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May 7, 2014 at 11:07 AM

This week in Seattle music: Mary Lambert, Kenny G

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).

Pickwick headlines the Bumbershoot 2014 announcement party at Neumos on Thursday, May 8. (Kyle Johnson)

Pickwick headlines the Bumbershoot 2014 announcement party at Neumos on Thursday, May 8. (Kyle Johnson)

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.

4 Cumulus

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

Alexandra Niedzialkowski’s indie-pop project Cumulus headlines a benefit for Audioasis, KEXP’s long-running local-music program.

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.

 

Mary Lambert performing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during the Grammy Awards Jan. 26. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Mary Lambert performing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during the Grammy Awards Jan. 26. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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.

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