Live This Weekend: Neil Finn, Bun B & Kirko Bangz, Kings of Leon, and More!

Friday, March 28

After 12 years in the local scene, Spanish for 100 are calling it quits. The band’s sound, as evidenced on its latest Six Song EP, is a nostalgic time capsule of indie rock as it was a decade ago. If there’s a “roots indie” subgenre on the rise, this band’s melodic guitar rock fits the bill. With Red Heart Alarm, Stereo Embers. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 9:30 p.m. $8. 21 and over. DH

Kings of Leon has one foot in Top-40 territory and the other in the world of straight rock & roll. The Nashville-based quartet has ruled the charts since its 2008 breakthrough Only by the Night, and will no doubt continue to do so with September’s Mechanical Bull. But with gritty singles like “Supersoaker” and “Temple,” KoL shows it still has some dirt under its nails. With Local Natives. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, keyarena.com. 8 p.m. $41 and up. All ages. ACP

Lost in the Dream, the new record from The War On Drugs, feels decidedly American. With whistling synths, clean guitars, and gaudy snare snaps, songwriter Adam Granduciel deals with anxiety and fear as Bruce Springsteen did on Born in the U.S.A. It’s hard not to be anxious these days amid back-and-forth politics and worries of wars overseas. As Granduciel sings on “Red Eye,” “Losing every time but I don’t know where.” With White Laces. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. DH

The Black Lips’ Southern-tinged garage noir keeps getting better. Its fourth release on Vice, Underneath the Rainbow, enlisted the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Dap-Kings member Tommy Brenneck as producers, and the sound is all the better for it. With the Coathangers, Universe People. Neumos, 925 Pike St., 709-9467, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $16 adv. 21 and over. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

For a communal and contemporary blues experience, no band is better than Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Originally hailing from Boulder, the group has toured incessantly over the past quarter-decade playing a mix of blues and early-era alternative pop that seems to just get bluer with each passing album. The band’s latest, Black Beehive, produced by popular-blues pro Steve Jordan, includes a couple odes to blues giants Memphis Minnie and Hubert Sumlin. Featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Hazel Miller. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Ravenna Woods is at its best when it gives into creepy sentiments. Whether shimmering acoustic ballads or full-band post-punk slow burners, Chris Cunningham’s ghoulish vocals haunt each track and bring a much-welcomed darkness to the band’s sound. With Modern Kin, Bigfoot Wallace & His Wicked Sons. Tractor Tavern. $12. 9 p.m. 21 and over. DH

Saturday, March 29

Mutiny Mutiny, 2 Bit Saloon. Read our review of the band’s new album, Don’t Quit Your Day Job here .

Sioux is one of the many quality heavy acts coming out of Portland these days. Released earlier this month, its second record The One and the Many pushes past the obvious influences (think High on Fire meets Mastodon) of the band’s self-titled debut to a heavier yet more progressive sound. The result is a phenomenal release of brooding, melodic, sludge-filled doomscapes. With Ancient Warlocks, Mother Crone, Swamp Heavy, Black Bone Exorcism. The Highline, 210 Broadway E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9 p.m. $7. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER

Live Air-Raid Podcast An avid podcast listener, Aaron Roden started his music and comedy podcast back in 2010, recording episodes “in my dining room, much to my family’s chagrin,” he says. Now partnered with KIRO, the show that “drops bombs of awesome in your earholes” is sometimes recorded at the radio station and sometimes from Roden’s new backyard home studio, but it always keeps things interesting. A geologist by day, Roden has recently hosted a diverse group of guests, including comedians Billy Connolly and Brian Posehn and indie bands like the Fruit Bats and Iska Dhaaf. Tonight he’ll record the show live for the first time at show sponsors Naked City Brewery’s special “Screening Room.” Beyond the controlled environment, the show that will transpire, he says, is anyone’s guess: “I am expecting the crowd to be a healthy mix of listeners to the show and people that have no idea what they are in for.” With Shelby Earl, the Young Evils, Derek Sheen. Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., 838-6299, air-raid.net. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. GE

• Here are some really stupid questions. Do you like beer? Music? Good times? The Penumbra Beer Fest already knows the answer is “yes” and has you all set up. Now in its second year, this end-of-winter bash combines excellent regional suds (like Naked City’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sour and Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery’s Organic Galactic Imperial Red) with equally excellent local bands at a “crazy underground events space”so you can celebrate the return of spring in all sorts of good company. Tickets start at $25 and include seven beer-tasting tokens. With Broken Water, Dude York, Chastity Belt, the Shivas, Nighttrain, DJ sets by Peel Slowly, and Lori Goldston. King’s Hall, 2929 27th Ave. S., penumbrabeerbash.com. 5 p.m. GE

London Grammar is about to become your new favorite band. This soulful trip-hop trio was recently nominated for Best Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards, and its beautiful debut full-length album, If You Wait, releases in the States this week. Singer Hannah Reid’s vocals will floor you. Neumos. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. 21 and over. BP

The Decibel Magazine Tour Featuring Carcass Formed in 1985 in Liverpool, Carcass is a true pioneer of death metal and the grindcore subgenre. After calling it quits in 1996, the band reformed in 2007, with a slightly different lineup, for a few festival appearances. A full reunion tour followed a few years later. Last year’s Surgical Steel (its first record since 1996’s Swansong) picks up where the band left off and made several year-end best-of lists. With The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 7:15 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30 DOS. All ages. JB

Sunday, March 30

Monogamy Party is one of those bands that oozes charisma. Last year’s False Dancers swaggers with a noisy-sexy-cockiness, but the real treat is seeing the band live in the right environment. The Cha-Cha’s just might be perfect, and a free show will no doubt get very packed, sweaty, and a little weird. With The Great Goddamn, Sashay. Cha-Cha Lounge, 1013 E. Pike St., 322-0703, chachalounge.com/seattle. 8 p.m. FREE. 21 and over. JB

Bun B and Kirko Bangz, Neumos. Check out our write up of the show here .

Neil Finn, Neptune. Read our show preview here .

 
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