WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
Aaron Carter In the realm of late-’90s/early-’00s teen heartthrobs, Carter’s career reads like a Twilight Zone version of Justin Timberlake’s. Carter hasn’t released an album since 2002’s Another Earthquake; in the meantime, he’s competed on Rachel vs. Guy: Celebrity Cookoff and cultivated a Twitter persona that makes Ryan Lochte look like Noam Chomsky. Why he’s embarking on an 83-show tour—his first in nine years—is anyone’s guess, but fans of schadenfreude should be sure to scoop up tickets. With Chrystian, Truth Under Attack, Dylan Jakobsen, Matt Bacnis, The Ninth Step. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Taddy Porter This Oklahoma band is touring behind February’s scuzzy, classic-rock-inspired Stay Golden. With Ghost Town Riot. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 8 p.m. $10.
Xperience was plenty busy in 2012, releasing the Durden Papers Vol. 1 mixtape and, more significantly, supporting Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on tour. With DJ Lord Nock, The Horticulture Club, the Black Tones, Si Young, Controversy the Misfit, Nate Jerz, Tim-Me, Ju-Ju Twist. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
The Cynics This long-running Pittsburgh psych-garage act played a part in influencing the early-aughts garage-rock “revolution” (e.g., the White Stripes, the Vines, Tthe Von Bondies), and their songs are unsurprisingly lithe and catchy. With Gregg Turner, Tripwire, Brother James and the Soul-Vation. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Ghostface Killah In conjunction with his forthcoming 10th album, Twelve Reasons to Die, the Wu-Tang alumnus is releasing a graphic novel that compliments the music. With TH3RDZ. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $23.50 adv.
Kung Foo Grip Both members of this local hip-hop group—Eff Is H and Greg Cypher—are talented MCs, and their latest album, Growing Up, in the Future, showcases production work from Keyboard Kid and Giorgio Momurda. With Fresh Espresso, Nissim, Stewart Villain, DJ Swervewon. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Art Vandelay celebrates the release of their phenomenal third album, Eye 8 the Crow, tonight, with a strange mix of funny rappers to open things for a great price. With The MC Type, Griff J. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $5. 21 and over.
Colin Hay experienced a mid-career renaissance when Zach Braff used his music on Scrubs and on the infamous Garden State soundtrack, but the former Men at Work singer has been steadily releasing solo work since the late ’80s. His most recent effort is 2011’s Gathering Mercury. Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $32.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Jaymay Generally associated with New York’s “anti-folk” scene and graced with a voice that sounds a bit like Leslie Feist’s, songwriter Jamie Seerman writes affecting acoustic folk tunes. With Kye Alfred Hillig, Kayoko. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages.
Saint John and the Revelations Canadian bandleader Saint John has come a long way since beginning his career as a busker in Europe. His most recent songs were recorded with members of R.E.M., most notably guitarist Peter Buck, who gamely employed his unmistakable Rickenbacker arpeggios. With Morrison Boomer, Royal Wolfe, Jabi Shriki. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelbox theater.com. 10 p.m. $5 adv./$7 DOS.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
Keller Williams It’s easy to get an idea of this jam-band maestro’s sound by skimming a list of his past collaborators: The String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti, and Umphrey’s McGee, to name a few. The multi-instrumentalist is currently working on music with Kdubalicious, his live reggae/funk band. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Kladruby Gold Perhaps this rock quartet’s most distinctive trait is Ryan Cline’s vocals, which diverge into both a slightly nasally tenor befitting his band’s country proclivities and a deep baritone that wants very badly to sound like The National’s Matt Berninger. With Empire of Sleep, Lund Bros. Slim’s Last Chance, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900, slimslast chance.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Sam Lachow This well-connected Seattle rapper, producer, and videographer recently produced the second video in his “Young Seattle” series, where talent from disparate factions of the local scene (part two includes verses from Nacho Picasso, Grynch, and Jarv Dee) comes together to make what amounts to a city-wide posse cut. With Raz Simone, Gift Uh Gab, Dave B. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $16. All ages.
OCNotes This local MC released his amazing last album, Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs: AKA AlienBootyBass with an 84-page, self-designed booklet, rolling papers, and a weed container, all in a deluxe package. He’s just as awesome live. With Pollens, Amos Miller. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
American Aquarium This hard-touring Asheville, N.C., band writes somber country-rock songs about tried-and-true themes: dive bars, strange women, and the grind of being a working musician. With Henry At War, Angel DelSenno and the Empty Sky. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $8.
Intisaar Jubran A former UW English student, Jubran writes dense acoustic-guitar songs with a folk-rock backbone. With Stale Birth, Johndus, Charley Wheeler. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $5 DOS. All ages.
MONDAY, APRIL 15
Agalloch combines elements of black metal, prog rock, and ambient music to form a wide-ranging sound. With Nostalgist. Chop Suey. 8p.m. $13 adv.
Bad Religion This legendary Los Angeles punk group is touring behind its 16th album, True North. With The Bronx, Polar Bear Club. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $26 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
The Telescopes are an English experimental drone/noise group that creates dystopian soundscapes out of feedback and static. Make sure to wear earplugs. With LSD & The Search for God, Flavor Crystals, Black Nite Crash. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $10.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16
Bat For Lashes On last year’s The Haunted Man, BfL mastermind Natasha Khan delivered a raw, stripped-down follow-up to the considerably lusher art pop of her first two albums. Live, she’s a dynamic-enough performer that the sparser material will translate just fine. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $21.50 adv./$23 DOS. All ages.
Savages are an up-and-coming group of Londoners who churn out caustic post-punk tunes with singer Jenny Beth’s abrasive vocals and an appositely taut rhythm section. Neumos. 8 p.m. $13 adv.
Courtney Marie Andrews This show will commemorate the release of Andrews’ On My Page, a standard-for-Seattle offering of pretty, placid folk songs. With Zach Fleury. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.