There is one major, must-see all-ages concert this week, and that's Lightning Bolt at Healthy Times Fun Club with Flexions and the Planets. But if you didn't score advance tickets for that April 9 show, there are, fortunately, some alternatives.
This event is a twofer, with sets by two righteous bands and the work of local photogs Ryan Furbush and Frank Correa on display. Call it an art opening or whatever—just know that you'll have the opportunity to see Seattle's best live sound-sculptors alongside some visitors with a gift for mangled no-fi dub pop. Cairo, 8 pm, $5.
WET NIGHTMARE, SAME-SEX DICTATOR, SO PITTED, NOD OFF
Dingy quartet Wet Nightmare celebrate the release of a new record at this free show, which will segue into an early- morning afterparty. Also performing are death-psych rippers Same-Sex Dictator, Nod Off, and So Pitted—which features Liam Downey (formerly of Brite Futures, now of the Fabulous Downey Brothers) and Spurm's Nathan Rodriguez, who should prime the crowd for maximum carousal. Radar Hair and Records, 9 pm, free.
IF 'N OOF
If you'd rather stay in than go out tonight, you can always sit down with Lightning Bolt drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale's new 800-page graphic novel If 'n Oof, an epic action-comedy set in a surreal landscape populated by "plant/human/cyborg hybrids" and "failed creatures" that's haunted by "the looming, dark threat of a shattered god" and told entirely in splash pages. Critics agree: It's fucking awesome. Your couch, anytime.