Live Tonight: Hayes Carll, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robyn + Röyksopp, and more!

Having spent most of his career as the voice behind some of the most swoon-worthy R&B songs, Brian McKnight surprised fans and critics alike with plans for an “adult mixtape” in 2012. But backlash over somewhat crude lyrics cut those plans short, and the “Back at One” crooner returned to his romantic roots, releasing More Than Words last year. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. through Sunday. $54. All ages. ACP

Swedish dance/pop darling Robyn—of recent hits “Dancing on My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend” fame—shares the stage with Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp on a world tour promoting their recent collaborative five-track mini-album, Do It Again. The trio joined forces in 2009 on Röyksopp’s “The Girl and the Robot,” a remix of which received a Grammy nod, and again in 2010 on Robyn’s “None of Dem” on her 2010 Body Talk Pt. 1. Tour performances feature sets from the artists separately and combined. With Zhala. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy., 205-3661, marymoorconcerts.com. 7 p.m. $39.50 adv. All ages. JESSIE MCKENNA

A recent article on HotNewHipHop.com credited Asher Roth with pioneering “weirdo rap” in the wake of his 2009 debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. “Weirdo rap” indicates that rap has a center to be left of, and this has not been true since its origins. It also seems to stigmatize experimentation and diversity, which Roth’s long-awaited second studio album, RetroHash (an anagram of his name), has in droves. Roth continues to distance himself from his “I Love College” days, trying to find his voice on an album that’s eclectic almost to a fault, but more laid-back than previous releases. With Chuck Inglish, Brothers From Another, Irukandji Physics of Fusion. Neumos. 8 p.m. $15 ($35 meet and greet). MICHAEL F. BERRY

Yngwie Malmsteen, the Showbox. Read our interview with the guitar god here .

Hayes Carll, Triple Door. The Texas songwriter was our music feature this week. Read the story here .

 
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