Live Tonight: Atlas Sound, Hand of the Hills, Lee Ritenour, Selah Sue

Atlas Sound For Deerhunter fans, frontman Bradford Cox’s solo project Atlas Sound is an invitation to the back of the workshop, a place where Cox’s eerie inventions sit in various states of completion or disrepair. Some ideas don’t pan out; others possess a pure, raw charm that makes you think you’re listening in on a prodigious middle-schooler stuck in Georgia with a song in his head and a karaoke machine in his room (Cox created Atlas Sound when he was in sixth grade under these very conditions). While Deerhunter’s catalog is more fully realized, that band’s only upcoming visit to Seattle will be as a small part of the sprawling Bumbershoot festival, making Atlas Sound the Cox performance to see. His bizarre stage banter and antics are the stuff of legend. Last year in Minneapolis he led Atlas Sound in an HOUR-LONG cover of “My Sharona” to teach a heckler to be careful what he asks for. Seattle audiences are too passive and polite to bring that upon themselves, but that doesn’t mean Cox will behave himself. And why should he? You’re in his workshop. With Pony and Pollens. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12. DANIEL PERSON

Hand of the Hills Formerly known as Black Hills, this four-piece comprises members of Scriptures, Black Swedes, Minus The Bear, and the Lonely Forest. The music sounds most like the northwest indie of the latter band, with chiming guitars, placid keyboards, and plaintive vocals. With Everest, Aaron Lee Tasjan. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $10. ANDREW GOSPE

Lee Ritenour Guitarist Lee Ritenour has become a contemporary jazz institution unto himself. To date he has managed to amass 17 Grammy awards while charting 35 times. Ritenour got his start working as a session guitar player in the 1960s and all told is said to have performed on about 3,000 different recordings with artists as diverse as Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie. For as diverse as his session career has been, his true love is and always has been jazz, and he plays his brand of the genre with a technicality and skill that is nearly unrivaled by his peers. Wednesday won’t be the first time Ritenour has played Jazz Alley, but it’s a stage and an environment that is entirely suited to his style. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. Through Sunday. $26.50. CORBIN REIFF

Selah Sue Belgian soul/pop/reggae singer and guitarist Selah Sue is a big deal in Europe, where she’s opened for Prince on the strength of her eponymous debut album. With Bushwalla. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $14 adv./$15 DOS. AG

 
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