Sidi Touré, Garage Voice, Atlantic Melody
(Crocodile) Living in Seattle, it's easy to forget that there's more to life—and music—than skinny white people singing about their feelings in English through varying degrees of amplification. All the more reason to celebrate a visit from Malian guitarist and songwriter Sidi Touré, who is touring North America this summer for only the second time. Audible joy suffuses his sophomore full-length, Koïma, and its blend of nimble fingerpicking, piquant vocal harmonies, and animated featherweight percussion. Koïma translates into English as "go hear," and whether you're an ardent fan of African music or simply in search of a refreshing change of pace for your summer playlist, you'd be wise to heed that command. KURT B. REIGHLEY

The Soft White Sixties, the Grizzled Mighty, Branden Daniel and the Chics, the Mad Caps
(Barboza) What do you think a San Francisco quintet called the Soft White Sixties sound like? Like a throwback to that city's '60s Haight daze? Not really. The Soft White Sixties' songs aren't lysergic enough for that sort of homage. Rather, they traffic in meaty, sweaty rock and soul that's steeped in the Black Crowes/Black Keys school of faithful revivalism. It's trad, dad. Seattle's the Grizzled Mighty make for complementary openers, grinding out hard-livin', fuzzy blues rock with thick-wristed gusto. You've heard it before and you'll still dig it, even in the nth iteration. DAVE SEGAL

Stickers, Spray Paint, Speedy Ortiz, Detective Agency
(Funhouse) That Seattle trio Stickers' no-wave/sax skronk can make a crowd get right down has been well documented in these pages, but Austin's Spray Paint may be a less-known name to this city. On "Jimi Hendrix's Apartment," one of the few tracks available on the information superhighway, the lovingly thumped drumbeats are more dynamic than the jagged guitar scrapings, which in turn take on more of a rhythmic role here. It's an agreeable destruct and rebuild of the standard rock/punk template, and these guys execute it with a rattled confidence. GRANT BRISSEY