Wednesday, July 24
Dwele R&B music is understood to be sultry, but the songs from this Detroit singer and producer are steamier than most. His bass-heavy, minimalist slow jams aim for the hips as much as the heart. With Zach Bruce, Danelle Hayes, DJ Topspin. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv.
Kobo Town The calypso-infused strain of reggae Drew Gonsalves’ band plays is brighter and more immediate than what you’ll typically find on the slate of local reggae shows. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS.
Troy’s Bucket This jam band comprises several prominent local instrumentalists, including guitarists Andy Coe and RL Heyer. With Skyfoot. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 7 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
Thursday, July 25
Bad Rabbits Much of what’s been written about Bad Rabbits inaccurately plays up the group’s R&B tendencies. In reality, the Boston band is a hyper-masculine post-hardcore act that happens to incorporate falsetto vocals. In the words of an intrepid YouTube commenter, “It’s like Passion Pit with man nuts.” With Air Dubai, Sahtyre. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $13.50.
• Groundislava Jasper Patterson is one of several prominent L.A.-area producers (Shlohmo, Flying Lotus) to borrow knowingly from hip-hop to make heady, beat-driven electronica. Play his best-known song “Cool Party” on a good pair of speakers and be blown away, somewhat literally, by the overwhelming low end. With Beat Connection DJs, Nordic Soul, Young Benoit. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 9 p.m. $12 adv.
• Sax7 Ultra Love Force The latest from local rapper and producer Sax G is March’s Tu Me Manques, a suite of future synthesizer soul. It’s sensuous, if a bit abstract, and the distinct lack of rapping brings the spacious production into focus. With Grayskul, Afrocop. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:12 p.m. $8.
Friday, July 26
Bakelite 78 This five-piece draws from old-timey vaudevillian swing music, led by the theatrical vocals of acoustic guitarist and founder Robert Rial. With Professor Gall, Hernandez Hideaway. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640, conorbyrnepub.com. 9 p.m. $8.
• Mason Reed’s raspy, weathered voice is perhaps his greatest asset as a songwriter, lending credibility to archetypical yarns about too much drinking and too many women. The album he’s touring behind, Up to My Neck in It, features contributions from John Oates of Hall & Oates. With Betsy Olson, Deception Past. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.
Tallhart Though they’re signed to a label run by Max Bemis of emo-pop magnates Say Anything, this Tampa band’s sound is less hooky and more anthemic, drawing inspiration from mainstream ’90s alt-rock. With From Indian Lakes, Makeshift Prodigy. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, thevera project.org. 7 p.m. $11 adv./$13 DOS. All ages.
Saturday, July 27
Alex Goot has recorded an album of original material—lightweight, slickly produced pop-rock tunes—but his following comes through his highly trafficked YouTube channel, where he’s been releasing covers since 2007. With Sam Tsui, Luke Conrad & Landon Austin, King the Kid, Matt Bacnis. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.
Ever So Android Drew Murray (guitar) and Hope Simpson (vocals) add electronic accoutrements to industrial/post-grunge songs that are sure to appeal to the “real rock music” crowd. With Death by Stars, Wes Sp8 and the Visual Dialogue. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.
• Rain City Rock Camp: Summer Camp Showcase The weekend of Capitol Hill Block Party—the rare festival where nearly 40 percent of bands include a female musician—is an appropriate time for this showcase, the culmination of a week-long rock-’n’-roll camp for girls. The Crocodile. 12:30 p.m. $10. All ages.
Sunday, July 28
Donna the Buffalo This long-running country/bluegrass act is touring behind last month’s Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. With the Believers. Tractor Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $17.
Drowning Pool These nü-metal holdovers lost their lead singer to a drug overdose on the tour supporting 2001’s platinum-selling debut Sinner. But the band has toured and recorded steadily since, releasing its fifth album, Resilience, this year. With Gemini Syndrome, Letzter Geist, Invertical, Nixon Rodeo. El Corazon. 7 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.
Monday, July 29
Northern Bastard This Sequim-based band leans toward old-school thrash metal. With Cutthroat Shamrock, Brain Scraper, the Bangers, AAIEE. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $5 adv./$7 DOS.
• Xanthochroid Blessed He With Boils, the debut album of this Southern California black-metal five-piece, is built around a conceptual fantasy narrative about the brothers Thanos and Ereptor. Musically, it alternates between crushing guitar and drum salvos and pastoral, keyboard-led reveries. With Un. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave. E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9:30 p.m. $5.
Tuesday, July 30
The Cult The most recent effort from the classic post-punk band is 2012’s confrontational Choice of Weapon. With White Hills. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $35 adv./$40 DOS.
Indigo Girls are touring behind their 14th album, Beauty Queen Sister, which finds their folk-rock in a state of staid maturity, appropriate for what will be a largely middle-aged crowd at this ZooTunes show. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500, zoo.org/zootunes. 5 p.m. $28. All ages.
• The Uncluded Kimya Dawson’s conversational style of non-singing makes this project, a collaboration with backpack rapper Aesop Rock, strangely natural-sounding for a folkie/MC pairing. The music, in which the duo trades verses over Dawson’s simplistic guitar strumming, should sate fans of both artists’ desire for uplift. With Hamell on Trial. Neumos. 8 p.m. $16 adv. All ages.