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December 12, 2013 at 5:33 AM

Can Seattle get any hipper? King Krule, Chance the Rapper, Rustie all here | Concert preview

(Jamie-James Medina)

(Jamie-James Medina)

Seattle nightclubs stay jumping all year with quality local and international music. And that constant flow, like any frequent thing, can be taken for granted. But sometimes an exceptional cluster of shows makes you step back and consider how lucky we are to live here. This is one of those weeks. Here are three upcoming concerts less fortunate music fans in more obscure cities would kill to see.

Warning: these concerts are very hip.

King Krule

The wildest young voice out of the London underground is the low-tenor belonging to Archy Marshall — a yelling, crooning, versatile weapon. The teenage rapper and hip-hop producer is fast gaining fame as a guitarist and singer, in a trio as King Krule. Debut album “6 Feet Beneath the Moon” dips into ska, singer-songwriter pop, and several indefinite, groovy genres. Live reviews have been uniformly positive.

King Krule performs with Willis Earl Beal at 8 p.m. Saturday at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or

Chance the Rapper

A gifted emcee from Chicago who is young, smart and full of LSD — if you believe the title of “Acid Rap,” Rolling Stone’s “mixtape of the year” — Chance the Rapper is 2013’s breakout hip-hop star not named Macklemore, an artist with bona fide skills and mainstream appeal.

It’s almost crazy that something as excellent as “Acid Rap” is available for free download — “almost” because it’s great marketing. It lags in the middle but is thrilling at the ends, bringing up-tempo dance music together with tongue-baffling cadences (both indigenous to Chicago) and a wide-open pop feel that is all Chance. Earlier this year he was opening for Macklemore on tour. Now he’s doing songs with Justin Bieber. In 2014, the sky’s the limit.

Chance the Rapper performs with DJ Rashad and Spinn at 8 p.m. Sunday at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$25(


In Glasgow, Rustie and his fellow deejays and electronic music producers have spent the last few years imagining a Day-Glo, ultra-synthetic future for hip-hop, built on screaming synthesizers and drums as heavy as Olympic weightlifting. That future is now.

Last year, the American deejay Skrillex ripped off their neon/aggressive aesthetic and sold out arenas. And this year Rustie’s musical partner Hudson Mohawke stripped down their style and crossed over to the mainstream, ending up on both Kanye’s and Drake’s albums. Rustie has not achieved their fame because he hasn’t yet made his music simple enough. Not to downplay the fury of a song like “Cry Flames” — people often talk about music “melting your face” while Rustie’s actually deserves the hyperbole. But it’s not just sonic Red Bull: it’s also careful and elegant.

Rustie performs with Dutty Wilderness at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $16-18 (206-709-9442


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