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Ayron Jones and the Way play a New Year's Eve Show tonight at the High Dive.

Monday, Dec. 31

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The 7 Best Concerts to See in Seattle This Week

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Ayron Jones and the Way play a New Year's Eve Show tonight at the High Dive.

Monday, Dec. 31

Ayron Jones and The Way It's painful to read the bios of blues or rock bands who talk about "getting back to basics," spurning electronics, or other such rockist cliches, but for a musician like Jones, that philosophy works. Seattle's most electrifying bluesman needs little more than a mic, a guitar, and some light support from his backing band to captivate an audience. With Scrumptious & The Backbeat, Boxcar Rebellion. High Dive. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

Monogamy Party This show offers a nice cross-section of the scuzzier side of Seattle's punk scene, from the headliners' post-post-post-grunge sound to Haunted Horses' full-blast gothic sludge. With Wimps, Ubu Roi. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $7.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Pool Party It's hard to tell the degree to which this San Diego collective's schtick--jokey party-rap verses over cartoonish dubstep-inspired beats--is meant to be taken seriously, but given that they share a bill with similarly minded local rap crew the Unibroz, it probably isn't. With Nmercer, Moose Portrait. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $5.

Thursday, Jan. 3

Northern Departure This bluegrass quartet is both prodigious (half its members have equipment sponsorships) and young (they played Sound Off!, the underage music competition, just two years ago), and they headline this Northwest bluegrass showcase. With Warren G. Hardings, The Student Loan. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS.

Friday, Jan. 4

The Paperboys The brainchild of Tom Landa, this Canadian folk group mixes Celtic and bluegrass music with a variety of global influences. Their most recent release was 2009's Callithump. With The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $18.

Saturday, Jan. 5

The Riffbrokers Road warriors and rock 'n' roll veterans (they formed in 1999), this local four-piece's twangy alt-country is as lived-in and grizzled as their name and background suggest. With Low Land High, Carousel. Slim's Last Chance, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900, slimslastchance.com.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Simon Henneman Quartet Featuring original swing and hard bop tunes from its titular bandleader, this ensemble headlines an unusual (for the Comet) night of improv and jazz. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $5.

 
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