Friday 1/31 at Neptune Andrew Rutherford

Wednesday 1/29

Dent May, Jack Name, Acapulco Lips

(Chop Suey) Headliner Dent May is a fey, ukulele-playing singer-songwriter from Mississippi who records for Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label. His newest album, Warm Blanket, fleshes out his sound with electronic elements and bigger beats, with May's vocals sounding like a cross between Edwyn Collins and Mayer Hawthorne. Blanket's best song, "Born Too Late," possesses a string-laden homage to John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" theme, so my previous indifference toward May has receded a bit. The main attraction tonight, though, is Jack Name (the tour guitarist for White Fence), whose Light Show is a mind-bonking rock carnival ranging from frenzied bubblegum glam to Codeined fantasias to "Pure Terror," the most glorious psych-pop tune this side of Mercury Rev's "Car Wash Hair." And more. Read the article about Jack Name, "Run for the Shadows," in the January 22 issue. DAVE SEGAL

Thursday 1/30

Zappa Plays Zappa

(Neptune) The thing about Zappa Plays Zappa—Dweezil Zappa's tirelessly touring group that pays tribute to his late father Frank's music—is that they will never run out of material, even if Dweez lives to be 100. That's because the Zappa/Mothers of Invention canon is huge, diverse, and rarely dull. For this date, ZPZ celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roxy & Elsewhere, a double live album that features some of Frank's strangest and most intricate compositions. While Dweezil won't have George Duke (RIP), Ruth Underwood, Don Preston, or Jeff Simmons in tow, he's sure to have a crack cast to execute these madly inventive songs. This should be a reverent homage to an irreverent sonic provocateur. DAVE SEGAL

Guitar in the Space Age: Bill Frisell

(Jazz Alley) The electric guitar really began to blossom as a musical phenomenon in the space age, back when mainstream America—and especially the supersonic Northwest—was giddy with the idea of a youth-friendly future that moved at the speed of electrons. Dick Dale, Chuck Berry, Speedy West, the Wrecking Crew, the Astronauts, Duane Eddy, and the rest of the gang were the sweetly naive soundtrack for that sweetly naive era. Tonight, the ever-morphing jazz-guitar experiment known as Bill Frisell will join four master collaborators (Greg Leisz on electric and pedal steel guitar, Tony Scherr on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums) to fool around in that interstellar rock 'n' roll playground. If you've ever wanted to check out the legendary and prolific Frisell but have been intimidated by his wilder experiments, this is your golden opportunity. He'll be starting with the all-too-familiar American pop canon and, let's hope, launching it into orbit. BRENDAN KILEY

MusiCares benefit: Jayhawks vs. Uncle Tupelo with Star Anna, Massy Ferguson, Evening Bell, Annie Ford Band

(Tractor) It's common knowledge that people who make a serious go of it in the music business sometimes find themselves broke, uninsured, and especially vulnerable to the crap that can happen to any of us (earthquakes, illness, flooding, folly). This show is a benefit for MusiCares, an organization that serves as a safety net for music folks in bad situations. Tonight, a whole passel of alt-country musicians—Star Anna, the Swearengens, Barb Hunter, the Radio Nationals, Red Jacket Mine, many more—will try to outdo each other with covers of Jayhawks and Uncle Tupelo tunes. There will be good-natured competitive craziness and a raffle. Hosted by Don Slack of KEXP's country-roadhouse-twang show Swingin' Doors. BRENDAN KILEY

Friday 1/31

The Maldives

(Tractor) See preview.

MOTOR: Raica, Airport, Apartment Fox, Patternmaster, DJ Domenica

(Lo-Fi) See preview and Data Breaker.

Wimps, the Mantles, Still Caves

(Victory Lounge) See Sound Check.

Battlecaps, Kublakai, Tricericorn, the Halves Two, Akrish

(High Dive) See My Philosophy.

Guitar in the Space Age: Bill Frisell

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Washed Out, Kingdom Crumbs, Kisses

(Neptune) Washed Out's endless, shimmering synth is like taking an Ambien at noon, in the summer, and then drifting down to the beach with a cooler of peach mimosas. You lie on the sand, feeling vaguely buzzed, but mostly drowsy and disoriented as layers and layers of warm dance pop wash over you. In between dehydrated naps, a blurry voice assures you: "It feels all right" and "You're far away"—at least you think that's what he's saying. A couple hours or days later, you wake up draped in seaweed and sunburned. Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) plays tonight with LA duo Kisses, bringing you all the pastel new-wave music you can handle, and Seattle four-piece hiphop/spiritual-space-exploration unit Kingdom Crumbs. EMILY NOKES See also My Philosophy.

Ultra Bidé, Two Heads Is Twice as Many Teeth

(El Corazón) When people discuss the roots of current noise-rock bands like METZ, Pissed Jeans, and Young Widows, they typically point to the 1990s rosters of Touch & Go and Amphetamine Reptile. Fair enough—Jesus Lizard, Big Black, and Killdozer certainly continue to wield their influence. But what about the Alternative Tentacles catalog? C'mon, certainly Alice Donut, Nomeansno, and Japanese dual-bass machine Ultra Bidé deserve equal credit. After all, Ultra Bidé have cranked out their low-end-heavy skuzzy no wave for longer than most of the current noiseniks have been alive. Their latest album, DNA vs DNA-c, came out after a 15-year gap between releases, but it's still as warped and abrasive as their early records. Let the old guys show the young'uns how it's done. BRIAN COOK

