Friday, Sept. 20
Kate Boy Three-fourths of this shadowy quartet hails from Sweden, and Australian vocalist Kate Akhurst moved there in part because of her admiration for Swedish pop. It’s no surprise, then, that singles like “Northern Lights” are pristine Scandinavian electro-pop, but with a dark edge. With the Tempers. Barboza. 7 p.m. $12 adv. ANDREW GOSPE
Julia Massey and the Five-Finger Discount Massey and her virtuoso band bring smart lyrics and bohemian, futuristic pop grooves to celebrate the release of its new single, “The Story of the Earth, So Far.” With Pocket Panda and the Summer Januaries. High Dive. 9:30 p.m. $8. MICHAEL BERRY
The Lumineers It’s been a whirlwind year for the Denver-based, Seattle-discovered folk quintet since the release of breakout single “Ho Hey.” After countless sold-out shows stateside and across the pond, the band released a deluxe edition of its self-titled debut, complete with five bonus tracks, last month. With Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff. Through Saturday. Marymoor Park. 6:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. All ages. AZARIA PODPLESKY
Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour Fueled by a love of the Beatles, the Monkees, and garage rock, Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard launched Burger Records in 2007, initially as a platform to release albums from their band Thee Makeout Party. After receiving a tape of a friend’s band, the pair realized that not only were cassettes inexpensive to manufacture, but that very few labels even made them anymore. A few phone calls to a few bands later, Burger Records eventually morphed into the nation’s premiere label for limited-edition cassette releases.
The label has issued more than 500 releases—most of them cassettes, and most available for $6—from a disparate list of artists including Beck, Ryan Adams, and Suicidal Tendencies. Though Burger Records also issues CDs and vinyl, it is best known for releasing other labels’ albums on cassette, like OFF!’s 2010 debut, first released on Vice Records, or Beachwood Sparks’ recent Tarnished Gold, which Sub Pop released on CD, vinyl, and as a digital download—but not on tape.
“It’s like a business card, like a hand-held little collectible item,” the pair told online music service AllMusic recently about the appeal of the retro format. “It’s something you can hold in your hand instead of a download in your computer.”
Cassette-pressing ideals fly directly in the face of the modern recording industry, but Bohrman and Rickard found a niche outside it and embraced it, and now the industry is coming to them—for example, a recently inked deal with respected independent distributor Red Eye music will help get their releases into more stores.
And Burger Records is branching out even further. In addition to their record store, a YouTube channel that features original content, and a $75 coffee-table book, Bohrman and Rickard are launching the Burgerama tour after testing the idea via a series of successful label showcases. The tour stops at Neumos tonight and includes a slew of bands that have released music through the label: the Growlers, Cosmonauts, Gap Dream, together PANGEA, and more. It’s an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of meaty, garage-y rock ’n’ roll bliss–and there should be plenty of cassettes on hand. With La Luz, the Memories, Collared Green. Neumos. 6 p.m. $15. DAVE LAKE
Star Anna, Tractor. See our review of her new album, Go to Hell, here .
Ray Wylie Hubbard Though he’s released more than a dozen albums of his own, the 66-year-old Hubbard’s work may be best known through other artists, like Jerry Jeff Walker, who turned “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother” into an outlaw country anthem. Treehouse Café. 8 p.m. $25–$35. DL
Islands This Montreal-based indie-rock quartet is in a way like a phoenix, rising from the ashes of two defunct bands, the Unicorns and Th’ Corn Gangg, in 2005. In a rollercoaster ride of a history that includes several lineup changes, the band has released five studio albums, most recently Ski Mask on Sept. 17. Its lead single, “Wave Forms,” is similar to Family of the Year’s “St. Croix,” with lots of beachy sounds (complete with a sunny marimba line throughout the chorus) that make you sway before your body even realizes what’s happening. There’s a darker vibe to “Becoming the Gunship,” though, especially as Nicholas Thorburn sings “I had a heart/But it was torn apart/Now I’m the gunship.” It’s a varied release from a band who, through multiple ups and downs, refuses to give up. With Bear Mountain and Hibou. Vera Project. 7:30 p.m. $13 adv. All ages. AP
Carly Rae Jepsen A wise woman once said “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. So here’s my number, call me maybe?” OK, fine, she wasn’t that wise. What’s so crazy about giving your phone number to someone you want to see again? Yet since dropping that annoyingly catchy tune, 27-year-old Jepsen released her major-label debut, Kiss, and is on her way to proving she’s more than just a one-hit wonder. In fact, the album is bubblegum-pop gold in an I’m-a-girl-with-tons-of-feelings-and-I-want-to-drink-wine-and-get-ready-to-go-out-while-dancing-to-“Tonight, I’m Getting Over You” kind of way. Haven’t heard it? Listen. It will get you all sorts of prepped for Jepsen’s show at the Puyallup, er, Washington State Fair. You know you wanna go! With Hot Chelle Rae. Washington State Fairgrounds. 7:30 p.m. $20. KEEGAN PROSSER
