The 1Uppers/Thursday, February 21

Every third Thursday the Royal Room hosts its "Third Thursday Twang Royale," and country six-piece the 1Uppers have been regular guests

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The 1Uppers/Thursday, February 21

Every third Thursday the Royal Room hosts its "Third Thursday Twang Royale," and country six-piece the 1Uppers have been regular guests for about a year. The sets usually feature other up-and-coming roots bands, and always features a different theme: Tonight, for example, every song performed will be about brothers. And if ever there was a subject of Americana deserving of a night all to itself, it's this one—Waylon Jennings pretty much invented it with the Dukes of Hazzard theme "Good Ol' Boys." But don't expect the bands to pull from only the country songbook. The 1Uppers can countrify just about any tune; on their latest self-titled release, they did so expertly with the pedal-steel twang on their cover of the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?", so they could probably nail Kanye West's "Big Brother" just as well. With the Bellow Brothers. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., 906-9920. 8p.m. Free. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Seattle Symphony/Thursday, February 21

Put the hay down where the goats can get it, I always say. The Seattle Symphony packed City Hall's atrium the last time they were there, in January 2012, and they'll return this week with a free program of rousing dances (Bartok and Brahms), a Ravel suite (in delicate pastels, a risky choice for a throw-the-doors-open lunchtime concert in an echoey space), and a young prodigy to wow the crowd (violinist Amelia Sie, playing a bit from a Prokofiev concerto). Stilian Kirov conducts. It'll certainly be an improvement over eating takeout teriyaki at your desk again. (And if you absolutely can't get away from work, there's another free performance at Chief Sealth High School Tuesday at 7:30.) City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., seattlesymphony.org. Noon. Free. GAVIN BORCHERT

Galactic feat. Corey Glover/Friday, February 22

Before Corey Glover found fame in 1988 as the singer of Living Colour, the "Cult of Personality" singer was an aspiring actor who managed to nab a small role in Oliver Stone's Platoon (spoiler: He dies). Now 48, Glover has recently returned to acting, starring as Judas in the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar; he more recently fronted the New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic, whose latest album, Carnivale Electricos, is a tribute to Mardi Gras. With LATYRX feat. Lyrics Born & Lateef the Truthspeaker. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave. $8 p.m. $26.50 adv./ $32 DOS. DAVE LAKE

Pennywise/Saturday, February 23

Roaring out of Hermosa Beach, Calif., in 1988—the same beach town that had birthed Black Flag a decade earlier—Pennywise quickly became a Southern California punk-rock staple with their blend of speedy riffs and sing-along choruses, the perfect soundtrack for the area's booming surf and skate culture. This year marks the band's 25th anniversary, as well as the return of original singer Jim Lindberg, who left in 2009 after two decades with the group. The band is touring alongside Lagwagon, another long-running California punk band. With Stick to Your Guns, The Loss. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 888-929-7849. 7 p.m. $19.99 adv./$25 DOS. DAVE LAKE

Rakim/Monday, February 25

During rap's Golden Age, Rakim and his ambitious producer, Eric B, established a new school of East Coast hip-hop. EB's brisk-tempo beats and scratched soul samples set the table for The God Emcee's pioneering "lyrical" rap style, which would become perhaps the most emulated style ever. Heavy on metaphor, self-referential, and spiritual more than political, Rakim relied heavily on wordplay and set the bar high. In a creative spike late in the '90s after splitting with Eric B, Rakim came back strong with The 18th Letter and The Master. Though a failed attempt at a Dr. Dre–produced album just after the turn of the millennium, and '09's sub par The Seventh Seal, undoubtedly made many purists tear up, in the eyes of most he never lost status as one of—if not the—greatest of all time. With Grynch, Fearce & BeanOne, DJ B-Mello. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $20 adv. 21 and over. TODD HAMM

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Method Man/Tuesday, February 26 

M-E-T-H-O-D M-A-N, aka Mista Mef, aka Cheese from The Wire has remained relevant over the years as much for his jocular on-camera persona as for his lauded mike handling. The Wu-Tang standout is one of the few rappers-turned-pop culture personalities who's retained rap-world credibility (sure, Wu-Massacre was a little underwhelming, but its most relevant verses were Meth's), and that's no accident. The Long/Staten Island MC is one of the most complete artists to grace the mike in history, for his ridiculous charisma and multilayered rhymes. Sure, he hasn't put out a solo record in a minute, but there's one supposedly one "in the works" that we might get a taste of tonight. Either way, it's a sure bet he'll spit some classics. With Ra Scion, Leezy, Serge Severe. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. 8 p.m. $28.50 adv. 21 and over. TODD HAMM

 
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