The 7 Best Shows to See in Seattle This Week

Monday, June 10

Black Prairie This Portland string band, which features members of the Decemberists, will perform selections from a soundtrack composed for author Jon Mooallem’s new book Wild Ones. Triple Door, 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.

Tuesday, June 11

Free Energy is the apotheosis of all those bands who describe their music as “good ol’ fashioned rock ’n’ roll.” The Philadelphia group’s music is bubblegum classic rock that—for better or worse—sounds stuck in a jukebox next to a Cheap Trick record. With The West. Tractor Tavern, 8:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

Wednesday, June 12

KA.Lil Also known as Khingz, a name that pays homage to his upbringing in both Seattle and Brooklyn’s King counties, the rapper will officially release his new album Between Saturday Night & Sunday Morning tonight. With Abyssinian Creole, Hi Life Sound System, OTOW Gang. Barboza, 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 +

Thursday, June 13

Shy Girls are the latest Portland act to be named Willamette Week’s “Best New Band.” The title is not surprising given that the group’s sound—a transparent take on ’90s R&B that’s often fairly cheesy—is in fashion right now, but unlike the solo producer types who generally make this kind of nostalgia-seeped music, Shy Girls use a seven-piece band to flesh out its sound live. With Sports, Dutty Wilderness, DJ Hojo. Barboza, 8 p.m. $7 adv. 21 +

Friday, June 14

Spaceneedles This four-piece, featuring members of Grand Archives and Feral Children, recently released the single “Low Ceilings,” a rumbling, sub-three-minute grunge-punk banger. With Puget Power, Sam Humans. Rendezvous, 10:30 p.m. $8.

Saturday, June 15

Rob Garza ’s solo material follows a similar pattern to his work as one half of electro lounge act Thievery Corporation: laid-back, dubby electronica that incorporates a variety of “world music” influences. With Nordic Soul, Toast. Neumos, 8 p.m. $15 adv.

Sunday, June 16

Shelton Harris Everyone knows the story of Macklemore, and this similarly minded 20-year-old rapper is one of a few local MCs who could benefit from the Mack’s worldwide dissemination of positive vibes. In the past month alone, Harris has played Sasquatch! and been named to XXL Magazine’s list of “15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know.” With Kung Foo Grip, Mike Champoux. Crocodile, 7 p.m. $12 adv. All ages.

 
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