Wednesday, April 17
Booka Shade Mainstays of both the club and festival circuits, this German duo hasn’t released a full-length album in three years, but its distinctively European take on house music is best experienced in concert, where they play the synth and drum parts live. With Robert DeLong. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7:30 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.
Matt Mays Canadians aren’t as self-conscious as Americans about shamelessly aping Tom Petty—and Sam Roberts has sold plenty of records up north doing just that. On Coyote, Matt Mays works the same Petty-plus vibe, with lyrics that, unfortunately, are just as platitudinal as Roberts’, but songs that are just as much fun. With headliners The Gaslight Anthem. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
Tony Kevin Jr. & Ben Fisher These local folk musicians have recorded a collaborative album, tentatively titled Don’t Tell Mama—included with paid admission to the show—in which they cover each other’s material. Expect the same at this show. Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, jewelbox theater.com. 9 p.m. $12 adv.
Thursday, April 18
The Fame Riot This Tacoma act’s shimmering electro-glam-rock (and perhaps its early-’70s-Bowie stage costumes) led to a third-place finish at the EMP’s Sound Off! competition in February. With Continental Soldiers, the Fabulous Downey Brothers, DJ Phil Anthony. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Lee Fields & the Expressions Vocalist Fields and his ultra-tight band are touring behind his latest old-school soul album, Faithful Man. With Lady, the Fat Kids. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15.
Song Sparrow Research It’s evident that the relatively staid indie rock of this five-piece—forged in Garfield High School’s talented music program—is informed by considerable technical ability. With Wand, Ozarks. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $8.
Friday, April 19
Angel Olsen This Chicago musician and recent Jagjaguwar signee writes spare, understated folk songs built around her flexible, distinct vocal timbre. With Villages. Barboza. 7 p.m. $10 adv.
E-40 The Vallejo, Calif., rapper released three albums on the same day in 2012: the first three volumes of his The Block Brochure series. With Parker Brothaz, Cool Nutz, Neema, Fearce & Bean. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 7:30 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.
Ballard Jazz Walk Part of Ballard Jazz Week, this event features a diverse array of local and national jazz talent (Jovino Santos Neto, McTuff, George Colligan Trio, Andy Clausen) at various venues. ballardjazzfestival.com. 6:30 p.m. $26 adv./$30 DOS.
Los Amigos Invisibles This Venezuelan band first received widespread attention in the mid-’90s, when David Byrne signed them to his eclectic Luaka Bop label. They continue to tour and record internationally with their blend of electronica, funk, and dancehall. Neumos. 8 p.m. $17 adv.
Saturday, April 20
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme By now a local funk institution, E. Gravy charms heavy, sings hard, and lets his backing band, The Court Supreme, bring it on home. With Polyrhythmics. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $12 adv. 21 and over.
Intelligence The latest from Lars Finberg’s ever-evolving garage-punk group is last year’s To Hell With Good Intentions. With Daydream Machine, Partman Parthorse. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
The Men With March’s New Moon, this group took a surprising turn, incorporating country and psychedelic touches into its caustic punk sound. With Dude York, CCR Headcleaner, Big Eyes. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject. org. 7:30 p.m. $11. All ages.
Mirah St. Mark’s Cathedral and its gorgeous acoustics might be the main draw here. But this K Records signee is worth checking out regardless of the venue. With the Moondoggies, Shenandoah Davis. 1245 10th Ave. E., 323-0300, saintmarks.org. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.
Sunday, April 21
Cobalt Cranes With the release of their most recent single “Head in the Clouds,” this Los Angeles garage-rock duo shows signs of smoothing its rough edges and maturing into a more hook-heavy sound. With Thousands, Two White Opals. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Swingset Showdown This local duo’s high-energy piano punk is driven by the frenetic interplay between Eric Harvey’s confident key-smashing and Ike Rivelle’s spastic drumming. With Gimmicks, Phosphenes. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 7:30 p.m. $6.
Lydia Perhaps Gilbert, Arizona’s finest piano-led soft-rock band, Lydia released its fourth album, Devil, last month. With From Indian Lakes, Sweet Talker. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $12 adv.
Monday, April 22
Dope Stars Inc. This Italian band’s industrial-tinged electro-pop is likely a big hit with the Hot Topic crowd, and based on the group’s press photos, Hot Topic is a big hit with the band members. Studio Seven, 110 S. Horton St., 286-1312, studioseven.us. 7 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.
Sparks Over their 42-year career, brothers Russell and Ron Mael have reinvented their sound (from glam rock to new wave to electro-pop) as consistently as they’ve put out albums (20-plus full-length releases), but their attention to oddball pop craftsmanship has remained constant. The Neptune. 7 p.m. $31.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Tuesday, April 23
Dead Sonics bill themselves as “hip-hop-infused punk metal,” but that last genre is the one most clearly apparent in their sound, and the vocals, alternately shouted and spoken, are much more punk than hip-hop. With Kled, Uncle Pooch. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $5.
The Proclaimers The band’s 1988 sophomore album may have gone gold in America thanks to one of the catchiest songs ever, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” but the Scottish twins haven’t slowed down in the years since, as evidenced by tonight’s sold-out show. With JP Jones. The Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.
Tribute to Roy Orbison Local musicians like Andrew Vait (Eternal Fair), William Cremin (the Torn ACLs) and Norman Baker pay tribute to the iconic artist. With Chris Poage, Kimo Muraki, Ricky Gene Powell, Jessica Lynne. Sunset Tavern. 8 p.m. $7.