Andrew Gospe selects noteworthy acts for the week of Thursday, May 15, to Wednesday, May 21, including a radio station’s 11th birthday, a Johnny Cash tribute band and hazy beats from Baths and XXYYXX.
1 Rainy Dawg Radio’s 11th Birthday Fest
5 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 15, AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE; FREE (206-685-0890 OR WWW.RAINYDAWG.ORG). WITH DUDE YORK, ILLFIGHTYOU, NICE&AO
Each year, the UW’s (internet-only) student radio station celebrates its anniversary with a free concert. Held at Sylvan Grove on the UW campus, this year’s event includes psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra (pictured at right), up-and-coming Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, and downtempo electronic producer Mister Lies.
2 The Family Stone
7:30 AND 9:30 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 15, AT JAZZ ALLEY, 2033 SIXTH AVE., SEATTLE; $26.50 (206-441-9729 OR WWW.JAZZALLEY.COM).
Featuring a mix of original members and new talent (but, it should be noted, neither Stone brother), this incarnation of the ’60s soul and funk act performs faithful renditions of the material that earned Sly and The Family Stone a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993.
8 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 16, AT NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 ADVANCE (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). WITH YOUNG FATHERS, P. MORRIS
As Baths, Will Wiesenfeld creates unsettling but beautiful electronic music, layering brittle drums with piano, unusual acoustic samples and his own fragile vocals. He’s on tour supporting his new “Ocean Death” EP, released earlier this month.
4 Flight to Mars
8 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 16, AT THE SHOWBOX, 1426 FIRST AVE., SEATTLE; $20–$25 (206-628-3151 OR SHOWBOXONLINE.COM). WITH THE YOUNG EVILS
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready is the big name in this band, a tribute to British hard rockers UFO. Proceeds from the group’s 12th-annual benefit concert go toward advocacy for Crohn’s disease and chronic illness.
5 Life in Color
7:45 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 17, AT THE TACOMA DOME, 2727 E. D ST., TACOMA; $63.40 (253-272-3663 OR WWW.TACOMADOME.ORG). WITH BLASTERJAXX, TYLER BROWN, DEAFMIND, THAT SPIKE KID
This traveling EDM concert, billed as “the world’s largest paint party,” portends the fast-approaching summer festival season. Superstar DJ and festival mainstay Steve Aoki headlines, along with progressive dubstep duo Adventure Club.
6 Cash'd Out
7 AND 11 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 17, AT THE TRACTOR TAVERN, 5231 BALLARD AVE. N.W., SEATTLE; $15 (206-789-3599 OR WWW.TRACTORTAVERN.COM). WITH BIG E AND THE STOMP
The Man in Black figuratively lives on through this tribute band, whose performances are widely considered some the most authentic reinterpretations of his music.
7 Nickel Creek
7 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 17, AT THE MOORE, 1931 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $32.50–$42.50 (206-467-5510 OR STGPRESENTS.ORG).
Known for its pristine harmonies and deft interpolation of bluegrass into modern folk-pop, this trio reunites for its first tour since a self-imposed hiatus in 2007.
8 P.M. SUNDAY, MAY 18, AT THE NEPTUNE, 1303 N.E. 45TH ST, SEATTLE; $25 (206-784-4849 OR WWW.STGPRESENTS.ORG). WITH DJ MUSTARD
Los Angeles rapper YG broke out last year when wildly catchy single “My Hitta” rose to No. 19 on the Billboard charts. This March he followed it up with his debut album “My Krazy Life,” a loosely conceptual record that chronicles a day in his life in Compton.
8 P.M. MONDAY, MAY 19, AT THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $8 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). WITH DUDE YORK, SUNDRIES
Lena Simon plays bass in surf-rock band La Luz and is a member of avant-pop collective Pollens, but her solo project is more subdued, dealing in placid, vaguely electronic pop. This show marks the release of Kairos’ self-titled debut EP.
8 P.M. TUESDAY, MAY 20, AT NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 ADVANCE (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). WITH DJAO, PHILIP GRASS
Marcel Everett’s music is woozy and sample-driven, sharing much of its sonic vocabulary with hip-hop and UK garage. For instrumental music, it’s surprisingly accessible, an attribute that’s led to the 18-year-old producer traveling the globe to play clubs where he can’t legally buy a drink.
11 The Helio Sequence
8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, AT THE NECTAR LOUNGE, 412 N. 36TH ST., SEATTLE; $3–$10 (206-632-2020 OR WWW.NECTARLOUNGE.COM). WITH MINDEN
The Portland indie-rock duo headlines this Red Bull Sound Select show, a monthly event that pairs established acts with local up-and-comers. This time, the opener is Rose Windows, whose heavy, proggy debut album came out on Sub Pop last year.