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Wednesday, Nov. 12 The White Buffalo, the stage name of California-based singer/songwriter

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Wednesday, Nov. 12

The White Buffalo, the stage name of California-based singer/songwriter Jake Smith, is known for his deep rumble of a voice and lyrics that often touch on darker subjects. It’s no different on his latest full-length, Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways. But this time, Smith uses the story of a young couple, Joe and Jolene, to explore themes of spirituality, love, war, and redemption. Shadows chronicles the pair’s meeting; Joe’s decision to fight overseas to support their growing family; his struggle to adjust to life after war; and Jolene’s redemptive love as they grow older. The album is an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s one you’ll find yourself returning to again and again. With Jonny Two Bags. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, 8 p.m. $18. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

Hang, Lagwagon’s first album in nine years, finds the long-running California punks in fine form. The group is more pissed than usual, taking aim at classic punk targets—religion, politicians, hypocrisy—but it’s nice to hear it’s still fired up after so many years. With Swingin’ Utters, This Legend, Success. El Corazon, 
109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482, 7:15 p.m. $20 adv./$22 DOS. DAVE LAKE

The women of local supergroup Thunderpussy—Leah Julius (Cumulus, Sundries), Whitney Petty (Deerhunter, The Grizzled Mighty), Molly Sides (This Bitch Don’t Fall Off), and Lena Simon (La Luz, Kairos)—should teach a class on stage presence. Whether performing high-energy originals or covering songs like Elvis Presley’s “Trouble,” the rock-&-roll quartet struts around the stage with enough sultry power to command the attention of everyone in the room. There’s hair-whipping, hip-shaking, and foot-stomping galore. Petty’s heavy riffs coupled with Sides’ impressive roar, especially on the band’s theme song “Thunderpussy,” will render you helpless against the aural assault. With Moondog Matinee, the Mama Rags. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. ACP

Thursday, Nov. 13

Peter Hanks and Jordan Evans, aka dark electro-rock duo Murder Vibes, celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album with the help of Jigsaw Puzzle Glue, DJ Cory Alfano, and artist Jenny Rodenhouse. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 Boylston Ave. E., 588-6959, 8 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP

People. Make. Awesome., a show curated by Beth Fleenor of Crystal Beth & The Boom Boom Band, pairs multidisciplinary artists for one performance. The second in a three-part series, this show will match musicians and dancers for an event based on sound and movement. Ezra Dickinson, Karin Stevens, and Paris Hurley will handle the moves, while Chris Credit, Michael Owcharuk, and Hanna Benn provide the music. Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 547-8127, 8 p.m. $5–$15 donation. All ages. ACP

For years Caleb Klauder has been a staple in the Pacific Northwest country scene, performing with folk-rock septet Calobo and Americana quartet Foghorn Stringband. That experience is evident in his latest project, the

Caleb Klauder Country Band. The group’s most recent release, Just a Little, is only three songs, but that’s more than enough time for the sextet to show just how well it understands classic country. Klauder and crew address love and a fellow down on his luck with such authentic spirit, they could get a packed bar on its feet in no time. Klauder, an Orcas Island native who now calls Portland home, is the real deal. With Petunia and the Vipers. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages until 10 p.m. ACP

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz

has taken the saying “Go big or go home” to heart. First of all, the sextet, fronted by the Strokes’ Casablancas, released the 11-minute “Human Sadness” as the lead single from its debut album, Tyranny. The song finds Casablancas alternating between an affected, soulful croon and an art-rock howl over layers of distorted riffs and synthesizer. Second, the band released a limited-edition lighter sleeve that contained the album on a built-in USB drive. How cool is that? (FYI, opener Mac DeMarco is playing a headlining set of his own at Chop Suey after this show. And it’s sold out too.) Also with Connan Mockasin. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. ACP

Country/swing group Asleep at the Wheel, fronted by original vocalist/guitarist Ray Benson, will perform hits from its impressive 44-year career. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234, 8 p.m. $15 and up. 21 and over. ACP

After fronting folk-rock quintet Fruit Bats, touring with the Shins and Califone, and collaborating with Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, Eric D. Johnson is taking the solo route with his latest project, EDJ. His self-titled debut finds the singer/multi-instrumentalist more musically melancholic than fans may be used to hearing as he sings about leaving Los Angeles, regret, love, and perseverance. But Johnson’s familiar croon is still present. A few instrumental tracks add to the album’s cinematic feel—something Johnson, also a film composer, understands well. With Grant Olsen, Tom Eddy. Sunset Tavern. 8 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP

Friday, Nov. 14

Welsh alt-rock musician and Super Furry Animals vocalist Gruff Rhys made sure to incorporate every possible medium when releasing his fourth solo album, American Interior. Based on the life of Welsh explorer (and Rhys’ distant relative) John Evans, who helped map the Missouri River, the album is accompanied by a film and book, in which Rhys retraces Evans’ steps while playing shows in the Midwest, and a cellphone app that lets users learn even more about both men’s journeys through artwork, animation, and film clips. It’s an engaging and thorough collection that highlights the relationships among different cultures, epochs, and experiences. With Willis Earl Beal. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, 7 p.m. $13. 21 and over. ACP


