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June 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Robyn, KISS, Kraftwerk and more

Also featuring: a 10th anniversary for some local rock legends, a Blink-182 cover band and a Twitter-savvy pop superstar.

1 Robyn + Röyksopp

5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $39.50 (206-205-3661 or With Zhala

These Scandinavians’ longtime partnership culminated in last month’s “Do It Again,” a joint EP that, according to Robyn, finds her and the Norwegian electronic duo “releasing this music together as a band.” It’s far from either artist’s best work, but this show should still feature plenty of the icy dancefloor anthems that made Robyn a star.

(Kacper Kasprzyk)

(Kacper Kasprzyk)

2 Neighbors

9 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $5 (206-675-9116 or With Peeping Tomboys, The Beach Boy, Dozer

José Díaz Rohena is best known for his work behind the boards—he’s produced records for some of Seattle’s buzziest young rock bands, including Chastity Belt, Dude York and Posse. He also fronts Neighbors, a garage-rock band that in May released its strongest set of songs to date, “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?”

3 Fitz & The Tantrums

8:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $29.99–$35 (360-652-0444 or With Max Frost, HOLYCHILD

Motown reimagined through the prism of modern, radio-friendly indie rock is a rough appraisal of this Los Angeles group’s sound. Luckily, its reliably solid live show is more The Commodores than Foster the People.

4 Minus the Bear

8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at The Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $27.50–$30 (360-723-0088 or With Dust Moth

It’s the 10th anniversary of “They Make Beer Commercials Like This,” a formative EP for Minus the Bear that predates much of the Seattle rock band’s most popular work. This show at the Columbia City Theater—quite a small venue for this group—commemorates the milestone.

(Dangerbird Records)

(Dangerbird Records)

5 Cher

8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at KEY ARENA, 305 HARRISON ST., SEATTLE; $45.50–$156 (206-684-7200 OR WWW.KEYARENA.COM). With Cyndi Lauper

Cher released an album last year, her first in more than a decade, but far more important is the daily brilliance (or perhaps incoherence) of her Twitter feed. @cher is a menagerie of non-sequiturs, emojis and anecdotes that somehow manage to ramble in 140 characters or less. Here’s hoping her live show is just as exciting.

6 Silly Goose

5 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at CHOP SUEY, 1325 E. MADISON ST., SEATTLE; $7 (206-324-8005 OR WWW.CHOPSUEY.COM). With Sashay, Chastity Belt, Needle Craft, Diversions

Blink-182 is perfect for a cover band: its music is simple, fun and, for most people between the ages of, say, 22 and 34, laden with nostalgia. Silly Goose, featuring members of Carissa’s Wierd, is indeed a Blink cover band, and it headlines this show on the closing night of Seattle Pride 2014.

7 KISS and Def Leppard

7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at White River Ampitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $33.75–$325 (206-825-6200 or With Kobra and the Lotus

Fifteen years after gaining eligibility, KISS was finally inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame this past April. The induction was a testament to the group’s longevity, as is the fact that it’s playing to crowds comparable to the ones it drew during its heyday.

8 Cherry Glazerr

8 p.m. Monday, June 30, at BARBOZA, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $10 (206-709-9951 OR WWW.THEBARBOZA.COM). With Detective Agency, Lakefight, Joel Jerome

This Los Angeles trio makes music akin to that of many of its Burger Records labelmates: unfussy punk that’s more scrappy than aggressive. It’s touring behind “Haxel Princess” released in January.


9 F*** Buttons

8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at THE CROCODILE, 2200 SECOND AVE., SEATTLE; $18–$20 (206-441-7416 OR WWW.THECROCODILE.COM). With Total Life

The music is as filthy as the name: a mix of noisy keyboards, blown-out drums and waves of distortion. Electronic music, at least not the kind that can play mid-sized clubs on a national tour, doesn’t get much heavier or more visceral than this.

10 Kraftwerk

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35.75–$65.75 (360-467-5520 or

When Sasquatch! canceled its second weekend of shows, pioneering electronic-music group Kraftwerk was one of the more notable casualties. Luckily, the band rescheduled, and concertgoers can see the German group’s purportedly mind-expanding 3-D show without leaving town.

11 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $51.25 (360-467-5520 or With Mark Lanegan

Cave’s most recent work, last year’s “Push the Sky Away,” was a meditative, brooding departure from the grit and grime that characterizes much of his music. Cave’s live performances, however, are still as raw and rollicking as ever.


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