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July 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Santana, Sara Bareilles and more

Also featuring: the Pacific Northwest’s most beguiling hip-hop act, fresh off a great new album; two mid-2000s rock bands moving toward the next stage of their careers; and Justin Bieber’s spiritual successor.

1 Wolfmother

8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (206-784-4849 or With Electric Citizen

Australia’s Wolfmother was at the forefront of the classic-rock revivalism that was so prevalent in the last decade; to say its biggest song, “Woman,” is inspired by Led Zeppelin insults the concept of inspiration. The group, which now consists of singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale and a rotating cast of bandmates, self-released third album “New Crown” on Bandcamp in March.


2 Concerts at the Mural

5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Mural Ampitheatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; Free (206-684-7200 or With Kithkin, Cumulus

Any time the words “surprise guest” appear on a Seattle show bill, as they did here, there’s something like a 90 percent chance it’s Macklemore. But this time around, the secret performer is veteran soul singer Charles Bradley, fresh off an appearance at Timber! Fest that left quite an impression on Soundposts’ Owen R. Smith.

3 Santana

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $40–$260 (206-825-6200 or

One of popular music’s greatest guitarists, Carlos Santana is touring behind his 22nd studio album, “Corazón,” which features appearances from Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley and Juanes. Rapper Pitbull also shows up for a truly execrable remix of “Oye Como Va” that’s sure to enrage Santana’s core fanbase.

4 Shabazz Palaces

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or

Seattle’s most forward-thinking hip-hop collective just dropped “Lese Majesty,” which some have already declared the best album of the year. It’s a dense, abstract record that more resembles electronic music than hip-hop (despite his background, Shabazz mastermind Ishmael Butler is basically a producer who raps, not the inverse), but it’s the kind of music that seeks to evade those kind of distinctions entirely.

(Patrick O'Brien-Smith)

(Patrick O’Brien-Smith)

5 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $20 (206-441-7416 or With Alec Ounsworth

Indie-rock band CYHSY built up buzz on the nascent music blog circuit in the mid-2000s, getting attention for running out of copies of its self-released debut album (then a novel distribution method) and opening for The National despite reportedly being more popular at the time. The group returned this year with “Only Run,” its first album in three years.

6 Northwest Psych Fest

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $12 (206-784-4880 or

This is the second night of a two-day festival that highlights some of the Northwest’s most boundary-pushing rock music. Saturday’s lineup is a mix of grizzled rock veterans like Kinski, fresh faces like Cabana and the Eastern-influenced psych-folk of Master Musicians of B.

(Shane Williams)

Kinski (Shane Williams)

7 Vibrations 2014

2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; Free (206-684-4075 or

Capitol Hill’s Cairo, a DIY music venue and vintage clothing store, organizes this free outdoor concert, which returns to Volunteer Park for the first time since 2012. Expect an eclectic local lineup heavy on electronic (DJAO, USF), punk (Naomi Punk, Stickers) and experimental music (netcat, Midday Veil).

8 Austin Mahone

5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $35–$65 (206-205-3661 or With The Vamps, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes

Like Justin Bieber, to whom he is often compared, Mahone is a YouTube user turned pop star who primarily appeals to teenage girls. Now that the 18-year-old Mahone is a “swaggy adult,” Universal Music Group (and Birdman) must be banking on him recording a big crossover hit before that appeal fades.

9 Sara Bareilles

5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $39.50–$59.50 (206-205-3661 or With Lucius, Hannah Georgas

The platinum-selling singer-songwriter and pianist came into the public eye with 2007’s “Love Song,” an international hit that established her brand of likable, piano-led adult-contemporary pop. Latest single “Brave” wasn’t as big a hit, but it is inexplicably included in those ubiquitous Windows Tablet commercials.

10 Trippy Turtle

9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $7 (206-432-9306 or With Ca$h Bandicoot, Customs DJs

This producer and DJ of unknown provenance has racked up millions of plays on SoundCloud for his hyperactive club remixes of pop hits from Drake, Justin Timberlake and, hilariously, Ed Sheeran. It was enough to get noticed by Diplo, perhaps electronic music’s biggest tastemaker, and he’s now released a single on his Mad Decent label.

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