Wednesday 8/3

Digitalism, Jack Beats, Gesaffelstein

(Showbox at the Market) See Data Breaker.

KMFDM, Army of the Universe, 16volt, Human Factors Lab

(El Corazón) I was first turned on to KMFDM by the false-yet-fucking-hilarious rumor that their name stands for "Kill Motherfucking Depeche Mode." Turns out, it's an acronym for a German phrase I don't even know how to translate: "Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid." ["No majority for the pity," says Google. —ed.] What began as the dark and twisted brainchild of Sascha Konietzko in 1984 soon spiraled into success on a global scale, allowing the band to extend its hypercharged political messages and crushing industrial grooves to the masses throughout the '90s and beyond. KMFDM's 17th studio album, WTF, was released this past April and includes, among other notable tracks, a song titled "Rebels in Kontrol," a five-minute ode to WikiLeaks main man Julian Assange. After 17 years, they're still finding new ways to "up the (cyber) punx." KEVIN DIERS

BC Campbell, Fan Fiction, Tokyoidaho

(Sunset) If you've been knocking around Seattle at all for the past decade or so, you've seen some of the members of Fan Fiction in bands like Rural Pictures, Sky Cries Mary, and Voyager One, as well as playing with Heather Duby and Gerald Collier, among other outfits. It should be no surprise that this band—that's only played a handful of shows and just released an EP—is really good. The pastoral folk-pop of Rural Pictures' Steven Rossan gets a nice jolt of propulsive pop and epic, tasteful guitar work. If you're looking for a little more oomph than the current batch of campfire-folk—a little more distortion, a little less hand clapping—Fan Fiction should be on your radar. BARBARA MITCHELL

Thursday 8/4

Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, the Sadies

(Showbox at the Market) See Sound Check.

Torche, Big Business, Helms Alee

(Neumos) Hot damn. This is one powerful lineup. Big Business shredder Toshi Kasai is sitting this tour out, but Crom/400 Blows ax grinder Scott Martin is handling all that atmospheric noodling you hear soaring around the rumbling rhythm-section constructions of Jared Warren and Coady Willis. The band has a new EP, the excellently titled Quadruple Single, out on its own Gold Metal label. On one track the only lyrics are "Guns/Guns/Guns are better than anything else." (When I Googled that line, perhaps unsurprisingly the top result was from Fox News.) The song is highly repetitive and gets lodged in your brain rather easily. Then you're the dude walking down the street with those words on repeat in your subconscious, which is sort of unsettling. GRANT BRISSEY

Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Seven Colors

(Josephine) There are two ways that I want to imagine someone experiencing this show. The first, and the way I like to imagine it most, happens through the eyes of someone who's completely unfamiliar with Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa. I mean, what goes through your mind when you watch someone invoke the spirit of an ageless demon by turning his vocal cords into a variety of menacing didgeridoos and chanting incantations and premonitions in Indonesian for the first time? Probably I think I really want to dance to this. I also imagine a lot of people giddily anticipating doing the sort of lurching, propulsive motions that the songs inspire. You can't really lose either way. So go to this and maybe take a friend. They'll appreciate it. DAN OBERBRUNER

The Greatest Hits, Megasapien, Rishloo, Cristina Bautista & the Gold Parts

(High Dive) When Burke Thomas glues music notes together, the result is always a fantastically frantic, pulsating pop song that explodes with huge guitar riffs, booming drums, and zaps of synthesizers that make the song sound like it's coming from the next galaxy over. If you've heard Pris, you know what I'm talking about (if not, get thee to the Google now!). His newer project, Megasapien, is more of the same, this time with Lian Light (of Magneto) on vocals and Abe Millet (of Third Eye Blind) on bass. Tonight they celebrate the release of their new album, Surrender—to preview their blasts of pop rock, hit up and hear the record for free. MEGAN SELING

Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers feat. Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston

(Jazz Alley) Bainbridge Island's Bill Frisell is one of the world's quietest-sounding guitar heroes. Classified as a jazz musician by many, Frisell ranges wide stylistically to encompass folk, rock, blues, country, classical, and even noise in his work. His diversity also extends to his collaborators, who've included John Zorn, Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello, Jon Hassell, and Brian Eno. Frisell generates subdued thrills through his trademark understatement; for example, his cover of the Whitfield/Strong classic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" remarkably recasts the stormy heartbreaker as a ballad of exquisite beauty. Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers band—with violist Eyvind Kang and drummer Rudy Royston—is another facile vehicle in which the guitarist can flaunt his eclectic good taste in covers, supple dexterity on his ax, and inventive arranging skills. DAVE SEGAL

Friday 8/5

Skarp, Countdown to Armageddon, Streetwalker, Anhedonist, Asymmetric Warfare

(Black Lodge) See preview.

Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers feat. Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Seven Colors

(Chop Suey) Seattle trio Flexions' debut LP, Leisure Time, is a tough act to follow, with its distinctive fusion of dub, post-punk, film-noir soundtrack tension, and occasional shafts of breezy, tropical atmospheres. With their sophomore full-length, Golden Fjord (for which tonight's show is a release party), Flexions benefit from the addition of Truckasauras/Foscil member Tyler Swan's nuanced, intuitive drumming and an increased reliance on tantalizing electronic textures. Flexions have gotten more exotic sounding and expanded their repertoire of moods, proving that they could have a promising career in film scoring, given a break or two. Your move, directors. DAVE SEGAL

Pizza Fest: King Tuff, Shannon and the Clams, the Trashies, the Audacity, Rayon Beach, LoveTan, John Wesley Coleman III

(Funhouse) If all the bands on this bill were pizzas, they would go something like this: King Tuff, the hand-tossed crust like so many longhaired '70s rocker dudes threw at their pizza place side jobs. Shannon and the Clams: the extra sweet sauce that one cannot live without. The Trashies: always the mushrooms—'shrooms used to grow from their practice space carpet, and "White Mold" is one of their best new songs. The Audacity: who dares to forget the pepperoni? Rayon Beach: sweet psychedelic pineapple from Texas. LoveTan: two extremely spicy meatballs. John Wesley Coleman III: a blend of cheeses, some of which you recognize from the past, and the rest just deliciously unconventional and new. KELLY O See also preview.

Pickwick, American Girls, the Mallard

(Columbia City Theater) Fuck, man, Pickwick are good! Based on stuff I heard a couple years ago, I assumed they were still a folk band, and I've had enough folk bands to last me a few decades. But nope. Pickwick's songs explode with blues, soul, and gospel by way of horns, tambourines, and singer Galen Disston's blue-eyed-soul/R&B vocals. Sometimes it feels a little cheesy (the song "Limelight," for example), but others like "Hacienda Motel" and "The Round" are spot-fucking-on. And they've probably got band member Kory Kruckenberg to thank for at least some of that, as he records all their songs and HE WON A GRAMMY. I'm glad you changed up your game, Pickwick. And sorry I'm late to the party. MEGAN SELING

The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Black Whales

(Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre) Black Whales recently released their second record, Shangri-La Indeed, and wouldn't today—while the sun is (let's hope) shining—be a great time to hear them play some of the jangly folk/garage-pop songs for free? Outside? With two other notoriously talented local acts, the Maldives and Hey Marseilles? The answer is yes! Yes! Yes! Besides, when was the last time you enjoyed a summer evening by sitting outside, enjoying some great music, and getting a tan (or sunburn)? Oh, shit. Block Party. Right. Well, whatever. Go anyway! MEGAN SELING

Saturday 8/6

Slayer, Rob Zombie, Exodus

(WaMu Theater) See preview and Stranger Suggests.

The Physics, Grynch, Dyno Jamz, Brothers from Another, Hi-Life Soundsystem, Malice & Mario Sweet, Fly Moon Royalty

(Crocodile) See My Philosophy.

Dntel, the One AM Radio, Geotic

(Neumos) See Data Breaker.

KEXP BBQ: Fool's Gold, Capsula, Virgin Islands, Mad Rad

(Mural Amphitheatre) See Underage.

Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers feat. Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Showcase

(Neumos, 1 pm) Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is just what it sounds like: a summer camp for girls to plunge themselves into the world of music—forming bands, writing songs, and availing themselves of the wonderful community that can spring up among the musically involved. Today brings Rain City Rock Camp's second showcase of the summer, starring a whole bunch of bands composed entirely of elementary-to-high-school-age girls. I attended one of last summer's showcases and was delighted. Some bands sounded like the Shaggs. Others sounded like Veruca Salt. All inspired me to scream supportively. DAVID SCHMADER

Monogamy Party, Consulate, Gaytheist, Pouch

(2 Bit Saloon) Whoa, Monogamy Party have some new demos up on SoundCloud (, and they're much more revealing than the one hazy time when I saw them play and the few harried YouTube clips out there. These songs are clearer, much more technical—with distinct parts and changes—than I remember. I'm still hearing a little bit of Karp, but now it's only in the hyperactive scream-singing and the fuzzed-out bass. MP's constructions are much more rigid. GRANT BRISSEY

Big Spider's Back, USF

(Cairo) Big Spider's Back—former Seattle/current NYC producer Yair Rubinstein—just released his debut album, Memory Man. It's a strong advance on his Warped EP, which established BSB as one of the region's most promising proponents of beatific electronic pop. Reputedly built on a foundation of British library music, Indian film soundtracks, and field recordings, Memory Man clarifies the focus of BSB's refulgent melodies and broadens his vocabulary of textural and percussive sounds. "Secret Chiefs" and "Black Chow" are especially beautiful, blissful efflorescences of BSB's talent. He's playing on the bill with his Seattle buddies, collaborators, and sonic allies USF. Dreamy times await you. DAVE SEGAL

Sunday 8/7

Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers feat. Eyvind Kang and Rudy Royston

(Jazz Alley) See Thursday.

Monday 8/8

Jam Jam Jamaica Holla: DJ Collage, DJ Element

(Baltic Room) See Data Breaker.

Tuesday 8/9

Teen Daze, Candy Claws, Desert Noises, Aan

(Vera) See Underage.

Pictureplane, Javelin, Hollagramz

(Sunset) See preview.

A Better Hope Foundation, Aspire, Cowardice, Cascabel, Olde Ghost

(Black Lodge) At first glance, A Better Hope Foundation looks like the name of a nonprofit. And though they're certainly not handing out any final wishes to youngsters or finding shelter for the homeless, touring in a packed 18-passenger van for months on end to play hardcore music for all-ages audiences is certainly a nonprofitable thing. And though they might not be seeing financial stability anytime soon, these are the kinds of stacked shows that make it worth it. ABHF are a four-piece band from Southern California that writes driving, melodic hardcore filled to the brim with epic sing-along parts. Local bands Cowardice and Cascabel serve as perfect openers, providing both midpaced hardcore jams and shredding metallic mosh anthems. KEVIN DIERS