Live Tonight: Pocket Panda, Lazer Kitty, Golden Gardens & More

Folk music isn’t just about perfect harmonies and tranquil finger-picked guitars. Pocket Panda embraces the genre’s gritty, country roots, juxtaposing qualities like warm violin tones and gruff vocals. These are simple songs carrying a worrisome load, and Pocket Panda defers to downer ballads and wilting orchestral arrangements instead of upbeat celebrations. With Sebastian & The Deep Blue, Maiah Manser. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $7. 21 and over. DUSTY HENRY

Lazer Kitty, in its own words, specializes in making “soundtracks for the cosmos.” Its new album, Moons, begins with just a whisper that conjures images of a massive ship (spaceship?) sounding its foghorn on a calm, misty sea. The record takes you on a wild ride, both peaceful and contemplative. Catch these musical space cadets tonight supporting touring Los Angeles ambient pop band StaG. With Kairos. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., columbia, 722-3009. 8 p.m. $8 adv./$10 door. 21 and over. JESSIE MCKENNA

Portland-based Left Coast Country marries upbeat fiddle-driven tunes and traditional Carolina bluegrass with Dawg-style mandolin and a West Coast jam aesthetic. It’s the sound of Appalachia zipping through our forests of Douglas fir. With American Nomad, the Blackberry Bushes Stringband, Lucy Horton Band. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, 8 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Jonny Lang Before Fight For My Soul hit the shelves last year, it had been seven long years since Lang’s previous solo release. In that time, Lang grew up, and so did his sound. Sure, there are the obligatory displays of epic blues-guitar virtuosity, but overall his songs are tighter and surprisingly more contemporary. Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234, 7 p.m. $40.55 and up. CORBIN REIFF

Golden Gardens’ mesmerizing dreampop is filled with sinister magic, foreboding mythos, and gothic auras. Aubrey Bramble and Gregg Neville use electro beats and shimmering guitar lines to conjure a bleak atmosphere, and Bramble’s fascination with the occult and mythology seeps through in her otherworldly lyrics and wistful vocals. With Wind Burial, Kylmyys. The Sunset, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, 9 p.m. $6. 21 and up. DH

Southern Culture on the Skids Despite the creative stall generally signaled by remaking an old record, as SCOTS did with last year’s Dig This: Ditch Diggin’ V.2, the Southern-fried rockabilly trio remains a live band worth experiencing, where instrumental chops and exuberance sit nicely side by side. With King of Hawaii. Through Friday. The Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 9 p.m. $15. 21 and over. DAVE LAKE

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