Saturday, Sept. 21
Shenandoah Davis After this show, it may be awhile before Seattle hears from Davis; the songstress—and new wife of Sean Nelson—will hit the road with Anthonie Tonnon (also on tonight’s bill), playing the U.S. this fall and Tonnon’s native New Zealand in the winter. With Tomten and Jordan O’Jordan. Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $8. 21 and over. AP
Girl in a Coma Discovered by Joan Jett and named for a Smiths song, this Texas trio was tapped by Moz himself to open some shows. Tonight’s all-female bill is rounded out by Krissy Krissy and Hunter Valentine, who wrap this tour and then head out with Cyndi Lauper. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” indeed. El Corazon. 8:30 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. DL
Mistah F.A.B. If Miley’s VMA performance had you Googling words like “twerk” and “ratchet,” you can get your questions answered in person here. One of hyphy’s founding fathers, F.A.B. is touring to promote his new mixtape, Hella Ratchet, which is less a solo outing and more a showcase of Bay Area club artists. With Feezable the Germ, JKey, Cliff the Sav. Nectar Lounge. 8 p.m. $10. MFB
India.Arie The world was introduced to India.Arie back in 2001 with the song “Video” from her debut album, Acoustic Soul. The song was, and still is, a feel-good anthem for anyone who’s ever felt uncomfortable with, or was judged because of, their appearance, with such life-affirming lyrics as “And I know my creator didn’t make no mistakes on me/My feet, my thighs, my lips, my eyes, I’m loving what I see.” The song went on to garner four Grammy nominations and cement the artist as one of the new voices of soul. Since then, the Denver-born, Atlanta-based singer has released four more albums—most recently SongVersation in June. Its lead single, “Cocoa Butter,” finds India.Arie’s voice in tiptop form, as smooth and soothing as the title suggests, as she sings heartfelt lyrics about healing and love. It’s wonderful to hear that after a four-year break, she hasn’t lost her touch. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $35. All ages. AP
Caspar Babypants, Town Hall. See our review of the new album, Baby Beatles!, here .
Bastille The London-based alt-rock quartet released its debut album, Bad Blood, in March, but it wasn’t until the release of “Pompeii,” the album’s fourth single, that the international buzz started rolling in. With Nightmare & the Cat. Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. SOLD OUT. 21 and over. AP
Portland’s The Satin Chaps channel the earliest days of rock in the Northwest, taking cues from the Wailers and the Ventures in their predominantly instrumental grooves. Mix in a bit of Booker T and the MGs and Herb Alpert, and the result is fun and highly danceable. Doesn’t hurt that Eric Hedford (of the Dandy Warhols) is working the bass, either. With Lushy. Vito’s. 9 p.m. MFB
Sunday, Sept. 22
Youryoungbody This youthful duo isn’t doing anything particularly novel by making darkwave synth tunes; it just makes them very well. On April’s Kurokabi, Killian Brom’s production is eerie and enveloping with an advanced sense of space and silence, and Emily Cripe’s vocals are more chanteuse-y than those of others of this ilk, like Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass. With Kelli Frances Corrado, Golden Gardens, DJ Ea$y Iri$. Barboza. 8 p.m. $6 adv. AG
Jonny Craig Not to be confused with the similarly named diet maven, this Canadian-American singer has seen his share of troubles. After multiple trips to rehab and getting kicked out of two bands (Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance), Craig is sober and set to showcase his soulful voice on a new EP later this month. With William Beckett, Kyle Lucas, Hearts & Hands, and Bleach Blonde. El Corazon. 8 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS. All ages. AP
Warships The L.A.-based quintet’s debut EP, Shadows, is a collection of indie-pop songs in the same vein as those of Young the Giant but with an atmospheric vibe. At five songs, it’s barely long enough to hold listeners over until the band’s debut full-length, tentatively scheduled for 2014. With Secretary, A Leaf, Modern Phantoms. Sunset Tavern. 8 p.m. $6. 21 and over. AP
An Evening with Kid Rock I heard once that Hanes sponsors Kid Rock and sends him a box of plain white undershirts every week. Rumor has it he wears a fresh T each day, then throws it away. Is that because he’s just “a cowboy, baby,” or because his sweat, a combination of Axe Body Spray and Red Bull, renders them soiled forever? Maybe he’ll throw one to you. Washington State Fair. 7:30 p.m. $45–$95 (includes fair admission). All ages. KS