Ask the Ages Named for free-jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock's final album, this quintet plays in a similarly avant-garde style. With Majestical Quintet. Royal Room. 8 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Bent There's something distinctly Northwest-sounding about this trio's easygoing, melodic rock, but it could just be that singer Matthew Litz's voice bears a passing resemblance to that of Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch. With Really Big Beard, Radio Telescope, the Confetti Kids. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $5.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Princess In an uncommon move for a metal band, this four-piece released in December a remix album of its Welcome Winter EP, featuring contributions from both electronic and metal musicians. With Giza. Barboza. 8 p.m. $8 adv.
Thursday, Jan. 31
Thousands Formerly a duo of Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman that played gentle acoustic folk, Thousands is now a four-piece rock band. They'll be recording their first album in this new configuration in February. With Neighbors, Lori Goldston. Columbia City Theater. 8 p.m. $8.
Friday, Feb. 1
Muse At this point in their nearly 20-year career, Muse's massive popularity has more than caught up to its unbridled ambition. Last fall's The 2nd Law saw a No. 2 Billboard debut, the band's highest ever, and one that's worthy of their outsized neo-prog epics, which draw on everything from King Crimson to Skrillex. Key Arena. 7 p.m. $32-$62. All ages.
Saturday, Feb. 2
The Sonics It's not every day that a show features two progenitors of the Northwest sound, but between the proto-garage rock of the headliners and trailblazing grunge band (but don't call them that) Mudhoney, this show does just that. Showbox at The Market. 7 p.m. Sold out.
Sunday, Feb. 3
Aly Tadros This up-and-coming singer/songwriter/guitarist is touring behind The Fits, a collection of wistful, winsome folk songs bolstered by Tadros' classical-inspired picking style. With Irvin Dally, J Wong. Sunset Tavern. 7:30 p.m. $8.