XVIII Eyes plays the Sunset on Friday, February 14.

XVIII Eyes plays the Sunset on Friday, February 14.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 Seattle’s Tangerine has a knack for swooning guitars and

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Wednesday, Feb. 12

Seattle’s Tangerine has a knack for swooning guitars and bright, syrupy melodies. The band’s 2013 EP Radical Blossom felt like a tribute to lazy summer days. Marika Che’s talent for infectious melody and Exile in Guyville-reminiscent guitar lines is prevalent on most of the band’s still-growing catalog. With the Sour Notes, Ephrata. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave., 254-2824, thelofi.net. 8 p.m. $7. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

After the 2012 Cafe Racer shooting, friends formed Inly to honor and pay tribute to those they lost. The band’s mixture of alt-rock and jazz pays homage to the diversity of Cafe Racer itself. Out of tragedy, the band has created something beautiful, and tranquil melodies and tasteful arrangements abound. With Cold Guns, Gabriel Mintz. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 8 p.m. $8. 21 and over. DH

Thursday, Feb. 13

Seattle Women in Jazz Festival Now in its second year, this celebration includes not only live performance (though there’s much of it) but also student competitions, film, swing dance parties, and discounts at participating Columbia City businesses. But with such a range of talent represented here, from prolific composers like Samantha Boshnack to Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist winner Nancy Erikson, I’d say go for the sweet, sweet music. Through Sunday. Columbia City; see seattlewomeninjazz.com for complete venues and showtimes. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Mindi Abair’s playing puts a rock-’n’-roll edge on jazz standards: it’s more Clarence Clemons than Kenny G. The Grammy-nominated sax player recently toured with Aerosmith after a two-year gig on American Idol. Definitely not your father’s soundtrack to romance. Through Sunday. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. $34.50. MICHAEL F. BERRY

2 Chainz/Pusha T Grammy nominee 2 Chainz invokes Machiavelli to describe his tour: “ ‘Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.’ 2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” He and frequent collaborator Pusha T were two of 2013’s most talked-about rappers, making this tour almost too good to be true. 
With August Alsina. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $42.50 adv./
$45 DOS. MFB

Friday, Feb. 14

Dress up in your finest digs and come prepared to swoon at Dreamboats! A Valentine’s Soiree and Man Auction. Some of Seattle’s dreamiest musicians will be on hand to sing you sweet love songs; after the entertainment, bid on your hunkiest music man for a private concert and some one-on-one time the rest of the evening. Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th St., 675-9116, bluemoonseattle.wordpress.com. 8:30 p.m. $10. 21 and over. MARGERY CERCADO

Ball of Wax VOl. 35 Release Show It’s hard to believe that Ball of Wax, the quarterly audio zine helmed by songwriter Levi Fuller, has never in its nearly nine years chosen love songs as a connective theme. Sure, it’s a bit trite, but amore is a gold mine for the collection of singer/songwriters that Fuller often invites to lend an original song to the collaboration. For the volume’s release show, Fuller teamed with former Comet Tavern booker Mamma Casserole, who was busy planning a tribute to the excellent (and largely ignored) ’60s rock group Love. So this will be a show of love songs and Love songs. Genius. Featuring Hand of the Hills, Gonzo, Sam Russell, Robert Deeble, Virgin of the Birds, Bandolier, Harbor Island, Joshua Schramm featuring Fairy Robot. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. 9 p.m. $7; includes a free copy of the Ball of Wax 35 love-song compilation. 21 and over. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Dancing on the Ceiling: The Music of Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine” is pretty much a traditional, a showtune-turned-jazz standard that’s been performed by everyone from child star Mitzi Green to Frank Sinatra to Chaka Khan. But the song belongs to Chet Baker. The late jazz great—who will be paid tribute by Jimmie Herrod, Wayne Horvitz, Al Keith, and Geoff Harper on this particular night likely because of that song—sings with the cool, reassuring resignation that marks his greatest work. You can’t help but wish to be that valentine, even though it probably means just sitting around the club smoking cigarettes all night. Then Baker pulls out his trumpet, and you’re just done for. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com. 8 p.m. Free. MB

If Seattle Weekly’s music department sent valentines, all these bands would be getting explicit ones. We’re hot for them hard. We called XVIII Eyes’ singer Irene Barber “one of the city’s most alluring vocalists.” We named Seacats our “Best Cat Band of 2013,” then lied to our readers by saying one of its songs was in a Jennifer Love Hewitt movie from the 1990s, so bad did we want them to buy it. We’ve been breathing heavy over Fox and the Law all kinds of ways since 2011. But as it is, we’ll just be the creeps in the back of the Sunset, trying to do some a-luring of our own. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7. Proceeds go to Jumpstart Seattle. 21 and over. DANIEL PERSON

Because nothing says romance like a three-day, 30-band metalcore festival, the third annual Tough Love Fest begins tonight, V-Day, with This or the Apocalypse headlining. Earth Crisis headlines night two, and Goliath rounds out the final show. The songs may not be romantic, but at least you can get some full-body contact down in the pit. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 4 p.m. $25 single day/$50 all three days adv. DAVE LAKE

Is there anything more romantic than flannel, sweet blues-rock jams, and a neck beard? Maybe. But is there a band in town any better at playing meditative and melancholy love songs that you can actually dance your ass of to than the Moondoggies? I highly doubt it. The Seattle band should be playing quite a bit from its masterful third full-length, Adios I’m a Ghost, an album perfect for the couple that likes to boogie-woogie as much as it likes to sing and sway. With Ark Life, Dean Johnson. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $15. MB

