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September 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Boston, Coheed and Cambria and more

Also featuring an experimental rock band that writes 32-minute songs, an early-’90s reunion tour and an underrated Seattle hip-hop project.

1 Barenaked Ladies

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie; $55–$75 (425-888-1234 or

The Canadian pop ensemble’s biggest hits, especially pop-culture–referencing rap-rock song “One Week,” are more redolent of the ’90s than an episode of “Seinfeld.” Founding member Steven Page left the group in 2009, but it’s released two albums since then, including last year’s “Grinning Streak.”

2 Swans

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$28 (206-628-3151 or With Carla Bozulich

Experimental rock band Swans is unusual in that it became far more popular after reuniting. A lot of that has to do with 2012’s “The Seer,” a critically lauded record that’s frontman Michael Gira’s magnum opus (several orchestras’ worth of instruments, 11 songs in two hours). The band’s live show, one of the loudest around, should be equally massive.

3 Boston

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; Sold out (425-488-1133 or

Decades before computers made recording at home as routine as watching TV, Tom Scholz recorded nearly all of Boston’s 1976 self-titled debut in his basement. That album sold 20 million copies and made the band a classic-rock staple. More recently, the group released “Life, Love & Hope,” its first record since the death of lead singer Brad Delp in 2007.

4 Metal Chocolates

9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., Seattle; $7 (360-632-0212 or With Dearly Departed

Hip-hop is rare at the rock-oriented High Dive (no Seattle venue more resembles a stage from “Guitar Hero”) and relatively outre hip-hop like Metal Chocolates—a collaboration between producer OC Notes and rapper Rik Rude—is rarer. The blunted beats and echoing vocals on its 2011 self-titled album still sound fresh two Shabazz Palaces albums later.

5 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $18 (206-709-9951 or With Irukandji Legion of Brass, Darek Mazzone

Formed by literal Sierra Leonean refugees during that country’s civil war, this group has gone on to tour the world and open for Aerosmith. Like much of the band’s work, new album “Libation” is musically omnivorous, with traces of reggae, funk, folk and Afrobeat.

6 Bear in Heaven

8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $12–$14 (206-324-8005 or With Young Magic, Miles Cooper Seaton

Brooklyn outfit Bear in Heaven has straddled spacey psychedelic rock and somber electronic pop over the course of four albums, complicating straightforward indie rock with samples and synthesizers. Some of its best work, like “Lovesick Teenagers” and “The Reflection of You,” could play at the school dance in a warped John Hughes movie.

(Shawn Brackbill)

(Shawn Brackbill)

7 Owen Pallett

8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $17–$20 (206-709-9442 or With Avi Buffalo, Foxes in Fiction

A gifted composer and violinist, Pallett has worked on string arrangements for Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear, among many others. (He sometimes writes about music, too, and well.)  His own music is rich in nuance and detail; to replicate it live, he loops and processes his violin in real time.




8 Coheed and Cambria

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $25.75 (360-467-5520 or With Thank You Scientist

Perhaps because of this song, some have unfairly pegged Coheed and Cambria as progressive rock for the Hot Topic crowd. In reality, the New York band is about as prog as it gets—each of its albums is a conceptually unified rock opera inspired by a series of comic books written by frontman Claudio Sanchez.

9 Tobacco

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Stargazer Lilies, Oscillator Bug

As Tobacco, Thomas Fec operates in a corner of electronic music where few others venture. Simultaneously organic and foreign, his music is populated with sawtooth analog keyboards, distortion-masked vocals and tape-damaged loops. New album “Ultima II Massage” was released on esteemed electronic label Ghostly.

(The Windish Agency)

(The Windish Agency)

10 The Breeders

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$28 (206-628-3151 or With The Neptunas

Even if you’ve never heard of The Breeders, you’ve likely heard “Cannonball,” an indelible early-’90s pop gem destined to be played eternally on alternative-rock radio. The band, which features the Pixies’ Kim Deal and Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly, reunited last year and have written new music, which they’ll perform here.

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