THE WELCOME RETURN OF NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL

(Neptune) The elusive Jeff Mangum’s sudden return and subsequent mini-tour in 2012 has come and gone, but rather than bowing back into anonymity (and to the delight of undoubtedly tons of millennial indie fans), he’s taking things even further with a full-on Neutral Milk Hotel reunion 16 years after the band’s last shows together. With Mangum plus Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes—the original lineup that came together after the initial release of On Avery Island—those who caught one (or both) of Mangum’s solo dates at the Moore a couple years ago have another excuse to go, and those who missed him the first time have an even better chance to experience the endearing emotive acoustic and fuzz-rock ballads about Jesus, ghosts, Two-Headed Boys and Anne Frank from one of the most celebrated songwriters of this era in a live setting. MIKE RAMOS
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VETERAN CLAMOR: SLEEP CAPSULE AND VAPORLAND

(Highline) Gather ’round for some Seattle rock veteran clamor. Sleep Capsule have been a reckless, careening force in the scene since 1990. Their internet presence is scarce and their Facebook page ungenerous with information, but one gathers that they blew back a lot of wigs during the Clinton administration when they opened for killer bands like Pain Teens, Polvo, and Cows. Sleep Capsule are still grinding away with a snarling aggression that shoves an old underground rocker’s mind back to the Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go labels’ heydays. Vaporland consist of former Sub Pop all-stars from Love Battery, the Fluid, and TAD—plus vocalist/percussionist Katie Scarberry. If dynamic, sing-along-able grunge-psych is your bag, your bag will be full to bursting with Vaporland’s old-pro panache. They have a new album due out in the spring, so expect to hear some of the new material tonight. Younger Seattle trio Skullbot combine jittery, accessible indie-rock structures with much stranger, warped psychedelic passages. Their best, weirdest track, “Rudzitis Rock,” is named after Vaporland’s singer. Synergy! DAVE SEGAL
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NO WEAK LINKS: A NIGHT OF UNDERGROUND ELECTRONIC GOODNESS, FROM BLOCKHEAD TO VOX MOD

(Nectar) Fans of percussive electronic instrumental music need look no further than this quadruple-stacked bill of producers. Headlining is New Yorker Blockhead, a principal architect of early/mid-’00s sample-based underground/indie hiphop beats, whose production for Aesop Rock and other Definitive Jux artists helped define an original sound. Texas native/Seattle resident Lusine has been releasing his own similarly downtempo, more ambient yet dance-floor-oriented material for even longer, with last year’s The Waiting Room showcasing his progression with diverse styles. Throw in Yppah’s textural, guitar-looping explorations and local audio-visual auteur Vox Mod’s unfazeable space-synth techno (some of the best from this genre coming out of Seattle today), and there’s not one weak spot in this lineup. MIKE RAMOS
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CELEBRATE SPRING WITH THE FLATBED TRUCK AT SLIM'S LAST CHANCE

Fuck yeah, SPRIIIIIIIING! Nice of you to start comin’ ’round again! Soon our friend summer will join us, too. And do you know what happens at Slim’s Last Chance, down on First Avenue South, once that sun starts shinin’? Well, I’ll tell you: The place’s patio turns into the biggest, bad-ass-est, backyard party that you never had at home! Picnic tables, ice-cold drinks, plenty o’ sunny-sunny-sunshine, four kinds of spicy chili (served with either grits or jalapeño mac ’n’ cheese)—AND… THE FLATBED TRUCK! Rowdy, funtime bands like Tacoma’s finest garage rockers Girl Trouble play on the bed of an old Ford F-600 truck—and all you gotta do is stand up and dance (or sit there on your dead ass, and finish your chili!). With Dirty Sidewalks. KELLY O
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"DROLL COMMENTARY" WITH THE FISHER ENSEMBLE

