Friday, Feb. 21
It’s been 20 years since the release of Keb’ Mo’s self-titled debut. In that time, the Compton native has toured the world and kept the dwindling embers of Delta blues alive. With a new record due in April, Mo’ clearly doesn’t intend for the fire to go out on his watch. Edmonds Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $42–$52. CR
Electro-rock quintet Furniture Girls is kicking off the year in a big way with the release of two six-song EPs: Dreams, being released at this show, and Chaos. From the in-your-face “Drool” to the almost bluesy “Killbabykill,” Dreams is a grab bag, with themes of love, lust, Jack the Ripper, and . . . the zombie apocalypse. With Thrivealike, Aaron Daniel, The Yev. High Dive. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY
Sun Kil Moon, Neptune. Read our interview with Mark Kozelik here .
Merging the shadowy tones of Interpol with twee pop instrumentation, Portland’s And And And creates frantic, melodic indie tracks. The band’s self-description, “wild basement pop,” seems accurate. Everything sounds like it could break down at any moment, and the jangly lo-fi sounds create an image of a band embracing the beaten path. With Detective Agency. Neumos. 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 and over. DH
Folk-rock favorites The Head and the Heart have come a long way since those open-mike nights at Conor Byrne in Ballard, but the band has continued to stay loyal to its soil, as evidenced by this two-night stop. The six-piece is sure to deliver several tracks from its recent sophomore release, Let’s Be Still, as well as old favorites, and probably some tears. Through Saturday. Friday with Rose Windows, La Luz; Saturday with the Moondoggies, Mikey and Matty. The Paramount. $31.25. 8 p.m. All ages. KEEGAN PROSSER
The English Beat’s danceable fusion of reggae, pop, and soul was perfectly suited for the early ’80s’ burgeoning new wave movement, which helped the band define the 2 Tone genre and establish its place in ska history in the process. Founding members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger eventually parted ways; Wakeling leads this version while Roger tours as The Beat. With Georgetown Orbits. The Showbox. 9 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. 21 and over. DL
Saturday, Feb. 22
DJ Spooky The electronic persona of Paul D. Miller is renowned for his “trip hop” and “illbient” sounds. In recognition of Black History Month, he’ll screen Rebirth of a Nation, his reimagined look at D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, tomorrow at the Moore. Tonight, just expect some sick, clever beats. Barboza. 8 p.m. $20 adv. 21 and over. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT
For many heavy-music fans, Pentagram is the metal band that should have been as big as Black Sabbath, yet for a number of reasons went unnoticed for decades. As documented in the film Last Days Here (streaming now on Netflix), the remarkable thing is the band’s 43-year-plus staying power, influencing a niche of musicians and bands while failing to earn widespread recognition as true pioneers in the doom genre (or making much of a living, for that matter). What’s even more incredible is the group’s comeback—a relevant one at that, as fame has finally come via a new generation of younger fans. As things finally move forward for Pentagram, they do the same for frontman Bobby Liebling—now sober, married, and readying a new record this year as well as a tour (that’s expected to visit the West Coast later this year) with longtime guitarist Victor Griffin. But first: Pentagram, in all its sludgy, metal glory. With Radio Moscow, Kings Destroy, Ancient Warlocks. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. JAMES BALLINGER
Toby Mac, Key Arena. Check out our write up here .
Ani DiFranco, Moore Theater. Read our feautre with the alt-folk rocker here .
Mukilteo’s Fall of Troy pushed its proggy post-hardcore from 2002 to 2010, landing it a slot on the Warped Tour and getting “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” in as a playable track in Guitar Hero III. After a brief breakup, the band has reunited for this “all DIY” tour, leading to what they say will be a new, completely free album due out sometime this year. With Tacos!, Sailor Mouth. The Showbox. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages. KELTON SEARS