Friday, Feb. 20
If you plan on attending this show, part of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Sessions series, I highly suggest setting your wine down before the music starts, as eight-piece Funky 2 Death is providing the entertainment. The band, which you’ve probably heard during its weekly sets at Seamonster Lounge, takes its name very seriously, whether covering funk greats like James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Chaka Khan or performing originals, like those on the group’s debut, F2D in Stereo. MC/drummer Woogie D and singer/keyboardist Melissa Montalto are especially dynamic, and with thick bass lines and a solid brass section, F2D can do no wrong. Dancing shoes are a must. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-488-1133, ste-michelle.com. 7 p.m. $25. 21 and over.
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No matter the somewhat-rotating lineup, Tuatara can always be considered a supergroup. Formed by Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Justin Harwood (Luna, the Chills), Barrett Martin (Mad Season, Screaming Trees), and Skerik (Critters Buggin) in 1996, the instrumental jazz-rock band has grown to include Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5), and more. This show will feature Martin and Skerik playing alongside local favorites Andy Coe, Thione Drop, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Steve Moore. Tuatara’s revolving lineup plays into its ever-changing sound; its latest release, a double album called Underworld, for example, features everything from jazz to alt-rock to worldly influences. With Happy Orchestra, Molasses. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8:30 p.m. $8. 21 and over.
It could be the mix of Portuguese and English vocals, or it could be the electronic elements paired with more traditional bossa nova, but Bebel Gilberto’s latest, Tudo (“everything” in Portuguese), is mesmerizing from beginning to end. On originals and covers, including Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and bossa nova creator Jobim’s “Vivo Sonhando,” Gilberto, the daughter of Joao Gilberto and singer Miucha, is almost able to slow time with her jazzy voice. It’s warm and rich, but not overpowering, and Gilberto knows just when to kick things up a notch. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $35. All ages.
Be patient, Rose Windows fans—it’s only two and a half months until the band releases its self-titled sophomore album. And based on the recently released lead single, “Glory, Glory,” the psych-rock sextet has taken its sound in a heavier direction than that heard on its debut. While The Sun Dogs seems almost wistful, especially on tunes like “Heavenly Days,” “Glory, Glory” is full of sludgy guitar riffs (perhaps a result of the band’s recording in Louisiana) and aggressive vocals from Rabia Shaheen Qazi. It’s difficult to tell what the rest of the album will sound like from just one song, but Rose Windows seems to have found a heavier niche. With Motopony, Missionary Position, So Pitted. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12. 21 and over.
After releasing and touring behind its fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, California-based blues-rock quartet Cold War Kids were prepared to work on its follow-up, but hit a speed bump with the departure of drummer Matt Aveiro. But the band recruited Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, the Shins) and soldiered on with Hold My Home. The album is perhaps the most the band has sounded like itself since its 2006 debut, Robbers & Cowards. Each song, but especially lead singles “All This Could Be Yours” and “First,” is chock-full of the soul Cold War Kids infused into its breakthrough hit “Hang Me Up to Dry.” With Elliot Moss. The Showbox. 9 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Saturday, Feb. 21
The Grizzled Mighty is a force to be reckoned with. Or as the blues-rock duo, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Granger and drummer Lupe Flores, explains on Facebook: “Together they create a force that rips the very fabric of space and time.” Judging by “Chantael” from the pair’s third album, Closed Knuckle Jaw (the release of which is being celebrated at this show), that’s not far off. The song’s ferocity seems bigger than just two musicians, but Granger and Flores pack enough punch for an entire crew. If you missed the duo’s album listening party last month, this is your last chance to experience the fierce pair’s new tunes before everyone else. With Smokey Brights, Constant Lovers, Cabana. Neumos. 8 p.m. $12. 21 and over.
Sunday, Feb. 22
Dance-pop singer Taylor Dayne, who found success with songs like “Tell It to My Heart” and “Love Will Lead You Back,” still has an ear for crafting dance-floor-ready tunes. Her latest single, “Dreaming”—which followed the 2013 release of Playlist: The Very Best of Taylor Dayne—pairs Dayne’s powerful voice with plenty of synth, a pulsing beat, and an unexpected guitar solo. The tune hasn’t performed as well on the charts as previous singles, but it’s not difficult to picture a nightclub floor filling up as it blares through the speakers. And though “Dreaming” isn’t attached to an album, it might hint at what Dayne has planned for her next release. With Ambrosia. Snoqualmie Casino, Mountain View Plaza, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234, snocasino.com. 8 p.m. $15 and up. 21 and over.
Country singer Doug Seegers has had a truly unique rise to fame. After performing in New York and Texas, he headed to Nashville, where he frequented open-mike nights while essentially homeless. But after a Swedish crew working on a TV show about the city filmed Seegers singing an original called “Going Down to the River,” he became an instant star overseas. His debut album, named after the song that started it all, reached #1 in Sweden, and though the U.S. was slower to catch on to his talent, Seegers can now count artists like Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller, both of whom appear on River, as his peers. With Barbara Lamb, Fredd Luongo. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $12.50. 21 and over.