Friday, June 27
“Country” Dave Harmonson, Conor Byrne Pub. Read our interview with the enduring guitar man here .
Since releasing its sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream, last year, soul-fueled pop sextet Fitz and the Tantrums has ruled the airwaves. For good reason, too; the band has substance to back up its style. Singles “Out of My League” and “The Walker” boast shout-out-loud choruses, spunky vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, groovy bass lines, and a heavy dose of saxophone. With Max Frost and HOLYCHILD. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxpresents.com. 9 p.m. $29.99 adv./$35 DOS. All ages. ACP
In 1988, the Industrial Revolution of rock & roll brought forth the “Satanic” and sexploding act My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult (TKK for short), a group that began as a film project and soon turned into an experimental dance/rock outfit. (It just as quickly made the infamous Parents Music Resource Center’s list, deemed “dangerous” and “obscene” for young audiences.) Spooky Tricks, the band’s 13th studio release, hit the shelves in May, but the band promises to bring classic TKK tracks to the stage. “Sex on Wheelz,” anyone? With DJ Toxic Rainbow, Murder Weapons, This Soil Is Diseased, Pill Brigade. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 8 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. 21 and over. JM
Saturday, June 28
Darto, Ground Zero Teen Center. Check out Kelton Sears’ interview with the possibly cursed band here.
Jansport Sessions That company that’s made every backpack you’ve ever owned since elementary school is coming to Seattle to showcase two of our glossiest indie acts alongside U.S./New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra. First off is La Luz, Hardly Art’s surf-rock darlings who have hung ten into the hearts of the nation thanks to their eerie, Quentin Tarantino’d take on the typically sunshiny genre—which makes sense given that Washington is a very cloudy place to be surfing in the first place. It’s Alive, the group’s latest record, pairs ooh-ahh Shangri-La harmonies with Link Wray’s reverbed-out greaser-gang menace. On the other end of the bill are part-time Seattleites Craft Spells. Casting woozy, romantic magic with their shimmering guitars, the band is somewhere between the chillwave of the 2000s and the lovey-dovey sheen of 1986, like the soundtrack to a John Hughes film that was never made. This is sad prom music, for swaying your puffy-dress/turquoise-tux-wearing date forlornly to and fro as your bangs gently bob up and down. Nausea, the group’s new LP, is even more languid, a slightly jauntier take on The Cure’s pop gloom. Hilliard’s Brewery, 1550 N.W. 49th St., 257-4486, hilliardsbeer.com. 6 p.m. Free with RSVP to jansportbonfiresessions.noisey.com. 21 and up. KS
Trashies If you like your rock & roll covered in a thick layer of disgusting filth, the Rendezvous is the only dumpster you should be diving in tonight. That’s because both Trashies and Trash Fire share the bill, two of Seattle’s finest trashcore bands who proudly peddle their junk-punk to the lowest bidder. With about 80 percent of its discography clocking in at under 2 minutes a song, Trashies’ body of work is a veritable field guide to true-blue punk life. Songs about incest and bad ink decisions like “Taz Tattoo,” tunes about culinary fare like “Corndogs and Ranch,” “Chicken Sandwich,” or “I Ate the Trash,” and the aural middle finger of “I’m High So What” are a glance into what it’s really like sporting a rattail and not giving a rat’s ass on a day-to-day basis. Trash Fire (featuring Schoolyard Heroes’ Jonah Bergman) plays its own brand of punk, veering more toward the Ramones’ classic ’50s-infused doo-wop punk-pop, with choruses that will have everyone sloshing beer on one another’s leather jackets as they scream along about wasting time and living the trash life. With Bad Motivators, the Everymen. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave, 441-5823, jewelbox theater.com. 10 p.m. $8. 21 and up. KS
Following 2011’s Ninth, former Bauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy (pictured above) is back with Lion. The album, Murphy’s 10th solo release, plays like a rock opera, with intense orchestral instruments pairing with arena-ready guitar riffs and thundering percussion while Murphy’s baritone weaves a tale that’s both romantic and deeply emotional. Think David Bowie’s performance in Labyrinth, only without the odd Jennifer Connelly plotline. With Ringo Deathstarr. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. 8 p.m. $22 adv./$25 DOS. 21 and over. ACP
Sunday, June 29
After pride celebrations, parades, glitter bombs, and day drinking have nearly exhausted you, there’s one show we recommend that will finish off your weekend of debauchery right: Kairos, KA, and Ruler at Barboza tonight. While you may have heard rising star Kairos, KA might not be on your radar yet. The group consists of Alexander Barr, guitarist of Cascadian treepunk outfit Kithkin; Kendra Cox, thrashing drummer formerly of Lemolo; and bassist John O’Connor. They perform a self-dubbed “gothic doomgaze” sound, but really it’s just heavy, gutsy rock with driving bass lines and solid guitar pulling it together. The project is an opportunity for the trio to explore their darker side, especially Cox, best known for her drumwork as the sweet, dreamy pulse of Lemolo. Barr is already in two other Seattle favorites (in addition to Kithkin he’s also the guitarist in Kairos, pulling double-duty at the Barboza show), but he’s not half-assing his part in this new venture. As in Kithkin, he seems to lose himself in the music, floating in and out of riffs with Cox and O’Connor driving the beat along with ferocity. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8. MORGEN SCHULER