Also featuring a local psychedelic rock festival, an unintentionally political Canadian rock band and a jazz organ virtuoso.
8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Sólstafir, Mortals
As its name suggests, Pallbearer’s music is heavy and funereal, a punishing offshoot of metal that aims to suffocate rather than dazzle with instrumental acuity. (Black Sabbath seems to be the chief inspiration.) The 12-minute opening track from 2012’s “Sorrow and Execution” summarizes the Little Rock, Ark., group’s strengths.
2 HOT House Party
6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $48.50–$114 (253-856-6777 or www.showarecenter.com).
Nostalgia for the ’90s is pervasive right now, and this concert held by radio station HOT 103.7 furthers the trend. Unlike other radio station holiday shows, which emphasize modern artists, this one features a cadre of hip-hop and R&B hitmakers from two decades ago: Bobby Brown, Ginuwine, Tony! Toni! Toné! and Rob Base.
3 Psychedelic Holiday Freakout
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, at various Ballard venues; $12–$18 (206-784-4880 or www.sunsettavern.com). With Smokey Brights, Town Forest, Sun Thieves, Duke Evers, Tango Alpha Tango, Gibraltar, The Dee Dees
Split between Ballard’s Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne Tavern and Salmon Bay Eagles Club, this two-day local-music festival is part psychedelic and part everything else. There’s throwback soul (Fly Moon Royalty), blustery garage rock (Fox and the Law), searing surf punk (Guantanamo Baywatch) and freewheeling country (Country Lips).
4 The Tea Party
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$29 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Jaded Mary
Not to be confused with the political movement, though they once considered selling it their domain name, Canadian rockers The Tea Party got their start in the early ’90s incorporating unorthodox instrumentation (sitar, hurdy-gurdy, all kinds of percussion) into their standard-sounding post-grunge rock songs. The domain’s still theirs, and the group released its first album in 10 years in September.
5 My Goodness
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $12–$15 (360-956-8372 or www.theveraproject.org). With So Pitted, Karoshi
My Goodness began as a straight-up guitar-and-drums duo that sounded a lot like the Black Keys, the most famous guitar-and-drums band going. The local band has since added a bassist and, on June’s “Shiver and Shake,” rounded out and polished its raw, bluesy rock sound.
7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $22.50–$26.50 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org). With Cibo Matto
Merril Garbus writes idiosyncratic pop music that sounds like little else, with layered percussion, ping-ponging harmonies and, at the center of every song, her expressive, bellowing vocals. Third album “Nikki Nack” finds Garbus changing her approach, eschewing loop-based composition—long the basis for her live show—for more traditional songwriting methods. The result is her tightest collection of songs yet.
7 Saves the Day
6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $23.50–$27 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Reggie and the Full Effect
Emo from the early 2000s has become a legacy act; all three bands on this bill—Saves the Day, Say Anything and Reggie and the Full Effect—are touring to celebrate anniversaries of some sort. Headliners Saves the Day did release a self-titled album last year, full of the tried-and-true pop punk that fans expect.
8 Skinny Puppy
7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $32–$27 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, Youth Cobe
It’s well known that the Pixies influenced Kurt Cobain, but another ’90s rock icon, Trent Reznor, was similarly inspired by Skinny Puppy. The Vancouver band’s dystopian sound—snarling vocals, harsh drum machines and synths—pioneered post-industrial music and was a clear predecessor to Nine Inch Nails
9 The Grouch & Eligh
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20–$25 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With CunninLynguists, DJ Abilities, DJ Fresh
Both The Grouch and Eligh were founding members of Living Legends, a fiercely independent crew renowned by fans of lyric-driven, positive hip-hop. The duo’s latest effort is “333,” a collaborative album with appearances from artists are diverse as Pretty Lights, Slightly Stoopid and Kreyshawn.
10 Joey DeFrancesco
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, and Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $25.50 (206-441-9729 OR www.jazzalley.com).
Like many a jazz musician, Joey DeFrancesco makes his living behind the keys, but his instrument of choice is the Hammond organ, where he’s capable of delivering the subtlety of a piano interlude and the ferocity of an electric guitar solo, often in the same song. He’s touring behind a Christmas album and will be playing selections from it here.