No joke—there are lots of excellent live music shows in Seattle this April. Many have already sold out, but the shows below still have tickets available—including Lupe Fiasco, The Weeknd, Deadmau5, Two Door Cinema Club, a Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performance of Louis Armstrong, and many more. For more options (including shows that don't require tickets and ones that are happening later than April), check out our music calendar, our lists of big art and performance events and food & drink events in April, or our complete Things To Do calendar for events in other genres.
1. The Bronx with Dave Hause
Old school hardcore punk group The Bronx has been kicking around Los Angeles since 2002. Known for their blistering live shows, the five-piece will hit the Croc stage with Dave Hause in tow.
2. Regina Spektor
I’ve always suspected something deeply freaky going on behind Regina Spektor’s forehead, but so far she’s only dropping hints, which may, indeed, shoot out more powerfully for being repressed. The new album, Remember Us to Life, has bleeding hearts and the oft-repeated line “‘Enjoy your youth’ sounds like a threat” followed by her insistence that she’s going to do that anyway. “Who on earth would give this lovely lady a dislike?” asked a disbelieving voice on YouTube. “Taylor Swift fan,” concluded another. I’d like to live in a world where Taylor Swift fans and Regina Spektor fans are not enemies. I can escape, for a while, into a Regina Spektor world where every note shines Brill Building catchy, yet still drips anxiety, fear, and fortitude. ANDREW HAMLIN
3. Senses Fail, Counterparts, Movements, Like Pacific
Aggro post-hardcore group Senses Fail are still alive somehow after three Warped tours and will rip apart the Neumos stage with Counterpart, Movements, and Like Pacific in promotion of the 15th anniversary of their work Still Searching.
4. Amorphis, Swallow The Sun, Rhine, Black Liquid Funeral
Formed in Helsinki in 1990, Amorphis rapidly ascended the ranks to hit the apex of the European metal scene. Now riding the wave of international renown, Amorphis will arrive in town to play El Corazón with support from Swallow The Sun, Rhine, and Black Liquid Funeral.
5. Asia On Tour with Miyavi, Slot Machine, Kiha & The Faces
Live Nation's new show series Asia On Tour features Miyavi from Japan, Slot Machine from Thailand, and Kiha & The Faces from Korea—three regionally acclaimed artists who represent a new wave of Asian music. Asia On Tour will kick off on April 1, and weave across North America, hitting major music community spots like Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto.
6. Katatonia, Caspian, Uncured
Stockholm soldiers of sorrow Katatonia express their sonic torment while on their Fallen Hearts Tour throughout North America, with support from Caspian and Uncured.
7. Methyl Ethyl with Voorhees
What do you expect an Australian band on 4AD to sound like? The Birthday Party? Uh, no. Not in 2017. Rather, what Perth’s Methyl Ethel create is a much smoother and more accessible brand of rock. The band’s 2015 debut full-length, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, peddles mildly downbeat spangly rock that you can imagine being piped into thousands of Starbucks units without causing patrons to look up from their electronic devices. The new Everything Is Forgotten bears a precision-tooled, radio-friendly patina over its conventionally pretty electro-rock structures. Even when Methyl Ethel cop the crisp, fat beat from Gary Glitter Band’s “Rock and Roll Pt. 2” for “Ubu,” the slick production and the musicians’ restraint diminish the thrill, though the refrain “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair” conveys a poignant universal message. DAVE SEGAL
8. POWERS, Bridgit Mendler, Nick Leng
Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru make up POWERS, a dark electro-pop group sweeping through Chop Suey, with bill support from Bridgit Mendler and Nick Leng.
9. The Tea Party
Canadian prog-rock troupe The Tea Party escape the vault to launch a showcase of their last 30 years of albums on the Showbox stage.
10. Black Violin
Musical duo Black Violin blend classical, hiphop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music to create their own complex, high-energy sound. They will be accompanied live by their backing band, with turntable pro DJ SPS and rotating drummers.
11. The Maine, The Mowglis, Beach Weather
Tempe's golden sons, The Maine, bring their five-piece rock revivalism to El Corazon, with genre back-up from The Mowglis and Beach Weather.
12. Sleaford Mods with Private Room
British minimalist fusion act Sleaford Mods combine the energies of hiphop and punk for an "aggressive, no-nonsense, blue-collar sound." They'll be joined by Private Room.
13. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with Dams of the West
It's as if James Brown rose from the dead, kidnapped a saxaphonist and trumpet player, started a garage band, and launched a comeback tour. The eight-piece Austin-based group makes rough-edged soul music—think long interludes of blues jamming interspersed with guitar-heavy covers of retro songs like "Louie Louie" and "Surfin Bird" (aka "Bird is the Word") as the crowd lightly, politely moshes and throws rolls of toilet paper high into the air. CIENNA MADRID
14. Tim O'Brien with Guests
American country musician and West Virginia Hall of Famer Tim O'Brien headlines the Tractor Tavern with a catalog of what he's finished in the four-plus years since his last solo recording.
15. Vanessa Carlton
Everyone's favorite early 2000s piano-playing wristband-wearing Top40-RenFair wistful pianist is back on the scene with a two-show tour stop in our fair Seattle.
