Trying to decide what to tickle your ears with this week? Here are some suggestions from The Seattle Times staff:
— Seattle Symphony. Music director Ludovic Morlot leads the SSO in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (with guest soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac) and Berg’s Violin Concerto with guest violinist Veronika Eberle. Benaroya Hall. 200 University St., Seattle. Nov. 29. 8 p.m. All ages. www.seattlesymphony.org.
— Katt Williams. The irreverent rap-culture comic has been erratic and unpredictable lately, but if he shows up in good form, prepare to laugh. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Nov. 29-30. 8 p.m. All ages. www.stgpresents.org.
— Blue Scholars, Don’t Talk to the Cops, Brothers from Another. Three of Seattle’s most penetrating hip-hop acts share one bill. Showbox at the Market. 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Nov. 30. 8 p.m. 21 and over. www.showboxonline.
— Roy Hargrove Quintet. One the most soulful, swinging and intense old-school trumpeters in jazz. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Nov. 30-Dec. 2. 7:30 and 10 p.m. All ages. www.jazzalley.com.
— Roosevelt High School Jazz Band. The award-winning big band plays Duke Ellington’s “Jazz Nutcracker.” Roosevelt High School, 1410 N.E. 66th St., Seattle. Dec. 1-2 7:30 p.m. All ages. www.rooseveltjazz.org.
— Deck The Hall Ball: The Killers, M83, Metric, AWOLNATION, Passion Pit, Grouplove, the Lumineers, Of Monsters And Men, the Joy Formidable. Styles for all persuasions on this annual holiday bash. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Dec. 4. 2 p.m. All ages. www.ticketmaster.com.
— Sweet Honey in the Rock. African-American folk music in the best leftie tradition, focusing on a program called “Music for the Holydays.” The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Dec. 4-5. 7 and 9:30 p.m. All ages. www.thetripledoor.net).
— The Shins. With the compelling voice of Jessica Dobson and the strong album “Port of Morrow” behind them, the James Mercer-led Northwest indie rockers continue to forge ahead. Blondfire opens. Showbox at the Market. 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Dec. 5. 8 p.m. 21 and over. www.showboxonline.