Live Tonight: James Keblas Roast, Tom Brosseau, New Politics, Children of Bodom

The kings of melodic death metal, Children of Bodom are one of the biggest bands in their native Finland, and their new album, Halo of Blood, is their most accessible to date. They’re touring alongside American thrash legends Death Angel, who also have a blood-related new album, The Dream Calls for Blood. With TYR, Kill Closet. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $23 adv./$25 DOS. DAVE LAKE

15 years ago, Tom Brosseau was new to the San Diego coffee-shop circuit and had a regular gig at a place called Twiggs. Those were the days before hipsterdom co-opted the “ol’ time band” aesthetic, Frank Fairfield was likely playing bass in a garage band, and vocals like Brosseau’s—clean, delicate, a little weary—were still captivating in their novelty. Since his cafe days, his wavering tenor has remained the perfect vehicle for his songwriting: sparse, prose-addled songs of love, land, and loss (the latter acutely captured on 2007’s Grand Forks, about that town’s devastating 1997 flood), and he’s since toured with John C. Reilly (as John C. Reilly & Friends). His latest, Grass Punks, was recorded with Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins. With Shelby Earl, Jon Sands. Fremont Abbey. 8 p.m. $7–$14. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Catching New Politics live is like watching a band on a sugar high. The minute the Danish/American dance-rock trio takes the stage, its members are bouncing from one end to the other, with break-dancing singer David Boyd busting out his signature headstand freeze, all while performing songs from 2013’s A Bad Girl in Harlem. It’s enough to give the audience a rush of its own. With Magic Man. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15 adv. All ages. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Roast The Keblas James Keblas, departing Director of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Music, will be roasted tonight at this top-secret showcase that promises special guests and live musical performances including “someone very cool, a favorite of James’s. Not to be missed,” organizers say. Last time I saw Keblas at the Showbox, he was presenting the Seattle City of Music Awards, and the lineup featured the Maldives, Tea Cozies, Zach Tillman, and others. It’s safe to say this one’s going to be a banger. The Showbox. 7 p.m. Free. GE

 
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