A Tribute to Nirvana, Sandrider, Grenades, Caligula, Brain Port, Smells Like Teen K KOST Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle (yes, that’s the actual band name), and more will perform in honor one of the Pacific Northwest’s most influential bands. Also with Monogamy Party, Same-Sex Dictator, Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Big Trughk, Mercy Ties. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 9 p.m. 
$5 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. ACP

Mudhoney is one of the most beloved bands ever to come out of Seattle. The quartet’s latest album, Vanishing Point, finds it in peak shape, a quarter-century after it blasted onto the scene; the riffs are just as heavy and the percussion just as pulsing—and vocalist Mark Arm is as pissed as ever. With Tom Price Desert Classic, the Fucking Eagles. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $15. 21 and over. ACP

The latest cathedral concert, Cathedrals IX, features alt-pop singer Mirah, dream-pop singer Lemolo (aka Meagan Grandall), and singer/violist/violinist L. Alex Guy, who performs as Led to Sea. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 414-8325, 8 p.m. $13 and up. All ages. ACP

Saturday, Nov. 15

Swedish duo First Aid Kit is featured on the soundtrack to the film Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling novel. Sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg cover R.E.M’s “Walk Unafraid,” reworking it in a way that features their undeniable folk sound while preserving the original’s haunting tone. With Samantha Crain. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 467-5510, 8 p.m. $22.50. All ages. ABBY SEARIGHT

Though her latest album, the gorgeous Wilderness, came out last month, indie-folk singer/songwriter and Postal Service collaborator Jen Wood is celebrating its release tonight, supported by Jason Dodson & Friends. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP

Malian singer/guitarist Vieux Farka Toure (son of renowned musician Ali Farka Toure) and Israeli singer/pianist Idan Raichel—aka The Toure-Raichel Collective—met by chance at the Berlin airport, an encounter that fits the unscripted way the duo makes music. The band’s sophomore album, The Paris Session, which includes a cover of the elder Toure’s “Diaraby,” has more structure than the entirely improvised The Tel Aviv Session, but it doesn’t lose the collaborative spirit. Toure and Raichel take turns in the spotlight while also weaving together the musical influences of their home countries. Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, 8 p.m. $40 and up. All ages. ACP

Austin’s Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who performs as Sha

key Graves, is known for the one-man-band aspect of his live shows, often singing and playing guitar while playing a handmade kick drum with his feet. But for his sophomore album, And the War Came, Graves called on other musicians to create different arrangements of each song. Elements of blues, alt-country, folk, and indie-pop all suit Graves’ effortlessly engaging voice. Most notably, he collaborated with Paper Bird singer Esme Patterson, who will open this show, on three tracks. Also with Rayland Baxter. Neumos. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. ACP

Indie roots/rock quintet Smokey Brights celebrates the release of its debut album, the somewhat dark and brooding Taste for Blood, with Ravenna Woods and Kelli Schaefer. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 9 p.m. $10. 21 and over. ACP

Though sweater weather is upon us, you can still hold onto summer with a show from Portland surf-rockers

the Shivas, who recently released their fourth album, You Know What to Do. The band closes the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival with La Luz. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., 316-7613, washington 8 p.m. $5. 21 and over. ACP

Monday, Nov. 17

A founding member of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, GZA, ne Gary Grice, is using music—including his upcoming solo album, Dark Matter, and a program he co-created called Science Genius, which motivates high-school students to learn more about science by writing science-themed raps—as a teaching tool. In preparation for the album, GZA has been chatting with the likes of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and multiple MIT professors. No wonder GZA’s peers call him “the Genius.” The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St. 682-1414, 9 p.m. $21.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages. ACP

Tuesday, Nov. 18

After two tours playing Joy Division material and one in support of New Order albums, Peter Hook & The Light is bringing two more New Order albums, Low Life and

Brotherhood, to North American stages for the first time. Vocalist/bassist Hook, a former member of both seminal British groups, will also lead the band in a set of Joy Division tunes to open the show. Neumos. 8 p.m. $25. 21 and over. ACP

Trip-hopper FKA twigs, the stage name of British singer Tahliah Barnett, sounds nearly weightless when she sings. Her barely-there voice effortlessly floats over sparse beats, and yet her debut full-length, the appropriately titled LP1 (shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize), is hypnotically engaging. Her vogue-heavy live show promises to follow suit. With Boots. The Showbox. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. ACP

When the crowdfunding campaign she launched for her new album received nearly $1.2 million, the world was abuzz about Amanda Palmer. But shortly afterward, the Dresden Dolls vocalist and front woman of The Grand Theft Orchestra came under fire after writing a blog post asking musicians to perform for free at her shows. Out of that praise and criticism came a TED talk and a recently released book, both called The Art of Asking, which Palmer will discuss tonight. Love or hate her methods, you can’t deny she’s getting results. With Ksenia Anske. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, 7:30 p.m. $15. All ages. ACP

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