16. Joey Alexander Trio
In my review of Don Cheadle's recently released biopic of Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, I complained that it was very disappointing to see one of the most brilliant American musicians "characterized as a gangster and not an intellectual." My point is that the mastery of jazz takes years upon years (what I call aristocratic time), which is why the 13-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander is so freaky. How did he pack into himself so much information in such a short amount of time? But one of the things that jazz does is transform musicians into intellectuals. An intellectual is simply someone who has absorbed a large body of knowledge—such a body is jazz. CHARLES MUDEDE
17. Craig Campbell and Trent Harmon
Acclaimed as one of country music's most neo-traditionalist singers, Craig Campbell has succeeded in getting music on successful shows like True Blood and continues to rise in the genre ranks.
18. Juan Maclean, Blueyedsoul, Pressha
Hard to believe now, but Juan Maclean once played guitar with ’90s Sub Pop electro-rock badasses Six Finger Satellite. The group dissolved after numerous setbacks and Maclean took a sabbatical from the music biz. But then he resurfaced in the mid ’00s with DFA Records as a brilliant song-oriented house-music producer. He’s recorded three albums with James Murphy’s label over the last decade, including 2014’s In a Dream, featuring LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang on understatedly sultry vocals. Maclean’s recordings have become progressively more accessible with an emphasis on shimmying melodies and pastel synth textures. One assumes he’ll bring this aesthetic to his DJ set while adding über-hedonistic disco flavor—and then cranking everything into overdrive. DAVE SEGAL
Alt-hiphop artist NF, which stands for the man behind the acronym, Gladwin native Nathan Feuerstein, aims to essentially be the millennial Eminem by Michigandering through personal issues like his own childhood abuse, anger issues, and losing loved ones to drugs.
20. Reggie Watts with Spatial
Reggie Watts is a one-man refutation of the “humor doesn’t belong in music” tenet. Few have ever merged surreal comedy with adventurous music in the gut-busting manner of this former Seattleite. Equally adept at imaginative beatboxing as he is at building exhilarating rhythmic loops, Watts also sings like a passionate soul singer infiltrated by the spirit of a Dada-esque, chameleonic poet. Unexpected vocal inflections and timbres pepper his songs, and strong parodistic and deconstructionist streaks animate his music. Like a funkier Flight of the Conchords, Watts laces his lyrics with insanely detailed references to mundane matters, but makes them seem profoundly meaningful… and vice versa. Nobody’s better at absurdist standup songwriting than this bandleader for The Late Late Show with James Corden. DAVE SEGAL
21. Trace Bundy
Guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy, frequently dubbed by his fans as the "Acoustic Ninja," uses harmonics and looping to create and perform intricate guitar arrangements.
22. ReBirth Brass Band
Legendary Grammy-winning brass ensemble ReBirth Brass Band will perform a funk and hiphop-infused set reminiscent of their colorful New Orleans home.
23. Deb Talan of the Weepies with Carsie Blanton
Deb Talan of husband and wife singer-songwriter duo The Weepies will share her decades of music on the Triple Door stage with support from Carsie Blanton.
24. The Infamous Stringdusters with Guests
Somewhere between maintaining tradition and plumbing modernity, the Infamous Stringdusters strike a bluegrass balance influenced by the spirits of their forebears, like Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, David Bromberg, and other originators.
25. Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
Dashing baritone Max Raabe resuscitates songs and musical styles of past eras, and will be joined by Palast Orchester, a group he formed with fellow music students at the Berlin University of the Arts, in performances of classic pieces by legends like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
26. Wire with Golden Retriever
The first three Wire albums—Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154—make up a masterpiece trilogy of art-punk/experimental pop. Hailing from England, the original lineup of Colin Newman (vocals, guitar), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), and Robert Gotobed (drums) set the post-punk bar, influencing everyone from the Cure to Sonic Youth. EMILY NOKES
27. NOCCO: The Silken Ladder
In this world premiere, North Corner Chamber Orchestra will perform the overture to Rossini's farcical comic opera, La Scala di Seta, and Haydn's Symphony No. 60, with featured musicians including NOCCO's own principal clarinetist and composer, Sean Osborn.
28. Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds
Baby Boomer nirvana will be attained tonight, if all goes according to plan. The Beach Boys’ 1966 album Pet Sounds is about as canonical a rock album as the world has ever heard (ask the Beatles). For millions of discerning and casual listeners, Pet Sounds is a touchstone for youthful romantic feelings and a bottomless source of melodic beauty, idiosyncratic timbres, and earnest spirituality. Fifty years after its release, the album continues to defy time’s ravages, its songs as wrinkle-free and supple as they were back when Brian Wilson and Tony Asher massaged them into timeless ebullience and dulcet melancholy, boosted by the finest session players—the legendary Wrecking Crew—that Capitol Records could hire. Sure, Mr. Wilson’s voice has experienced deterioration, but Pet Sounds’ 13 evergreen compositions should keep your 2017 dread at bay for at least an hour or so. You still believe in Brian. DAVE SEGAL
29. Lil Debbie with Guests
Lil Debbie is the queen of shit talking. The sassy rapper (not the line of sugary snack cakes) first showed up in the music world in Kreayshawn’s 2011 video for “Gucci Gucci,” where she appeared beside the fellow White Girl Mob rapper wearing a shirt that said “Smokin’ Super Chronic” while Kreayshawn sang about basic bitches. After a fallout with the group of Oakland lady rappers, Lil Debbie launched her own career, teaming up with RiFF RaFF for a few over-the-top videos. When she’s not smoking gold-woven blunts, starting beef on Twitter, or accusing Miley Cyrus of stealing her culturally appropriated persona, Lil Debbie brattily raps about weed and haters and Michelle Obama over junky beats that maddeningly lodge themselves deep in my brain. And yours, too, maybe, if you go to her spectacle of a show. ROBIN EDWARDS
30. SOHN, William Doyle, Nylo
London-born Vienna-bred artist SOHN will grace the Neptune stage in promotion of his latest album Rennen. He'll be joined by William Doyle and Nylo.
