Live This Weekend: Gift of Gab, Gwar, Bonnie Raitt

Friday, Oct. 11

Gift of Gab On the classic Blackalicious track “Alphabet Aerobics,” Gift of Gab observes that “artificial amateurs aren’t at all amazing.” Fortunately for us, the rapper, whose real name is Timothy Parker, raps with a verbal virtuosity that will “intimidate in an instant” those imitators who idolize him. With the Good Husbands, the Hooky’s, and Vursatyl. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $10. MICHAEL F. BERRY

The Waterboys Any band that presumes to set the words of W.B. Yeats to music is sure to draw weary green-eyed glances. Yet with An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, the Waterboys have produced a tasteful album that honors both the great Irish poet and the band’s own 30-year run as some of the smartest musicians in rock. Their Celtic roots are on full display, understandably, but they don’t forget to weave plenty of rock goodies into the tunes to reward those of us not familiar with Yeats. With Freddie Stevenson. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $35. DANIEL PERSON

Overseas Will Johnson is a man who loves a good collaboration. Known most endearingly as the leader of excellent Denton indie-rock outfit Centro-matic, Johnson has played with Monsters of Folk, Jay Farrar, and Jim James in the Woody Guthrie archival project, New Multitudes, and even recorded a split album with the late (and great) Jason Molina. But it was in the church choir that Johnson’s strained whisper-tenor first tangled with the voices of other folks. Perhaps it is this liturgical background that makes him such a fitting companion to David Bazan, the former Pedro the Lion leader who has made a musical career by singing beautifully brutal songs about his struggles with belief (along with a few songs about infidelity and booze for good measure). Whatever the reason, the two introspective artists, along with Matt and Bubba Kadane, have found common cause in Overseas. The band’s debut self-titled full-length is a meditative piece of indie pop that will both please and frustrate fans. It is pleasing because both Bazan and Johnson have logged some strong new songs here, but it frustrates because their talents don’t often enough blend into something new. The exception is “Came With the Frame,” which features Bazan singing over a warped and melancholy wooziness that he’s never achieved on his own. With Radar Bros, Chris Brokaw. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15 adv. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Gwar After a petition to have them play at the 2015 Super Bowl logged more than 40,000 signatures, the nearly 30-year-old thrash-metal jokesters finally endorsed the idea as well. And they don’t even need a wardrobe malfunction to haul out body parts—even if they’re foam and shooting gallons of fake blood. With Whitechapel, Iron Reagan, A Band of Orcs. Showbox SoDo. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. DAVE LAKE

Hypnotikon: Seattle Psych Fest Seattle has been experiencing a recent resurgence of incredible psych-influenced bands, perhaps in part due to the excellent mushrooms growing in the Northwest’s fertile, loamy soil. Whatever it is, some smart people decided to gather local acts like Midday Veil, Fungal Abyss, and Night Beats and pair them with third-eye-opening national bands like Lumerians and Cave for a stacked two-day festival of psychedelic goodness. Explorers of the mind, and those looking to destroy their ego, have the option of buying a one- or two-day pass to the festival, which feature different lineups with overlapping DJ sets and visuals from artists like Christian Peterson, formerly of Seattle branding agency Dumb Eyes, responsible for churning out many of the trippy visuals and images for Shabazz Palaces. Through Sat., Oct. 12. Triple Door. 8 p.m. $25 for one day, $40 for both. All ages. (Read our review of the new Night Beats album here .) KELTON SEARS

Saturday, Oct. 12

La Luz, The Crocodile. Read our review of the new album, It’s Alive, here .

Sleigh Bells In popular rock ’n’ roll lore, the image of the nagging old person beating on the ceiling with a broom while shouting “WOULD YOU KIDS TURN THAT MUSIC DOWN?” has become something of an archetype. Bothering old folks with loud music has long been foundational to the soul of rock. If that imagined old person were to attend a Sleigh Bells concert, his head would likely violently explode into a thousand bloody pieces, splattering the gleeful, leather-clad fans. This is because Sleigh Bells are, bar none, one of the loudest bands ever. They are comically loud. The duo is rumored to have explored multiple studios before recording their previous album, Reign of Terror, in a quest to find equipment that could get the gain cranked the highest—something they didn’t slack on with their new record, Bitter Rivals, either. Sleigh Bells, in their relentless search for True Shred Guitar, are truly doing God’s work. With Doldrums. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $24 adv./$26 DOS. All ages. KS

Prom Queen Seattle-based singer Celene Ramadan first caught our eye with her electrically charged performance at last year’s Reverb Fest; she has continued to impress us with her lush yet edgy ’60s-inspired pop ever since. For this intimate lounge show, Ramadan will deliver a new batch of pleasantly messy pop rock for all the lovers (and killers, too). Vito’s. 9:30 p.m. Free. 21 and over. KEEGAN PROSSER

Zeke When Zeke released its first single, “West Seattle Acid Party,” the band’s hardcore guitar punk was somewhat out of vogue with the predominant fraught soft/loud sound of the early ’90s. Perhaps because of that, the band has remained largely, and pleasantly, unchanged since, even continuing to package its blistering sound with the fitting imagery of combusting, screeching hot rods. Tonight the high-octane band celebrates 20 years on a bill with 30-year-old North Carolina punk group Antiseen. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$15 DOS. MB

Sunday, Oct. 13

Bonnie Raitt In her 42 years as a musician, Bonnie Raitt has seen and done it all. From the highs of rock stardom (with songs like “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and “Something to Talk About,” iconic tunes that helped her earn countless Grammy nominations and multiple wins) to dark days (drug and alcohol problems and being dropped from her label while recording an album), the road hasn’t always been easy for the 63-year-old blues-rock singer. Ever resilient, the fiery-haired Californian released her 19th album, Slipstream, last year, her first since 2005. It earned Raitt her 10th Grammy, and, according to Billboard, was the best-selling blues album of 2012. Yes, after more than four decades, Raitt doesn’t show any signs of stopping—and indicated as much after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000: “[Music’s] the thing that still drives me most, and it always will. I’m never gonna get enough.” With Marc Cohn. Benaroya Hall. 8 p.m. $50.50–$104.50. All ages. AZARIA PODPLESKY

K.O.E. For those who enjoy a little face paint with their rap, this showcase (short for “Klowns Over Everything”) seems like a good bet. Unexpectedly, headliner MotaMouth Jones borrows more from G-funk and trap than from Juggalo-friendly horrorcore rap, and the 11-act lineup is similarly a stylistic grab bag. Various artists. Nectar Lounge. 7 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS. ANDREW GOSPE

 
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