Live Tonight: Smooth Sailing, Heatwarmer, Joan Baez, Rakim

Lots of changes have taken place in the Smooth Sailing camp. Drummer Brandon Elizaga needed downtime to recover from hand surgery, and guitarist Tyler Romo decided to step away from the band to pursue other projects. Now, its noted “double rumble” sound, thanks to bassists Jake Vice and Ryan Adams, is a man short, as Vice stepped in to Romo’s place on guitar, retooled some old songs to fit the change, and began writing for a new EP. Whew. Let’s welcome back the reformatted group properly. With Serial Hawk, Princess, X Suns. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

A former five-piece experimental jazz/rock combo recently turned three-piece, Heatwarmer continues to steal hearts, even though now the group, comprising three average dudes, sounds like your weird uncle’s band. Singer Luke Bergman’s vocals are soft, gentle, and high-pitched, making you slightly uncomfortable. The sound alternates between youthful, twinkly synth and a fuller psychedelic noise that can be overwhelming. But recordings don’t do Heatwarmer’s vibe justice; it’s the live shows that are always guaranteed to be a party, offering a repertoire of oddities from circus themes (“Magic Hearts”) to banjo-driven folk tunes (“The Dybbuks”). With Iji, Hana and the Goose. Café Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-5282, caferacerseattle.com. 9 p.m. Free. 21 and over. DIANA M. LE

•In the annals of pop-music history, few artists are as uncompromising as Joan Baez. With youth comes a desire for change, to rise up and speak out against the world’s perceived injustices, but with age comes a susceptibility to comfort and the eagerness to settle down, turning earlier authentic vitriol into hollow shtick. Baez has never allowed that to happen. Today, at 73, she’s the same person who opened for Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. While the times have indeed changed, she’s remained unwaveringly dedicated to her values and stringent in her larger social consciousness—a beacon of authenticity in a world in which everyone tries to please everyone else. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., 425-275-9595, edmondscenterforthearts.org. 7:30 p.m. $54 and up. Selling fast. CORBIN REIFF

Twenty-seven years after he debuted with DJ Eric B. on their first full-length, Paid in Full, Rakim, long heralded as one of the most influential MCs of all time, is still a sought-after collaborator. The rapper teamed up with DMX on 2013’s “Don’t Call Me” and has contributed verses to tracks by Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Linkin Park, among many others. With ill Chris, Gifted Gab, Romaro Franceswa. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

 
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