31. Jack Broadbent
Bluesy Englishman and thoughtful singer-songwriter Jack Broadbent will play a slide guitar set of classics and new standards.
32. Ravi Coltrane
Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated artist Ravi Coltrane will establish his triple-threat status as a saxophonist, bandleader, and composer in a two-night run at Jazz Alley.
33. Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
The Afro-Cuban All-Stars are an orchestra dedicated to promoting the full range of Cuban music, with musical interpretations of all of its musical genres.
34. Mayday Parade, Knuckle Puck, Milestones
Florida quintet and standard-bearers for the pop-rock genre Mayday Parade are back in Seattle for the tenth anniversary of their release A Lesson in Romantics. They'll be joined by Knuckle Puck and Milestones.
35. Nicolas Jaar
It’s been five years since NYC-based Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar’s Space Is Only Noise set the bar very high for joyously downcast bedroom techno. In the meantime, the New York producer issued the blues-rock/spy-jazz/electronic opus Psychic in 2013 as a member of the duo Darkside for Matador Records. With the new full-length Sirens, Jaar continues to explore the broodier side of dance music that can conceivably cross over to rock lovers, as well as Lynchian atmospheric soundscapes and odd balladry. The record’s peak occurs on “Three Sides of Nazareth,” which chugs motoric-style with irrepressible, sinister intent, sounding like Primal Scream in peak Vanishing Point form. Jaar brings it with more audiovisual flair live than most in his field. DAVE SEGAL
Legendary Chinese rocker XTX (Xie Tian Xiao 谢天笑) brings his high-energy live show stateside with an explosive collection of new music for his American audiences.
Carson-bred hiphop artist and rap game shaman Ab-Soul brings his YMF tour to the Neptune.
38. Krishna Das
Jeff Kagel (a.k.a. Krishna Das) changed his life over with a trip to India and a newfound dedication to learning kirtan, or Indian devotional music, which primarily involves call-and-response chanting. Das layers traditional Hindu kirtan chants with Euro-centric classical music and pop-friendly melodies and modern instrumentation to create a new school yoga soundtrack.
39. Lesbian, He Whose Ox is Gored, Lb.!, Dangg
As the troops manning the front lines in Seattle’s doom-metal scene, Lesbian trade in a kind of grand, almost inviting malevolence, embodied by the forbidding yet strangely beatific portrait of some creepy-looking woods that darkens the cover of their release, Forestelevision. These psychedelic extremists map the topography of metal’s lunatic fringe, their excruciatingly slow-building catalog a mix of agony (polyp-bursting death gargles) and ecstasy (stirring, beatific, headlong plunges down myriad post-rock rabbit holes). Forestelevision is a single 44-minute song with more suites than a Vegas high-rise. It’s a full-on labyrinth of sound, and like all mazes, it has its share of dead ends. But it also packs the same sense of exhilaration when you make your way through it somehow. JASON BRACELIN
40. Mount Kushmore: Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Methodman & Redman, Berner
Experience a whole evening of hiphop and pot-related puns with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Methodman & Redman, and Berner at this chance for group therapy on top of Mount Kushmore.
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41. Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini bounces back and forth between two modes: stately lyricism and virtuosic tornado time. Thrilling battles between the piano and the orchestra resolve into deep sighs, the formerly opposing forces breathing together in shared moments of tranquility. Soloist Stephen Hough, Limelight Magazine's International Artist of the Year 2016, has been touring on this material for a while and so brings to this feisty melody an intimate familiarity with the ins and outs of all its variations. RICH SMITH
42. Kenny G
Although fate was obviously kinder to one of us, Kenny G and I had the same saxophone teacher. John P. Jessen, aka Johnny Jessen, taught sax out of the Sixth and Pine building downtown for ages. Kenny G used to play two saxophones at once, back at Franklin High School. And his early records were funk. Maybe not great funk, but funk. And we used to say, “Hey, local kid makes good.” I am not at all sure about his new bossa-nova album. I am not at all sure about anything of Kenny G’s after 1989. But I sure do miss Johnny Jessen. ANDREW HAMLIN
43. Brian McKnight
Walking that line between smooth as hell and the cheesiest ever, multi-instrumentalist and triple-platinum recording artist Brian McKnight emerges from modern music history as a mascot for when '90s R&B hit the apex of its marketability. Expect beloved hits and deep cuts from his catalog of 15 albums.
44. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Arizonan quartet Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers uphold Southwestern musical traditions with their riff-heavy bluesy rock. They'll perform in support of their latest release and seventh album The Independent.
Swedish acoustic classical folk trio Väsen are now in their 27th year of touring together, and will showcase their adeptness at capturing modernity rooted in tradition.
46. Andre Nickatina with Guests
Fillmore thizz legend Andre Nickatina is bringing a full crew to Studio Seven this spring, with Da Jnx, Toxic Leaf, Deadly Poets, Reklez, Fizz and Celestino, and Tycoon.
47. Hell's Belles
World-famous all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles kicks off the spring with a night of loud, wild rock and roll.
Montreal-based guitarist Peter Sagar had had enough of touring with Mac DeMarco, so he used the anomie he felt while on his last tour with the Canadian indie star to fuel his recent solo work under the name Homeshake. On 2014’s In the Shower, Sagar concocts a suite of lackadaisical bedroom slow jams that makes those early Ween records sound like ELP. With guitar riffs that are the sonic equivalent of a stoned shrug, mopey, just-woke-up vocals, and slackly funky beats, Homeshake’s songs glimmer with charm, despite these unassuming elements. Absurdly, Sagar’s trying to be D’Angelo, but he’s comes across more like Dean Ween. And that’s okay. DAVE SEGAL
49. Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, Russian Circles
Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Mastodon have spent the last 15 years rising from the level of underground buzz band to a Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed force—hell, they’ve even achieved steady commercial radio success without straying too far from their heavy roots. KEVIN DIERS
50. Minnesota, Shlump, Kozmo B2B Torbjørn
The only DJ/producer big enough to name himself after the land of a thousand lakes, Minnesota takes over the Nectar stage with support from Shlump and Kozmo B2B Torbjørn.
51. Minus The Bear, Beach Slang, Bayonne
The band’s history is built on finding a balance between brainy instrumentation and accessible hooks. Pop, in my opinion, is all about putting the vocal melody first. Yet the appeal behind Minus The Bear is largely in the unorthodox musicianship: the intricate tapping guitar lines, the glitchy delay pedal sampling, the dexterous drumming, and the clever instrumental interplay. In that sense, Minus The Bear is not, nor have they ever been, a pop band. The balancing act between braininess and accessibility, between technique and melody, is what defines Minus The Bear. Instead of taking cues from the labored protracted constructions of prog rock, they take a stab at combining the playful groove of Funkadelic and The Ohio Players with the precision and nuance of jazz rockers like Steely Dan. While these influences are hardly in vogue at present, the band has a ten year history of charting out their own path and reacting against their past accomplishments. And that’s about as non-pop as you can get. BRIAN COOK
52. The New Pornographers with Waxahatchee
Canadian supergroup the New Pornographers released their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, in 2014, and it's a multi-textured romp of unbridled, peppy guitar pop. Their sound has evolved in the five albums since their surprise 2000 caffeinated-Brit-pop debut, Mass Romantic; Neko Case, A.C. Newman, Dan Bejar, and company are a bit older now, more refined, but their power-pop punch is still strong. BRITTNIE FULLER
53. Thursday, Basement, Touche Amore, Cities Aviv
Jersey-raised post-hardcore group Thursday have existed in a constant state of flux due to their out-of-step nature from traditional hardcore groups. Their plays on post-punk rhythms and DIY culture have led to their current sound, which they'll show off with support from Basement, Touche Amore, and Cities Aviv.
54. 21 Savage with Guests
Young Thug has struck up a productive relationship with young gun 21 Savage, recently releasing the Savage Mode EP together. While featuring beats similar to Future’s muddled yet airy trap anthems, his flow is far more animated and dexterous, making him a logical opening act for Thugger. NICK ZURKO
55. The Damned with Bleached
While pretty much every other original punk band (and plenty of not-so-original ones) has been documentaried to pieces, the Damned has somehow remained in the shadow of their peers, the eternal Kinks to the Sex Pistols’ Beatles and the Clash’s Stones. Band math analogies aside, the Damned never quite fit into a rock’n’roll narrative. They simply refused to be obvious like that. Of all the year zero punk groups that mattered, they were the unruliest. But everything fits some narrative in the end. SEAN NELSON
56. of Montreal, Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions, Ben Varian
Of Montreal have been out-“of Montreal”ing all of you quirky jerks for years, so listen up. With a catalog that stretches back almost 20 years, and spawned from the sweet, chiming bosom of the Elephant 6 collective, of Montreal, anchored by songwriter and mystical thesaurus Kevin Barnes, has been shape-shifting for years without missing a beat. He’s cited influences like Sylvia Plath and the psychedelic movement of the ’60s for past records, and the 2015 studio release Aureate Gloom draws directly from the CBGB heyday, with Patti Smith and Television at the helm. Live shows with Barnes dolled up like David Bowie, and bacchanalian onstage dance shows promise to leave you wondering where the hell you are and why the hell you would ever want to leave. KATHLEEN TARRANT
57. Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Since its founding in 1961, storied New Orleans institution the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has bred well over 50 members in their lineup, culminating with the current cast that electrifies classic jazz with the vibes, sounds, and swing of the Big Easy.
58. State Champs, Against the Current, With Confidence, Don Broco
Albany pop-punks State Champs bring their fervor to the Showbox stage with tour support from Against the Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco.
59. Banks with Raury
Future vibes pop siren Banks pulls from zen-electronica and astrology for her latest release The Altar.
60. Bishop Briggs, SHAED, Zipper Club
Bishop Briggs aims to transcend the limitations of genres by utilizing elements of folk, pop, and electronica in her sound. She'll be joined by SHAED and Zipper Club.
61. Cris Williamson, Julie Wolf, Scott Amendola, Zachary Ostroff, Guests
Celebrate the CD release of a woman who has been gigging with the best of them for literal decades before indie labels were the market norm. Cris Williamson has been writing and performing thoughtful folksy singer-songwriter pop since 1975, when her iconic album The Changer And The Changed was released on her own label, Olivia Records. the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Williamson is an essential part of music history, so go enjoy her show with support from Julie Wolf, Scott Amendola, and Zachary Ostroff.
62. Guided by Voices and Sloucher
In the time it has taken me to write this sentence, Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard has probably written three songs—each approximately two minutes and 17 seconds long—that buzz with lo-fi earnestness, crackle with catchy pop surrealism, and drip with his unabashed love of words. Each, to borrow a Pollard phrase, explicitly laid out like a fruit cake. Even if GBV had never found an audience, dude would probably still be cranking out gems from a garage in Dayton, Ohio, drunk on his own brilliance. After four decades, innumerable personnel shifts, and a couple disbandments, Pollard released a new GBV record, Please Be Honest, on his own last spring, writing every song and playing every instrument. For this tour, he's assembled a new band that includes stalwart guitarist Doug Gillard, who played with GBV for nearly a decade. Will Pollard, who shall remain ageless, still be taking pulls from a bottle of Cuervo, subjecting us all to his incessant onstage banter (if you’ve never listened to Relaxation of the Asshole, an entire album’s worth of his live-show wisdom, treat yourself now), and doing rock ’n’ roll’s best high kicks? Fuck yep. ANGELA GARBES
63. Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge with Aoife O’Donovan
Virtuosic duo Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge bend the borders of folk, bluegrass, and jazz. They'll be joined in their efforts by clear-toned acoustic singer-songwriter Aoife Donovan.
64. Yefim Bronfman
Grammy-winning Israeli-American pianist Yefim Bronfman has been widely praised for his solo, chamber, and orchestral recordings, and will showcase the breadth of his catalog for a university audience.
65. Lady Rizo
Amelia Zirin-Brown, aka Lady Rizo, has won the Time Out London and Soho Theatre Award and the 2013 London Cabaret Award in addition to her Grammy for a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, and she sounds a bit like Judy Garland on vocal steroids. She'll bring her brassy one-woman performance art and music cabaret to Seattle.
66. Mount Eerie with Lori Goldston
Mount Eerie’s material has always had a sort of awestruck contemplation of death, loss, and void, but previously those themes were communicated with symbolism of the natural world, extended metaphor, parable. From the first soft but steadily sung lyric here (“I am a container of stories about you that I keep telling over and over”), it was clear that these new songs would dispense with all that. They were brutally direct, stripped down to the bones of this unimaginable loss. ERIC GRANDY
67. Real Estate, Tim Cohen, iji
What sets the Jersey boys in Real Estate apart from the anonymous masses of kinda disaffected, sorta heartbroken white dudes with chiming guitars and pretty voices is that these guys know how to build an actual tune. In fact, they’ve crafted two albums of immaculately rendered jangle-pop and were poised for a hat trick with the release of their third, Atlas, in March 2014. Every song is like the Platonic ideal of an indie-rock anthem: condensed, addictive nuggets of melody and atmosphere, technically adept and never over-staying their welcome. Meanwhile, Martin Courtney’s lyrics create a sort of Rorschach test for your emotions; they’re vague enough to score a breakup or acceptance into law school. Sure, it’s polite and a little fey, but damned if they don’t crank out some head-noddingly, toe-tappingly catchy music. KYLE FLECK
68. Skepta with Guests
Veteran of the UK grime scene Skepta operates as a quadruple threat, fulfilling the roles of producer, DJ, MC, and record label owner.
69. Two Door Cinema Club
Irish indie rock group Two Door Cinema Club have achieved international acclaim with their three studio albums, and will perform tracks from their latest effort Gameshow.
70. Cosmos, Romaro Franceswa, Paris Alexa, Luna God
Cosmos, a six-member local ensemble, bombards the senses with a cataclysmic collision of electronic jazz and hiphop lyricism, pulling from rock, pop, electronica, and rap to create their unique sound that won the EMP Sound Off! Competition. They'll be joined at their mixtape release show by local talents Romaro Franceswa, Paris Alexa, and Luna God.
71. Dead Prez, Ras Kass, King Leez. DJ Indica Jones
It's been a while since we've had some solidly militant socialist guerrilla hiphop in town, so Dead Prez is coming back around to fix that for us on the high-holiest of days, 4/20.
72. Jóhann Jóhannsson with American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Iceland-bred and Berlin-based composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has been cranking out solo composition albums since 2002, with an Oscar win for his score of the Stephen Hawking story The Theory of Everything. His compositions for theater, dance, and film are varied and eclectic, which he'll showcase with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble this evening.
73. Earl Klugh
Having received accolades for his classical, jazz, and instrumental pop work, Grammy winner Earl Klugh will now take over Jazz Alley for four nights to reinstate himself as the master of the acoustic-classical guitar.
74. Katie Kate with DoNormaal
Former Genius candidate Katie Kate is an exciting performer, combining rap, electronica, and R&B-lite into origami creations of encyclopedic pop music. KYLE FLECK
75. The Motet with McTuff
Colorado-based progressive funk group The Motet will be joined in their Afrobeat ecstasy by local prolific outfit McTuff.
76. RJD2 & Tortoise with The 1939 Ensemble
The four most influential underground hiphop labels of the '00s are, of course, Rhymesayers (Minneapolis), Stones Throw Records (Los Angeles), Quannum Projects (Bay Area), and Def Jux (New York). Let's focus on Def Jux. Its peak period was between 2000 and 2005, and in that peak period, we find two albums by the producer RJD2. One of the albums, Deadringer, is a masterpiece of '00s hiphop; the other, Since We Last Spoke, is an interesting failure. After his moment with Def Jux, RJD2 released a very weak album, The Third Hand, with XL Recordings (like so many hiphop artists of the previous decade, RJD2 thought the solution to hiphop's creative inertia or slump was to turn to rock and live instruments). However, RJD2's work, The Colossus, which he released on his own label (RJ's Electrical Connections), is without a doubt his best solo album since Deadringer. The beats and performances (by rappers and singers) are consistently strong. The Colossus is RJD2's return to the production of good hiphop music. Let's celebrate this return. CHARLES MUDEDE
77. San Fermin with Low Roar
San Fermin is an eight-piece baroque pop band based in Brooklyn. They'll be joined by Low Roar.
78. Thunderpussy, Fauna Shade, Wild Powwers, Aan, Sleeping Lessons
We're finally wrapped in the fur of summer's swelter, and a luscious clatter rises with the heat off the road. Is it Foghat with Nancy Sinatra singing, or is it AC/DC? Is it Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold"? Also, something smells sweet, like nectar. Let's land on that smooth pad with fanged teeth and check it out. We take a couple steps, then WHAP, teeth shut all around, locking us in. What is this? This is Thunderpussy, the Seattle rock band, and their Venus flytrap is sprung. It's Molly Sides on the mic, Whitney "Sweaty" Petty (the Grizzled Mighty) on guitar and whip, Leah Julius on bass, and Lena Simon (Kairos, La Luz) on drums—together they perform period pieces, and their period is straight-up, trigger-pulling rock 'n' roll. Live, Thunderpussy strut, flaunt, stride, and stake a bootheel claim at the crossroads. They tie you to a stool there and whip the piccolo flute right out of your mouth. Sides wields poses and high-heat vocals in a hell-cat mash-up of Patsy Cline and Paul Stanley. TRENT MOORMAN
Deadmau5, the Canadian progressive techno/trance house producer with the iconic illuminated mouse head, will be back in town for a two-night set to please all the Disney ravers about town.
80. Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder, he of the propulsive Italian disco heritage, and founder of every track from the '70s you actually enjoyed, will come to Seattle for an evening of more synth lines and soundtracks to key-bumps than you could've ever hoped for.
81. Louis Armstrong: A New Orleans State of Mind
There are many who believe, and this belief is not incorrect, that the jazz and American icon Louis Armstrong did his best work in the 1920s. After that decade, it was downhill. Sure, he became more popular in the following decades, but the music he made was inferior. Tonight, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra performs the jazz of Armstrong’s peak period. CHARLES MUDEDE
82. The Zombies: Odessey & Oracle 50th Anniversary
You may be among the people who walked away from the Zombies' last Bumbershoot appearance feeling unsatisfied, and that’s fine. But this is not that. This is the fully reunited Zombies playing their greatest album, Odessey and Oracle, in its entirety, at the Showbox. The last few times Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, and company have come through Seattle, the shows have been good, with great moments, but for some reason, their sets featured only a few songs from the masterpiece that represents the crown jewel in their legacy. Tonight they play the whole thing. This is the Beach Boys playing Pet Sounds. This is the Kinks playing Village Green Preservation Society. This is a rock ’n’ roll sacrament. SEAN NELSON
83. Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie will stop by Tacoma's Broadway Center to play a concert on tour for the 50th anniversary of Alice's Restaurant, and in honor of the countless classics he penned throughout his prolific career as America's country-crossing bard.
84. DAKHABRAKHA Perform the Live Film Score of "Earth"
Ukrainian quartet DAKHABRAKHA, a name that means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, play what they describe as “ethno chaos.” Accompanied by traditional instrumentation of Indian, Arabic, African, Russian, and Australian origin, the quartet will perform the original score to the film Earth.
85. Emily King
Emerging chart queen Emily King layers electronic riffs with soft yet strong vocal harmonies for a lush glimpse into the future of pop music.
86. Sadistik, Nacho Picasso, Rafael Vigilantics
Seattle's own Sadistik headlines this darkwave rap showcase, with support from Nacho Picasso and Rafael Vigilantics.
87. Leif Ove Andsnes & Marc-André Hamelin In Recital
Two prolific pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, reawaken the rhythms and harmonies of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, with additional program features of Mozart and Debussy pieces, and Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto for Two Pianos as a counterpoint to the main event.
88. Taylor Bennett
Chicago native Taylor Bennett steps out from his big brother Chance The Rapper's shadow for a solo all-ages set.
89. Killswitch Engage and Anthrax with The Devil Wears Prada
In November 2012 I was transported, via time warp, to 2002. On the stage at SODO area venue Studio Seven, a band by the name of Killswitch Engage unearthed their most influential album, 2002’s Alive Or Just Breathing, in it’s entirety—complete with original vocalist Jesse Leach. Sure, you might scoff at the melodic cheesiness of their music, but like I said in my column giving respect to recently deceased vocalist of Suicide Silence, Mitch Lucker—a quick glance at the ridiculous amount of Killswitch clones that started popping up worldwide after its release is a true testament to how big this record was, and continues to be, on the metalcore family tree. KEVIN DIERS
90. The Wedding Present, Colleen Green Band, The Malady of Sevendials
It's nice to know there at least a few bands out there who never change. As long as they're around, they'll continue to create the music you love (or hate). Three come to mind: Yo La Tengo, Superchunk, and the Wedding Present. If you liked them when they first hit the scene, I don't see why you wouldn't like them now when the quality control remains high and their basic sound remains intact. On their eighth studio recording, the Wedding Present's David Gedge still sings in the conversational manner that first won hearts in the mid-1980s. And if he writes about "girls" rather than women, there's nothing lecherous or condescending about his tone. He's as erudite as ever, with references to Gable and Lombard—and words like "bereft"—but he's always managed to keep pretentiousness at bay. KATHY FENNESSY
91. Lizz Wright
Gospel-jazz impresario Lizz Wright has established herself as a powerful singer-songwriter with a remarkable alto voice. For three nights, she'll team up with four-time Grammy-winning bassist and producer Larry Klein for some earthy and affecting jazz interpretations.
Indie arena rockers Bastille will take on the WaMu Theater on their Wild, Wild World Tour.
93. Betty Who with Vérité
Heavily biting on the dance pop balladeers on the '80s and '90s, Betty Who cruises into the 2010s holding tight the influences of higher icons. Her buzzworthy blonde bob may get more attention than her music, but Betty's latest album The Valley is aiming to change all that.
94. Dweezil Zappa
The thing about Zappa Plays Zappa—Dweezil Zappa's tirelessly touring group that pays tribute to his late father Frank's music—is that they will never run out of material, even if Dweez lives to be 100. That's because the Zappa/Mothers of Invention canon is huge, diverse, and rarely dull. For this date, Dweezil celebrates 50 years of Frank, with the freedom to play any of the late Zappa's madly inventive songs. This should be a reverent homage to an irreverent sonic provocateur. DAVE SEGAL
95. The Weeknd
Canadian future-R&B singer/producer the Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) flaunts his tensile, buttery tenor like a bodybuilder flexing his deltoids in the gym. In the process, he makes Bruno Mars sound like Joe Cocker. Tesfaye’s music is all about sultry seduction and diaphanous atmospheres, and you should probably give him royalties every time one of his tracks leads to you getting some action. If KeyArena doesn’t hand out birth control before the Weeknd’s set, well… that would be quite irresponsible. DAVE SEGAL
96. The Classic Crime with The Only Constant
The Classic Crime will celebrate the release of their latest album with a headlining set of their older work and newer soon-to-be hits with support from The Only Constant.
97. Joseph with Bailen
Rapidly rising band of harmonizing sisters Joseph have returned to Seattle after their last sold-out tour.
98. Artist Home and KEXP Present: Cataldo's "Nerd Prom"
Celebrate the release of Cataldo's new album, Keepers, at this "nerd prom" (complete with taffeta, spiked punch, and a photo booth) featuring the musical stylings of Portland-based band Wild Ones, DJ sets from Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Sharlese Metcalfe (KEXP), Marco Collins (Glamour and the Squalor), Chris Staples, and Kathleen Tarrant (The Stranger), and of course, a performance by Cataldo. Eric Grandy wrote that "Cataldo's 2008 album Signal Flare is a minor gem, full of simple guitar ballads, deft orchestral touches (the easy banjo picking and Sufjan-lite chorus on 'Black and Milds,' for instance), and patiently insistent songs. He's due for a new batch."
99. The Helio Sequence with Guests
The Helio Sequence have always been masters of texture. Guitarist/singer Brandon Summers and drummer Benjamin Weikel began their career in the deep end of the sugary-sweet pop pool, amid sparkling synths, heavily effected vocals, and whizzing bleeps and bloops. Over time, however, the Portland band’s dreaminess has darkened and become more thoughtful, its layering more restrained, its effects more minimal. On its sixth self-titled album, the band feels like it’s settling into the apex of its career, balancing just the right amount of dark to light, quiet to loud. It sounds gorgeous. KATHLEEN RICHARDS
100. Laura Marling with Valley Queen
Dark-voiced singer-songwriter Laura Marling headlines a seated performance at the Showbox after several months on hiatus, promoting her latest album, Short Movie.
101. Lupe Fiasco
Between argumentative TV segments with Bill O’Reilly and album-release quarrels so tangled that keyboard activist group Anonymous feel the need to step in, you’ll find Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco doing his thing. Last January (in 2015), Fiasco was finally able to pry his latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, from the sticky hands of his Atlantic Records overlords, and in doing so, revealing an oblong mass of loosely belted allegories delivered in nine-minute chunks. The album lacks much of the pop appeal from his past works, which is not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but the songs often wander without direction. Lupe’s streakiness is partially fallout from his growing adventurousness, though, so his set list could potentially take on many forms. TODD HAMM
102. Sofi Tukker
Absorbing the grey area between pop, electronica, and world music, Sofi Tukker have been rising in the ranks of young Top40 artists after only one release. Their show at the Crocodile will certainly be the last time they sell tickets for under twenty bones, as this duo is aiming for arenas around the world.
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The endlessly fascinating late-night [untitled] series continues in the sparkling lobby, where people crowd on the floor, on the chairs, on the stairs, on the balconies—anywhere to hear performances of unexpected music. On the program this time are the twisted worlds of American cultural icons Andy Warhol and Thelonius Monk, and the ways their work in pop art and jazz were entwined in a larger social narrative across the country.
104. Larry Carlton
Four-time Grammy-Awarded guitarist Larry Carlton claims music icons like Barney Kessel, B.B. King., and John Coltrane as his influences, and will showcase his decades of expertise-building in a three-night set at Jazz Alley.
105. Devin the Dude, Jarv Dee, All Star Opera
There’s a strain of melancholy, Southern rap that bangs bluesily, utilizing chicken-scratch guitars, deep-fried organs, and sumptuous horns to tell bleary-eyed street tales and revel in sun-baked nostalgia. Think UGK’s first few albums, or the work of production team Organized Noize. It’s a lush, humid sound, and Houston’s Devin the Dude has pretty much perfected it over a decades-long career in the game. His sleepy drawl and penchant for hilariously kush-addled observations have afforded him a cult fan base many up-and-coming rappers would kill for, and his remarkable streak of good-to-great releases (from 2002’s Just Tryin’ Ta Live to his latest, One for the Road) suggest a quality control that may surprise you, given his nonchalance and chilled demeanor on record. I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out for special mention his track “Doobie Ashtray,” the most heartbreaking ballad about friends stealing your weed ever released. KYLE FLECK
Forty years have passed since the '70s Kansas classic Leftoverture, so, natch, they're back to revamp the glory of its release with a full concert at the Moore.
107. Say Anything and Bayside with Reggie & The Full Effect
When Say Anything broke onto the scene in earnest in 2004 with …Is a Real Boy, they might have fooled those poseurs at AbsolutePunk.com, but they didn’t fool me. Say Anything weren’t as raw as Taking Back Sunday, not as clever as Brand New. When it comes to overly affecting a SoCal drawl when singing the word “you,” I’ll take Adam Lazzara on his worst day or Tom DeLonge in his sleep. And when it comes to the gratuitous use of ‘dear,’ I’ll curl up with Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba. And lead singer Max Bemis’s struggle with Judaism and his self-touted ambition re: writing pop-punk songs about Holocaust narratives? I dig the sentiment, but… hard pass. And that’s coming from another member of the tribe, Bemis. Concerning 2007’s In Defense of the Genre: To lightly riff on a line from poet David Berman, emo died when the first kid said, “Emo’s not dead.” The new album is screamier, grittier, and trying too hard to be hard. So what if Kanye said he liked it. That guy’ll say anything. RICH SMITH
108. Sondre Lerche with Dedekind Cut
Synth-pop sweetheart Sondre Lerche recently released Pleasures, an eerily sublime exercise in synth-pop rife with personal tragedy. They'll be joined by Dedekind Cut.
109. The 1975
Manchester alt-rock revivalists and teen-favorites The 1975 take on WaMu with their North American spring tour.
110. Howie Day
Heartfelt singer-songwriter Howie Day achieved most of his fame back in the early-mid '00s for his emotionally resonant lyrical work, but he's back now in promotion of his latest album Lanterns.
These shows are sold out, but resale tickets may be available: A Fundraiser for the Family of Jonathan Moore (April 7), Tinariwen with Dengue Fever (April 4), Kaleo with Judah & The Lion (April 7-8), Little Big Show #18: Mitski, Kadhja Bonet, Mal Devisa (April 8), Radiohead (April 8), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard with ORB (April 9), Weezer and Dude York (April 9), Coheed and Cambria with The Deer Hunter (April 11), FKJ, Cézaire, Dabeull (April 11), The xx with Sampha (April 24), Kehlani, Ella Mai, Jahkoy, Noodles (April 29).