The Month Ahead

Rocktober sets from Grizzly Bear, Brother Ali, and more.


3 Six Organs of Admittance The latest from songwriter and guitarist Ben Chasny is August's Ascent, which expands on his mixture of folk, psych, and ambient music. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, 8 p.m. $12. All ages.

4 Steve Vai A former protégé of Frank Zappa, guitarist Vai has built a career out of sheer technical prowess, and founded the Favored Nations record label for artists who "have attained the highest performance level." The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, 7:30 p.m. $27–$57. All ages.

5 Grizzly Bear Three years after the massively successful Veckatimest, which debuted at #8 on Billboard and included the Super Bowl- commercial-scoring single "Two Weeks," these Brooklynites released Shields, their dense and proggy fourth album, last month. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5520, 8 p.m. $29.50 adv./$31.25 DOS. All ages.

6 Carrie Underwood Billboard proclaimed this multiplatinum artist "country's reigning queen" earlier this year, and with the success of May's Blown Away (267,000 copies sold its first week) and her current tour of that name (her show at London's Royal Albert hall sold out in 90 minutes), it's not hard to see why. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, 7:30 p.m. $55–$85. All ages.

7 Thee Oh Sees The ever-prolific John Dwyer has released three albums with his primary garage-rock project in the past year and a half, the most recent of which is September's Putrifiers II. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, 8 p.m. $15. All ages.

8 The Orchestrion This local trio's spacey guitar rock bears the clear influence of Built to Spill. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, 9 p.m. $6.

9 Hospitality This rising New York trio released its self-titled debut on Merge in January. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, 8 p.m. $12.

10 Cumulus Though her songs with Cumulus are fuzzy and abrasive, Alexandra Niedzialkowski recently played a stripped-down solo set to open for British songstress Laura Marling. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 7 p.m. $8.

11 Leela James The latest from this Los Angeles singer is Loving You More . . . In the Spirit of Etta James, a contemporary take on nine songs associated with the iconic soul artist (no relation). Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 7:30 p.m. $30.50. All ages. Through Oct. 14.

12 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The meteoric rise of rapper Ben Haggerty will continue this month with the Oct. 9 release of The Heist, which already looks like the biggest Seattle album of the year. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, 7 p.m. $29.50 adv./ $35 DOS. All ages.

13 Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives Portland songwriter Grow and his backing band play a rootsy blend of folk, gospel, and country. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $10.

14 Kendrick Lamar This Compton, Calif., rapper will be performing in the U District for the second time in six months at this show; he opened for The-Dream at UW's "Spring Fling" concert in May. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $36. All ages.

15 Frightened Rabbit On last month's State Hospital EP, this Scottish five-piece continues its trajectory of brooding, melodramatic indie rock. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7:30 p.m. $20. All ages.

16 Grimes One of 2012's breakout artists, Canadian Claire Boucher's solo project, featuring looped electronics and Boucher's pixieish vocals, was included alongside EDM acts like Pretty Lights and Diplo on Skrillex's "Full Flex Express" summer tour. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $16.

17 Brother Ali Seattle's Jake One has produced tracks for local rappers like Sol and Grynch this year, but he also worked on this Minnesota MC's fifth full-length, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. Neumos. 7 p.m. $15.

18 The Jesus Rehab Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese craft ragged, muscular power pop. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, 9 p.m. $6.

19 Omar Rodríguez-López A versatile guitarist whose career has spanned post-hardcore (At the Drive-In), reggae (De Facto), and progressive rock (The Mars Volta), Rodríguez-López has released 22 albums as a solo artist since 2004. Triple Door. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.

20 Lost in the Trees This North Carolina band plays folk-inflected tunes with orchestral instrumentation. The Crocodile. 7 p.m. $13.

21 A$AP Rocky On the heels of last year's LiveLoveA$AP mixtape and August's Lord$ Never Worry by his A$AP Mob collective, this Brooklyn MC will release his major-label debut on Halloween. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, 8 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.

22 Wolfgang Gartner This Southern California house DJ's resume includes recent collaborations with, Skrillex, Tiësto, and Deadmau5. ShowboxSoDo. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.

23 Flying Lotus Melding house, drum-and-bass, hip-hop, and jazz (he's the great-nephew of Alice Coltrane), Steven Ellison's productions as Flying Lotus are some of the headiest in modern electronica. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $24. All ages.

24 The Whigs This Athens, Ga., garage-rock group is touring behind September's rollicking Enjoy the Company. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.

25 Other Lives On the strength of the cinematic Tamer Animals, this five-piece earned opening gigs last year for Bon Iver and Radiohead. The Neptune. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.

26 Menomena Now a two-piece after keyboardist/guitarist Brent Knopf left the band last year, this Portland group's fifth and latest record is the heavy, transitory Moms. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.

27 Kithkin This local quartet's beat-centric tribal pop would be as appropriate for a drum circle as for a house party—or in this case, an early Halloween show. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, 9 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.

28 Waka Flocka Flame One of gangsta rap's most bankable acts, Flocka recently dropped Salute Me or Shoot Me Vol. 4, a trap-rap mixtape featuring the likes of Gucci Mane and Wale. ShowboxSoDo. 7 p.m. $30 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.

29 Nneka This German-Nigerian soul and hip-hop artist sings in both English and Igbo; March's Soul Is Heavy was released to modest success in Europe. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.

30 I-Taweh and the Reggae Lions Veteran reggae singer and guitarist I-Taweh (aka Donovan Cunningham) and his 10-piece band released the full-length Overload last year. Nectar, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, 8 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS.

31 Crypts Either for its name or its sound, it's hard to think of a more appropriate headliner for a Halloween show than this noise trio, and the undercard—especially goth rockers Haunted Horses—is equally spooky. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $7.

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