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June 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: OneRepublic, Allen Stone and more

Summer concert season kicks off in earnest this week with the start of concert series at Marymoor Park, Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Woodland Park Zoo. It also features a raucous country-rock band, a genre-hopping French composer and a trendy new DJ.

1 James Pants

8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at 2312 Gallery, 2312 Second Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-441-7416 or

The eclectic Cologne-based producer—his discography moves fluidly from funk to dance-pop to remixes of Tyler, the Creator—is supported on this bill by two of Seattle’s most interesting electronic acts, Truckasaurus and Vox Mod.



2 OneRepublic

7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave. #200, Everett; $29.50–$75 (425-322-2600 or With The Script

Any conversation about OneRepublic starts with “Apologize,” the Colorado band’s 2007 megahit. But it doesn’t necessarily end there. Released last year, “Counting Stars”  peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, and it apes Mumford & Sons even more egregiously than “Apologize” did Coldplay.

3 Allen Stone

7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $29.50–$49.50 (425-488-1133 or

Seattle’s Allen Stone has become nationally popular performer both because of his self-evident talent (just listen to his voice) and his ability to project a kind of authenticity that appeals to a certain type of music fan (find them in the YouTube comment section, arguing about when new music stopped being good.) This headlining gig at Chateau Ste. Michelle is a testament to both these qualities.

4 Country Lips

9 p.m. Friday, June 13, at LO-FI PERFORMANCE GALLERY, 429 EASTLAKE AVE. E., SEATTLE; $10 (206-254-2824 OR WWW.THELOFI.NET). With Mystery Ship, Deep Creep

This local nine-piece’s classic-sounding country music is best experienced live and is primed for parties; this show doubles as a birthday celebration for longtime Comet Tavern booker Michelle “Mamma Casserole” Smith.



5 Yann Tiersen

7 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $20 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With NO

Tiersen is best known for his solo piano and baroque folk compositions, some of which scored 2001 film “Amélie,” but his more recent work—which you can probably expect to hear at this show—has more in common with the instrumental rock of bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky.

6 Rocky Votolato

8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at THE TRACTOR TAVERN, 5231 BALLARD AVE. N.W., SEATTLE; $14 (206-789-3599 OR WWW.TRACTORTAVERN.COM). With Lotte Kestner, Kevin Long

Placid folk music like Votolato’s—sung in an airy half-whisper, fit for the closing scene of a “Grey’s Anatomy” episode—feels less prevalent than it did five or six years ago, but even so, his songs don’t want for emotional heft.


7 Hoodboi

9 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Q NIGHTCLUB, 1426 BROADWAY, SEATTLE; $7 (206-432-9306 OR WWW.QNIGHTCLUB.COM). With Tony Goods, Boy IRL

This anonymous producer and DJ works almost exclusively in the realm of “Jersey club” music, a fashionable, remix-driven genre that reworks hip-hop and R&B standards at club-ready tempos for maximum danceability.


8 mewithoutyou

8 p.m. Monday, June 16, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Dark Rooms

Philadelphia rock band mewithoutyou saw an uptick in media attention recently due to the music press’ sudden fascination with the so-called “emo revival,” but the group has been making inventive post-hardcore music for years. On this tour, the group is playing 2004 album “Catch for Us the Foxes” straight through.

9 The Fray

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $44.50–$54.50 (206-205-3661 or With Barcelona, Oh Honey

Like fellow Coloradans OneRepublic, The Fray are a piano-led pop-rock group that had a gigantic hit (the treacly “How to Save a Life”) seven or eight years ago. And like OneRepublic, they’re still commercially viable in 2014, as this show and last year’s top 10–debuting album “Helios” attest.

10 Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood

6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $25 (206-548-2500,

Originally a bass-drums-organ trio, this jazz fusion group added guitarist John Scofield for its current lineup, which opens the ZooTunes concert series at the Woodland Park Zoo.

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