Live This Weekend: Constant Lovers, Chinook Fest Lineup, G. Love, Young the Giant, and More!

Friday, April 4

Good to Die’s Constant Lovers is constantly loving its thrash-guitar lines. The band’s new album, Experience Feelings, is guitar hook after guitar hook of roaring buildups and hard stops. Joel Cuplin’s voice shrieks with fervor, never releasing the listener from his intensity. With Gaytheist, Tartufi. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. $8. 9 p.m. 21 and over. DH

Chinook Fest Lineup Perhaps no festival in Washington is making so valiant an attempt to bridge East and West than Chinook Fest. The annual event, held at Jim Sprick Community Park in the southeastern foothills of the Cascades, was started by members of local outfit Cody Beebe & the Crooks and is a sort of roots-rock rave, enveloping a wide range of acts that fall somewhere on the flannel spectrum. Who exactly will rattle the leaves off the trees at Jim Sprick this fall will be revealed tonight, along with a taste of some raucous country blues, courtesy of Southern California band and Chinook alum, Robert Jon & The Wreck. With Rust on the Rails, Sweetkiss Momma, Nick Foster, and more. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $10. All ages. MSB

Bruce Cockburn The Canadian folk rocker always brings a political bite to his tunes. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $46.50. SW

G. Love & Special Sauce We will always have a soft spot for the performer of “Cold Beverages.” With Ethan Tucker. The Showbox. 9 p.m. $25. SW

It’s far too easy to take Girl Trouble for granted. The Tacoma garage-rock stalwarts have been bouncing around western Washington’s club circuit and beyond for three full decades, propelled by Von Bondie’s thumping drums and the Big Kahuna’s gritty guitar lines. But performances have become more of a rarity and should be treasured. As Von Bondie told Seattle Weekly when the band celebrated the reissue of its debut Hit It or Quit It last year, “We have been very involved in caring for elderly parents. Not very ‘rock,’ but it’s a responsibility we take seriously.” With Dirty Sidewalks, DJ Tim Hayes. Slim’s Last Chance, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900, slimslastchance.com. 21 and over. MSB

Ra Scion and Vox Mod Former Common Market affiliate RA Scion has teamed with synth-pop producer Vox Mod for a decidedly “turnt” crossover project. The partnership seems mutually beneficial as it gives newfound energy to Scion’s flow and viciousness to Vox Mod’s vibrant beats. It’s a Watch-the-Throne-like pairing, but it strives for experimentation over luxury. With Noah Gundersen, Daniel Blue. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $6. 21 and over. DH

Saturday, April 5

Michael McDonald The former Doobie Brother is still going strong. Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, 253-594-7777, emeraldqueen.com. 8:30 p.m. $50 and up. SW

Dum Dum Girls Sub Pop’s lo-fi girl-pop group released its third full-length, Too True, in January. With Blouse, Grave Babies. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv. SW

Simon Hutchinson, a composer and instructor at the University of Montana, plays his iPad like an erhu, making long strokes across the screen to elicit exotic sounds for Western ears. For the fifth time since 2008, students from UM and Western Washington University will present the Electroacoustic InterExchange, a description of which is just as elusive as the title suggests. Suffice it to say that music from iPads will be just the beginning, with Kinect controllers, a Wiimote inside a ball, and something called “computer vision” all employed in the performance of songs like Hutchinson’s “Ballad of Mike Mansfield,” proving that it’s not just students from Evergreen who can be complete and awesome weirdos. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com. 5 p.m. No cover. All ages. DANIEL PERSON

Mind Over Matter, the second album from California-based alt-rock quintet Young the Giant, is full of the same guitar-driven rock jams fans have come to know and love, including lead single “It’s About Time.” But there are a few surprises. Songs like “Firelight” and “Camera” show a more subdued side of the band, while “Paralysis” closes the album on a synth-heavy note. With Vance Joy. The Showbox. 9 p.m. Sat., 8 p.m. Sun. $29.50 adv./$32 DOS. All ages. ACP

Joe Ely is a chameleon. He has spent the last 40-plus years jumping from album to album, alternating genres and styles with every new project. Joined onstage by David Ramirez, look for Ely to take a break from the Tex-Mex flavored rock & roll of late for a new exploration of traditional American folk music. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.com. 8 p.m. $30. CORBIN REIFF

Sunday, April 6

Charlie Parr’s history does not stretch back as far as his rousing and rugged folk blues suggests. In fact, the Minnesota guitarist didn’t start recording music until the 21st century, but his precise expression on that old National resonator guitar is timeless, delivered with the natural flair of an old hand and putting him alongside heroes like Charley Patton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Leadbelly. With Betse Ellis of the Wilders, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10 adv. MSB

Stanley Jordan’s guitar playing is truly awe-inspiring. His two-handed tapping technique makes Eddie Van Halen look like a schmo, allowing him to play more than one guitar at a time and even guitar and piano simultaneously. But he’s not a soulless shredder either, moving between jazz and pop as elegantly as he plays. The Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $25–$35. DAVE LAKE

 
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