5 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

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FRIDAY, MAY 13

Born Ruffians


The latest from this wily Canadian quartet brings more of the same indie rock quirk that the band is known for to the table. Production credit on their fourth studio album, RUFF, goes to Rusty Santos, who produced the band’s first two records when he wasn’t working with acts like Animal Collective and Eric Copeland. The result: a set of songs sonically similar to their earliest work. The churning guitar melodies and soaring voice of lead singer Luke Lalonde on songs such as “Stupid Dream” and “Don’t Live Up” capture the relentless energy that has kept the band’s music interesting throughout its career. (Jacob DeSmit), 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Grog Shop.

Chamba Music

In 2014, bassist Ed Sotelo and flautist Kathryn Metz, an ethnomusicologist who works at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, started playing Brazilian music as Bossa Novella because they wanted to play Latin American music from different countries. The band has since expanded to include percussionist Geoffrey Peterson and violinist and mandolin player Jeff Schuler. The group concentrates on Brazilian music, particularly songs that have made it into the jazz canon. (Jeff Niesel) 6 p.m., Free. The Euclid Tavern.

Joe Pug

Folk lovers should find plenty to admire with this singer/songwriter’s deep acoustic cuts. Drawing inspiration from authors such as Walt Whitman and Raymond Carver, Pug pairs his literary lyrics with ambling guitar melodies and blue-collar crooning to create a unique style of Americana storytelling. After breaking out in 2008 with his debut, Nation of Heat, Pug recorded his third album, Windfall, last year. From the first notes of opener “Bright Beginnings,” Pug’s guitar plucking hasn’t sounded crisper than it does on his latest work. (DeSmit), 8 p.m., $15 ADV, 18 DOS. Music Box Supper Club.

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Shawn & Shelby EP Release


Last year, Old Boy’s Shawn Brewster and Shelby Lynn Sangdahl started up a band they christened Shawn & Shelby as an outlet for the songs that didn’t quite fit with Brewster's indie rock act Old Boy. The group released an EP and regularly gigged around town. Now, the group is back with Stay With Me Lover, a nuanced collection of fragile tunes that sound like they could be from the Once soundtrack. The sparse ballad “Stay With Me Lover” features soft vocals and acoustic guitar and suggests the album's contemplative nature. The band will undoubtedly have the song on the set list for tonight's release party at the Beachland. (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $7 ADV, $10 DOS. Beachland Tavern.

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Allen Stone/Jared & the Mill


Born in Chewelah, Washington powerhouse singer Allen Stone started singing at his father’s church when he was just a kid. He wasn’t at all familiar with soul or R&B, but once he heard Stevie Wonder’s 1973 album Innnervisions, he was hooked. He moved to Spokane and then Seattle as he launched a recording career in 2010, self-releasing his first album, Last to Speak, and focusing on playing as many shows as possible.
 Highlights on his latest album, Radius, include the slow jam “Circle” and the funk-driven “Fake Future.” (Niesel), 8:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $22 DOS. Grog Shop.

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