The Short List: The Week’s Recommended Shows

Alkaline Trio

Friday, June 7

New Alkaline Trio records don’t generally bring surprises, and such is the case with the band’s eighth LP, My Shame Is True, even if the Costello-referencing title hints at some kind of broader pop direction. But what the pop-punk band’s latest lacks in diversity, it makes up for in songwriting chops. With Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano each coming off of solo albums, the pair has stockpiled plenty of future classics—including the record’s first single, “I Wanna Be a Warhol,” in which Skiba imagines himself hanging on his lover’s wall where he can watch her every move. The song is both creepy and darkly romantic—just exactly as Alkaline Trio likes it. With Bayside, Off With Their Heads. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444,showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. Sold out.

Lenka

Friday, June 7

Even before she learned she was pregnant with her first child, Australian singer Lenka, well known for songs like “The Show” and “Trouble Is a Friend” from her self-titled debut, knew she wanted to make an album of lullabies. That idea became her third release, Shadows—songs she wrote while expecting, and after the birth of, her son. Not your typical sleepytime ditties, they are, as Lenka calls them, lullabies for adults. Musically, yes, they’re soft and sweet. But lyrically, Shadows goes a bit deeper, exploring Lenka’s perspective on life as a new mother and the monsters that hide under an adult’s bed. Released on the singer’s own Skipalong Records, the album is the perfect introduction to Lenka’s vulnerable, reflective side. With Satellite. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. $13 adv. 7 p.m. 21 and over.

Pharoahe Monch

Friday, June 7

One of the most effective mike operators from the late-’90s East Coast conscious-rap renaissance, which centered around now-defunct label Rawkus Records, Monch reached a rare level of commercial success with his 1999 debut Internal Affairs, as singles like “Simon Says” and “The Light” became moderate crossover hits. On follow-ups like 2006’s Desire and 2011’s W.A.R. (We Are Renegades), he’s held up as an animated yet thoughtful cultural critic, though he hasn’t heated the club floor like he did briefly at the turn of the millennium. But his more recent tracks give the impression that that’s not really his bag anymore anyway, and songs like “The Hitman” even take direct jabs at the mainstream industry and those who “[perform] fellatio for radio rotation.” He’s still goofy with his delivery when he wants to be, and his prodigious chops as an MC haven’t dulled a bit. It is, in fact, still a great time to hear the man speak. With Xperience, Justis, Bruce Leroy. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $15.

Logic

Saturday, June 8

“Million-dollar deals on the table/Just a couple years ago I couldn’t pay for cable.” With those lyrics from “Nasty” off his latest mixtape, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, Maryland-based rapper Logic tells the whole story. He began his career as an independent artist, releasing his first mixtape in 2010. It caught the attention of Visionary Music Group, who signed Logic shortly thereafter. Two years and three mixtapes later, he was recognized as an up-and-coming artist on XXL’s “2013 Freshman Class” list, signed with Def Jam, and is working on his debut album. Despite his jump to a major label, fans need not worry about Logic going “mainstream.” With full creative control over his music, his Def Jam releases are going to be just as clever-yet-honest as the mixtapes that started it all. With Skizzy Mars, Castro, Quest. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. Sold out. 8 p.m. All ages.

Elk & Boar

Monday, June 9

This twangy Tacoma duo concludes a week of record-release shows tonight. The album they’re celebrating, Something out of Nothing—funded by Kickstarter and produced by Elijah Thomson of Everest—finds Kirsten Wenlock and Travis Barker (not to be confused with Blink-182’s drummer) wrapping their rich harmonies around rootsy folk songs and delicate Dust Bowl ballads like a Pacific Northwest version of Shovels & Rope. With Walking Spanish, Tiny Messengers. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St.,highdiveseattle.com. 632-0212. 8 p.m. $7.

The Maine

Tuesday, June 11

In a way, it’s almost as if the Maine has until recently been playing musical dress-up. Their first two EPs, as well as their debut album, 2008’s Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, found the Arizona-based band putting on a very pop-rock hat—not quite as neon-tinged as that of dance-pop bands like Cobra Starship, but brightly colored nonetheless. Their second album, Black & White, though, saw the quintet try out a new, more mature hat, heavy on the “rock” in pop-rock. 2011’s Pioneer and the recently released Forever Halloween find the Maine burying that hat even deeper in their closet and really embracing the rock/modern-country sound they’ve grown into, balancing rock riffs that are at times upbeat and at others somber with thoughtful yet relatable lyrics. With A Rocket to the Moon, This Century, Brighten. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482. $18 adv./$20 DOS. 7 p.m. All ages/bar with ID.

*Yirim Seck

Tuesday, June 11

This Senegalese Seattleite delivers relatable raps with a unique perspective that have earned him respect in local rap circles over the past decade, though his material has never reached a wider audience. The lack of marketing belies the sharp lyricism on the few tasty morsels he’s offered from his forthcoming Audio D’oeuvres release. The undercard for this show is also a clever sampling of talent, including up-and-coming sincere spitter Raz Simone and local underground legends Silent Lambs Project. This rare grouping of true-school talent makes it a great choice for longtime local-rap followers, and for those simply looking for substance in a sea of fluff. With DJ Topspin, DJ Surreal. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $15 adv.

 
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