Live Tonight: Earth, Meat Puppets, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Shaggy

Earth has been taking Seattle to the drone zone since 1989, pioneering their unique take on doom metal by throwing gorgeous string textures on top of their lilting dirges. The effect conjures a softer sort of menace, perfect for the overcast dreariness of a Northwest autumn. For a band called Earth, they can get pretty otherworldly, as their most recent two-part album series Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light proved with help from Lori Goldston’s masterful cello work. With Pillar Point. Barboza. 8 p.m. $15. 21 and over. KELTON SEARS

Although they’ve mellowed a bit with age, the Meat Puppets are still going strong; the band released its 14th studio album, Rat Farm, in April. Its influence on bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and the larger culture of alternative music was recently recognized by SPIN, who invited them to record “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in honor of Nevermind’s 20th anniversary. With The World Takes and Trash Fire. Crocodile. 8 p.m. $14. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Fusing streetwise rapping with R&B-influenced melodicism, this Cleveland collective became one of the ’90s’ most successful hip-hop acts. Aside from Layzie Bone’s August departure, the group’s makeup is unchanged. Expect a reprise of the smoothest gangsta rap there is. With Grynch, Cool Nutz. The Neptune. 9 p.m. $30–$100. All ages. AG

Shaggy has 10 albums, one Grammy, and either two or three relevant songs, depending on your opinion of reggae-rap jam “Boombastic.” The other two, “Angel” and “It Wasn’t Me,” are two very different tracks that explore a very similar subject: love and all its deficiencies and excesses. Snoqualmie Casino. 8:30 p.m. $31.55. AG

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