Your week in Seattle music, featuring AC/DC, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Julia Holter and more.
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $15 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com). With Corey J. Brewer
Godheadsilo’s mission essentially boils down to “make as much racket as possible with drums, amps and pedals,” and the bass-and-drums duo, though largely unknown in the mainstream, has inspired many others to do the same. (Lightning Bolt, one of noise rock’s most prominent bands, counts themselves as fans.) The Fargo, N.D., band toured its pulverizing music incessantly throughout the ’90s before disbanding in 1998. They’ve returned to playing shows, still loud as ever.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; Sold out (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).
It’s refreshing that, in a time of constant distraction, a band like Godspeed You! Black Emperor can sell out two nights at Neumos. The long-running collective’s post-rock epics are known as much for their length as they are for their drama: instrumental rock that crests and swells like a miniature symphony. Latest album “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress” is an exercise in brevity for GY!BE; its four tracks clock in at just 40 minutes.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $18 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Lower Dens, Hibou
Though they play live as a full band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is, production-wise and thematically, the work of one guy, Ruban Nielson. He engineered and produced “Multi-Love,” a probing and pop-forward album about polyamory, in his Portland basement, achieving a vintage-leaning psych/soul sound that loads of bands aspire to but few nail this well.
Mommy Long Legs
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $10 (360-723-0088 or www.columbiacitytheater.com). With Wimps, Boyfriends
If five years ago—when The Head and the Heart was Seattle’s hottest up-and-coming band and people were anxiously awaiting Fleet Foxes’ second album—someone said feminist punk would be Seattle’s most vibrant, nationally recognized music scene in 2016, they’d have had a banjo thrown at them. Mommy Long Legs is one of the scene’s newer bands, and with songs like “Weird Girl” and “Cat Callers,” among the clearest in outlining its music’s purpose.
9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $30–$50 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Pharoahe Monch
Reflection Eternal, the duo of Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, put out two albums of socially conscious East Coast hip-hop 10 years apart: 2000’s “Train of Thought,” generally considered a zeitgeisty underground rap record, and 2010’s “Revolutions Per Minute.” It’s a sound that’s aged well, and Kweli remains one of rap’s most gifted storytellers.
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $12 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com). With Shelley Short
Young New Zealander Marlon Williams is blessed with a golden set of pipes, a rare attribute for an artist who works with the sort of traditions he does—country, bluegrass and folk. Fittingly, he’s set to release music on Dead Oceans, a destination for plain-spoken modern folk songwriting like Tallest Man on Earth and Phosphorescent.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $75–$140 (253-272-3663 OR www.tacomadome.org).
Though far from the first band to play rock music, AC/DC is in many ways the first Rock Band, popularizing a great number of sonic and aesthetic affections that have since been worn into cliche from overuse (high-school garage bands, “Guitar Hero,” Jack Black, etc.). The best-selling rock band, with most of its classic-era lineup intact, returns to the Tacoma Dome.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $13 (360-723-0088 or www.columbiacitytheater.com.) With Circuit Des Yeux
Julia Holter’s early work was high-concept stuff: albums inspired by Euripides and obscure ’50s musicals, songs that quoted Virginia Woolf and Frank O’Hara. Last year’s “Have You in My Wilderness,” by contrast, could be classified as piano pop (she’s a gifted keyboardist and singer), but it maintains the atmosphere and ambiguity that made her older music so intriguing.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $26–$28.50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Much like Phish, the band where he’s played bass for more than 30 years, Mike Gordon employs a cornucopia of influences in his music: psychedelic rock, jazz, reggae, blues. This tour sees Evans, no stranger to gimmickry in his main band, employing a custom instrument called the REEL that fans can play as it traverses the crowd.
The Soft Moon
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com).
The Soft Moon’s Luis Vasquez makes bleak, harrowing music that’s a little electronic, a little post-punk and a lot like Nine Inch Nails in the years before Trent Reznor started hitting the gym. Vasquez is touring behind “Deeper,” a mechanized beast of an album that’s his most purposeful work to date.