Live Tonight: Richard Thompson Tribute, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Darol Anger and More!

Sam Russell with the Harborrats Sam Russell’s singing and songwriting style is a heartfelt hat tip to obvious influences, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Springsteen, Bowie, Billy Joel, and Tom Waits, and this mature, not-so-modern sound sets him apart from fellow Seattle songsmiths. His band tonight, a group of talented multi-instrumentalists/vocalists known as the Harborrats, provide able accompaniment. With Justin Froese, Jeff Grant. Columbia City Theater, 722-3009. 8 p.m. $6 adv./$8 DOS. 21 and over. JESSIE MCKENNA

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside In the video for “Party Kids,” off February’s Untamed Beast, Portland’s Sallie Ford is bartending when a rough-looking group comes in. When one of them gets a little touchy-feely, Ford raises hell while the band raids the bar and snags the offender’s girl. It’s a great visual for its brand of roots-rock, which can go from zero to 60 in a snap. With And the Kids, Red Jacket Mine. The Crocodile. 8 p.m. $15. All ages. ACP

The Gypsy Allstars A new collaboration finds the Gipsy Kings’ Mario and George Reyes teaming with musicians from India in a dynamic, fiery fusion of traditional music from the subcontinent and the gypsy rhythms the Reyeses are renowned for. Jazz Alley. 7:30 p.m. (through Sun.; also 9:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat.) $26.50. CR

Nacho Picasso is Seattle’s answer to Danny Brown. Both have absurd personas steeped in despicable misogyny and ludicrous rhymes. Despite his questionable values, the rapper puts on one of Seattle’s most engrossing, wild hip-hop shows, and his new album, High & Mighty, is finally getting a proper release show at Neumos. 8 p.m. $10 adv. DUSTY HENRY

Jason J. Brunet, aka Three Ninjas, is a self-dubbed “musician from New Orleans with a hillbilly heart and electronic blood.” With this makeup, the DJ strays from mainstream trends and creates psychedelic, baffling beats in his sets. One minute he’s sampling G-funk grooves, the next he’s tinkering with Hank Williams or Smashing Pumpkins. Experimental and wildly unpredictable. Skylark Cafe. 10 p.m. $7. DH

If the gritty guitar that kicks off Bear Cove’s “Thick as Blood” doesn’t pull you in, then lead singer Garrett Lamp’s bluesy-rock voice surely will. The trio’s authentic, down-home vibe suggests it’s equally as comfortable playing onstage as at a backyard BBQ. With Heels to the Hardwood, Alotau. Sunset Tavern. 9 p.m. $6. 21 and over. ACP

Darol Anger and The Cascadia All-Stars If you’ve ever listened to an episode of Car Talk, you’ve heard Darol Anger. The fiddler was a member of the David Grisman quartet for nearly a decade; with Grisman, Tony Rice, and Earl Scruggs he performed Click and Clack’s theme song, “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown.” At this “Keep-It-in-the-Fam Holiday Show,” Anger will be joined by fellow fiddlers, guitarists, and cellists, including Emy Phelps, Mila Phelps-Friedi, Tatiana Hargreaves, and others. Nectar Lounge. 7 p.m. $15 adv./ $20 DOS. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Richard Thompson Tribute, Royal Room. See our preview here .

There’s an aged quality to Dismal Tide’s music that doesn’t match the youth of its creators. The quartet makes classic rock tunes with a touch of blues—songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a ’70s throwback station but could also fit in on modern-rock radio. The band released its debut album, The Breaks, in October. With Keaton Collective, Lanford Black. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $8. 21 and over. ACP

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