HIPHOP BLUES—The country's best politically savvy, working-class hiphop duo, Blue Scholars, are back in town. The talented pair makes their home base in South Seattle ("the most ethnically diverse zip code in America," they're proud to say) and can make even a rap about riding the bus catchy and poignant. SM
w/Brothers from Another, the Physics; Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez, 8 pm, $17-20, all ages

METRIC SYSTEM—Synthetica, Metric's latest album, is a journey through youth and an examination of the gritty, beautiful, and painful experience of living and dying. It was a long road for Metric, but the success of their new release guarantees their shows will sell out for the immediate future (like maybe starting now). CM
w/Shadows on Stars; Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 9 pm, get your tickets where you can, all ages