By Andrew Gospe / Special to The Seattle Times
This week of post-Sasquatch! shows features two arena-filling songwriters, a rising star from Denmark and one of Seattle’s most talked-about young bands.
1 Chastity Belt
8 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 29, AT BARBOZA, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $8 (206-709-9951 OR WWW.THEBARBOZA.COM). WITH S, JON ATKINS
Punk four-piece Chastity Belt broke out last year in a bigger way than just about any other Seattle band, and it’s maintaining that momentum in 2014. This show comes on the heels of a Saturday night appearance at Sasquatch!, and the group has reportedly been recording new music.
2 Animal Collective DJ set
8 P.M. THURSDAY, MAY 29 AT NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; SOLD OUT (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM).
Its music has always been unpredictable and hard to classify, and the same should be true of Animal Collective’s performance behind the decks. It’s a rare opportunity to hear the music that influences a group of sonic innovators, at least for those who managed to scoop up tickets in time.
3 Lionel Richie
7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 30, AT KEY ARENA, 305 HARRISON ST., SEATTLE; $23–$121 (206-684-7200 OR WWW.KEYARENA.COM). WITH CEELO GREEN
To live up to its name, this stop on Richie’s “All the Hits All Night Long” tour will likely be heavy on cuts from the apex of the singer’s career in the early ’80s; between 1981 and 1986, he had 13 top-10 singles and three albums that went at least quadruple platinum. Read Nicole Brodeur’s interview with Richie to find out what he’s up to now.
8 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 30, AT THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $12–$14 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). WITH ERIK HASSLE
Denmark’s Karen Marie Ørsted makes relatively staid electronic pop (she’s collaborated with Diplo and Avicii) that’s positions itself as middle ground between Grimes and Lana Del Rey. Though far from original, it’s the kind of stuff that’s sure to be a hit at summer music festivals.
5 Debacle Fest
7 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 31, AT THE LO-FI PERFORMANCE GALLERY, 429 EASTLAKE AVE. E., SEATTLE; $10 (206-254-2824 OR WWW.DEBACLEFEST.COM).
This annual showcase of experimental music caters to adventurous ears, drawing acts from the farthest reaches of metal, drone, psychedelia, electronica and more. A record label fair precedes the music.
6 James Taylor
8 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 31, AT KEY ARENA, 305 HARRISON ST., SEATTLE; $59.50–$79.50 (206-684-7200 OR WWW.KEYARENA.COM).
The guitarist, singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy winner behind soft-rock favorites like “Fire and Rain” and “You’ve Got a Friend” is still filling arenas in 2014, some 46 years after his debut album. Read Paul de Barros’ take on his career.
7 Western Haunts
9 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 31, AT THE SUNSET TAVERN, 5433 BALLARD AVE. N.W., SEATTLE; $8 (206-784-4880 OR WWW.SUNSETTAVERN.COM). WITH EPHRATA, GARRETT HOBA
Over the past five years, these locals have released a consistent string of albums and EPs, each displaying slight new wrinkles in their sound: dramatic, electrified Americana awash in reverb. The band’s latest, a self-titled LP, is another solid release that continues this trend.
8 Throwing Muses
7:30 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 1, AT THE TRIPLE DOOR, 216 UNION ST., SEATTLE; $30–$35 (206-838-4333 OR WWW.THETRIPLEDOOR.COM).
Last year’s “Purgatory/Paradise” was the first album in 10 years from this alternative rock band and college-radio staple. Its current tour features opening sets from former Muses member Tanya Donelly, a founder of fellow (and, at this point, arguably better-known) early-’90s groups The Breeders and Belly.
9 Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Bands
7:30 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 2, AT JAZZ ALLEY, 2033 SIXTH AVE., SEATTLE; $20 (206-441-9729 OR WWW.JAZZALLEY.COM).
Seattle is widely regarded as a hotbed of high school–aged jazz talent. Mountlake Terrace’s jazz program, which has a track record of placing highly at national jazz-band competitions, is one of the groups that’s helped the city earn its reputation.
10 Victor Wooten
7 P.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 3, AT THE NEPTUNE, 1303 N.E. 45TH ST, SEATTLE; $26.50–$30 (206-784-4849 OR WWW.STGPRESENTS.ORG).
Wooten’s unhuman technical dominance of the bass guitar has led to collaborations with jazz pianist Chick Corea and bluegrass maven Béla Fleck, as well as the formation of SMV, a “supergroup” comprising Wooten and two other virtuoso bassists.
8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, AT THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $12 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). WITH CHEETAHS
This British post-punk band’s songs are mannered and well studied, a little bit like Joy Division and a lot like Killing Joke: driving drums and bass, waves of distorted guitar and forceful hooks that are a testament to the group’s songcraft.