White Denim, Clear Plastic Masks

(Neumos) Since the late '00s, White Denim have developed their sound from a brassy, take-the-corners-wide garage/punk/noise thing to a Y2K-compliant take somewhere in the ballpark of Cream or the Allman Brothers. And while that's not the most exciting evolution under the sun of noise, the Austin four-piece does a fine job of not bumming you out with the change. It doesn't hurt that they've clearly mastered their instruments and songwriting chops in that time. Their latest, Corsicana Lemonade, which features coproduction from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, bears at least one solid jam in "Pretty Green," and elsewhere, "Street Joy" and "Anvil Everything" off 2011's D are sleeper classics. Further discography exploration recommended. I have not seen them live. GRANT BRISSEY

The Pack A.D., the Dee Dees

(Barboza) I bet both of these bands would kick in you right in the shins if you called them "girl bands." Sure, both members of Vancouver garage-rock two-piece the Pack A.D. and the four members of Seattle's Dee Dees have "female" checked on their respective driver's licenses, but simply "girl bands" they are not. Pack A.D. singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer/songwriter Maya Miller play loud minimalist rock, à la other loud and rowdy two-pieces like the Black Keys and the Kills. The Dee Dees are this city's premier Ramones tribute band, playing the punk classics from the '70s and beyond. Both wanna party with you and properly shake the roof of Barboza. KELLY O

Cumulus, Dresses

(Chop Suey) Seattle's most recent big-name export, Macklemore, achieved celebrity with an unlikely combination of handsome-boy swag, positive messaging, and '90s-leaning soulful beats. Cumulus, led by songwriter Alexandra Niedzialkowski, is likely to break onto the national scene for slightly more familiar reasons: well-honed songwriting chops, professional musicianship, and an ear for the occasional unstoppable, arena-ready hook. "Do You Remember," the anthemic first cut off their debut album, I Never Meant It to Be Like This, is one indie-movie make-out montage away from going platinum. Might as well hop on the bandwagon while the getting's good. KYLE FLECK

Saturday 2/1

Helms Alee

(Neumos) See Stranger Suggests.

Action Bronson

(Neptune) See Underage and My Philosophy.

The Maldives

(Tractor) See preview.

Guitar in the Space Age: Bill Frisell

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Mary Lambert, Lemolo, Pollens

(Showbox at the Market) What an effing couple of years Mary Lambert's had. After an excessively tough upbringing (featuring abuse, depression, evangelical Christianity, and Mars Hill Church), she graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and immediately began putting her degree in music composition to use. In 2012, she wrote and sang the invaluable hook for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love." In early 2013, she released her poetry book 500 Tips for Fat Girls, and in later 2013, she joined Macklemore for his "Same Love" juggernaut/victory lap; the sight of this gorgeous NW girl trading diva vocals with the professionally sculpted (and still plenty gorgeous) Jennifer Hudson at the VMAs was one of my favorite media moments of the year. Having just released her second EP, Welcome to the Age of My Body, Lambert lights up the stage at Showbox at the Market tonight, along with openers Lemolo and (fellow Cornish grads!) Pollens. DAVID SCHMADER

Piano Piano, NGHTBLND, Slow Bird

(Crocodile) Piano Piano? Not a name that inspires optimism—nor makes web searches particularly fruitful. Thankfully, the Seattle group's music overcomes those handicaps. Their baroque, elegant rock bears similarities to that of Explosions in the Sky, but Piano Piano mostly avoid the longueurs of that popular post-rock band. PP's four musicians excel at launching fluid, florid melodies into the night sky, sometimes in tranquil beauty, other times in artful turbulence. Their proggy ambition is damn refreshing in a world overrun with underachievers. DAVE SEGAL

Sunday 2/2

Guitar in the Space Age: Bill Frisell

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Monday 2/3

Mayer Hawthorne, Quadron

(Neumos) Michigan's "blue-eyed (neo) soul" singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne is a talented dude with an earnest approach to his mighty fine retro-sounding music, and now has three solid albums to his name after last year's Where Does This Door Go. Denmark's Quadron (now living in Los Angeles) are fellow purveyors of modernized old-school sounds, and fitting openers for Hawthorne's throwback stylings. Featuring sultry-voiced Coco O on vocals and producer Robin Braun on their loungey electronic beats, their formula is simple but effective, and the end result heard on their recent Avalanche was enough to confirm that they're one of the best things happening in this genre today. MIKE RAMOS


(Capitol Cider) Newly installed at Capitol Cider, Latin jazz/soul collective EntreMundos are now busting out "diverse and groovy" jams every Monday night. Led by the silky vocal stylings of Adriana Giordano, EntreMundos' masterful musicians are equally fit for boogie-down blues, Brazilian funk, or old-fashioned torch songs. And, as EntreMundos bills itself a "jam session," expect to hear some newcomers rock the mic as well. The Hill just got that much funkier. KYLE FLECK

Tuesday 2/4

Oneohtrix Point Never, the Sight Below, Dawn of Midi, Nordic Soul

(Crocodile) See Data Breaker.

La Luz, Pure Bathing Culture

(Neumos) Local surf-rock quartet La Luz experienced some severe highs and lows in 2013. While they released a serious contender for Seattle album of the year with their excellent and widely celebrated It's Alive, they also suffered a severe accident on the road when their tour van slipped on a patch of black ice and was struck by an out-of-control semitruck, leaving them with bruises and broken bones, destroying their gear, and forcing them to cancel their remaining dates (opening for indie veterans of Montreal, no less). Now healed up and fully back at it thanks to donations from their supporters, the band will headline their first local show of 2014—sure to be a righteous celebration of their accomplishments and resilience, and a welcome continuation of the progress they made last year. MIKE RAMOS