Grayskul, They Live, Grynch, Fresh Espresso, Clockwork, DJ Darwin at the Crocodile, 8 p.m., $10 adv
Our love for Grayskul is well-documented as is, but if you haven't read Jonathan Cunningham's piece on the group yet, definitely go check it out.
NoMeansNo at Neumos, 8 p.m., $13 adv
The title "greatest punk album of all time" is about as controversial as declarative statements about music can get, but I have no trouble tossing NoMeansNo's 1989 masterpiece, Wrong, into the ring with Never Mind the Bollocks, London Calling, and the Ramones. Songs like "The Tower" and "Rags and Bones" haven't lost one iota of their cathartic, cacophonous potency over the years, and the same goes for the musicians that recorded them. 30 years into their existence as a band, NMN remain inexhaustible on stage, and sets are known to surpass the two-hour mark. Though they tour quite frequently, Seattle stops are mysteriously rare, and the fact that they are finally playing a sonically suitable space like Neumos is a treat. HANNAH LEVIN
Sleepy Sun, This Blinding Light, Justin Ripley at the Sunset, 9 p.m., $8
Everything you want to know about Sleepy Sun is revealed in the band's name. The music is slow and lazy, with a tired--but not bored--quality. It's also bright and buoyant with warm vocals: Singers Bret Constantino and Rachel Williams complement each other on "Sleepy Son," a particularly melodic song that features a harmonica solo. For all the stirring instrumentals--Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss often break from their mellow guitars into heavy riffs--Sleepy Sun is better defined as a jam band than a psych-rock outfit.
True, the members sometimes hit a perfect harmony: On songs like "Lord," Constantino drags on the end of his words, slurring his lyrics over hazy music. Other times, it sounds as if every band member is pushing for a solo. Even a beautiful song like "Sleepy Son" attempts to fit together harmonic sounds and over-the-top ones, making it less a singular piece of music than a conceptual musical experiment. This means Sleepy Sun will appeal most to those listeners with plenty of patience: It may take a few spins of the self-released Embrace to really understand that this album is more than just an accidentally recorded band practice. PAIGE RICHMOND
Finally, Downpilot and Red Jacket Mine are playing a dual CD release show tonight at the Tractor Tavern (it costs $8 and starts at 9 p.m.) with Sweet Secrets, and you can read more about that in the second half of this week's Rocket Queen column.