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July 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Steely Dan, New Order, Lauryn Hill and more

Also featuring: an emerging hip-hop star, a festival for nu-metal lovers and one of Seattle’s most promising indie-rock bands.

1 Cloud Nothings

8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $15 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With METZ


Dylan Baldi and his band do aggression as well as most punk groups, and they write better hooks than them, too. It’s music that’s both cathartic (Jayson Gerycz is a fantastic, underrated drummer) and catchy, played live with clear-eyed intensity.

(Pooneh Ghana)

(Pooneh Ghana)

2 Future

8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at THE NEPTUNE, 1303 N.E. 45TH ST, SEATTLE; $27.50–$75 (206-784-4849 OR WWW.STGPRESENTS.ORG). With Rico Love, Casino, DJ Swervewon

After a steady rise through Atlanta’s rap underground, Future’s breakthrough into the mainstream culminated in “Honest,” his long-delayed sophomore album. It remains to be seen if the idiosyncratic rapper will stay there—”Move That Doh,” his best-charting single, peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100—but it’s been a fascinating ride so far.

3 Posse

9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at SUNSET TAVERN, 5433 BALLARD AVE. N.W., SEATTLE; $7 (206-784-4880 OR WWW.SUNSETTAVERN.COM). With Aan, Peeping Tomboys

Back in March, this local trio released “Soft Opening,” a lithe, classic-sounding guitar-pop record that, besides getting attention from national media like Pitchfork, is one of the best albums to come out of Seattle this year.

4 Steely Dan

6 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $65–$115 (206-205-3661 or With Bobby Broom.

Few bands spark debates among music purists like Steely Dan. The band’s technical dexterity and dogmatic pursuit of studio perfection excite its large and dedicate fan base, but for others, it scans as flaccid yacht rock. This show, along with another on Sunday, July 6, is part of the group’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour.


5 New Order

7 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45–$65 (360-467-5520 or

Each one of the numerous indie-rock bands that incorporate synthesizer and dance beats is still following New Order’s lead, even 33 years after its debut album. This incarnation of the British dance-rock group features all its original members save bassist Peter Hook, who currently tours separately and enjoys talking smack to British music magazines about his former bandmates.


6 Courtney Barnett

7 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Sonic Boom Records, 2209 N.W. Market St., Seattle; Free (206-297-2666 or

This Australian singer-songwriter trades in loquacious tales about the mundane, waxing wry and sarcastic about everyday life. This record-store performance follows a show at the Neptune on Saturday, July 5, where she opens for Sharon Van Etten.

7 Lauryn Hill

7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35–$65 (360-467-5520 or

Hill, has been touring steadily since her release from prison late last year, where she served three months on tax evasion charges. Her release coincided with a new single, “Consumerism.” Any new music is momentous from the multifarious singer/rapper/songwriter, whose Grammy-winning “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” remains her only studio album.

8 Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at White River Ampitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $38.50–$103.05 (206-825-6200 or Various artists

Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are the biggest names in the lineup for this touring hard-rock and metal festival, which also features Cannibal Corpse, Mushroomhead and Trivium.

9 The Antlers

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 , at NEUMOS, 925 E. PIKE ST., SEATTLE; $18 (206-709-9442 OR WWW.NEUMOS.COM). With Yellow Ostrich

Anyone with a vague idea of what the last 10-or-so years of indie rock sounded like will be  familiar with this Brooklyn trio’s music. Orchestral in scope, its songs are steeped in drama, atmosphere and, oftentimes, melancholy—its first album was called “Hospice,” after all. (The song posted below is anomalously funky for this group, and also one of its best.)


10 Jurassic 5

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at THE SHOWBOX, 1426 FIRST AVE., SEATTLE; $39.50–$45 (206-628-3151 OR SHOWBOXONLINE.COM). With Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, MC Supernatural


The New York hip-hop crew, respected among underground–hip-hop heads, reunited at Coachella last year for the first time since its 2007 breakup; this is the second stop on a full-fledged reunion tour.


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