Live This Weekend: David Dondero, Zoe Muth, Warpaint, Grynch, and Lots More!

Friday, May 2

Seattle’s Peeping Tomboys are disciples of the post-punk wallow. Their debut EP, Levelheaded, is a rumbling, distorted work that moves slow so listeners can feel every aching note. Guitarist/vocalist Lara Hilgemann belts masochistic woes about regret and failure over bassist Claire Buss’ entrancing, melodic bass lines. With Heatwarmer, Webelos, Swamp Meat. Blue Moon Tavern, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 9 p.m. $6. 21 and over. DH

Vox Mod, Chop Suey. The artist was the subject of this week’s music feature. Read it here .

Judging from the first single, “Carry On,” Grynch’s new album, Street Lights, sounds like something of a rebirth for the rapper. Despite numerous brushes with stardom, the King of Ballard still seems unfairly typecast by the success of 2009’s “My Volvo.” With The Bar, Dave B., Jake One. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $12. MFB

I first saw Warpaint six years ago in a Los Angeles warehouse, just as it was starting to build a strong buzz. There was grumbling in the crowd that the group owed its rise to the fact that one member was dating a Chili Pepper (former guitarist John Frusciante), but these women have proven themselves more than pretty girls with instruments. Their songs, mesmerizing, creepy, and beautiful, improve with each album. With James Supercave. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv. DANIEL PERSON

Fresh Espresso The multi-talented duo has kept a rather low profile over the past year or so: A January show at Neumos was its first in Seattle in too long. They haven’t released new material since 2012’s Jupiter EP, with the exception of December’s banging single “On!”. Fingers crossed that there’s more in the pipeline. With Ayron Jones and The Way, Duke Evers Band. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9:30 p.m. $12. MFB

Saturday, May 3

Kate Lynne Logan fans, rejoice! This local singer/songwriter will play songs from her new Animal Dreams at this album-release show. The best part? The acoustic folk-pop artist has hinted that Animal is something of a sonic departure for her. Come find out for yourself. With Sarah Gerritsen, Kitt Bender, Sammy Witness. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. BP

South Carolina’s Nile have carved out a unique musical niche that includes Egyptology, a love of H.P. Lovecraft, and technical death metal. Its seventh LP, 2012’s At the Gate of Sethu, was its highest charter to date, cracking the Billboard Top 200 and sustaining the group through another trip to the Emerald City. With Countless the Dead, Barefoot Barnacle. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482. elcorazon.com. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. DL

The “Cathedrals” concert series already casts an interesting snare: “Indie musicians . . . in epic old spaces.” The upcoming Cathedrals VIII casts it even farther in the annual “BARE” concert, promising “no instruments . . . no sound systems” for a night of a cappella sets in the acoustically rich setting of St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill. For the gambit to work, the talent will really need to nail it. Local indie vocalists and acts like Courtney Marie Andrews, Shenandoah Davis, Erin Austin, Daniel Blue, and more promise vibrato to the rafters. With the warts-and-all exposure inherent in a cappella singing, though, this will either be swoon- or cringe-inducing. Regardless, in this era of computerized perfection, it’s hard to imagine a more charming experience than the honesty of a naked human voice leaping forth to beguile every jaded ear in the pews. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave. E., 323-1040, fremontabbey.org/events/cathedrals. 8 p.m. $11–$15. JN

In a world where EDM tents are full of sleeveless Ts and neon typefaces, The Glitch Mob might be the best underground sting operation yet. Its bombastic glitch production, full of outlandish bass drops and moody breakdowns, has infiltrated the scene with fleeting moments, abstract rhythms, and glimpses of electronic art rock. With Ana Sia, Penthouse Penthouse. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. Also 8 p.m. Sun. $25. DH

A last bastion of those halcyon days of ’80s hair metal, Steel Panther are crude, rude, and gloriously unaware. Nominally, the act is a parody, a tongue-in-cheek representation of rock at its most misogynistic. Its latest record, All You Can Eat, continues the joke with tracks like “You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk” and “Gangbang at the Old Folks’ Home.” With Future Villains. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $23. CORBIN REIFF

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers She’ll always be Seattle’s country sweetheart, but you’ll hear yet more twang in Muth’s third release, World of Strangers. It’s not the tone, necessarily—as ever, her vocals are rich and willowy—but the way little bits of the Southwest seep into these 10 new songs since she moved to Texas last year and collaborated with some of Austin’s finest. Tracks like “Mama Needs a Margarita” and its subject’s wistful dream for “A pretty red dress, and a new pair of dancing shoes” go hand in hand with “A Texas roadhouse/And a band to play the blues.” With Massy Ferguson. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $12. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s new album, Days of Abandon, doesn’t come out until May 13, but the first single suggests it’ll stick to the band’s standard formula: swelling overtures about angsty love. “I’ve never stopped losing you,” Kip Berman and Peggy Wang sing over and over again in tight harmonies, backed by such a huge sound it’s a wonder there are only four people in the band. In other words, more of the good stuff. With Fear of Men, Ablebody. The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $12 adv. All ages. DP

Sunday, May 4

When you think of stoner rock, Fu Manchu should be one of the first names that come to mind. Since 1990, it’s churned out 10 records of groove-based, fuzzed-out heaviness. Now in its 24th year, the band is supporting Gigantoid, its first in five years, self-released on its own At the Dojo Records. With Electric Citizen, Ancient Warlocks. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $15 adv. 21 and over. JB

Saints of Valory’s bassist/lead singer Gavin Jasper sounds like a kissing cousin, vocally, of Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, and the band’s infectious alternative pop is in the vein of American Authors, so there is much to like on its debut EP, Possibilities, which features the hit single “Neon Eyes.” With Eric Hutchinson. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org/neptune. 8 p.m. $17.50 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. BP

Chris Carrabba was working on a Dashboard Confessional record when the hard drive he was saving it on crashed and the album was lost. He took it as a sign. “I felt good about the songs,” he says, “but I felt like the parameters in which I could write were really narrow.” After years of success with Dashboard, Carrabba took a bold leap by scrapping the record—and the band. He studied Travis picking, a guitar playing style favored by Chet Atkins in which the strumming hand plays two patterns simultaneously, one with the thumb and one with the other fingers. He eventually re-emerged with his new project, Twin Forks, an Americana band that issued its self-titled debut in February. The album falls somewhere between his former acoustic emo and the Lumineers, complete with mandolins, hoots, hollers, handclaps, and foot stomps. But it does feel like evolution, with more mature lyrics and a grown-up sound. In other words, the risk paid off. With Augustana. Neumos. 8 p.m. $18. DAVE LAKE

With their new album, Setting Out to Sea, Seattle natives The Onlies offer more of their acclaimed fiddle music. If you aren’t encouraged to get up and start dancing to the upbeat tracks, accompanied by the trio’s soft vocals, you will undoubtedly find yourself tapping your foot to the playful rhythms that seem to be perpetually moving forward. With Jacob Cummings, Sarah Pasillas. Skylark Cafe, 3803 Delridge Way S.W., 935-2111, skylarkcafe.com. 4 p.m. $5. All ages. LAUREL RICE

David Dondero, Vera Project. Read our preview about the songwriter here .

 
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