The Lonely Forest, Black Whales, Andrew W.K.
THE LONELY FOREST WITH SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA, BLACK WHALES
If you're a young musician looking for a template for rock 'n' roll success, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the Lonely Forest. Items on the road-to-stardom docket include: honing your chops in an all-ages scene, winning the EMP Sound Off! underage battle of the bands, attracting the attention of a resident musical luminary (followed by releasing an album on his major-label imprint), and somewhere else down the line, building upon continually well-received performances by playing live with a orchestra. Chris Walla, acting as producer for last year's Arrows, left his fingerprints all over the thing; it shares that sleek and muscular feel you've heard on every Death Cab for Cutie album since Transatlanticism. Catch tonight's concert as the Seattle Rock Orchestra complements these local boys who've done good. Opener Black Whales hail from Seattle, but like some of their lyrics suggest ("I'm going and I won't cover my tracks/I'm going to San Francisco") the band's nearest sonic contemporaries can be found in the Bay Area. Balancing between the sun-bleached jangly melodies of the Fresh & Onlys and darker psych-pop as perfected by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Whales borrow enough from across the '60s-revivalist spectrum to produce unique results. Neptune Theatre, $15 adv/$17 DOS, 8 pm.
ANDREW W.K., THE EVAPORATORS
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the album that catapulted partying headfirst into the 21st century, Andrew W.K. is playing I Get Wet in its entirety on this nationwide tour. It's a rare reprieve from W.K.'s usual concerns, which involve doling out party tips on Twitter and acting as a self-help speaker for a generation programmed to fist-bump. While Wet's processed riffage and lite-metal vocals can sound a bit dated by today's standards, live is really the only way to experience the album's unbridled testament to the positive effects of rocking out. Showbox at the Market, $25 adv/$28 DOS, 7 pm.