Friday, March 14
Last year, Seattle Weekly named Mo-Wave the best festival in Seattle, and with good reason. Not only does it celebrate queer music, it also offers a fantastic, eclectic lineup. To be able to watch the faceless, mysterious Ononos and support queer arts and music is a win-win situation. With Crypts, L’Orth, Amoania. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. Suggested donation $10. 9 p.m. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY
A Kenyan native who got her start at age 5 singing gospel songs alongside her pastor father, Naomi Wachira knows how to capture a room. In recent years her stage show has earned her a growing fan base, the title of “Best Folk Artist” from this publication, and the adoration of fellow songsmith Damien Jurado, who produced the self-titled debut she will be celebrating tonight. Confident, alive, and uplifting, the Seattle musician’s folk songs, inflected with the rhythms of her childhood home, are unlike anything happening in town right now; in short, they are rooted in reality but shot through with tremendous optimism. With Hannalee, Vaudeville Etiquette. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. MSB
A nod to its fans, Bayside’s latest LP is called Cult, which pop-punk cognoscenti have deemed its strongest release to date. With Four Year Strong, Daylight, Mixtapes. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482, elcorazon.com. 7:30 p.m. $16 adv./$18 DOS. DL
Bellingham quintet Polecat has that something-for-everyone thing down pat. Its latest, 2013’s Fathoms, is incredibly diverse. “Domino” is heavy on Celtic influence, while “Pages” features country twang from singer Aaron Guest. Each song has a twinge of bluegrass, thanks to Cayley Miranda Schmid on fiddle and upright bassist Richard Reeves, and the title track features a touch of jazz. Talk about eclectic! With Eric Tollefson Band. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. ACP
Saturday, March 15
On last year’s fantastic Forestelevision, Seattle’s Lesbian was able to meld just about every metal genre into one fantastic 44-minute acid trip of a track. Tonight it’s unlikely that song will appear in its entirety, but heavy cuts from it will probably mix with older songs from the band’s catalog. Co-headlining the show is Sandrider, playing its last show in town for a while. Don’t miss this. With Lords of the North. Columbia City Theater. 9 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. JAMES BALLINGER
Geoffrey Castle, Kirkland Performance Center. Read our preview here .
Endino’s Earthworm Jack Endino is one of the greatest producers the Pacific Northwest has ever known, credited with creating the raw, gut-punch sonics that would rule the ’90s as the “Seattle Sound.” He also has a serious, though less celebrated, career as a musician in which he embodies his recording ethic. The Earthworms are his latest—and, it’s fair to say, greatest—iteration of this. With The Gum, Trees and Timber. Slim’s Last Chance, 5606 First Ave. S., 762-7900, slimslastchance.com. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. MSB
Some cry sexism over Revolver’s Hottest Chicks in Metal Tour, but more cry simply “Metal!” at the thrill of having so many commercial hard-rock acts on one bill, like Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, and Eyes Set to Kill—each featuring at least one hot chick, of course. With Cilver, Amanda Hardy. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 6 p.m. $25 adv./$28 DOS. DL
Nite Wave with Andy Golub, Tractor. Read our music feature about Golub’s new book on Duran Duran here .
Sunday, March 16
Paris-based hip-hop/electronic producer STWO is one of the many chillwave beatmakers to bring the genre attention in the global music game. Many of his tracks feature down-tempo, sensual sounds, like “Virgo” with Shay Lia—not to mention that his Soundcloud page is chock-full of slowed-down remixes and reworks of popular tracks from artists like Drake and The Weeknd. With Keyboard Kid + Pressha. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv. 21 and over. MC
Benefit For Rain City Rock Camp For Girls Whitney Houston once said she “believe[s] the children are our future.” She was absolutely right, of course. Rain City Rock Camp for Girls’ annual “Shout Out! Seattle” benefit concert features bands from the camp itself. This isn’t just a grit-your-teeth-and-endure-it recital—these bands kick ass. Headliner Tess Henley, for example, recently won Guitar Center’s nationwide singer/songwriter contest with her soulful, original piano ballad “Going Back,” and was then awarded $25,000 and a chance to work with Grammy-winning producer Don Was. Between her songwriting prowess, Cryptobebelem’s post-punk angst, and the aptly named Death Kitty, these bands prove that girls are a formidable force in music. With Kelsey Bowers, Rocker’s Destiny. Chop Suey. $10 adv./$12 DOS. 5 p.m. All ages. DH
Kyle Eastwood, the son of film icon Clint Eastwood, has made a real name for himself over the past decade for his tremendous talents on the bass. His latest record, The View From Here, is as deep, atmospheric, and precise as any great jazz offering should be. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 425-828-0422, kpcenter.org. 8 p.m. $40. CR
The Sword hasn’t needed to change or grow much over the years. Sure, some of the band’s subject matter has shifted from fantasy-based lyrics to sci-fi and back again, but the band still churns out the stoney, fuzzed-out amplifier worship it’s displayed since its first record in 2004. The Sword is as loud and powerful as ever, and the riffs are always just as huge as the amps behind them. With O Brother, Big Business. Neumos. 8 p.m. $18 adv. All ages. JB
Joan Jett, Snoqualmie Casino. See our preview of the show here.