Friday, Nov. 8
Cass McCombs, Crocodile. See our write-up here .
David Bazan, Chris Walla, and the Long Winters, Neptune. See our preview about the show here .
Dada In a year marked by strong debuts from Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, and Dr. Dre, 1992 saw the release of an equally strong but less-remembered first LP: Puzzle by the Los Angeles trio Dada. With Nevermind pushing alt-rock radio toward heavier, angst-ridden acts, it was hard for a slick and commercial band like this to get attention. But it wasn’t Dada’s fault; it just formed a decade too late. 1982 would have loved Dada, with its big harmonies, shredding guitar leads, and efficient arrangements. In 1992, however, sandwiched between Sublime and Screaming Trees, Puzzle made only a minor splash. Even among the more melodic bands of the era like the Lemonheads or R.E.M., Dada didn’t fit in since its roots were in neither punk nor college radio. But Puzzle is still a great record—best remembered for its first single, “Dizz Knee Land”—and the current tour celebrates its 20th anniversary. With High Freq. Studio Seven. 7:30 p.m. $15 adv./$18 DOS. DL
Cowboy Mouth The quintessential New Orleans rock’n’roll band makes a rare trip to the Northwest for back-to-back shows Friday and Saturday nights. Last year’s This Train is a return to the “Hurricane Party”-style rock that put the band on the map before Katrina. With Goodbyemotel (Friday) and The Cringe (Saturday). Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $16 adv./$18 DOS. MICHAEL F. BERRY
Saturday, Nov. 9
The Fratellis For a brief moment in the 2000s, it seemed like Arctic Monkeys, the Libertines, and the Fratellis would become the-next-big-things, but each saw larger success elude them. After five years away, the Fratellis have resurfaced with a new album and tour, which they hope will put them back on the map. With the Ceremonies, Conway. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. SOLD OUT. DL
Seattle Rock Orchestra Need proof that Seattle loves Pink Floyd? Look no further than Seattle Center’s The Wall laser show, which hasn’t stopped running since 1982. The latest SRO performance affirms the love, tackling some of the band’s best-loved songs, including “Money,” “Comfortably Numb,” and the entire Dark Side of the Moon. Lasers not included. The Moore. 8 p.m. $22.50. DL
King of the Dot Hip-Hop Battle League It’s been a while since Seattle has seen a high-profile MC competition. King of the Dot brings some of North America’s top freestylers to town; the main event pits Fredo against Sun Tzu, and local MCs Mic Phenom, Brainstorm, and IllxChris are also on the bill. Nectar Lounge. 1 p.m. $15. MFB
Phantogram leads a late-era showcase of Barsuk Records bands tonight. The Sarasota Springs, N.Y., band made a strong showing with the emotive, twitchy, beat-heavy electronic-pop songs on debut full-length Eyelid Movies in 2009. Now we’re just waiting on the follow-up, which the band claims will be out soon. With Menomena, Maps & Atlases, Yellow Ostrich, Cymbals Eat Guitar, Say Hi. Neumos. 7 p.m. $15 adv. MSB
Kareem Kandi’s music draws on influences as diverse as hip-hop and traditional Middle Eastern music. A sax player, arranger, and composer, he fuses these influences with solid technique and a firm grasp of traditional jazz, funk, soul, and blues. Delvon Lamarr (organ) and Julian MacDonough (drums) will be joining him. Vito’s. 9:30 p.m. MFB
Sunday, Nov. 10
A$AP Ferg He’s not as Internet-famous as A$AP Rocky, but in many ways this Harlem rapper is stylistically similar: His debut album, Trap Lord, pairs supremely tasteful beats with adequate rapping about sex and money that’s never deeper than it sounds. Buy a $75 VIP ticket and receive a custom Trap Lord bandana. With Joey Fatts, Ashton Matthews, 100s. Neumos. 8 p.m. $20 adv. All ages. AG
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter As part of Barsuk Records’ anniversary celebration, Sykes will not only be accompanied by the original Sweet Hereafter lineup, featuring Anne Marie Ruljanchic, Kevin Warner, and Bill Herzog, but she’ll be playing the entirety of her Barsuk debut Reckless Burning from start to finish. In the decade since the release of that album, Sykes’ sound has flourished, leading her into more expansive, psychedelic territory. Here, though, she’ll return to her quieter, acoustic roots. With Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson. Tractor Tavern. 7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT. MSB