Live This Weekend: Julia Sweeney & Jill Sobule, Monogamy Party, Campfire OK, and Lots More

Friday, Sept. 13

Blue Sky Black Death will provide the ideal soundtrack for an autumnal Friday the 13th in the Pacific Northwest. Their new album, Glaciers, is due October 1. Apropos the album’s title, the new tracks are expansive and bleak, with dozens of transparent layers slowly shape-shifting. With Kid Smpl and Real Magic. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes Hailing from Nashville—which, geography tip, is not near any Great Lakes, kids—Ellsworth and his band play a gentle style of heartland soul that, as heard on 2011’s Civilized Man, can shift on a dime from slinking, slope-shouldered groove to minor psych freakout, with Ellsworth’s comely tenor leading the way. With Mikey & Matty, Lotte Kestner. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Campfire OK This is the record-release show for Campfire OK’s latest orchestral folk pop album, When You Have Arrived. It’s an album worth celebrating, displaying the considerable pop songwriting talents, earworm melodies, and thoughtful lyricism of leader Mychal Benjamin Cohen—which all were overshadowed on the band’s debut by a lot of stomping and clapping and other folkie hullabaloo that has receded into the shadows. With Sean Nelson, Rafe Pearlman with Gold Dust. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15 adv. MB

Joel Savoy & Jesse LÉge “We play Cajun music from southwest Louisiana with great joy,” the duo’s website explains. It’s a fact you can’t deny when you listen to their four-album-strong catalog; with Lége on accordion and vocals and Savoy on fiddle, the pair perform a delightfully sprightly blend of originals and traditional tunes plucked straight from the bayou. Conor Byrne. 9 p.m. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Charlotte Sometimes Thanks to a recent appearance on NBC’s The Voice, Jersey girl Jessica Charlotte Poland, who made her debut with 2008’s Waves and the Both of Us (featuring the single “How I Could Just Kill a Man”), has experienced a bit of a resurgence, releasing her latest EP, Circus Head, last October. With Jamie Nova, District, Amanda Markley, and Kari Jacobsen. El Corazon. 7:30 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages. AZARIA PODPLESKY

Planned Parenthood ’80s Night Benefit Dance your cares away at this event for the nonprofit health-care provider, because a night of drinking and dancing to hits from the Cars and the Go-Gos for a good cause is as good as it gets. With Nightwave, Rewind. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. GE

Shook Twins Having recently wrapped up the recording sessions for their upcoming album (title and release date TBD) at the renowned Bear Creek Studios, this folk quintet, fronted by Katelyn and Laurie Shook, is poised to soon share another batch of intimate lyrics with the world. With Hannalee. Tractor Tavern. 9:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. AP

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Saturday, Sept. 14

It takes about five seconds of research to discover that Diarrhea Planet lives up to its name. The Nashville group’s bubblegum classic rock is gleefully puerile, from the song titles on down. (One of the better ones is called “Warm Ridin’,” and my inner middle-schooler can’t stop snickering.) But more entertaining than scatological humor is the six-piece’s shameless embrace of outsized rock tropes. Singer Hodan Dickie’s ragged vocals smack of rock-god histrionics, and the band’s quartet of guitarists sounds like a group of 15-year-olds who met at Guitar Center and started a KISS cover band: all harmonized leads, hamfisted tapping solos, and power chord upon power chord. Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles is a fan, but then again so is Fred Durst. In short, it’s big, loud, dumb, and fun—rock ’n’ roll the way that some people say rock ’n’ roll is supposed to be. With the So So Glos. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12 adv. ANDREW GOSPE

Monogamy Party is a great live band, if for spectacle alone. Singer Kennedy Carda writhes shirtless around the room, his bandmates churning out screeching salvos of tinnitus-inducing distortion. It’s music for a specific time and place—late at night, being pushed around in a mosh pit in a dank, humid basement. The challenge for debut full-length False Dancers, then, is one that faces any band whose live experience overshadows its music: Much of what makes Monogamy Party memorable can’t be recorded. It’s a common problem in punk, and one the band and engineer Austin Thomason overcomes by doubling down on the brute, dissonant force of the band’s live show. The band expanded to a four-piece by adding erstwhile Pleasureboaters guitarist Ricky Claudon, and his feverish touches abound on the new record. Monogamy Party’s sound was already full and loud as a trio, so Claudon simply focuses on making a racket that’s an accessory to the band’s foundation. The sounds that emerge from his instrument are jarring, shrill, and quite often unpleasant; the squall that opens “Wasted Time” is a good example of his preferred tone. If this sounds difficult to listen to, it is—False Dancers is a blunt-force-trauma sort of record. And though gearheads will appreciate the sounds Claudon and bassist Yos-wa strangle out of their instruments, the music isn’t as brainy as that of its chief influences: D.C. hardcore and early, noise-addled Sonic Youth. False Dancers accurately captures Monogamy Party’s sonic assault, but also its limitations. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $7. AG

