Multi-instrumentalist Jordan Evans and vocalist/guitarist Pete Hanks, aka electro-rock duo Murder Vibes, came seemingly out of nowhere late last year with their self-titled debut, but the album, both dreamy and dark, is already making a big impact. Hanks’ vocal channeling of Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, and brooding lyrics like “Did you ever love me?/You can tell the truth/Did you ever love me?/I made up everything,” from “Oceans,” build a somber foundation, but synth-driven moments from Evans, especially on tracks like “Right One” and “Not Alone Tonight,” add some light at the end of the tunnel. With Nyves, Zoolab. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, the barboza.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv. 21 and over.
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, aka Maryland-based rapper Logic, just turned 25, but he’s already had the life experience of someone twice his age—all of which he’s chronicled on his debut album, Under Pressure. On “Soul Food,” the rapper recalls seeing eviction notices posted on his door while dealing with a drug-addicted mother and a father who was M.I.A., and on “Gang Related,” Logic gets into the mindset of his brother, a former drug dealer. But as Logic notes in “Intro,” he’s on top despite a rough past. “I used to wonder what it feel like/But now, I know, achieved the goal/I ran the race, I won the gold.” With DJ Rhetorik, Michael Christmas. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 9 p.m. $22. All ages.
Can’t get enough of Fox and the Law’s live show? Well, you’ll soon be able to listen to not one but two of the garage-rock quartet’s energetic concerts anytime you want. At this show, the band is releasing Live From the Banana Stand, a set it recorded at the Portland-based record label of the same name. And at the end of the month, Fox and the Law will release Live From Capitol Hill Block Party. Together, these albums, no doubt full of distorted vocals and bluesy guitar riffs, should keep fans busy as the band enters the studio to record its fourth full-length. With Wolfgang Fuck, Sashay, SSDD. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $10. 21 and over.
Though it’s been almost three years, I can still vividly recall the first time I heard Kris Orlowski. My mom and I were browsing at an art festival in Coeur d’Alene when we heard a rich, smoky voice ring out from one of the stages. The more we heard, the less we cared about our shopping, and we began to follow the sound until we happened upon Orlowski and crew. I rarely have such a visceral reaction to music, but with Orlowski it was love at first listen. With three EPs and a full-length, Believer, under his belt, it’s safe to say the band has captivated many a listener in the same way. With Le Wrens (Thursday), Hollow Wood (Friday). Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. Through Friday. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. Read Mark Baumgarten’s review of Orlowski’s new EP