Live Tonight: Crocodiles, Overkill and Kreator, Selena Gomez

Crocodiles A lot of bands sound at least a little bit like Crocodiles, because a lot of bands borrow transparently from the bountiful post-punk and new-wave sounds of the ’80s. The San Diego band’s got a sense of humor, at least, rendering its jangly pop songs—as self-aware as they are inoffensive. With Wymond Miles. Barboza. 8 p.m. $10 adv. AG

Overkill and Kreator These legends of thrash metal show no signs of slowing—literally or figuratively. Both released studio albums last year (Overkill’s 16th, Kreator’s 13th); the riffs are as fast and heavy as those of any of their early material, and Kreator’s Mille Petrozza’s signature “Cookie Monster” growl has only improved with age. With Warbringer. El Corazon. 7:30 p.m. $24–$27 DOS/$75 VIP. MFB

Selena Gomez Seattle fans of the former Disney star missed out on seeing Gomez live when her appearance at KISS 106.1’s Jingle Ball 2012 was canceled at the last minute. Luckily, the young starlet is making it up to tweens across the Pacific Northwest big-time—first with this stop on her Stars Dance Tour, and again in December when she’ll perform at Jingle Ball 2013. And while the fresh-faced singer’s heavily Auto-Tuned dance pop may not be your cup of tea, it’s no secret that, for better or worse, her lead single “Come & Get It” is the epitome of can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head catchiness. (That it may or may not be aimed at the Biebs is just a plus.) It’s also worth noting that Gomez is rumored to put on quite the production for her headlining gigs—and that this stop will also feature up-and-coming reggae/pop-rock trio Emblem3, who stole the hearts of teen girls across the country last year as contestants on The X-Factor. With Christina Grimmie. KeyArena. 7 p.m. $26–$66. KP

Toro Y Moi With Anything in Return, Chaz Bundick has come a long way from his home-laptop-recorded origins. It’s a slick, bona fide pop record, borrowing from disco, funk, and ’90s house music. Outside of Washed Out’s Ernest Greene, there might not be a musician who’s grown out of chillwave more successfully. With Classixx. Showbox at the Market. 8:30 p.m. $25 adv. All ages. AG

Slaid Cleeves For 20 years, this Austin-by-way-of-Maine singer/songwriter has carved a quiet and distinguished career by crisscrossing the country singing his twangy blue-collar tales for anybody who will listen—including Stephen King, who was so inspired by Cleeves that he wrote the liner notes for one of his records. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. 21 and over. DL

 
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