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August 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle Music: Beck, Pink Martini and more

Also featuring: a punk-rock festival with a pizza-eating contest, an ’80s rock icon and the Marymoor Park concert whose crowd is most likely to take advantage of Washington’s marijuana laws.

1 Huey Lewis & the News

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $25–$75 (425-888-1234 or

It’s been 13 years since Lewis and his eight-piece band have recorded original material (his 2010 album “Soulsville” comprised covers from the Stax Records catalog), but he still tours with “the work ethic of a 2010s indie band” behind the hits from 1983 breakout album “Sports.”

2 Pizza Fest 2014

6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at 2 Bit Saloon, 4818 17th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $7 (206-708-6917 or

This is the first night of this punk festival, which culminates with a pizza-eating contest Saturday night. Over three shows, which move from the (about to close) 2 Bit Saloon to the Highline on Friday and Saturday, the music ranges from poppy (Tacocat) to surfy (The Shivas) to scuzzy (Ubu Roi [warning: NSFW language], a band whose cover art makes it a good fit for this festival).

3 Haim

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $30 (360-467-5520 or With Tacocat

Haim was one of last year’s biggest success stories, riding the strength of its debut album “Days Are Gone” to festival main stages and critical acclaim. The music is undeniably fun but also refreshingly novel, a mix of A.M. radio pop rock and ’90s R&B that comes off as original rather than appropriative.

4 Murder City Devils

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20–$22 (206-628-3151 or

With “The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again,” the subversive Seattle rock band has returned with its first new music since 2000. The group, formed in the mid-’90s, has been playing shows off and on for the last decade, however, including one legendary Sasquatch! performance that’s all the more memorable (and remarkable) five years later.

5 Bobby Bare Jr.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at The Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $10 (206-789-3599 or With Cahalen Morrison, The Country Hammer

The son of a country icon, Bare Jr. has ventured in a starkly different direction than his father. Though rooted in traditional folk songwriting, Bare’s music is more psychedelic rock than country western, with lots of fuzzy guitars and his creaky vocals buried in the mix.

(Joshua Black Wilkens)

(Joshua Black Wilkens)

6 F—ed Up

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Tijuana Panthers

For more than 10 years, this Toronto band has been elevating hardcore punk in ways usually seen on classic-rock LPs. 2011’s “David Comes to Life” is a rock opera in four parts; this year’s “Glass Boys,” which touches on the state of punk music, is a bit more down to earth.

7 Dirty Heads and Pepper

4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $28–$30 (206-205-3661 or With Katastro

Dirty Heads and Pepper are both bands of chill bros who make hip-hop–influenced reggae for 20-year-olds whose copies of Bob Marley’s “Legend” sits next to copies of Sublime’s “40 oz. to Freedom” in their CD cases. But they are into diversity: There might not be two rappers more different than Tech N9ne and Matisyahu, but Dirty Heads have songs with both.

Dirty Heads (Shore Fire Media)

Dirty Heads (Shore Fire Media)

8 Black Kids

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $8 (206-709-9951 or With Sundries, Zach Davidson and the Irresistibles

This Jacksonville, Fla., band was a product of the Myspace era, when its demos on that website got the attention of music writers, who turned on the band just as quickly. In 2014, listening to the band’s chipper synth-pop feels a bit like watching a Zach Braff film, but some of its better songs still hold up.

9 Beck

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $54.50–$79.50 (206-205-3661 or With Jenny Lewis

As impossible to pin down as ever, Beck recruited many of the same musicians who played on 2002’s “Sea Change”—by far his most straightforward, introspective record—for this year’s “Morning Phase.” Like its spiritual predecessor, it deals with heartbreak and loss, but Beck’s live show is sure to feature his more playful material.

10 Pink Martini

5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $34.50 (206-548-2500,

Originally formed to provide music at political fundraisers, Pink Martini’s repertoire is appropriately inclusive. The Portland group touches on jazz, classical, latin and big-band pop. For this tour, it’s bringing singers China Forbes and Storm Large, the latter of “Rock Star: Supernova” fame.

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