Wednesday, May 8
GRINDLINE This skate-punk band shares a name with a skate-park construction company, and its songs wouldn’t sound out of place on a Nintendo 64 edition of Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Tonight’s show, by the way, commemorates the 2 Bit’s third anniversary. With Last American Badass, Situation Normal, Ten Pole Drunk, Omega Moo, Isotopes. 2 Bit Saloon, 4818 17th Ave. N.W., 708-6917, the2bitsaloon.com. 7 p.m. $5.
THE LAURELS These Australians have toured with many great bands, including the Black Angels, Low, and countrymen Tame Impala; they share the latter’s fondness for wide-eyed psychedelia. With Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Ecstatic Cosmic Union. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 8:30 p.m. $6.
•OS MUTANTES Conceived in the midst of tropicália, a Dadaesque Brazilian cultural movement that took root in the ’60s, Os Mutantes remain kaleidoscopic. The group—part psychedelic, part prog, part protest music—has influenced worldly musicians from David Byrne to Beck, whose 1998 album Mutations is a tribute to the band. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 6:30 p.m. $28 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Thursday, May 9
JAVELIN This Luaka Bop–signed Brooklyn duo makes unpredictable sample-based electronic music, veering from undulating electro-pop to polyrhythmic dance grooves. With Helado Negro, Jamaican Queens. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv.
JOE BUDDEN Best known for his Kool & the Gang–sampling jock jam “Pump It Up,” Budden released No Love Lost, his fifth album in 10 years, last month. With Neema, Feezable the Germ, JKey, Aquino, DJ Swervewon. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $17.50 adv.
THE SEBASTIANS OF BREMEN This five-piece plays ornamented folk-pop with trumpet, cello, and glockenspiel accoutrements. With Cloud Person, Solvents. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $6.
Friday, May 10
CAHALEN MORRISON On his latest album, Our Lady of the Tall Trees (a collaboration with guitarist Eli West), Morrison weaves old-timey tales with tight harmonies and nimble banjo work. With Mighty Squirrel. Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., 414-8325, fremontabbey.com. 9 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
FLIGHT TO MARS Yes, it is odd that Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready leads a tribute band celebrating ’70s metal group UFO, but it’s for a good cause: This is Flight to Mars’ 11th annual benefit concert for CCFA Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness. With Poor Moon, Mike McCready & Friends Acoustic Medley. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.
THE SAM BOSHNACK QUINTET Led by trumpet player Samantha Boshnack, this jazz combo isn’t afraid to take liberties with standards, blending rock, world, and experimental music into its sound. With the Jefferson Rose Band. Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920, theroyalroomseattle.com. 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Saturday, May 11
•BORN RUFFIANS Seattle fans of this Toronto art-rock band are in luck: This show is the last scheduled date the group will play, after inexplicably and prematurely cutting short its tour for its recent album Birthmarks. With Moon King. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12 adv.
THE BRAZILLIONAIRES Zak Borden (mandolin), Simon Lucas (percussion), and Peter Fung (guitar) play traditional Brazilian choro music. Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., 228-2483, emptysea.com. 7:30 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS. All ages.
EILEN JEWELL A skilled songwriter, Jewell pens demurely conversational tunes that are smooth and bluesy but still forceful. With Joy Mills Band. Tractor Tavern. 9:30 p.m. $15.
Sunday, May 12
•THE APPLESEED CAST This band is frequently tagged as post-rock, but its songs scan better as extended, muscular jams from the formative days of “emo” (i.e., Sunny Day Real Estate) than as guitar-led microsymphonies. The band is touring behind April’s Illumination Ritual, its first release since 2009. With Hospital Ships, Wild Arms. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $12 adv.
RICHARD THOMPSON ELECTRIC TRIO The “electric” in the name is more revealing for Thompson than for most. Known as one of folk’s best acoustic-guitar players, he’s currently touring with a group that plays raw, straight-up rock tunes, fully plugged-in. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $36.50 adv./$38.50 DOS.
Monday, May 13
ARK OF THE COVENANT There’s nothing melodic about this Connecticut five-piece’s strain of hardcore, which borders on metal with its grinding guitar tones and brutally efficient drumming. With Those Who Fear, Rat Path. Chop Suey. 6 p.m. $10 adv. All ages.
DAVID KNOPFLER This former Dire Strait has had a long and robust solo career in addition to his time in the band. He’s touring with Harry Bogdanovs, whom he heavily featured on his last album, 2011’s Acoustic. With Jenn Grinels. Triple Door. 6:30 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.
MAIAH MANSER Her songs—like “Currency,” a relatively traditional piano-led pop number, and “Little Child,” a more experimental track that, a la tUnE-yArDs, leans on jazzy looped vocal patterns—show a songwriter not afraid to take artistic risks. With Tangerine, Shogun Barbie. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $5. All ages.
Tuesday, May 14
DRU HILL This group launched Sisqó’s career with “Thong Song,” but it’s also responsible for some of the most indelible ’90s R&B slow jams this side of Boys II Men. Newest member Antwuan “Tao” Simpson won a spot in the group in 2008 via a contest called “Dru Idol.” With Tiffany Wilson, Audiosuite, Blakksoul. Neumos. 8 p.m. $25 adv.
MOBB DEEP Progenitors of grimy, ear-to-the-streets East Coast hip-hop, Havoc and Prodigy are back touring after a brief spat last year temporarily disbanded the partnership. With Fatal Lucciauno, Porter Ray, DJ TopSpin. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $18–$65.
WESTERN RED PENGUINS These locals take a simple approach to songwriting, penning staid, blues-tinged folk-rock numbers with sing-songy melodies. With French Letters, Basement Baby. Sunset Tavern. 8:30 p.m. $6.