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August 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Jack White, Ed Sheeran and more

Also featuring: America’s chillest rock star, the reunion of a beloved local punk band and a tribute to one of the most powerful voices in grunge.

1 Ed Sheeran

8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $56.50 (206-381-7555 OR With Rudimental

Well known in his native England, singer-songwriter (and apparent Ronald Weasley lookalike) Sheeran’s star has grown in the United States. He opened for Taylor Swift on last year’s Red tour, and his second album “x” debuted at No. 1 on the strength of Timberlake-lite single “Sing.”

2 Layne Staley Birthday Celebration

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $12–$15 (206-381-3094 or With Jar of Flies, Outshined

It’s been 12 years since Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley was found dead in his U-District apartment, but this show, featuring two Alice in Chains tribute bands, is dedicated to his music and his legacy as the frontman of one of grunge’s most important bands. Proceeds will be donated to Therapeutic Health Services, a nonprofit that works with addicts and people with mental illness.

3 The Blood Brothers

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

Too artsy for punk kids but too caustic for the indie-music crowd, Seattle’s Blood Brothers occupied a unique space during the early 2000s—fronted by two vocalists, the band veered from hardcore punk to dancey rock and back again. Broken up since 2007, the group has reunited for small run of shows, of which this is the first.

4 Bass Academy

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$35 (206-628-3151 or With Figure, Hyperfunk & Myk, First Class, High Drops

As the name practically screams, this show exemplifies modern EDM’s obsession with low end. (USC Events, who organized it, also puts on Paradiso and FreakNight, two of the biggest electronic music fests in Washington.) Fortunately, two of the producers on the bill—Mr. Carmack and Djemba Djemba—represent a fruitful, and at times, emotionally resonant, intersection of hip-hop and dance music.

5 Jack Johnson

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash.; $72 and above (509-705-6262 or

Central Washington is a long way from the beach, but concertgoers will hardly realize that once America’s most laid-back rock star starts slinging his acousto-jams about chilling because you’re waiting on a girl, chilling making pancakes and how more people just need to chill out, brah.

6 Linda’s Fest

5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Linda’s Tavern, 707 E. Pine St., Seattle; Free (206-325-1220 or

For the fifth year, bands will grace the parking lot behind Linda’s Tavern in Capitol Hill for a free concert. The lineup includes usual-suspect Seattle punk bands Chastity Belt and Tacocat alongside The Young Evils, Kithkin and Thunderp—y, a new classic-rock–inspired group featuring members of La Luz and the Grizzled Mighty.

Tacocat (Kelly O)

Tacocat (Kelly O)

7 Cam’Ron

8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $25 (206-709-9442 or With iLL Chris, Gifted Gab, DJ D Look

Though it seems that New York hip-hop’s national relevance fades by the day, Cam’ron remains an important figure in the city’s musical history, mostly for his work with Dipset, the early ’90s group that brought him fame. His latest project is a collaborative EP with producer A-Trak, the kind of rap-EDM pairing that’s becoming more and more common. (Warning: bad words in the linked music)

8 Jack White

6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45.75 (360-467-5520 or

As Jack White has progressed from The White Stripes, to The Raconteurs, to The Dead Weather to his solo material, his music has become more unencumbered and daring. June’s “Lazaretto,” the album behind which White is touring, is his densest work to date, molding the blues to his freewheeling idiosyncrasies.

9 Cage the Elephant

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25–$30 (360-652-0444 or

It’s appropriate that Cage the Elephant hits town the same week that Jack White does, as the band, like many others, is the indirect beneficiary of “garage-rock revival” that the White Stripes catalyzed in the early aughts. The Kentucky band’s newer music is more psychedelic than swaggering (relatively speaking), a promising direction.

10 How to Dress Well

8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or

As How to Dress Well, songwriter and producer Tom Krell makes music that’s unequivocally (and often uncomfortably) personal. It’s there in the lyrics, which, not too remarkably, touch on love and death, but also the production, a bare-boned form of neo-R&B that isolates Krell’s pristine falsetto.

(Zackery Michael)

(Zackery Michael)

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