Marco Collins’ “Loves Me” Valentine’s Day Show The legendary DJ hosts an evening of local talent and songs celebrating the romance of the day. “It’s so intimate,” says Collins of the all-ages venue he chose, the Volterra Drawing Room. “Have dinner next door at Volterra and then enjoy a Valentine’s Day show curated for a truly romantic listening experience.” If you really love your sweetie (and your wallet), though, one of those (heart-shaped?) pretzels from People’s Pub right down the street would be just as nice. With Shelby Earl, Shaprece, Shawn Smith, Maiah Manser, Mark Shirtz. Volterra Drawing Room, 5407 Ballard Ave. N.W., brownpapertickets.com. 7 p.m. General seating $15, reserved seating $25. GE

Saturday, Feb. 15

During his time fronting the Seattle band Flop in the ’90s, Rusty Willoughby never got rightful credit for advancing the pop-punk genre. Since Flop’s breakup, he’s had an extensive solo career, replacing his overdriven electric guitar with crisp acoustic tones. His voice can still move an audience, just in a more adult-contemporary realm. With Star Anna, Courtney Marie Andrews, Mike Dumovich. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009, columbiacitytheater.com. 8:30 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. DH

Moving thousands of miles from her then-home of Minneapolis to Durban, South Africa, in 2009 gave Americana singer/storyteller Jaspar Lepak, now based in Seattle, more than enough material for her sixth album, 2011’s Forgiving Wind. Written and recorded entirely in Durban,

Wind showcases Lepak’s delicate voice and the city’s talented musicians, who contributed banjo, mandolin, dobro, percussion, and more. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., 436-2960, buonobuzzard.com. 7:30 p.m. Free. All ages. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

In many ways Shearwater is a “thinking person’s” Coldplay, and that’s no disservice to either group. Both bands tend toward epic and triumphant melodies and arrangements. Piano arpeggios, building drums, and rising guitar lines show up often, though Shearwater differs by leaning toward darker impulses. With Jesca Hoop, Alicia Amiri. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv. All ages. DH

Noah Gundersen has gone from Americana-steeped folk balladeer to Led Zeppelin–indebted indie rocker and back again. Pairing with his sister, violinist and vocalist Abby Gundersen, Noah has built a formidable reputation on heartbreaking lyricism and warm acoustic arrangements. The siblings’ voices intertwine serenely in their lush and sparse folk narratives. 
With Silver Torches. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. 
All ages. DH

Marco Collins’ “Loves Me Not” Post-Valentine’s Day Show More of the above, only on the flip side. With Jason Dodson (the Maldives), Mike Herrera (MXPS), Naomi Wachira, Ruler, S (Jenn Ghetto). Volterra Drawing Room. 7 p.m. General seating $15, reserved seating $25. GE

Sunday, Feb. 16

With Acoustic at the Ryman out this week, Band of Horses, who started in Seattle before relocating to Ben Bridwell’s birth state of South Carolina, play a homecoming of sorts on this short acoustic tour to celebrate. With lots of talented friends in town, expect the unexpected. BOH have never shied away from spontaneity. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 8 p.m. $31. DL

In the second half of the 1970s, The Commodores, led by Lionel Richie (and some kick-ass afros), dominated the AM radio dial with their smooth R&B ballads (“Easy,” “Three Times a Lady”), but their funk was just as potent (“Brick House”). Richie left ages ago, but a few original members are still out on the road and still putting on a high-energy live show. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234, snocasino.com. 7 p.m. $30–$60. 21 and over. DL

Since her radical transformation from Disney teen queen to twerktastic exhibitionist, Miley Cyrus has cut a polarizing figure and touched a real nerve in mainstream American culture. The only demographic that can’t keep its eyes off her are those who look away with revulsion—but you know they’re peeking anyway. With Icona Pop. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D Street, Tacoma, 253-272-3663, tacomadome.org. 7 p.m. $41.50. CORBIN REIFF

Alice Smith has a style all her own. Her versatile voice spans genres and eras—part R&B, part soul, and part Motown. Her fashion sense is also worth mentioning: It’s on display in January’s InStyle magazine. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $20. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Monday, Feb. 17

Started by rapper Nocando, the roster on Los Angeles–based label Hellfyre Club SHOWCASE is a club of sorts; it’s similar to the open-mike Project Blowed, which spawned Busdriver, one of the label’s current MCs. Confused yet? Don’t be. These MCs are smart (Milo studies the philosophy of language), hilariously self-effacing (Open Mike Eagle asks listeners to “respect my qualifiers”), and versatile lyricists. All four of these MCs perform tonight. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15. MFB

The difference between pop and electronica is nearly indistinguishable these days. Los Angeles singer/songwriter Banks advances the idea with R&B-diva vocals and a smoldering, downbeat production akin to James Blake’s. As she serenades sweetly behind wallowing glitch beats, Banks finds herself embracing the darkness of both genres. With Life Leone. Lo-Fi Performance Gallery. 8 p.m. $7. 21 and over. DH

Greg Laswell’s just-released I Was Going to Be an Astronaut contains stripped-down, reworked versions of fan favorites. Over the years, the songs have evolved, he says, and the new album captures that evolution. Better hurry if you want to go to the show, though; most of the tour is already sold out. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 7:30 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. DL

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