Tonight: Soft Rock Cafe @ Hattie's Hat, Caribou @ Neumos, Bobby Bare Jr @ the Sunset

Yeah, this guy!
Soft Rock Cafe. Hattie's Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-0175. 6 p.m. Do you like piña coladas? Gettin' caught in the rain? Of course you do, but you've always been afraid to admit it. Well, just be sure to attend the first-ever Soft Rock Café. Happy hour specials will be extended for two hours beyond their regular 7 p.m. expiration in honor of Seattle Weekly's new Happy Hours smart phone app, and the mellow gold pouring out of the Hat's speakers will be provided by Jeff Roman, aka our "Karaoke Korrespondent." Do you like makin' love at midnight? Rupert Holmes may have sung the Piña Colada song, but on this night, Christopher Cross, Lionel Richie, Fleetwood Mac, Kenny Loggins, Carly Simon and Barry Manilow will do their best to get you to the bone zone, baby. And if you're in need of a palate cleanser, Rocket Queen Hannah Levin, will spin heavy metal and punk tracks immediately following the flaccidity. MIKE SEELY

Caribou, with Toro Y Moi. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $13. Caribou's going to be hitting the dance tents at Sasquatch on Sunday, but a dark and sweaty club is a more appropriate venue for Daniel Snaith's smooth and sensual new album, Swim. Snaith recently told me that Swim was written with a nightclub setting in mind - and true enough, the songs pulse with reverberating rhythms and a sexy finesse Caribou's meticulous live sets--featuring a live band in which Snaith busily switching from lead guitar to keyboards to drums--is said to be supposed to be a mesmerizing. The opportunity to see him twice in one week in two different settings is a rare one. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Bobby Bare Jr. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 9 p.m. $12. If you're looking for a shining example of bridging the gap between the old guard and blazing new trails, Bobby Bare Jr. is your man. His father (Bobby Bare Sr.) was a Nashville mainstay in the 70's (Junior was nominated for a Grammy at age 6 for dueting with his father on "Daddy What If"), and Junior draws a good amount of inspiration from that whiskey-tinged well. Bare Jr. is an astoundingly agile songwriter, comfortably dropping his throaty rasp atop soulful shakers, sweaty punk anthems, or paying an unironic, loving tribute to 70's soft rock giants (Bread and America) on his most recent EP, American Bread. GREGORY FRANKLIN

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