The Cave Singers, Local Natives, and The Seven Best Shows to See in Seattle This Week

Monday, April 29

Local Natives On January’s Hummingbird, Local Natives continues to carve a niche for itself among other NPR-wave indie groups: prominent tenor vocal harmonies; rich production from The National’s Aaron Dessner; multilayered percussion paired with chiming guitars. It’s professional, straight-laced folk rock for a world without Fleet Foxes. With Superhumanoids. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $20.50 adv./$23.50 DOS. All ages.

Tuesday, April 30

Nataly Dawn Pomplamoose, Dawn’s original band, was best known for parlaying twee YouTube covers of mainstream pop songs into even twee-er appearances in Hyundai Christmas commercials played ad nauseam in 2010. Fortunately, Dawn’s solo material doesn’t need gimmicks: It’s smart, surprisingly restrained folk-pop that doesn’t suffer from Pomplamoose’s cloying cuteness. With Ryan Lerman.Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

Wednesday, May 1

New Build Most talk about New Build focuses on the group’s pedigree, but to be fair, it’s hard to think of a better one for a dance-leaning electronic group. The trio features Hot Chip members Felix Martin and Al Doyle, the latter of whom also played with LCD Soundsystem. With No Ceremony, Anomie Bell. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15 adv.

Thursday, May 2

Kočani Orkestar There have been plenty of groups in recent years to indie-fy traditional Balkan folk music (Beirut and Devotchka are the most notable examples), but this Macedonian group presents an opportunity to witness the horn and percussion acrobatics undistilled. Town Hall Seattle. 8 p.m. $12–$22. All ages.

Friday, May 3

Debacle Fest Not to be confused with Decibel, the world-class electronic music festival, Debacle Fest is a three-day showcase of experimental, outsider music that most festivals would overlook. Curated by Sam Melancon, it features artists on the fringes of drone, electronic, psychedelic, and metal. Expect a noisy, perception-altering time. Various artists. FRED Wildlife Refuge. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$20 DOS (daily), $40 adv. (three-day pass). All ages.

Saturday, May 4

The Cave Singers Compared to most Seattle folk groups (especially a certain ultra-smooth sextet named for two parts of the human anatomy), The Cave Singers’ rough and ramshackle tendencies are a welcome anomaly. They recently released Naomi, their second album on Jagjaguwar and fourth overall. With Bleeding Rainbow. Showbox at The Market. 8 p.m. $20.

Funhouse Documentary Benefit Scuzzy synth-punk act The Cripples reunites to headline this show, which will help fund a documentary about beloved (and dearly missed) punk venue The Funhouse. Primate 5, The Fabulous Downey Brothers, Sex Drug, DJ Brian Foss. 9 p.m. $8.

 
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