LP he bought at a garage sale as a joke; and his styling is so eerily reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s denim years that it would come off as a little naive if his songs weren’t so vivid, his poetry so lucid. Like Cash, Dylan, and DiFranco before him, Kapoor carries the spirit of Seeger, which is really just the act of playing songs about the people for the people. Tractor Tavern. $12. 8 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Hot Tuna Formerly of Jefferson Airplane, bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen have earned regard the world over for their unique brand of blues. With the addition of eclectic multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and an adherence to a strict acoustic-only format, this should make for a interesting evening indeed. The Triple Door. 8 p.m. $59.50. CORBIN REIFF

 
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