Dead Can Dance
(Marymoor Park) See Stranger Suggests.
Kid Smpl, qp, Tony Goods, DJ D'Nelski
(Baltic Room) See Data Breaker.
NighTrain, Hey Lover, Pony Time, Panama Gold
(Comet) This show is going to be Funfetti cake with Funfetti frosting! NighTrain are incredible to watch—post-punk lady soul or "locomotive punk" with repeating choruses full of lyrics like "Don't worry y'all, it's just my mating call" will get you pulling all the dance muscles in your legs and butt (yes, the dance muscle in your butt). Also there to ensure that you have a hard time walking to work the next day are Pony Time—Seattle's hardest second-hardest-working band. They will play your show (anytime), and they will blow you away (every time) with a set of catchy garage hits—now with added guitar! Hey Lover are a Portland two-piece making enthusiastic, fruit-snack bedroom pop. I haven't seen Hey Lover yet, but their online videos make me want to actually make a Funfetti cake and bring it down to the Comet for them. EMILY NOKES
Corey Fuller, Tomoyoshi Date, En, Marcus Fischer
(Chapel Performance Space) Corey Fuller was born in the United States but raised in Japan; Tomoyoshi Date also grew up in Japan but was born in Brazil. They both live in Tokyo and make music together under the name ILLUHA, music that one reviewer last year described as "seamless harmonious unions between the electronic and natural realms" in a review of their recording made in a 100-year-old church in Bellingham, where they captured the natural acoustics of the vaulted ceilings and stained glass. (Date is also a physician practicing Western and Eastern medicines.) These interesting humans will perform with San Francisco–based En and 12k labelmate Marcus Fischer. JEN GRAVES
Brad, the Young Evils, Posse
(Mural Amphitheater) The outdoor music series from KEXP and Seattle Center continues with some great local acts. Brad have been around since the early 1990s, and are composed of some old-school Seattle rockers, including members of Malfunkshun and Pearl Jam. Pop-rock outfit the Young Evils have alluring male-female harmonies, but their catchy songs can also showcase a darker side. Indie rockers Posse just released the Some Dongs EP, which covers Bill Callahan songs; I heartily approve of this. This free all-ages show starts at 5:30 p.m., and remember that the Armory has many new food options (including Skillet and MOD Pizza) for a picnic. GILLIAN ANDERSON
Red Fang, Black Breath, Brokaw
(Neumos) As the rest of the world continues to jump aboard Red Fang's runaway train, we Northwesterners get to see less and less of the scorching Portland-based band. Used to be they'd frequent Seattle, but now the kick-ass foursome are busy touring America and Europe with bands like Megadeth, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, and Black Tusk. They're fucking great, so they absolutely deserve the exposure and success, but it also means you definitely need to take advantage of this Seattle appearance and headbang your heart out. Because afterward, they disappear again, visiting exotic places like Germany, Brazil, and West Hollywood. MEGAN SELING
Black Stax, Radio Raheem, Fysha
(Columbia City Theater) Black Stax are basically Felicia Loud and Silent Lambs Project (Jace Ecaj and Silas Blak). The three (two rappers and a soul singer) form a unit whose main, if not only, purpose is to produce good hiphop. This purpose, sadly, has lost favor with many local rappers, who now see hiphop as nothing more than a medium for self-promotion. For these people, hiphop is no longer about the music; it's about increasing their popularity, doubling followers on Twitter, and tripling friends on Facebook. Black Stax have no such illusions or designs. For these veterans, it begins and ends with the music. If local artists don't follow their example, we will not get out of the current creative slump. CHARLES MUDEDE