This Weekend’s Best Music


AM & Shawn Lee: Together, chrome-throated Californian AM and London’s all-purpose studio sorcerer/percussionist Shawn Lee are arguably today’s finest spinners of synth-aided mustache funk. The duo pulled the shag out from under the ’70s and rung out a decade’s worth of soul (and probably some kind of bodily juices) onto some piping-hot wax for 2011’s Celestial Electric, and have just returned with La musique numérique, a slick collection of 11 new jams and a Joe Jackson cover (“Steppin’ Out”). If you’ve given the album a spin, you know the guys haven’t cooled a bit, hitting the ground thrusting with tracks like “Good Blood,” “In the Aftermath,” and “Automatic.” They haven’t hit the kind of freak paydirt they struck with “Dark Into Light,” but the vibe runs strong throughout—and what a pleasant vibe it is. With Don’t Talk to the Cops, Glitterbang. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005. 9 p.m. $13 adv. 21 and over.

Mount Kimbie: For its second album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, this duo, Englishmen Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, kept it simple. Rather than overproduce the new songs, the two decided to let them be. The result is a looser collection of songs with a sound similar to that of their debut, but this time Maker and Campos have really given their beats room to breathe. They’ve also added two new voices to the Mount Kimbie sound, with Campos singing on several tracks and fellow Brit King Krule blending rapping and singing on “You Took Your Time,” and “Meter, Pale, Tone.” With Holy Other, Vinyl Williams. Neumos,925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. $15 adv. 8 p.m. 21 and over.

Nekromantix: This highly theatrical Danish psychobilly band, led by Kim Nekroman and his coffin-shaped bass, has released nine albums since the late ’80s; the most recent is 2011’s What Happens in Hell Stays in Hell. With The Silver Shine, No Buffer, Angie and the Car Wrecks. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094, elcorazon 7 p.m. $14 adv./$16 DOS. All ages.

Purr Gato: Katrina Cope’s electro-pop project takes its cues from the more garish, synthy side of ’80s electro (think Depeche Mode instead of New Order). This is a release show for its new full-length Heart Beat. With Thrivealike, Richie Aldente. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS.

Spaceneedles: In March this four-piece, featuring members of Grand Archives and Feral Children, released the 7-inch single “Low Ceilings,” a rumbling, sub-three-minute grunge-punk banger. With Puget Power, Sam Humans. Rendezvous. 10:30 p.m. $8.


Geoffrey Castle: An accomplished electric violinist, Castle has toured with the Moody Blues and Heart. His solo material draws primarily from Celtic music. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 8 p.m. $20. All ages.

Rob Garza: Garza’s solo material follows a pattern similar to that of his work as half of electro-lounge act Thievery Corporation: laid-back, dubby electronica that incorporates a variety of “world music” influences. With Nordic Soul, Toast. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $15 adv.

Susan Pascal Quartet: Pascal, a nimble and precise vibraphonist, leads this acoustic jazz combo, which also includes Marc Seales, Chuck Deardorf, and Mark Ivester. Tulas, 2214 Second Ave., 443-4221, 7:30 p.m. $15.


Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen: In April, this group of ultra-tight bluegrass musicians released On the Edge, which earned a top-10 Billboard Bluegrass Charts debut. With the Warren G. Hardings. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 8:30 p.m. $12.

Nguzunguzu: The work of this L.A. production duo is global in scope (they handled mixing duties for an M.I.A. mixtape); in form, it’s blog-pleasing, sample-centric bass music. Barboza. 8 p.m. $10 adv.

Shelton Harris:Everyone knows how big Macklemore has become in the past 12-or-so months, and this similarly minded 20-year-old rapper is one of a few local MCs who might benefit from the Mack’s worldwide dissemination of positive vibes. In the past month alone, Harris has played Sasquatch! and been named to XXL's list of “15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know.” With Kung Foo Grip, Mike Champoux. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, 7 p.m. $12 adv. All ages.

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