A checklist by Andrew Gospe of noteworthy acts playing Seattle clubs and concert venues during the week of Wednesday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 13.
1 Bumbershoot 2014 lineup announcement party
8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 advance (709-9442 or www.neumos.com).
Though Capitol Hill Block Party now attracts a younger, hipper crowd, Bumbershoot is still Seattle’s biggest, longest-running music festival. Local blue-eyed soul act Pickwick headlines this announcement party; record-setting Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings hosts.
2 Kenny G
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $54 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com)
There’s little snarky left to say about massively commercially successful lite-jazz saxophonist Kenneth Gorelick, whose stage name has, for many, become synonymous with smarmy blandness. These shows are the first in a four-night stint at Jazz Alley.
3 Ty Dolla $ign
8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 advance (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With Joe Moses, Mila J, Louis V, DJ Swervewon
Along with associates like YG and DJ Mustard, this rapper and singer is part of a Los Angeles hip-hop scene whose minimal, bass-centric sound is blowing up nationally. He’s touring behind his “Beach House” EP, a precursor to a debut full-length expected to drop later this year.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., Seattle Center; $7-$8 (206-956-8372 or www.theveraproject.org). With Fauna Shade, The Female Fiends
5 Branford Marsalis
8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $54–$69 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org/benaroya)
The musically adventurous jazz saxophonist performs with his eponymous quartet for this symphony hall show.
6 Childish Gambino
7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $31.25 (206-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org)
Writer-turned-actor-turned-rapper Donald Glover’s second album is named “Because the Internet,” an apt title for a disjointed collection of songs and one-liners that often feels more like a Tumblr feed than a rap record.
7 Danny Brown
8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $18-$20 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxonline.com).
With Zelooperz, Raz Simone.
Idiosyncratic Detroit rapper Danny Brown is touring behind last year’s “Old,” an album that melds languid hip-hop beats with high-energy EDM and trap. This show will almost certainly be heavy on the latter.
8 Acid Mothers Temple
8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $12 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com).
This Japanese psychedelic-rock collective is nothing if not hard working—its ever-shifting lineup is constantly touring and releasing new, boundary-pushing music. Opening is noise-rock duo MTNs, one of Seattle’s brashest, most frenetic bands.
9 Mary Lambert
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $25 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com). With La Luz, Star Anna.
The “Same Love” singer apparently has an affinity for good causes: proceeds from this show will benefit the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, which played a major part in relief efforts for the Oso mudslide.
10 Old 97's
7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $22.50-$25 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxonline.com). With Nikki Lane
For 20-plus years, this erstwhile Dallas bar band has reliably cranked out melodically potent alt-country songs. Released in April, new album “Most Messed Up” features more solid rock music that works within the band’s well-worn comfort zone.
11 Gardens & Villa
Tuesday, May 13, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike, Seattle; $10 advance (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Tom Eddy
This Santa Barbara band’s lithe indie-pop is both innocuous and inconspicuous, but to its credit, it knows how to write a good hook. (Listen to “Black Hills,” from its 2011 debut album, for evidence.)
12 Peeping Tomboys
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $7 (206-254-2824 or thelofi.net). With Hers, Tummy, The Beach Boy.
Reminiscent of Olympia-area indie rock of the early and mid-’90s, this local trio shares the sonics (though not necessarily the politics) of riot grrrl bands like Sleater Kinney or Heavens to Betsy.