Seven Nights of Shows

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

Billy Bragg Though he’s softened considerably since his stridently political early years as a folk protest singer, Bragg proves on March’s Tooth & Nail that he’s still a thoughtful, lyrically gifted songwriter. With Kim Churchill. Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $36.50. All ages.

Bomba Estereo This Colombian band blends traditional cumbia music with electronic pop. They’re touring behind Elegancia Tropical, their third album. With Theoretics. Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. 9 p.m. $17 adv./$20 DOS.

Lord Huron Ben Schneider’s five-piece act overlays rustic folk songwriting with dense polyrhythmic arrangements and ample harmonies. With Papa. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. 8 p.m. $15 adv.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

Brian Culbertson This composer and keyboardist combines smooth jazz with adult-contemporary R&B. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, jazzalley.com. 7:30 p.m. $28.50.

Tommy Dorsey Orchestra This 17-piece ensemble pays tribute to songs by the legendary big-band composer who helped kickstart Frank Sinatra’s career in the 1930s. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747, seattlesymphony.org. 7:30 p.m. $19–$91. All ages.

True Holland On their Facebook page, these Gig Harbor dudes boast to have “never required a backing track,” a claim bolstered by their staunchly by-the-book modern-rock songs. With Ribbons, Elude, Medic Medic. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, chopsuey.com. 8 p.m. 7 adv.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

An Appreciation of R.E.M. Local group Eighteen Individual Eyes headlines this tribute show, where they’ll intersperse classics by Michael Stipe and co. with their own originals. The Way We Were in 1989, Werebearcat, Patrick Galactic, HMS Thunderchild. The High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-0212, highdiveseattle.com. 8:30 p.m. $8.

Chamber Rock This show finds the typically voluminous Seattle Rock Orchestra slimming down to accommodate both a smallish venue and several smaller-than-they’d-usually-play-with local bands, including Kithkin and Pollens. With Matt and Mike Gervais, Led to Sea. Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, columbiacitytheater.com. 9 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.

Key Nyata Distilling ’90s West Coast rap with the chopped-and-screwed gothic tendencies of SpaceGhostPurrp’s Raider Klan collective, Nyata is a singular figure in the local hip-hop scene. He’s set to release The Shadowed Diamond at this show. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, thecrocodile.com. With Skull x Bones, ILLFIGHTYOU, Gorgeous Children. 8 p.m. $10 adv./$12 DOS. All ages.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

The Industry People Comprising four local-music-scene veterans, this group’s no-frills rock sound bears the influence of first-wave SoCal punk. With the Randy Hicks Band, Motrecraft. Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E., 523-5282, caferacerseattle.com. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark These British synth-pop progenitors are touring behind English Electric, the band’s second full-length since reforming in the mid-2000s. With Diamond Rings.Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxonline.com. 9 p.m. $28.50 adv./$31 DOS.

How to Dress Well’s Tom Krell is probably the figure most responsible for birthing “indie R&B,” a microgenre that encompasses acts like Rhye, Inc., and Autre Ne Veut, both of whom have released well-received albums in 2013. But unlike other music-critic-abetted niche trends (witch house, chillwave, et al.), the musicianship behind Krell’s unintentional creation is obvious: Though no one will confuse him for R. Kelly, he can certainly sing, and his production style is stark and innovative. With Sky Ferreira, High Highs. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9951, thebarboza.com. 7 p.m. $12 adv.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Afrocop Since leaving their cozy Stepping Stone confines, where they played a well-regarded monthly for almost four years, the band has branched out both geographically and musically, and appear to have a fruitful career in front of them. With Wiscon, Screens. Sunset, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880. 7:30 p.m. $6. 21 and over.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Never one to pull punches, Cave seems downright restrained on his latest, Push the Sky Away, a record that’s far more meditative than 2008’s Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! Compared to his raucous work as Grinderman, it’s practically atmospheric. With Sharon Van Etten. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 467-5520, stgpresents.org. 8 p.m. $35.75–$75.75. All ages.

Parenthetical Girls Led by vocalist Zac Pennington, PG’s experimental pop songs are insular and a bit off-putting, thanks in part to dense instrumental arrangements by Jherek Bischoff, who opens this show. With Bandolier. Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $8 adv.

The Parlotones One of South Africa’s best-known rock bands (they opened two shows in their home country for Coldplay in 2011), this quartet’s outsized pop-rock will be an odd fit for the Tractor. With Dinner and a Suit. Tractor Tavern. 8 p.m. $12.

SpaceGhostPurrp Black-clad Miami rapper/producer SpaceGhostPurrp comes to town with his Raider Klan (Rvdxr Klvn) gang, which includes homegrown talent Key Nyata. With Raider Klan. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 7 p.m. $13 adv. All ages.

MONDAY, APRIL 8

The Airborne Toxic Event This orchestral-minded Los Angeles rock group is set to release its third album, Such Hot Blood, on April 16. Showbox at the Market. 9 p.m. $22 adv./$24 DOS. All ages.

Spiritualized Jason Pierce’s long-running project remains surprisingly creative, especially for a group with such a considerable debt to classic rock. Last year’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light contains wide-open rockers (“Hey Jane”), sweeping symphonic pop songs (“Too Late”), and smart-guy blues-rock (Dr. John collab “I Am What I Am”). The Neptune. 9 p.m. $22.50 adv./$25 DOS. All ages.

Talea Ensemble This New York–based contemporary classical ensemble, whose mission is to perform new, unheralded music, will play works by UW faculty composer Joël-François Durand and UW music students. Meany Studio Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, meany.org. 7:30 p.m. $20. All ages.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9

EPROM This Portland producer’s overcaffeinated beats-’n’-bass instrumental cuts occupy the space between glitched-out trap-style hip-hop and mainstream dubstep. With Novatron, Jameson Just, Ah Karu. Barboza. 8 p.m. $10 adv.

Jessie Ware After getting her start as a guest vocalist on tracks by British electronic musicians like SBTRKT and Joker, Ware made her full-length debut last year with the R&B-influenced Devotion. The Crocodile. 9 p.m. $15. All ages.

 
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