KEXP CONCERTS AT THE MURAL: DECIBEL FESTIVAL NIGHT

Indulge in the most intensely woozy summer feelings, and head down to Seattle Center for the second of four free outdoor shows of predominantly local artists brought to us by the folks at KEXP. Tonight, they team up with Decibel Festival to present two locally based electronic-oriented artists and one Californian. Producing some of SoCal’s most lush, Balearic-pop electroscapes, Yppah (aka Joe Corrales Jr.) conjures fiercely atmospheric, guitar-looped productions made especially sultry on record with vocals from hometown icy-electronics queen Anomie Belle. Add Katie Kate's hiphop-pop sass and IG88's totally chilled downtempo ambience, and it's a subtle, get-down-able showcase of sublime late-night sounds. Seattle Center, 5:30 pm, free. BRITTNIE FULLER


THE BOUNCY FUN CASTLE OF CHVRCHES' SYNTHPOP

(Showbox Sodo) Sort of like a twee, female-fronted Glaswegian version of Passion Pit, Chvrches craft intricate, richly layered, and catchy electronic pop songs that will rub your ears the right way, even though your cynical side will likely try to resist their charms. Chvrches’ debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, is a top-to-bottom clinic in synth-laden, heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting, a pubescent dream of lollipop keyboards and sky-high choruses all but guaranteed to make you want to have a slumber party with your besties and dance in your pajamas. These teenage anthems are soundtracking the 21st century’s imaginary John Hughes flicks: harmless, plastic, and ultimately disposable, but a whole lot of fun. KYLE FLECK
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THE MALEVOLENTLY STONED ROCK OF BRAINOIL

(Highline) One of heavy music’s hardest tricks is to forge a sound that’s redolent of a blasted lassitude—that hugely satisfying feeling of being at once stoned and amped. Oakland’s Brainoil have harnessed that sensation in their fierce strain of stoner rock. They have the guitar and bass that growl like malevolent beasts, thundering, plundering rhythms, and always-aggrieved vocals that fill you with a fury to inflict extreme damage on decorum—but while in a dazed haze. Listening to Brainoil, you think other bands must envy their massive-yet-nimble riffs. According to a 2011 East Bay Express feature written by The Stranger’s new managing editor, Kathleen Richards, though, Brainoil consider themselves to be punk. Whatever you want to call their music, it reeks of intelligence and power. With Graves at Sea and Bell Witch. DAVE SEGAL
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SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL ASKS: "ARE YOU SICK OF FESTIVAL SEASON YET?"

(Loggers Sports Grounds) Friday is the first of three days of this four-year-old Canadian music festival, located 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 30 minutes south of Whistler. There are more than 70 bands playing four stages, and even though the marketing suggests people should be most excited about seeing “Very Important Grammy Award®–Winning” artists Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars, the only way I’d willingly cross that strict-as-hell international border would be to catch Detroit rappers Eminem and Danny Brown. I’d also skip Lykke Li and go watch Nas play the entire Illmatic album, skip Broken Bells to see the Roots, and buy a three-day pass so I could go to the opening show on Thursday night with A Tribe Called Red—Ottawa, Canada’s critically lauded First Nation DJ crew who make electronic music cut with traditional native powwow vocals. KELLY O
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SMART, MISERABLE POP FROM HEATHERS

It might not be surprising for a band with a name derived from a classic '80s black comedy, but Los Angeles guitar-pop outfit Heathers quaintly identify with the self-coined genre "miserablism." This '80s indie pop/C86-inspired band's latest release—a four-song Part Time Punks session of smart Wedding Present covers—would likely do David Gedge and co. proud with its cute/miserable, earnest jangle. It's the most meta pop release I've heard recently, even closing off with a Heathers-ified WP rendition of UK post-punk classic "Getting Nowhere Fast" (originally by Girls at Our Best!). Even the late legendary tastemaker/BBC DJ John Peel would likely approve of this stellar indie-pop night. With Girlpool, Bookhouse Babes and guests. Ground Zero, 7 pm, $6/$5 with a can of food. BRITTNIE FULLER

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