The 7 Best Shows to See in Seattle This Week

Tuesday, July 2

Friends & Family On its recent fussed-over debut album, Happy, Good-Looking, and In Love, this local septet spins elaborately orchestrated, borderline-twee indie-pop tunes. With Night Cadet, Rin Tin Tiger, Edmund Wayne. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $5 adv./$7 DOS.

Wednesday, July 3

Elzhi Hailing from Detroit’s hip-hop underground, this underrated rapper, ex-Slum Village member, and former J. Dilla collaborator lays down lyrically adroit, multisyllabic verses over soul-leaning beats. With Luke Rain, Black Magic Noize, Task1Ne, Ro Knew, Tai the 13th, Spends Quality. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$12 DOS.

Juan Maclean Neumos recently booked DFA/LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy for a September DJ set. Fans looking for something to tide them over until then would be wise to check out this set from Murphy’s associate, who has a similarly advanced dance-music vocabulary. With J-Justice, Introcut. Barboza. 8 p.m. $13 adv.

Thursday, July 4

Youryoungbody For those more interested in dive bar shows than Fourth of July fireworks, this diverse bill is the best option. The main draw here is probably Youryoungbody, an electronic duo whose abrasive synth-pop can meld seamlessly into a rock lineup like this one. With Airport, Leatherdady, Imperials. Comet Tavern.

Friday, July 5

Molasses The self-described “real OG funk [band] of the Seattle music scene” was mostly active during the grunge era. Today, retro funk and soul are back in fashion (Allen Stone, Pickwick, etc.), providing the perfect occasion for a reunion show. With The Braxmatics, The Fabulous Party Boys. Tractor Tavern. 9:30 p.m. $8.

Saturday, July 6

Brothers From Another Asher Roth, he of “I Love College” infamy, is the special surprise guest on BFA’s new single “Groov,” off their Tacos on Broadway EP. Luckily, Roth’s frat boy-isms have toned down considerably since 2009, and Tiglo and Cole’s performance on the track renders him an afterthought. With Fearce Vill, Bean One, Dave B. Neumos. $8 adv. All ages.

Sunday, July 7

Bob Log III is the consummate “best seen live” musician. On record, his Delta blues tunes are good, but nothing distinct. On stage, though, he’s a weirdo one-man band, playing slide guitar with his hands, drums with his feet, and singing through a telephone receiver wired into a motorcycle helmet. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15 adv.

 
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