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June 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Eels, Coolio, Metronomy, more

Also featuring a beat-boxing former “American Idol” star, a genre-bending Seattle Symphony collaboration and a seminal alternative rock band.

1 Benefit for Mary's Place

7 P.M. THURSDAY, JUNE 5, AT HIGHWAY 99 BLUES CLUB, 1414 ALASKAN WAY, SEATTLE; $8–$10 (206-382-2171 OR WWW.HIGHWAYNINETYNINE.COM). WITH NAOMI WACHIRA, WHITNEY MONGE

Blues-guitar virtuoso Ayron Jones headlines this concert, organized by Seattle Women in Music, to benefit Mary’s Place, a day center for homeless women and their children.

2 Great White

7 P.M. THURSDAY, JUNE 5, AT SNOQUALMIE CASINO, 37500 S.E. NORTH BEND WAY, SNOQUALMIE; $20 (425-888-1234 OR WWW.SNOCASINO.COM)

Hair-metal band Great White reached its apex in 1989, when its cover of Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts. Grunge torpedoed the popularity of this sort of music just a couple years later, but the band maintains a cult following today.

3 Blake Lewis

8 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 6, AT THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $10 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). WITH RA SCION, VOX MOD, DJ Indica Jones

“American Idol” fans might remember Blake Lewis (nickname: BShorty) from season six of the show, where he finished in second place. Now days, the singer, producer and beat-boxer is working on his own electronic music; this is a release show for new album “Portrait of a Chameleon.”

4 Sonic Evolution

8 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 6, AT BENAROYA HALL, 200 UNIVERSITY ST., SEATTLE; $19–$35 (206-215-4800 OR WWW.SEATTLESYMPHONY.ORG).

 

An experiment in genre boundaries, this Seattle Symphony performance will feature new compositions orchestrated for artists you wouldn’t expect to hear in a symphony hall: indie-soul band Pickwick and rap icon Sir Mix-A-Lot.

5 Eels

8 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 7, AT THE MOORE, 1931 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $27 (206-467-5510 OR STGPRESENTS.ORG).

Mark Oliver Everett’s insular, bookish folk music is consistent in its melancholy. Like many of his previous works, new album “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett” weaves tales of heartbreak and loss over sparse instrumentals.

(Piper Ferguson)

(Piper Ferguson)

 

6 MoRuf

10 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 7 AT REBAR, 1114 E. HOWELL ST., SEATTLE; $10–$12 (206-233-9873 OR WWW.REBARSEATTLE.COM). WITH OCNOTES, PORTER RAY, STAS THEE BOSS

New Jersey rapper MoRuf’s “soul hop” is, as the moniker suggests, supremely chilled-out and vaguely jazzy. The local support on this loaded bill follows suit, featuring prolific beatmaker OCNotes, ascendant young rapper Porter Ray and Stas Thee Boss, one half of THEESatisfaction.

7 Coolio

9 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 8 AT NECTAR LOUNGE, 412 N. 36TH ST., SEATTLE; $20–$25 (206-632-2020 OR WWW.NECTARLOUNGE.COM). WITH GRYNCH, MR. PJ, EDDIE GRANDPRE, ESSENO, GOAST

To anyone under 30, the “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper is probably less recognizable for his music than for seemingly appearing on every reality TV show with “celebrity” in its name. The 50-year-old Grammy winner is also an actor, aspiring chef and record producer.

8 Guided By Voices

7 P.M. SUNDAY, JUNE 8, AT THE SHOWBOX, 1426 FIRST AVE., SEATTLE; $35–$40 (206-628-3151 OR SHOWBOXONLINE.COM). WITH BOBBY BARE JR.

Between pioneering alternative rock band Guided By Voices and his other projects, frontman Robert Pollard released seven full-length albums last year. True to form, he didn’t slow down in 2014. Released in February, “Motivational Jumpsuit” is GBV’s 20th studio album.

9 USF

8 P.M. MONDAY, JUNE 9, AT CHOP SUEY, 1325 E. MADISON ST., SEATTLE; FREE (206-324-8005 OR WWW.CHOPSUEY.COM). WITH AIRPORT

Local electronic duo USF (Universal Studios Florida) is dropping a new album later this month. Judging by recent single “Sibilant,” a shimmering club track, the group has increased the tempos and tightened up the production compared to its earlier work.

 

10 Jungle

8 P.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 10, AT NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). WITH BEATY HEART

Semi-anonymous U.K. duo Jungle emerged late last year with a series of well-received singles that fuse R&B with old-school funk; the result lies somewhere between the Bee Gees and TV on the Radio.

11 Metronomy

8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, AT NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). WITH CLOUD CONTROL

Over the course of a decade, Metronomy has transitioned from making glitchy laptop electronica to debonair, classicist pop music. In particular, songs like “The Look” and “Love Letters,” the single from the new album of the same name, are models of precision and economy.

 

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