Seven Nights of Shows

Franz Nicolay, Neil Young, Gwar, and more.


Clayton Brothers Quintet John and Jeff Clayton's project has been active since 1977, a period that has seen John (bass) serve as artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Jeff (saxophone) work as a session musician for Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Michael Jackson. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 5:30 p.m. $24.50. All ages.

Fruiting Bodies This local quintet plays pulverizing, feedback-laced instrumental rock. With Terminal Fuzz Terror, Child Bite. JewelBox/Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, 10 p.m. $5.

Grand Hallway Fronted by singer and multi-instrumentalist Tomo Nakayama, Grand Hallway balances stately folk songs and sweeping, orchestral arrangements. With Alice in the River, Owl Pussycat. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages.


Comeback Kid The latest from this Victory Records–signed metalcore band is 2010's Symptoms + Cures. With Backtrack, Expire, Ill Intent. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, 6:30 p.m. $13. All ages.

Neutral Boy Since 1992, this three-piece has been shelling out bratty punk songs with titles like "Portland Poser Hipster" and "Nice Guys Suck in Bed." With Phantom Talk, Piss Drunks, Olallaholics. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 8 p.m. $7.

Stars This Canadian group's ornamented indie pop feels refreshed on September's The North, their best album since 2007's acclaimed In Our Bedroom After the War. With Jets Overhead. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, 7:30 p.m. $26 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.


Datsik After several years of singles, remixes, and collaborations with the usual EDM suspects (Diplo, Rusko, Bassnectar, et al.), DJ and producer Troy Beetles released his debut album, Vitamin D, in April. With Terravita, xKore, Getter. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, 8 p.m. $25 adv./ $30 DOS. All ages.

The Local Strangers This boy/girl Americana duo will release their Kickstarter-funded debut, Left for Better, at this show. With Carson Henley, the Dimes. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

Police Teeth Songs like "Bellingham Media Blackout" and "Emmanuelle of Renton," from this local punk group's recent eponymous album, show the trio at its aggressive, raucous best. With Joel RL Phelps and the Downer Trio, Glose. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, 9 p.m. $8.

Psychic TV/PTV3 Experimental-rock luminary Neil Andrew Megson (stage name Genesis P-Orridge) curates the ever-shifting lineup and sound of Psychic TV, which has seen dozens of members, name changes, and albums since the mid-'80s. With King Dude, Dangerous Boys Club. Chop Suey. 9 p.m. $18.


Black Whales This local group's progressive take on garage rock made them fitting Seattle openers earlier this year for Divine Fits, the new project from Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Britt Daniel (Spoon). With Black Apples. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $7. All ages.

Franz Nicolay Although most know him as The Hold Steady's former keyboardist, Nicolay is an accomplished solo artist in his own right. He's put out three full-length albums since 2009, all of which venture into more straight-up punk territory than his work with Craig Finn did. With the Bad Things, Exohoxo. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, 9 p.m. $10.

GWAR This show will take place almost exactly a year after guitarist Cory Smoot's sudden death on tour. Luckily for the metal band's fans, GWAR's notoriously gory live shows have largely remained unchanged. Bonus points if you show up at 3 p.m. to see the entirety of the eight-band undercard. With DevilDriver, Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Cancer Bats, Exhumed, Attitude Adjustment, Martha's Revenge, Legacy of Disorder. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.

The Mynabirds When she's not playing in Bright Eyes' touring band, songwriter Laura Burhenn fronts this Omaha-based band, whose sound veers between tUnE-yArDs-esque freak folk and bluesy rock. With Legendary Oaks, River Giant. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $8.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse For the recently released Psychedelic Pill, the iconic artist reunited with his old pals in Crazy Horse. This fall Young also published his first memoir, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. With Los Lobos, Everest. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., 684-7200, 7:30 p.m. $55–$180. All ages.


Ben von Wildenhaus This Seattle-by-way-of-New York guitarist's works are more sound collages than songs. His music, almost all down-tempo, features snippets of guitar with discordant weirdness—tape hiss, sine-wave generators, and radio transmissions. With Billy Horist, Ilyas Ahmed. JewelBox/Rendezvous. 9 p.m. $6.

Orcas Rafael Irisarri and Thomas Meluch's ponderous electro-acoustic compositions bridge the gap between pop and ambient music. With Loscil. Triple Door. 7:30 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. All ages.

Roomrunner Part of Baltimore's fertile art-rock scene, this noise-pop band is touring behind its self-titled EP. With Stuperhero. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $7.


Blowfly Clarence Reid got his start as a writer and producer of soul and R&B songs in the 1960s, but his alter ego—the raunchy, sequined-superhero-costumed, party-funk MC Blowfly—is something else entirely. With King Dro, Seattle Houserockers, Cyrus Alexander. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.

October Rage This Australian hard-rock four-piece gained notoriety in its home country by besting hundreds of other bands in a radio contest to win an opening slot for a Bon Jovi concert in Sydney. They've since toured stateside with the likes of Steel Panther and Sevendust. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, 7:30 p.m. $10 adv./ $12 DOS. All ages.

Oddisee The most recent release from this prolific East Coast MC and producer (born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa) is the thoughtful and organic People Hear What They See, his first solo non-instrumental album. With JusMoni, DJ WD4D, DJ 100proof. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, 7 p.m. $12.


K'naan When K'Naan isn't manufacturing predictably boring pop, he can be an effective social critic and an intriguing cross-cultural spokesperson. With City of the Sun. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, 8 p.m. $22. All ages.

Graham Dechter Quartet This prodigious jazz guitarist recently released Takin' It There, his sophomore album. Dechter, 26, is young as jazz masters go, but his best work is likely ahead of him. Jazz Alley. 5:30 p.m. $18.50. All ages.

The Green This Hawaiian roots-reggae act saw its 2010 debut end the year as one of Billboard's top-10 reggae albums. With Natural Vibrations, Billy Van. Showbox at the Market. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$24 DOS. All ages.

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