Live This Weekend: Ages and Ages, Glasvegas, The Purrs, and Lots More!

Friday, Feb. 28

After overcoming a childhood speech impairment that prevented him from communicating verbally, Tim Perry, lead singer of Portland-based choral-pop septet Ages and Ages, voluntarily entered a nonverbal state during a 10-day silent retreat. He wasn’t allowed to speak or write, but left with the bones of the band’s sophomore album, Divisionary, in place. The album’s emotion-driven lyrics are balanced by the uplifting instrumentation and congregation-like backing vocals. Must have been some retreat. With Arkomo. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10 adv. 21 and over. ACP

Co-hosted with KEXP DJ Hannah Levin and doubling as a benefit for Redmond’s Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, this Tribute to Swami Records will feature songs from the San Diego punk label’s roster (Hot Snakes, Pitchfork, Drive Like Jehu, Rocket From the Crypt) by a mix of admirers and members of some of Seattle’s best bands: Minus the Bear, Helms Alee, Sandrider, Grenades, Police Teeth, These Arms Are Snakes, and more. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

The indie-rock anthems of Scotland’s Glasvegas are well suited for the beautiful and intimate Columbia City Theater—especially the soaring sounds of its latest, Later . . . When the TV Turns to Static, for which singer James Allen had a vision from top to bottom, serving as singer, songwriter, producer, and even album-package designer. With the Ceremonies. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $15. 21 and over. DL

Nicole Atkins is anything but predictable. Her songs have dived headlong into everything from relationships to awful hangovers, and in her three albums she’s embraced a sound equal parts Stevie Nicks, Led Zeppelin, and Roy Orbison. Her new album, Slow Phaser, dropped earlier this month. With Arc Iris. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. 21 and over. BP

Saturday, March 1

Seattle-based quartet Tangerine released its latest EP, Radical Blossom, last year; its sugary-sweet melodies and lo-fi production will sound swell on this intimate stage. The perfect soundtrack for a day of Frisbee at the beach, the songs are also sweet listening for kissing these rainy days goodbye (at least for tonight). With Smokey Brights, Tomten. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. KEEGAN PROSSER

It’s been 15 years since Cibo Matto released its sophomore album, Stereo Type A. Since then, the trip-hop alt-rockers (best known for the quirky “Know Your Chicken” back in the ’90s) disbanded and established solo careers: vocalist Miho Hatori worked with Gorillaz and others; keyboardist Yuka Honda collaborated with Sean Lennon, the Boredoms, Plastic Ono Band, and Martha Wainwright. Hatori and Honda reunited in 2011 and dropped their third release, Hotel Valentine, earlier this month. With Salt Cathedral. Crocodile. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. GE

EMP Sound Off! Finals Now in its 13th year, Seattle’s biggest battle of underage bands culminates in this showdown, with semifinalists Laser Fox, Thee Samedi, Otieno Terry, and the wild-card winner, Fauna Shade. Sky Church at EMP. 8 p.m. $8–$12. GE

The Purrs hum and jangle blissfully somewhere between dream pop and punk. If the Pixies carried on the direction of “Here Comes Your Man” but took influence from the rougher parts of Slowdive’s discography, it might sound something like this band. With track names like “So Fucking Beautiful,” it’s safe to say the Purrs are also hopeless romantics. With Rick Bain & The Genius Position, Hypatia Lake, Vibragun. High Dive. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

It took six years for Seattle’s Kinski to release 2013’s Cosy Moments, an album that continued the band’s evolution toward straight-ahead rock, leaving most of the space-rock leanings behind. It was worth the wait. Tonight’s gig is one of just five dates on a West Coast run with Bottomless Pit, so catch them now before they go into hibernation for another half decade. Sunset Tavern. 10 p.m. SOLD OUT. 21 and over. DL

Sunday, March 2

Before Midday Veil takes its crunchy, visceral psych-rock to SXSW, the band will get an appropriate send-off here tonight. Midday Veil’s knack for sweeping, Western epics already feels like a desert fever dream, as evidenced on its latest LP, The Current. It’s a suitable sound for a pilgrimage to Austin. With NightTrain, Airport. Chop Suey. $8. 8 p.m. 21 and over. DH

Spitting smooth rhymes with perfectly paired bass-heavy beats, it’s no surprise West Coast rapper Dom Kennedy has risen as far as the third and fourth spots on Billboard’s Top Rap and Hip-Hop/R&B Album charts, respectively. Not to mention acquiring a loyal fan base while receiving praise from Rick Ross and Forbes. What is surprising, however, is that the 29-year-old California native has achieved such success while unsigned to any major label. Kennedy is currently on his Get Home Safely tour, named after his October 2013 release. With Skeme. The Showbox. 8 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. MARGERY CERCADO

 
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