Also featuring: A showcase of local rap’s darker side, a didgeridoo-playing Australian folk musician and one of Seattle’s most revered—and theatrical—live acts.
1 Avatar Darko
8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $10 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With Key Nyata, Ugly Frank, Mack Ned
This show, a release party for Darko’s “Soviet Goonion 3” mixtape, offers a good cross-section of Seattle’s hip-hop’s darker side. Opening for the Estonian-born, Russian-speaking headliner are Tacoma rapper Ugly Frank and Key Nyata, a promising young rapper/producer who recently released a new tape of his own.
2 Sera Cahoone
7 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $15 (360-414-8325 or www.fremontabbey.org). With Mat Brooke
Before making a name for herself as a songwriter, Cahoone played drums in rock acts Carissa’s Wierd and Band of Horses. There’s little evidence of that background, however, in the Sub Pop–signed artist’s hushed, reverent folk music, which is well suited to an intimate venue like Fremont Abbey.
3 Xavier Rudd
8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at THE NEPTUNE, 1303 N.E. 45TH ST, SEATTLE; $23–$25 (206-784-4849 OR WWW.STGPRESENTS.ORG). With Ash Grunwald
The Australian folk musician and multi-instrumentalist borrows frequently from a variety of indigenous cultures—his music incorporates didgeridoos, a traditional Australian Aboriginal instrument, as well as layered, polyrhythmic percussion. Live, Rudd is a one-man band, handling guitar, percussion, didgeridoo and vocals.
4 Peter Matthew Bauer
7 p.m. Friday, July 11, at BARBOZA, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $10 (206-709-9951 OR WWW.THEBARBOZA.COM). With Japanese Guy
The Walkmen was one of the most consistently decent and critically tenured indie rock bands of the past decade, but it essentially broke up late last year (the group described it as an “extreme hiatus”). Now Bauer, that group’s bassist, is touring behind “Liberation!,” an autobiographical album of working-class Americana.
5 A Sunny Day in Glasgow
6 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at THE CROCODILE (back bar), 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $10 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). With Oh! Pears
This six-piece’s sound is heavy on noise and atmosphere—electronics, feedback and abstracted guitars dominate the mix—but nonetheless maintains a strong pop undercurrent. It’s messy, slippery music whose charms reveal themselves over repeat listens.
6 Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at The Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $10 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com). With Fox and the Law, Night Train
Equal parts country western and glam rock, Amaker and his band—known to perform in color-coordinated Stetsons and cowboy boots—are unabashedly theatrical. They’re also refreshingly adventurous; few country acts would try to cover a song like “Pocket Calculator” by electronic pioneers Kraftwerk.
7 West Seattle Summerfest
2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at California Ave. between Edmunds St. and Genesee St., Seattle; Free (www.wsjunction.org/summerfest).
Technically, there’s live music all three days (Friday, July 11, through Sunday, July 13) of this West Seattle street festival. But Saturday’s lineup boasts the most local star power by far, with performances from The Helio Sequence, Dude York, Vox Mod and Moondoggies.
8 The Fixx
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30–$50 (206-838-4333 OR www.thetripledoor.com).
The new wave band has introduced a unique participatory component to its tour. Fans in each city, presumably familiar with Fixx songs other than hit single “One Thing Leads to Another,” can vote on which songs they’d like the band to play.
9 Wolves in the Throne Room
8 p.m. Monday, July 14, at THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $15 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). With Nommo Ogo, Heiress
Black metal’s ideological hallmarks, namely, anti-religious sentiment and violence, don’t apply to this Olympia metal duo. What the group does instead is put a spin on the iconoclastic genre, writing dense, epic-length songs influenced by the Pacific Northwest wilderness.
10 Wye Oak
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $18 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With Pattern Is Movement
This Baltimore rock duo took an unusual approach to writing a follow-up to “Civilian,” its 2011 breakout album. For “Shriek,” singer/guitar Jenn Wasner mostly ditched her guitar in favor of synthesizers; fortunately, the group’s songs maintain the emotional and physical heft fans have come to expect.
11 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
5 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $57.50–$99.50 (425-488-1133 or www.ste-michelle.com).
Starr’s tour with his band—featuring members of Santana, Toto and Mister Mister—will have a collaborative spirit. The ensemble will perform songs from its members’ original groups, Starr’s solo material and, just maybe, some cuts from that mildly popular British group where he got his start playing the drums.