This Week’s 7 Best Concerts in Seattle

Monday, May 13

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, 8 p.m. $5. All ages.

Tuesday, May 14

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.

Wednesday, May 15

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, 8 p.m. $20 adv./$25 DOS.

Thursday, May 16

And And And This Portland five-piece—named Willamette Week’s “Best New Band” 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, 8 p.m. $5 adv.

Friday, May 17

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 hard-touring bunch with a knack for punk songwriting. With Big Eyes, Big Trughk, Ubu Roi. Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., 328-7837, 9 p.m. $7.

Saturday, May 18

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, 7 p.m. $15–$40. All ages.

Sunday, May 19

Trimtab This local guitar/bass/drums combo play 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, 9 p.m. $7.

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