The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

Converge/Wednesday, October 24

Converge does not make music that's "easy" to understand. Their brutal metalcore statements shoot out in many different directions on the way to their crushing finales, and pack as much noise into their often abbreviated confines, it seems, as humanly possible. As such, vocalist Jacob Bannon recently shared his admiration for their fans' ever-progressing taste in music, telling Pitchfork "It's like being around an unfamiliar language long enough that it eventually begins to make sense." It's through this forward-thinking approach that Converge has become one of the most definitive hardcore bands of the past 20 years. Their new album, All We Love We Leave Behind, only builds upon that reputation. With Torche, Kvelertak, Nails, Heiress. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. All ages. TODD HAMM


Cult of Youth/Wednesday, October 24

Sean Ragon's Gothic punk-folk outfit Cult of Youth released its third full-length record, Love Will Prevail, to much acclaim in September. It was recorded in a studio Ragon built himself in the back of his own record store (Brooklyn's Heaven Street Records), and features his hard, snarling vocals bolstered by a rich instrumentation of guitar, trumpet, and synthesizer alongside darkly thudding drums and a swirling violin. The songs deal with such weighty subject matter as human consciousness and the heavenly struggle between devils and angels, but there's a consistent optimism and light that shines through—in the album's hopeful title, and in the poetic words of "To Lay With the Wolves": "I fell in love/In love with the world . . . That's when it hit me/That the future was bright." With King Dude, Perpetual Ritual. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $10. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death/Wednesday, October 24

Enough superlatives have been spilled about Nacho P's sociopathic funny-guy rasp and BSBD's gauzy electro-slappers to choke any rap-hating prude, but the truth is these guys are one of local hip-hop's most complete packages. With three next-level full-lengths to their credit—all released in the past year (more or less), all available online for free download—the team has thumbed their nose at traditional release philosophies, choosing to embrace their creative moment rather than take the time to let the mainstream hype cycle catch up to them. Though their talent has been sporadically noted on a national level, they've yet to garner the consistent praise they deserve, which may still leave them on the industry's periphery—but perhaps they're best experienced while they're still lurking in the shadows. With Key Nyata, Skull & Bones, DJ Tigerbeat. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 9 p.m. $10. All ages. TODD HAMM

Other Lives/Thursday, October 25

Following the breakout success of their second LP, 2011's Tamer Animals, this exquisite Stillwater, Okla., quintet just released the EP Mind the Gap. These songs were written on the road—one was recorded in their van, on a laptop—and finds the band exploring a gauzier, more electronic-based sound than the intricate folk-rock of Tamer Animals. "Take Us Alive," with its mesmerizing violin loop and ghostly piano and vocal melodies, bears a resemblance to the music of Other Lives' patron saint, Thom Yorke, whose work makes an appearance on the EP via the sparse, pattering Atoms for Peace remix of "Tamer Animals." Indians, the transcendent pop project of Copenhagen's Søren Løkke Juul, which recently signed to 4AD Records, will open. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Weatherside Whiskey Band/Friday, October 26

This five-piece country bluegrass group's 7-track EP, Pickin' the Pines, jumps from boot-stomping anthems saddled with 20-something worries ("26") to rollicking Waylonesque ballads ("Oklahoma"). They might not be Seattle's most practiced string ensemble, but what they lack in cohesiveness— and sometimes, vocal ability—they make up for with the buoyant enthusiasm they bring to their brand of jangly, road-worn tunes. Besides, with whiskey a third of their name, the oft-unpredictable Waylon would surely approve. With Lumpkins, Julie Neumark. Conor Byrne, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-3640. 9 p.m. $7. Gwendolyn Elliott

Country Lips/Saturday, October 27

If the Maldives are the Band of Seattle's thriving Americana scene, then Country Lips are its Byrds. True to their forerunners, these scruffy musicians look as though they could consume a fifth of Jack in one sitting, not recommend a juice cleanse instead. If the two bands toured together, they'd need a train (a la Festival Express) to fit their combined 39 members (only a slight exaggeration), and if they decided to team up onstage for an encore, they'd need another stage. Challenging logistics be damned, this colossal local pairing really needs to happen. Meantime, you could do far worse than to catch the Lips alone at a bar the Byrds probably hung out in once or twice. With Contraband Countryband. Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th St. $6. 9:30 p.m. Mike Seely

John Roderick & Friends/Monday, October 29

If you ever wanted to know if your favorite tweeters are as witty, funny, and self-deprecating in person as they are inside 140 characters, here is your night to find out. SW columnist John Roderick has corralled some of his music- and comedy-inclined friends—industry-slaying songwriter Jonathan Coulton, Comedy Central contributor John Hodgman, etc.—for a night of cultural debauchery. "It's going to be like Sammy, Frank, and Dean at the Sands in '63," Roderick says, "except with more classy dames, more roulette, more Lincoln Continentals, hotter tunes, funnier jokes, and better suits." If you can't make the show, follow @johnroderick, sure to include myriad updates. Note: Roderick and Hodgman are collaborating on a piece for Reverb Monthly's Election Special, which you can find tucked inside Seattle Weekly on October 31. With Merlin Mann, John Hodgman, Scott Simpson, and Jonathan Coulton. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, $20 adv./$25 DOS. CHRIS KORNELIS

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