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September 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Katy Perry, Drake vs. Lil Wayne and more

Also featuring: the kick-off of country music at the Washington State Fair, an angst-ridden rock concert in the Gorge and the return of one of Seattle hip-hop’s most-beloved groups.

1 The Baseball Project

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Dressy Bessy, Sean Nelson & Friends

Founding R.E.M. members Mike Mills and Peter Buck lead this rock band, which writes novelty songs about baseball. Sample song titles: “Ichiro Goes to the Moon,” “They Are the Oakland A’s” and “Extra Inning of Love.”

(Michael E. Anderson)

(Michael E. Anderson)

2 Trey Anastasio

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Benaroya Hall, 200  University St., Seattle; $50–$85 (206-215-4800 or

Continuing its recent run of nontraditional collaborations, the Seattle Symphony brings in Phish frontman and guitarist Trey Anastasio for this performance. It’s a sensible pairing, since Phish’s songs are both complex enough to benefit from orchestral arrangements and long enough to rival most symphonies. No word on whether trampolines will be included. (See Tom Keogh’s Seattle Times article on the collaboration.)

3 Blue Scholars

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20–$25 (206-628-3151 or With Made In Heights

As recently as four years ago, one could credibly call Blue Scholars the biggest hip-hop act in Seattle. But in a post-“Thrift Shop” world, the duo’s moved onto other projects: Geo raps in The Bar and runs a pop-up restaurant; Sabzi produces for electronic act Made in Heights (who opens this show). The Scholars haven’t performed live in nearly a year, making this show a reunion of sorts.

4 Atmosphere

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25 (360-652-0444 or With Prof, deM atlaS, DJ Fundo

A fixture in the hip-hop underground for more than two decades, Minneapolis duo Atmosphere is known for its storytelling. Sometimes the stories are personal, exemplified on most-popular album “When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that S— Gold.” But just as often, they’re observational character sketches that examine addiction, desperation and loneliness, a relative rarity in today’s id-obsessed hip-hop landscape.

(Dan Monick)

(Dan Monick)

5 Katy Perry

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $20.50–$100.50 (253-272-3663 OR With Tegan & Sara

Perry is in the midst of her “Prismatic” tour, a worldwide jaunt in support of last year’s “Prism” that will last for nearly a year. As is the expectation for pop superstars and their multimillion dollar tours, this performance is sure to be an audio-visual spectacle. (See a brief Seattle Times preview here.)

6 Linkin Park

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Gorge Amphitheater, 754 Silica Rd., Quincy, Wash.; $43.50–$200 (509-705-6262 or

For many 20-somethings, Linkin Park (and, to a lesser extent, openers AFI) provided an angsty, aggro soundtrack to middle school and high school. Last year’s “The Hunting Party” proved that the band can still rock and rap in equal measure. Co-headlining is Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds to Mars.

7 Drake vs. Lil Wayne

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $35–$300+ (206-825-6200 or With G-Eazy

Two of rap’s biggest names, Drake and Lil Wayne bring a social media–driven wrinkle to their collaborative tour: fans can vote via a smartphone app on which artist appears first. The show itself is structured like a rap battle, with both artists trading off hits before performing together. (See Mike Ramos’ preview of Drake and Lil Wayne here.)

8 Florida Georgia Line

6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at The Washington State Fair, 110 9th Ave S.W., Puyallup; $40–$90 (253-845-1771 or With Dallas Smith

Zeitgeist-grabbing country duo Florida Georgia Line is at the forefront of what New York Magazine termed “bro country,” a strain of mainstream country music that borrows the party-centric tropes of top-40 pop and rap. This show is part of a deep run of country stars at the fair that will also include Toby Keith and Keith Urban. (See Owen R. Smith’s Seattle Times preview here.)

9 Interpol

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $29.25–$33.25 (360-467-5520 or With Rey Pila

Interpol has spent much of its career trying to outpace the success “Turn on the Bright Lights,” its 2002 debut album that delivered a fully formed (if decidedly backward-looking) aesthetic and some pretty good songs to match. New album “El Pintor” is the band’s first without founding bassist Carlos D.

10 Lykke Li

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $35 (206-467-5510 or

The latest from Swedish singer Lykke Li is “I Never Learn,” a collection of stark, electronic-tinged pop songs that’s both confessional (it was informed by a breakup) and aspirational; the streamlined, wall-of-sound-influenced production takes aims for the radio.

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