Wednesday, July 31
Griffin House This Nashville songwriter plays pleasant, lilting alt-country that projects a distinct nice-guy persona. Based on his looks, he could have a career as a Bill Murray impersonator should he ever quit music. With Megan Slankard. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS.
• Les Nubians Fans of forward-thinking R&B are probably already hip to this globetrotting duo, whose largely French-language songs recall those of Erykah Badu at her most globally influenced. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.com. 7:30 p.m. (all ages), 10 p.m. (21 and over). $30 adv./$32 DOS.
Mike Stud Baseball-to-rap crossover is relatively rare, but this former Duke University pitcher found his way into hip-hop after his playing career got derailed by injury. The title of his debut album, Relief, is a nod to his past as a closer. With Kurt, Adam Nystrom, DJ MTK. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv. All ages.
Thursday, August 1
Hockey got mildly indie-famous in 2009 when its hooky electro-pop anthem “Too Fake” was featured in a JCPenney commercial. Sophomore record Wyeth Is came out earlier this year. With Saint Motel, Swimm. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $13.50 adv.
The Mother Hips These Northern Californians, touring behind eighth album Behind Beyond, deal in mildly psychedelic, paisley-tinged ’70s rock. With Tiny Messengers. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $15.
The Songs of Neko Case Northwest folk luminaries Shelby Earl, Zach Fleury, and Dearborn take on the music of the alt-country songwriter and New Pornographer in addition to playing original material. Triple Door. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
Friday, August 2
Dale Watson is a country musician’s country musician: a veteran of the Austin music scene, a staunch traditionalist, and a relentlessly consistent recording artist. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $15.
Foxygen In the less-than-grand tradition of Lana Del Rey or Wavves, retro psych-rock duo Foxygen has been an Internet punching bag of late, with chatter about an imminent breakup and lethargic live shows dominating music blogs. The tunes are decent, if reductive, but that rarely wins out over buzz. With Twin Peaks. Neumos. 8 p.m. $13 adv.
Slough Feg Named for a character in a comic book about Celtic folklore, this San Francisco band is heavy-metal traditionalists in the vein of Iron Maiden. With Krystos, Blood of Kings, Curse of the North. Highline, 210 Broadway E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
Saturday, August 3
Mickey Hart Band In an effort to reinforce every stereotype about The Grateful Dead, erstwhile Dead drummer Mickey Hart claims that his current band channeled light waves and radiation to create the “cosmic sounds” on the 2012 album Mysterium Tremendum. With Tea Leaf Trio. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7:30 p.m. $29.50 adv./$35 DOS.
Sebadoh Fourteen years after releasing its last full-length, the Lou Barlow–led band of lo-fi pioneers is touring new material, due out this fall. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $15 adv.
• THEESatisfaction remains one of Seattle’s most inventive acts of any genre; outside of Shabazz Palaces, the duo’s futuristic take on hip-hop and R&B is unmatched locally. With Yo! Majesty, Gift Uh Gab, Jusmoni + WD4D, OCnotes. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.
Sunday, August 4
Black Irish Texas True to its name, this group melds Celtic punk with honky-tonk, spaghetti-Western country. With Frog Flag, the Rainiers. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8 p.m. $6.
Gary Minkler Local songwriter Minkler will release the gospel- and Americana-influenced Little Trailer Ruby at this show. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv.
MC Chris This nerdcore rapper, unsurprisingly, has a robust and organic online following, built on homemade-looking YouTube videos for songs about ninjas, Han Solo, and pizza. With Jesse Dangerously, Dr. Awkward, Tribe One. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazonseattle.com. 7 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.
Monday, August 5
Keyboard Kid Seattle’s resident beatsmith recently tackled an unlikely piece of remix material: garage-pop band Chastity Belt’s “Seattle Party” single. The resulting “Seattle Based Party” is a standard cloud-rap instrumental, centered around CB singer Julia Shapiro’s howling vocals, but it’d be cool to see this sort of cross-genre collaboration more often. With BLKHRTS. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $5 DOS. All ages.
• Rhye One of the best songs I’ve heard all year is “Open,” the first track and single from this L.A. duo’s March album Woman. Built on a slyly syncopated bass line and singer Mike Milosh’s breathy, not-quite-falsetto vocals, it’s an achingly romantic example of stripped-down R&B done right. Even though the rest of W oman doesn’t quite measure up, Rhye’s live show promises to be sensuous. With J-Justice. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv.
Walking Papers is the newest of Seattle Weekly columnist Duff McKagan’s many classic rock–minded bands, and they’re celebrating the release of debut album The Whole World’s Watching with this free in-store. Easy Street Records, 4559 California Ave. S.W., 938-3279, easystreetonline.com. 7 p.m. All ages.
Tuesday, August 6
Chris Brokaw played a significant if little-known role in independent rock as a member of the bands Codeine and Come in the early ’90s. He relocated to Seattle in 2011, and just got done touring with the Lemonheads. He’ll draw from his deep catalog of solo material at this show. With S, The Bore Tide, Andy Fitts. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.
• Kurt Vile & The Violators For a guitar virtuoso, Kurt Vile’s abilities are strangely understated. It might be because his technique is non-showy and fingerpicked rather than fast and technical; it might also be his comically stoner-ish persona. (Though on Wakin on a Pretty Daze track “Goldtone” he claims “I never, as they say, touched the stuff.”) Either way, this show gives fans another chance to see Vile, who sold out the smaller Neumos in May. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $21.50 adv. All ages.