(Chapel Performance Space) Guitarist Mark Wilson, director/actor Gary Zinter, and pianist Nicole Truesdell give you Satie, the mystical modernist. Including a theatrical adaptation of Satie's Sports et Divertissements, "an offbeat collection of musical sketches and droll commentary about sports and other amusements."
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YAWN-ROCK BLUES: MYSTERY SHIP AND MOS GENERATOR

(Waid’s) The fact that current bands making blues-influenced rawk ’n’ roll can label themselves “classic rock” and everyone knows exactly what they mean seems strange. Is there another genre in which new-ish or up-and-coming artists label themselves immediately “classic”? It speaks to a level of creative atrophy in the rock community, and while proclaiming that “rock is dead” seems lazy, beside the point, and untrue, Mystery Ship and Mos Generator fail to inspire much feeling besides a shrug of the shoulders. They certainly tick off the boxes of ’70s bigwigs: nonstop shredding, an aversion to subtlety bordering on pathological, and solos erupting at any opportunity. What they fail to capture is the imagination. KYLE FLECK
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JACOB PHONO'S ALTERED TECHNO STATES

Well, aren’t we spoiled this week? Another great European dude—Danish-born Berlin DJ Jacob Phono—graces our town, this time to spin a three-hour set at the hot new spot, Kremwerk. Herr Phono’s spun at techno meccas Berghain/Panorama Bar and Tresor and thus demands your respect and rapt attention. He keeps it dark and trippy and he’s been known to sample Jim Morrison from that underrated An American Prayer LP. Rather than opting for easy anthems, Phono goes for the cumulative power of subtler, stealthier material, gradually nudging you into an altered state of mind and body. With Apolinario Ancheta and Nora Posch. Kremwerk, 8 pm, $10 before 11 pm, $15 after, 21+. DAVE SEGAL
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ELECTRO SMOOTHIES RED FALCON PROJECTS HEADLINE AN ECLECTIC BONKERS!

Another Bonkers! arrives to scramble your senses. Seattle/Indiana duo the Red Falcon Projects glide in that lofty realm where IDM and electro hook up and take acid together. The music on their newest album, Simply Ravishing, is beautiful and melting around the edges, like some gleaming, squelchy hybrid of Plaid and Luke Vibert. Miniature Airlines (Seattle’s Dylan Abbott) won the 2011 Laptop Battle thanks to his inventive beat programming and sweetly infectious melodies. He seemingly has an endless supply of those qualities. Logic Probe remain one of the city’s premier proponents of cerebral techno; their tracks restlessly shift off the 4/4 grid with Booth/Brown-like rigor. Bardo:Basho (Seattle producer/vocalist Kirsten Thom) works in the beatific, quasi-tribal mode of late-era Dead Can Dance, with traces of Laurie Anderson’s floating, uneasy ambience in the mix. With the jagged, dream-toned electro of Camino Acid (Portland’s SciFiSol and Señor Frio). Re-bar, 10 pm, $10 before 11 pm, 21+.
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FANTASIZE ABOUT MINIATURE UMBRELLAS ON TROPICAL BEACHES WITH TENDER AGE AND CO.

Portland dreamgaze-pop band Tender Age make pretty sounds perfect for fantasizing of mini umbrellas on tropical beaches. Tonight is the release party for the follow-up 7-inch—“Anything”/“Mirrors”—to last year's sun-hazed self-titled EP, out on new Portland-based label Track & Field Records. With kaleidoscopic whorls of glittering guitar feedback, atonal coos, and tambourine-filled backbeats, this young band should pique the interest of C86 jangle enthusiasts and fans of the Jesus and Mary Chain's less chainsawed moments. Evocative of peak-time Slowdive’s bliss-toned sprawl, Tender Age's sedated pop commands getting lost in. Very new local trio Celibacy Now's music doesn't have an internet presence yet, but they have already made quite an impression with their Manifesta, which asserts, among many things—"we are reclaiming celibacy—the state of being unmarried—as revolution," "we reject abuse in all its forms," and "we will not be silenced." Preach it! With A Weekend at the Feelies' downtempo bedroom pop. Cairo, 8 pm. BRITTNIE FULLER
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