This Weekend’s Recommended Music

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. 9 p.m. $8. ANDREW GOSPE

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. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. AG

Leann Rimes Love her or hate her, Rimes has been delivering country hits since before most of us (including her) were able to drive. And while she’s no longer the 13-year-old “Blue”-singing phenom but a TV-movie-acting tabloid machine, she’s still got chops. Her most recent release, 2011’s Lady & Gentlemen, proved a country-fried collection of “I love you, I love you not”s, but it’s safe to assume that tonight she’ll bust out some classics as well (is anyone else crossing their fingers for “Can’t Stop the Moonlight”?). If you’re looking for a hand-clapping, romantic evening of good ol’ Southern feelings, this is where it’s at. Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre. 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500. $32.50. KEEGAN PROSSER

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. 7 p.m. $11 adv./$13 DOS. All ages. AGTint/[Black] 25%25

Saturday, July 27

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 , 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $8. AG

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. 7 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages. AG

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers Seattle’s “own Emmylou” may have moved to Austin—where, there’s no denying, the number of urban cowboys outranks our own—but the singer/songwriter hasn’t forgotten her hometown. A tireless tour hound, Muth this week will also play the Treehouse Cafe; Timber! Fest; a gig in Bellingham; and a free show (Wed., July 24) at the Bank of America Plaza for the Out to Lunch Music Series. Her most recent EP, last year’s Old Gold, a collection of mostly (old, golden) covers, was a tease compared to her previous two excellent full-length releases, 2009’s self-titled debut and 2011’s Starlight Hotel, but it works to tide over her fans. Plus, every songwriter needs a break here and there, and she is a newlywed, after all, since marrying her drummer Greg Nies last year. With Thee Midnight Creep. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. $12. 9:30 p.m. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

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. AG

Sunday, July 28

Around the Block Party Three-day passes to the Capitol Hill Block Party are already sold out, and single-day tickets will set you back $40. You know what will set you back $0? Around the Block Party. Chop Suey’s freemium minifestival is stacked with nine stupid-good bands that rival its big brother’s lineup. Two of the city’s best drummers, MTNS’ Dan Enders and Haunted Horses’ Myke Pelly, will be ripping the living shit out of their kits for their respective spazzed-out, Satanic noise bands. The show also features some of Seattle’s best punked-out pop songwriters—Wimps, Dude York, and Childbirth (a new supergroup featuring members of Chastity Belt, Pony Time, and TacocaT who perform wearing maternity gowns). If that doesn’t completely sell you, there will also be free hamburgers and hot dogs. With Hot Victory, Dream Salon, the Exquisites, and Agatha. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 3 p.m. Free. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

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. AG

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. AG

 
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