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Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner spreads her wings with her solo project Flock of Dimes.

Mon, Oct 17
LVL UP's latest album (and Sub Pop debut) Return to Love sees indie rock quartet explore Neutral Milk Hotel/Built to Spill-style percussive acoustic guitar on opener “Hidden Driver,” sentimental lyrics on “Blur,” and an ambitious concoction of both with “Pain.” This Brooklyn-based band formed by college pals is known for its synchronicity, so it’s only fitting that its new album features harmonious narratives of love, heartbreak, and the meaning of life with a mildly glooomy undertone. Catch LVL UP at Black Lodge with Great Grandpa, Thrashlord, and Whitney Ballen. Black Lodge, $5–$10  

Thur, Oct 20
The Tobolowsky Files
Best for his role in Groundhog Day as Ned Ryerson—the high school acquaintance you dread bumping into—character actor Stephen Tobolowsky also happens to be a talented storyteller. His podcast The Tobolowsky Files has become a success based on his knack for sharing short tales from his life anchored by themes of love, humor, and life in the entertainment biz. They're funny, engaging, and sometimes even profound. See the man in action when he heads to Town Hall for a live episode of The Tobolowsky Files. Town Hall, $5

Oct 20–Oct 22
Brown Derby Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

When it comes to Seattle’s Brown Derby comedy series, rehearsal is overrated and impossibility is merely an intriguing challenge. Since its start in 1999, director Ian Bell along with an eccentric cast of local actors and comedians has recreated a myriad of classic films each with a campy, haphazard reinterpretation. At local watering hole Re-bar, movie buffs and a dedicated cult following marvel at how the actors recreate pivotal scenes with only cardboard, duct tape, and silly string at their disposal. Witness the hilarity when the Ian Bell troupe reenacts an October-appropriate feature: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. Re-bar, $20

Sat, Oct 22
Flock of Dimes
When Jenn Wasner needs a break from fronting Wye Oak, she slips into the alternative guise of her solo project, Flock of Dimes. Her latest album, If You See Me, Say Yes, sports a collection of self-reflective tracks where Wasner trades in the folksy guitar melodies and breezy vocals of early Wye Oak for '80s alt-pop undertones heavy with analog synths. Soak in said synths when Flock of Dimes migrates to Barboza. Barboza, $13

Sat, Oct 22
KEXP Record Fair
KEXP's new Seattle center home transforms into the city's coolest record store for a day when it hosts the first KEXP Record Fair. The event brings together a host of terrific record labels (Sub Pop, Numero Group, Hardly Art, Light in the Attic), top local record stores (Easy Street, Sonic Boom, Silver Platters, etc.), and private dealers for an all-day vinyl overload. While digging through crates to find that perfect gem for their turntable, patrons can also hear KEXP DJs spinning their own personal collections. (Fair warning: This free event will probably be packed to chaotic levels during peak hours.) KEXP, Free

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