FRIDAY 7/18

UNLIKELY SUPERDUO CHRIS BROKAW AND ALEXANDER HACKE, SPAZ PUNKS HEALTH PROBLEMS

Calling all freaks! Here ye, hear ye: Tonight delivers unto us the first performance from an unexpected duo of two weird rock icons—guitarist/drummer Chris Brokaw (most known for prominent '90s slowcore act Codeine) and Alexander Hacke (core member of German industrial pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten)—who met while performing with prominent session drummer JR Robinson as Wrekmeister Harmonies. It's going to be an intimate-setting tour de strange, which could pull from a variety of experimental influences—the set could sound like anything, but preemptive geek-stasy is well-deserved for the possibilities of this brilliantly oddball combo. My longstanding band crush on local noise-punk openers Health Problems is regularly plastered across these pages, but with abrasive, arty punk this promising, more is never enough. The trio possesses an acute musicality and arresting energy that's as infectious as it is destabilizing. Please note that no advance tickets will be sold for this show, so plan to arrive punk-tually. Cairo, 8 pm, $10.

FRI–SUN 7/18–20

ANACORTES UNKNOWN: A WEEKEND OF WEIRD MUSIC

This celebration of classically Northwestern independent music in the sequestered mecca-of-weird Anacortes should offer a reflective retreat for the DIY-minded and musically curious. Many of the 30-plus acts are associated with legendary indie label K and/or underground cultural hot spots Olympia and, well, Anacortes—and also favor subdued, quirky, thoughtful songwriting. Highlights of this well-crafted lineup include internationally revered folk magician Bonnie "Prince" Billy's poignant and ghostly realism, as well as Olympia contributions from Seuss-approved soft-rockers LAKE, grungegaze punks Broken Water, and the Calvin Johnson–led, ironically swaggering Hive Dwellers. Other unmissables for the weekend include performance-arty rock duo Mecca Normal, Mount Eerie's doomy drone-folk lullabies, William Blake–infused trance-punk standbys Malaikat dan Singa, dreamy folkish ensemble Lovers Without Borders (featuring Karl Blau), San Francisco math-rock chillers Tenebre, and Stranger Genius Award–winning cellist Lori Goldston. Full passes are sold out, but partial passes (including everything but Saturday's dinner show) are still available. See anacortesunknown.com for full schedule, partial pass $45. recommended