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October 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Top 10 concerts this week: Macefield fest, Ryan Adams, more

Also featuring an expanding Ballard local rock festival, a tribute to a founding voice of hip-hop and the return of one of progressive rock’s most revered bands.

1 Demi Lovato

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave. #200, Everett; $29.50–$69.50 (425-322-2600 or With Christina Perri, MKTO

A Disney Channel actress as a teen (she had a role on “Camp Rock,” alongside the Jonas Brothers), Lovato has since moved into a career as a pop star. Fresh off a stint as a guest judge on “The Voice,”  last year she released “Demi,” an album full of towering pop anthems sure to please what should be a largely teenage (or younger) crowd.

2 Macefield Music Festival

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at various Ballard venues, Seattle; $15–$40 (

The festival formerly known as Seattle Weekly’s Reverb switched owners last year and changed its name as a tribute to Edith Macefield, an elderly woman who famously stood up to Ballard developers by refusing to sell her home. In its second year, the fest has expanded to two days and has a rock- and folk-leaning, all-local lineup headlined by legacy Seattle garage act The Sonics.

3 Kygo

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $20–$25 (206-441-7416 or With Amtrac

Twenty-two-year-old Norwegian producer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll makes supremely chilled-out, house-leaning electronic music, largely remixes, that’s spread through Internet word-of-mouth. It’s evidently a hit in real life, too, as he’s playing a show at the much-larger Neptune the next day.

4 Lily Allen

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $31.25 (360-467-5520 or

The release of third album “Sheezus” (a not-so-subtle nod to Kanye West) earlier this year marked a return for British singer Allen after a five-year recording hiatus. In that time period, she’s gotten married and had kids, but her music remains the same insouciant pop that garnered her fame in the mid 2000s.

5 The New Pornographers

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $26.50–$30 (206-628-3151 or With The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

This tour is notable for the Vancouver indie-pop band in that it includes its three most notable original members: Dan Bejar, A.C. Newman, and Neko Case. All three, especially Case, have had successful solo careers in the folk/indie/rock realm; this is a return to the group that launched them. (There’s a second show Monday, Oct. 6.)

6 King Crimson

6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $37–$147 (206-467-5510 or

The experimental rock band reunited earlier this year for a tour with a reconfigured seven-piece lineup. While performing, the ensemble reverses the typical onstage paradigm: its three drums sit at the front of the stage, with the rest of the band (including founder and guitarist Robert Fripp) on risers in the back.

7 Ryan Adams

7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $42–$49 (360-467-5520 or With Butch Walker

Any new, officially released music from singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is big news—he’s said to have hours upon hours of shelved albums and unreleased demos. Such was the case with the self-produced, self-titled album he released last month, his 13th, that reaffirms his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

8 Christopher Owens

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $18 (206-709-9442 or With The Tyde

Best known as the main creative force behind the now-defunct rock band Girls, Owens has moved onto a solo career. As with much of Girls’ music, second album “New Testament” contains songs that are both personal (for those interested, there’s plenty on the Internet about Owens’ backstory) and well-constructed exercises in pop songcraft.

9 DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $36.50 (206-784-4849 OR With Edan & Paten Locke, Supreme La Rock

Few artists are as respected in the turntablist scene as DJ Shadow (who produced legendary album “Endtroducing…”) and Cut Chemist (Ozomatli, Jurassic 5). Except, perhaps, Afrika Bambaataa, the Bronx DJ who played a large part in defining the sound of early hip-hop. For this tour, both DJs will play records from Bambaataa’s personal collection, which spans soul, calypso and salsa.

10 Yasiin Bey

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $31–$35 (206-628-3151 or

After canceling a U.S. tour earlier this year, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def has rescheduled. (Rumors that the politically outspoken artist, who currently lives in South Africa, had been “banned” from the United States turned out to be false.) Bey hasn’t released new solo material since 2009, but he has been busy as an actor, recently appearing in “Life of Crime” alongside Jennifer Aniston.

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