Also featuring an influential rock band’s long-awaited homecoming, a confounding techno producer and a legendary lyricist from the golden age of hip-hop.
1 Tedeschi Trucks Band
5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $30–$75 (206-205-3661 or www.concertsatmarymoor.com). With The Wood Brothers
Guitarist/husband Derek Trucks and singer/guitarist/wife Susan Tedeschi front a modern band that makes blues-leaning rock in the countrified vein of the Allman Brothers. Their recorded output is professional classic rock for people who still take Rolling Stone seriously, but live, Trucks’ electrifying slide-guitar prowess really shines.
2 Tori Amos
7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $52 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org). With Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Amos’ talent for composition is well known, and last year the singer-songwriter and pianist applied it in an unexpected way when she wrote the music and lyrics for “The Light Princess,” a musical adaptation of a Scottish fairy tale. In May she released “Unrepentant Geraldines,” her 14th studio album.
3 Vince Staples
8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $18 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Audio Push, Skreme
Hip-hop fans may know this 21-year-old Long Beach, Calif., rapper from his guest verses on several tracks from members of the Odd Future rap crew. Staples is a talented rapper in his own right—and not just because he holds his own alongside the dexterous Earl Sweatshirt—a fact not lost on Def Jam, who recently signed him.
4 Modest Mouse
8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $45–$50 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxonline.com). With Mimicking Birds
Modest Mouse has little to do with Seattle anymore—Isaac Brook lives in Portland, and headlining Sasquatch! in 2011 is the closest the group’s come to playing here recently. Even so, this is a rare chance to see one of Seattle’s most influential post-Nirvana bands in its nominal home city.
5 Brothers from Another
9 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-441-5823 or www.jewelboxtheater.com).
Local hip-hop group Brothers from Another make music about youthful frivolity, which is well suited for mid-July. It has songs about day drinking and Molly Moon’s ice cream; Asher Roth (he of frat-house anthem “I Love College”) appears on a track. The group’s collegiate days are over, however: this is its first show since its members graduated from the University of Washington.
6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at White River Ampitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $29.50–$228 (206-825-6200 or www.livenation.com/venues/14577/white-river-amphitheatre). With Tower of Power
There might not be a band that better encapsulates the bombast of ’80s arena rock than Journey, whose “Don’t Stop Believin’” is the closest thing white people between the ages of 20 and 65 have to a second national anthem. Fellow Bay Area classic-rock act Steve Miller Band co-headlines.
7 Ben Watt
7 p.m. Monday, July 21, at The Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $20 (360-723-0088 or www.columbiacitytheater.com.)
Watt is the rare songwriter with an interest in electronic music: he frequently DJs and runs a record label. His solo work, including April’s “Hendra,” a fairly traditional folk-rock album that’s also his first in more than 30 years, pays equal attention to lyricism as it does composition and production.
8 Magik Markers
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $8–$10 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com). With Universe People, Peeping Tomboys
Over the past decade, Connecticut band Magik Markers has eased itself from abrasive, formless noise songs to more traditional song structures. Last year’s “Surrender to the Fantasy” is the group’s first album after a four-year hiatus.
9 Jon Hopkins
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $17 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com).
London producer Jon Hopkins creates organic-sounding electronic music that’s simultaneously insular and overwhelming. Songs like “Open Eye Signal” and “Collider” are complex, layered and fastidiously produced, but with their gradual builds and sweeping bass, they’re also suited for the dancefloor.
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With ill Chris, Gifted Gab, Romaro Franceswa
One of rap’s most lyrically gifted emcees, Rakim is best remembered for his work as Eric B. & Rakim in the late ’80s, most notably classic album “Paid in Full.” He’s recently collaborated on singles with DMX and Linkin Park, with whom he released whatever this is supposed to be.