Friday 8/12

ZEPHYRS, PROTECT ME, FOOTWORK

Zephyrs' Bye Sun, like many great records, spans a wide berth of (lo-fi) sounds. It's as if members Cameron Case and Pierce Adler bodyslammed their shelves of garage, ambient, and punk LPs and, in a fit of Dadaist adolescent spunk, arranged a modest masterpiece out of the ensuing mess of vinyl all over their bedroom floors. Album centerpiece "The Sound, Puget Sound" is a micro-epic morsel of fog-wrapped Cascadian ethereality. Cairo, 8 pm, $5.

Saturday 8/13

GANGLIANS, CUCKOO CHAOS

"Jungle," by Sacramento jammers Ganglians, is not only one of the best songs of the year to date—with its dawn-gilded harmonies, batter-crusted surf guitar, and rolling drums—but it also boasts what is definitively 2011's best music video. Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $11.

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Sunday 8/14

SADE, JOHN LEGEND

In this weird New New Age, where the "millennial" generation (our generation, the children of so many winery-concert-attending yacht- and soft-rock devotees) embraces and reinterprets previously derided soft, smooth, and otherwise soporific sounds, it makes perfect sense that adult contemporary mainstay Sade is enjoying a renewed popularity with the youngsters. West Coast rapper Droop-E made a whole EP out of brilliantly employed Sade samples, and Pitchfork gave the veteran's Soldier of Love a glowing review, making it and Helplessness Blues the only two Pitchfork-okayed albums to be well-stocked at Starbucks this year. KeyArena, 8 pm, $49.50–$149.50.