WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
Jim James Before his band’s summer megatour with Bob Dylan and Wilco, the My Morning Jacket frontman is hitting the road to promote his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound and God. With Cold Specks. Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 7 p.m. $15. All ages.
• Laura Marling Noting the youth of a successful musician is a rather annoying music-writing trope—after all, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that a young person is doing something creatively interesting. But pointing out that Marling is just 23 seems appropriate—her folk music sounds strikingly lived-in (but not “mature”), yet still modern. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.
MGMT With “Alien Days,” the first single from MGMT’s forthcoming third album, it’s pretty clear that Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have completely abandoned the crowd-pleasing electro-pop that made them famous. It’s a dense song, with vocals buried deep in the mix, and its intro—what sounds like pitch-shifted children talking—recalls their divisive, all-over-the-place sophomore album Congratulations. With Kuroma. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, showboxonline.com. 8 p.m. Sold out. All ages.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
• And And And This five-piece—named Portland’s “Best New Band” by Willamette Week just two years ago—plays rough-and-tumble pop-rock songs that translate to a high-energy live show. With NighTrain, Sun Angle. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. $5 adv.
• Daughter This British trio relies as much on Elena Tonra’s hushed vocals as on guitarist/producer Igor Haefeli’s atmospheric production style, which cloaks the group’s gentle indie-folk in layers of oceanic reverb. With Jeremy Messersmith. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv.
Moose Portrait Local DIY label CTPAK drew from its eclectic roster of artists to curate this lineup, which includes the spacious folk of Erik Ryan, the amorphous experimental pop of Children of Kids, and the electronic-tinged rock of the headliners. Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., 709-7979, vermillionseattle.com. 7 p.m. Free.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
The Sheds This Southern California band’s sugary pop-punk tunes earned it a slot on this summer’s Warped Tour. With Lo’ There Do I See My Brother, Burn Burn Burn. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. 7:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. All ages.
Toys That Kill Formed in the late ’90s in the wake of F.Y.P., frontman Tom Congelliere’s previous band, Toys That Kill are a hard-touring bunch with a knack for punk songwriting. With Big Eyes, Big Truck, Ubu Roi. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., 328-7837, highlineseattle.com. 9 p.m. $7.
Turquoise Jeep A record label, hip-hop collective, and meme come to life, Turquoise Jeep has leveraged its immense YouTube popularity into national tours like this one. Whether the group is self-aware remains to be seen, though songs like the unabashedly goofy “Lemme Smang It” (with nearly 11 million views at the time of this writing) suggest it probably is. With Kosha Dillz, Slow Dance. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv. All ages.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
The Beets Signed to Hardly Art, this New York trio is as good a representation as there is of the smart, melodically friendly art-punk its label is so fond of. With CMRTYZ. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 8 p.m. $8 adv.
Marianas Trench This band might be Canada’s answer to My Chemical Romance: It’s crafted an emo rock opera (2011’s Ever After), its songs are requisitely syrupy, and the photo at the top of its website shows the four members in marching-band uniforms. The difference is that MCR just broke up and Marianas Trench is hitting its stride, releasing the Face the Music EP this month. With Air Dubai, DJ Protector. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 7 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS.
Music Lessons Matter! Now in its fourth year, this concert pairs the Synergia Northwest Orchestra with local musicians to provide free after-school music programs for elementary students in the Central District. With Walking Papers, Michael Shrieve, Tess Henley, Mycle Wastman, Massive Monkees, DJ Katz. Moore Theatre, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, stgpresents.com. 7 p.m. $15–$40. All ages.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
Friendly Gomez This musician, playing his first headlining show, writes stately folk songs that feature his smooth tenor vocals and lush instrumentation. With Ghost of Kyle Bradford, Locomotives. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. 7:30 p.m. $6.
Trimtab This local guitar/bass/drums combo plays an amalgam of dub and free jazz, though the simple instrumentation occasionally results in some post-rock-sounding moments. With Ronin, Lil Coop Sextet. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, comettavern.com. 9 p.m. $7.
MONDAY, MAY 20
• Black Moth Super Rainbow The latest from the deliberately mysterious Pittsburgh psych-pop collective is last October’s beguiling Cobra Juicy. With The Hood Internet, Oscillator Bug. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15.
Detroit Cobras One of America’s few touring cover bands, this garage-rock group pays tribute to little-known gems by girl groups and R&B, soul, blues, and country musicians. With Pangea, TacocaT. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $12 adv.
Sir Sly was initially rumored to be a side project of Foster the People, but the newly formed L.A. trio is merely polished beyond its brief time as a band. Its svelte, smooth electro-pop could prove a big hit. With JMSN, Dresses. Barboza. 8 p.m. $10 adv.
TUESDAY, MAY 21
Afrocop This group of veteran musicians brings myriad influences—jazz, gospel, psych, Afrobeat—to this improvisation-driven project. With Kaffine Trio, Fruit and Vegetable. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, nectarlounge.com. 8 p.m. $5.
Fabolous Since his apex in the early-to-mid aughts, highlighted by standout single “Breathe,” NYC rapper Fabolous has fallen off his game, releasing a sequence of bloated albums on which the guest MCs often outshone him. It remains to be seen if the release of June’s Loso’s Way 2: Rise to Power will mark a return to form. With Pusha T. Showbox at the Market. 7 p.m. $29.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.
Freedy Johnston Over almost three decades of making music, Johnston has merged literary lyrics with power-pop sensibilities and thoughtful songwriting. With Blue Eyed Son. Sunset Tavern. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS.