Juice Radio's Seventh Anniversary/Thursday, January 31

Created by Tacoma rapper/producer Q Dot, streaming web-station Juice Radio has now been pumping hip-hop and R&B outward from

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The Short List: This Week's Recommended Shows

Juice Radio's Seventh Anniversary/Thursday, January 31

Created by Tacoma rapper/producer Q Dot, streaming web-station Juice Radio has now been pumping hip-hop and R&B outward from the South Sound region for seven years. The station's founder tops the bill of this anniversary show, but the undercard holds the firepower. Tacoma heavyweight Bruce Leroy brings a bounty of choice tough-guy bars, and Seattle's bubbling punch-line artist Mega Evers will keep the audience's juices flowing. Throw in one of the Town's finest selectors in DJ Swervewon, and you've got yourself a party. With Da Association. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS. TODD HAMM

Paul Kelly/Thursday, January 31

Indisputably one of the world's most underappreciated songwriters, this Australian's sense of romanticism might creep up on you, but it's rich in perseverance. A Paul Kelly tune doesn't thump its listener in the heart so much as it evokes profound memories of a rainy night, a look, or an article of clothing that will forever retain significance. Not all of us can pretend-fly on the bow of the Titanic with DiCaprio's arms around our hips. Such grand flourishes are the stuff of short-lived trysts, whereas Kelly's candid tales speak to the peaks and valleys of unconditional commitment, and err toward affirmation. With Kail Baxley. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. 8 p.m. $22 adv./ $25 DOS. All ages. MIKE SEELY

***EDITOR'S PICK

Emeli Sandé/Friday, February 1

The 25-year-old Scottish soul singer Emeli Sandé's given first name is Adele, but she chose to start going by her middle name after that other UK soul singer began to hit it big. Names and nationalities aside, Sandé differs from Adele in her steely songwriting, much grittier stuff than Adele's highly polished pop. Her version of soul has caught on in a big way in Britain: Her debut album, Our Version of Events, won the BRIT Awards' prestigious Critic's Choice Award in 2012 and became the UK's best-selling album of the year. The record—which contains a song co-written by Alicia Keys, the U.S. artist she most resembles—splits the difference between bluesy ballads that show off her powerfully elastic vocals ("Suitcase," "Clown") and sweeping, rhythmic numbers, like the skittering opener "Heaven" and the authoritative "My Kind of Love," which stands out as one of the fiercest love songs written in recent memory. With Emily King, Jenna Andrews. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618. 8 p.m. $14. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Ken Stringfellow/Friday, February 1

You've gotta love local label Spark & Shine: It boasts one of Seattle's only insurance-salesman/urban-cowboy acts (Brent Amaker and The Rodeo), a fiercely homegrown supergroup (the Tripwires), and Ken Stringfellow, who co-founded the Bellingham-based power-pop band the Posies. The imprint's reverence for the pioneering rock sounds that started here is wonderfully evident in Stringfellow's latest release, Danzig in the Moonlight. Traversing a range of genres, the songwriter flourishes under the label's partnership, pitting existential pop anthems ("Superwise") next to '70s rock ("History Buff") without losing a regional edge: You can't help but think Seattle's passive-aggressive streak is the subject in "Shittalkers!", while the loose, folky jangle of "You're the Gold" prophetically reflects our recent misty weather: "Fog hides the stars in Seattle." With the Maldives, Curtains for You. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9:30 p.m. $15 adv./$17 DOS. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Excision/Saturday, February 2

Canadian dubstep DJ Jeff Abel, better known as Excision, has gained quite a following in the U.S. thanks to his milder aggressive dubstep. His heavy, beat-blasting mashups join morphed drum-and-bass lines with aggressive metal and hip-hop vibes, a combination meant to make listeners dance—with plenty of classic "wub-wub"s to keep any dubstep enthusiast satisfied. Free recordings from performances over the past five years at the annual Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, B.C., have earned Excision millions of downloads. Too bad fellow B.C. dubstepper Datsik won't be by his side tonight to perform their collabos "Swagga" and "Calypso." With Paper Diamond, VASKI. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 877-784-4849. 7 p.m. $21.25–$36.25. All ages. ASHLEY ROE

Ellie Goulding/Monday, February 4

British pop artist Ellie Goulding became known in the U.S. first for singing at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, then for dating Skrillex and rocking the same half-shaved hairdo, and then, finally, for her music. Her pulsating dance single "Lights" became a smash hit a year after it was released, bringing more attention to her solid 2010 debut album of that name. Lights' follow-up, last year's Halcyon, is darker and dubbier; while it's performed well commercially and has spawned a minor radio hit—the dreamy, down-tempo "Anything Could Happen"—it doesn't match the bright energy of her debut. Goulding is a precociously talented musician blessed with a unique and interesting voice; her next step is to get back to writing songs that allow her sublime vocals and breezy youth to shine forward. With St. Lucia. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444. 7 p.m. Sold out. All ages. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Big Freedia/Tuesday, February 5

Big Freedia (the Queen Diva/"dick eata," etc.) is currently New Orleans' most visible "bounce" artist, one who ups the bar for entertainment in any genre. Her ultra-flyness of style, sassy baritone call-and-response tactics, and overall triumphant flamboyance will, by all accounts, make this show impossible not to enjoy. She will cause more ass-shaking than your standard tectonic hiccup, and get things steamier than that one sex spa in the U District that got shut down. (OK, well, almost as steamy, but really.) Plus, feverish hometown dance/rap team Don't Talk to the Cops! will have you all limbered up by the time it's time to dance all nasty, so you won't cramp up when you're getting grimy. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $15. TODD HAMM

 
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