This Week’s Recommended Shows

Black Pus

Wednesday, May 15

Brian Chippendale has been a tornado behind the kit of the infamous Rhode Island noise/thrash duo Lightning Bolt for nearly 20 years, spazzing out mightily on the drums and gurgling lyrics through a distorted mike planted inside a freakish stage mask. Chippendale creates a similar racket as solo act Black Pus, in which Brian Gibson’s grinding bass guitar is supplanted by Chippendale’s at-foot oscillators and loop pedals uploaded with bizarre fuzz from the depths of his brainspace and layered to a potent drone. He hasn’t gotten weirder— an impossibility, it seems. His creativity has simply overflowed after two decades of steady collaboration, and his left foot—his last idle body part—needed a new challenge. This one-man show is not to be missed. With MTNS, the Numbs. Black Lodge, location undisclosed. 9 p.m. All ages.

Kate Nash

Wednesday, May 15

Kate Nash is not afraid of change. After releasing a very indie-pop debut album, Made of Bricks, followed by 2010’s doo-wop-tinged My Best Friend Is You, Nash has added yet another genre to her repertoire with the garage-punk Girl Talk. Released in March on the British singer/songwriter’s own Have 10p Records, Girl Talk resembles her previous releases in that each song is just as honest and intimate as before. Nash gets a lot of frustration off her chest on this album, while simultaneously keeping the overall vibe upbeat. It’s the perfect soundtrack for just bouncing around the house or ripping the head off a teddy bear because you’re upset at your ex—a la Nash in the video for lead single “3AM.” Those of you who were able to get tickets to Nash’s sold-out show should prepare for a ton of fun, a touch of moodiness, and a lot of, well, girl talk. With Peach Kelli Pop. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages/bar with ID.

Pokey LaFarge

Friday, May 17

There’s something freewheeling and fancy-free about the music of Pokey LaFarge—the sort of feel-good Americana you can’t help but warm to. Maybe it’s the seamless way mandolin and harmonica complement LaFarge’s Southern-gentleman swag. Or maybe it’s the charming way his twangy vocals tell stories about whiskey and weed-wackers and women. Whichever, it’s a special formula that transports a listener to a specific point in history—a time when sitting on the porch, sipping sweet tea, and hiding from those sweltering Southern summers was key. On the surface, it’s not something Pacific Northwesterners can easily relate to. But the gritty, saloon-ready vibe that comes with LaFarge’s bouncy, old-timey blues helps us relate. With JD Hobson and Gus Clark (God’s Favorite Beefcake). Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $12.


Saturday, May 18

With its dueling male/female vocals, Olympia’s RVIVR has an infectious pop-punk energy, a hybrid of ’90s-era Lookout! Records bands like Screeching Weasel and more modern fare like the Menzingers and Japandroids. Also, the band’s sophomore LP, The Beauty Between, is one of the year’s best punk records. RVIVR is celebrating its release with a trio of shows in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. But fair warning: The live show is likely to loudly espouse the virtues of gender equality. Anybody who thinks women can’t rock as hard as men may want to stay home tonight (and any other night too, thank you very much). With Agatha. Vera Project, 305 Warren Ave. N., 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. $8. All ages.

The Decibel Magazine Tour

Sunday, May 19

It’s hard to imagine a more face-pummeling package tour than this one, which features a trio of the heaviest and longest-running bands in metal. Co-headliners Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, and Immolation helped to define the death-metal and grindcore movements, and all three are still going strong—the first two issued new records in 2012 (their 12th and 15th, respectively), and Immolation released its ninth LP earlier this month. Seeing all three on a single stage should be a rare treat for hardcore headbangers. With Cretin. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482. 6:20 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. All ages.

Fleetwood Mac

Fresh on the heels of its just-released EP Extended Play (the band’s first studio recording since 2003’s Say You Will ), Fleetwood Mac is making a local stop on its massive World Tour. Known almost as much for their group turmoil as for their impressive collection of ’70s hits, the band members seem to be in good spirits, their often-discussed, age-old acrimonies a thing of the past. With the exception of Christine McVie, who hasn’t toured with the band since 1998, the entire Rumours-era lineup—Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood—will hit the Tacoma Dome stage. Expect a set heavy on hits, with songs like “The Chain,” “Landslide,” and “Gold Dust Woman” sure to be included alongside selections from the new release. While it isn’t certain they’ll be able to work up the old magic this late in the game, we do know that they certainly aren’t ready to go their own ways quite yet. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663. 8 p.m. $49.50–$147.50. All ages.

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