Live Tonight: Beck, LeAnn Rimes

If today’s music is overly manicured for your tastes, old-school Beck is like stripping off your business suit, donning some pungent plaid shirts, growing some socially questionable facial or body hair, and shrugging off pedestrian conventions without a care. As a young artist, Beck’s genius lay in his subversively casual blend of funk, rock, folk, pop, hip-hop, and country. The man pranced around the stratification of musical genres with an ease that artists have imitated ever since. Stoners and squares alike in the ’90s united behind his anthems to life as a beta male, like “Loser,” “The New Pollution,” “Where It’s At,” and “Devil’s Haircut.” Yet somewhere along the way, the guttural, self-amused stoner of the ’90s grew up, made a hell of a lot of money, got a haircut, and began singing soulfully from the diaphragm. Not to denigrate this musically bankable latest album, Morning Phase, but die-hard fans may be a bit disappointed with the change of tone, and songs from it will provide some pleasant—if sleepy—interludes for his quirky earlier hits. With Jenny Lewis. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E., Redmond, 205-3661, marymoorconcerts.com. 7 p.m. $54.50–$79.50. All ages. JENNA NAND

Did you know LeAnn Rimes released an album last year? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. In recent years, Rimes’ love life (which includes a divorce, an affair, a second marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian, and a rumored feud with his ex) has overshadowed her career. Which is unfortunate for the country crooner; Spitfire is a fun mix of feisty and heartfelt tunes. Snoqualmie Casino, Mountain View Plaza, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, 425-888-1234, snocasino.com. 7 p.m. $20 and up. 21 and over. AZARIA C. PODPLESKY

 
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