Cahalen Morrison Country Band On banjo, mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Morrison made his name as half of a rootsy duo with Eli West; the two still perform together, though recently Morrison has been sitting in with the Tallboys and now fronts this band. His high and lonesome vocals hark back to a simpler time. With Joy Mills Band, Nancy K. Dillon. Conor Byrne. 9 p.m. $8. GE

Chicks with Picks This small showcase of female singer/songwriters featuring Star Anna is a bill long in the making, says Christa Fischer, who fronts Christa Says Yay. Both she and Christina Cramer, who leads country band In Cahoots, “wanted to play a show with Star for a long time,” she says. “We are very excited that it is happening.” With the Soft Offs (featuring Star Anna). The Mix. 9 p.m. $8. GE

Valient Thorr is a pretty good band name, but Ancient Warlocks, also on the bill of tonight’s Sabbathy metal-fest, is an epic band name. The Warlocks also have a single called “The Superwizard.” For those interested in dark magic, tonight is your chance for necromantic initiation. With Lord Dying, Ramming Speed. Highline. 8 p.m. $12. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

In a recent interview, James Murphy declared that getting people to dance is not an art—it’s something more primal. “It’s like food,” he said. “If they’re not eating it, you’ve screwed it up.” Two and a half years since he and his celebrated indie dance band LCD Soundsystem exited the spotlight, Murphy has been lurking in the shadows while spinning some great records, from the expected indie dance hits to deep disco and lost house tracks. Seldom does he screw it up. With Shit Robot. Neumos. 9 p.m. $25. 21 and over. MB

Led Zepagain Led Zeppelin, also known as The Fathers of Heavy Metal, The Greatest Band of All Time, and Those Dudes Who Wrote That “AWWEEEYAHHHH AH!” song, unfortunately stopped playing in 1980 after drummer John Bonham choked on his own vomit. Luckily, four other dudes decided to dress up like Led Zeppelin and learn all their songs, and apparently they’re really good at it. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. 21 and over. KS

Parachute The Charlottesville, Va.-based quintet behind 2009’s “She Is Love” and 2011’s “Kiss Me Slowly” is back with more pop-rock love songs, releasing their latest album, Overnight, featuring “Hearts Go Crazy” and “Can’t Help,” last month. With Matt Hires, Paradise Fears. The Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages. AP

Sunday, Sept. 15

Julia Holter’s newest album, Loud City Song, is loosely based on Gigi, a 1958 movie musical based on a 1944 novel about a Parisian courtesan. Such unusual source material is appropriate for Holter’s often-inscrutable keyboard-led ambient pop; she boasts a classically honed attention to detail but often sounds lost in her thoughts. With Nedelle Torrisi. Barboza. 8 p.m. $12 adv. AG

The School of Rock Seattle Presents the History of Punk When the kids of all ages, shapes, sizes, and genders come together onstage for one of the School of Rock’s tribute shows, they make it look pretty easy, and as fun as all get-out. This show, focused on the elemental, blurt-it-out, angsty punk of bands including the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Green Day, has the highest potential fun quotient of them all. Chop Suey. 5:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages. MB

The Julie Ruin After a body of work spanning more than two decades—first in the brief but crucial Riot Grrrl movement of the ’90s with Bikini Kill, then in solo work in The Julie Ruin and later in electro-punk trio Le Tigre—singer and activist Kathleen Hanna has been noticeably absent from the dial for the past couple of years, fighting a private battle with what was recently diagnosed as late-stage Lyme disease. During treatment, Hanna plotted her return by reprising The Julie Ruin with her “dream band”: former Bikini Hill bandmate Kathi Wilcox on bass, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls instructor Sara Landeau on guitar, Carmine Covelli on drums, and Kenny Mellman (“Herb” of the cabaret act Kiki and Herb) on keyboards. With La Sera. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. TERRA SULLIVAN

In Kinski’s wickedest song, “Hot Stenographer,” the band plays a single note for five and a half minutes, and it slays. It takes truly elite shredding skills to milk one note as elegantly as these high-minded hard rockers do. With the DT’s, the Thingchangers. Slim’s Last Chance. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. KS

 
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