Live Tonight: Industrial Revelation, Little Dragon

Showcases like this make it hard to give a short answer to the question “What kind of music is it?” Industrial RevelationSW’s Best Jazz Combo for 2014—makes contemporary jazz accessible by organically blending in elements of hip-hop. Rapper/producer Spekulation often works with live instruments to create a wide palette of sounds ranging from dubstep to classical. Combine these with Julie C’s hip-hop activism, Wizdumb’s smooth lyricism, and Diogenes’ ethereal beatmaking, and this bill is a mix that defies easy answers. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 8:30 p.m. $8 adv./$10 DOS. MICHAEL F. BERRY

Not since Robyn and Lykke Li burst onto the scene has a Swedish act garnered as much buzz as Gothenburg quartet Little Dragon, and rightly so. The band, which formed in 1996 but released its self-titled debut only in 2007, mixes sultry electro-jazz, the smooth attitude of club music, and shimmering pop beats into one giant ball of musical energy, most recently heard on Nabuma Rubberband. The album finds lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s seductive coo mesmerizing as usual, especially on the many Prince-inspired slow jams. The band keeps that musical energy high, even when Nagano’s voice is more subdued, with a steady pairing of groovy keys and percussion. Looks like Little Dragon is no longer Sweden’s best-kept secret. With Dam-Funk. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showbox presents.com. 9 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages. ACP

 
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