Everything Electric: Natasha Kmeto, Nordic Soul, Tracer Visuals
(Electric Tea Garden) See Data Breaker.
Ancient Warlocks, Dwellers, Backwoods Payback, Broxa
(Highline) Ancient Warlocks trade in stony riffs, gut-punch drumming, and an overall chug that will have fans of bong rips in the desert hunting the local vinyl bins for the stark black-and-white 7-inch cover with drawings of apes after tonight's show. "Superwizard," b/w "Into the Night," suggests great things are to come. Openers Dwellers ("Gutsville"), Backwoods Payback (West Chester, Pennsylvania), and Seattle's Broxa all seem to share the affinity for the sludgy, mid-tempo riff. GRANT BRISSEY
SXSW Send-Off: Brite Futures, Say Hi
(Crocodile) It's that time of the year when some of the best local bands flee the cold, wet, and gray Pacific Northwest for the land of sun, bats, and breakfast tacos. Dozens of local artists are heading down to Austin for SXSW this year, and tonight's show is just one of many send-offs happening around town, where we have a chance to wish them good luck on their journey to be seen and written about by boozed-up bloggers and writers. Eric Elbogen of Say Hi, who has hinted on Twitter that a new record may drop before year's end, will be playing a solo set, while the neon-drenched dance party that is Brite Futures will be performing at full power. And because the Crocodile is so kind, they're putting all of the proceeds directly into the band's hands, which I'm sure will be very appreciated as gas prices soar past $4 a gallon. MEGAN SELING
Country Lips, Palatine Ave, the Horse Thieves
(Tractor) Country music gets a bad rap, and it's mostly the fault of goody two-shoes like Keith Urban and Garth Brooks. I mean, back in the day, country was full of bad boys (and if you've never read George Jones's memoir, I Lived to Tell It All, you really should—that man was an animal!). Seattle's Country Lips sound and play more like classic country's raucous and rowdy boys—and their live shows are becoming legendarily wild. It's hard to stand still when eight-plus members are bringin' the foot-stompers. Country Lips are putting the party back in the original party music. Somebody had to do it. It's not always about tears falling in your beer. KELLY O