Live This Weekend: Best Coast, Cloud Cult ...

Friday, August 9

Cloud Cult KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural series continues with two of the city’s most exciting rock bands—Deep Sea Diver and Chastity Belt—supporting Craig Minowa’s experimental pop group. Mural Amphitheatre. 5:30 p.m. Free. All ages. ANDREW GOSPE

Jamie N Commons is 24, but the bluesman’s rough, craggy growl makes him sound about 20 years older. His Rumble and Sway EP was released in March on Interscope. With Bakelite78. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12 adv. AG

Zomboy Lexically at least, the letter “o” is all that separates producer Joshua Mellody’s stage name from far more subdued UK garage mastermind Zomby. It’s also the sound that attendees at this concert will make when Mellody unleashes his Skrillex-baiting bass drops. With Eptic, Just One, McFunk Brothers, Innit. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $18.50–$28.50 adv./$29 DOS. 18 and over. AG

Saturday, August 10

Nude Pop Nathan Mead is a big fan of manga artist Hayao Miyazaki—he often performs wearing a T-shirt featuring the side profile of Totoro, one of Miyazaki’s creations. You can hear the animator’s influence in Nude Pop’s dreamy songs when Mead coos lyrics about “forms without a face,” and “Lurkers” that follow him through the forest. The Spokane band recently released its first EP Splintered Selves on El Ten Eleven’s “Fake Record Label” imprint after going on a nationwide tour with the band. The two groups share a penchant for noodly guitar lines and experimentalism. Live, Nude Pop performs with an electric drum kit that adds considerable oomph to its glossy crescendos. While the melodies gently float around in the clouds, Cody Thompson’s bass-heavy electronic drums pummel you. With The West and Yevtushenko. Columbia City Theater. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

107.7 The End Summer Camp With concerts like this, it’s tempting to try to generalize about what the lineup “means,” but Summer Camp’s diversity (at least among rock bands that get played on The End) stands out. Among the big names this year are blues-rockers Cold War Kids, ’90s power-pop revivalists Surfer Blood, and stoner surfer dudes Wavves. Locals Hey Marseilles also make an appearance. With New Politics, The Neighbourhood, Family of the Year, MS MR, Said the Whale, San Cisco, Royal Teeth. Marymoor Park. 12 p.m. $27.50. All ages. AG

Five Iron Frenzy This Denver Christian ska band reunited in 2011 after an eight-year hiatus. With Mike Herrera, Showbread. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. AG

Jr. Cadillac These locals have been playing together for more than 40 years, which makes their ’50s-style rock ’n’ roll an authentic throwback. Triple Door. 7 p.m. $20. All ages. AG

Sunday, August 11

Best Coast Seattle weather has gone mainstream. With no discernible rain during all of July and with August starting out similarly Californian, our nightly forecasts have lost the indie cred that allowed those of us who “got it” to smugly deride those who pined for sunshine. It’s only appropriate, then, that Bethany Cosentino, poet laureate of mindless summer afternoons, would grace us newly tan Washingtonians with an August rock show. If you can’t tell, I’m of two minds about Cosentino’s act, Best Coast. On one hand, it’s maddening how willfully and stubbornly she clings to the most banal aspects of young-adult angst, vacillating between being a brat and being too stoned to care. At the same time, I have to admit that she captures a mood perfectly—a mood that infests Seattle only on rare summers like this, when at 3 p.m the only thought you can muster is her devastatingly dreamy line “The sun was high, and so was I.” With Lovely Bad Things and Cumulus. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv. DANIEL PERSON

The Deadly Gentlemen This Boston bluegrass quintet’s songs are slower and more meditative than the blazing-fast foot-stompers that exemplify the genre. With The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $12. AG

The Heavy are considerably less polished than fellow neo-soul act Fitz & the Tantrums (playing Friday at Showbox SoDo), and it’s a stylistic choice that benefits the British group, especially singer Kevin Swaby’s ragged vocals. With The Silent Comedy. The Neptune. 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. AG

Jetman Jet Team is one of the most compelling shoegaze bands in Seattle—they really nail the sound, and in interviews, they’ve shown an insider’s grasp of the genre’s history. April’s We Will Live in the Space Age is worth a listen through all 16 wide-scope noise-pop tracks. With Soft Shadows, This Blinding Light. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $8. AG

Todd Snider’s Travelling Folk Show With Hayes Carll, Sarah Jarosz, and Shawn Mullins It’s natural for singer/songwriters Todd Snider and Hayes Carll to team up. Their similar vision of Americana is influenced by folky rabble-rousers like Robert Earl Keen and Ray Willie Hubbard. They play up their personas in their songs: Snider as folk troubadour, Carll as lovable country troublemaker. (They’ve collaborated in the studio, too.) Yet within their wry observations of American life—like Snider’s “Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White American Male” and Carll’s “She Left Me for Jesus”—lie heavy truths. Trusting Southerners get duped by Wall Street in Snider’s “New York Banker,” and Carll’s sidewinding “Kmag Yoyo” tells of a 17-year soldier in over his head. Up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz and Shawn Mullins (of “Lullaby” fame) round out this showcase, and Snider promises “Good times guaranteed.” True enough—these days, you can better trust a guarantee from a singer/songwriter than from Uncle Sam. Woodland Park Zoo, West Entrance. $27. 6 p.m. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

 
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