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October 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Alt-J, Nas and more

Also featuring a Thelonious Monk–inspired opening to the Earshot Jazz Festival; a collaboration between Icelandic and Seattle musicians; and the talented producer son of the man who produced one of the ’80s’ most annoying No. 1 hits.

1 Fujiya & Miyagi

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $13–$15 (206-324-8005 or With Magic Touch, Noddy

Akin to fellow Brits Hot Chip, Fujiya & Miyagi make full-band electronic music that’s a stylistic hodge-podge of electro-pop, artsy funk and smart-guy house, all infused with a sly sense of humor. New album “Artificial Sweeteners” came out this past May.

2 Paloma Faith

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or With Liam Bailey

As many pop singers look toward electronic music for production inspiration, Paloma Faith is a throwback. She sings in a gritty lower register, though can switch on a dime to a higher one, as she does on single “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”. Likewise, her instrumentals tend toward faux-retro neo-soul.

3 Monk, 10/10

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12–$34 (206-652-4255 or

To open this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, 10 pianists will perform the music of Thelonious Monk. Specifically, the concert will focus on his “Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall” recording from 1959, with the musicians, led by composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, expanding and improvising on Monk’s originals.

4 Joey Bada$$

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-628-3151 or

It seems like Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been around forever in Internet hype years, but the 19-year-old has yet to release his debut album. That will changes he drops the confusingly punctuated “B4.Da.$$” (pronounced “Before the Money”). The record has no release date, but it does have a single, “Christ Conscious,” that’s fully immersed in his trademark ’90s-worshipping sonics.

5 Reykjavik Calling

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; Free (206-709-9442 or

For the fifth year, Icelandic artists team up with Seattleites to make music at Neumos. Headlining is the Seattle Rock Orchestra and experimental musician Sin Fang. The other collaborations are squarely in the singer-songwriter vein: Icelanders Sóley and Junius Meyvant are paired with Say Hi and Cataldo, respectively.

6 Of Montreal

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $20–$23.50 (206-784-4849 or

Though its ever-shifting music spans psychedelic pop, classic rock and electro-funk, Of Montreal is a very consistent band, releasing a reliably decent new album every couple of years and putting on an always-engaging live show with its troupe of costumed performers. Opening is Seattle electronic musician Pillar Point, who joins the Athens, Ga., band on its national tour.

7 Taylor McFerrin

6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $20–$22 (206-838-4333 or

Taylor McFerrin’s father is Bobby McFerrin (he of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fame), but their music could hardly sound more different. Though this is nominally an Earshot show, Taylor is signed to Brainfeeder, one of North America’s most prestigious electronic music labels, and his compositions sit at the intersection of jazz, electronic and soul.

8 Banks

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $19.99 (206-628-3151 or With Movement, Lil Silva

Los Angeles singer Jillian Banks has toured with The Weeknd, and her music is a similarly hazy take on R&B. New album “Goddess” features her voice alongside several producers who work in the same vein (Shlohmo, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Sohn), making for a predictable interpretation of the “R&B vocals + chill beats” phenomenon that’s overtaken electronic music in recent years.

9 Alt-J

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $39.50 (360-467-5520 or With The Acid

Since 2011 “The King of Limbs,” Radiohead has been awfully quiet, but Alt-J is the logical successor to the British experimental rock throne. Sophomore album “This Is All Yours,” released last month, charted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, and it’s a brainy-but-accessible amalgam of alternative radio rock and electronic music.

10 Nas

7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $42.50 (206-467-5510 or

Twenty years ago, New York rapper Nas made “Illmatic,” a chronicle of life in the Queensbridge housing projects that’s widely regarded as a genre-defining hip-hop album. At this show, a performance of “Illmatic” in its entirety will be preceded by a screening of “Nas: Time Is Illmatic,” a new documentary about the album.

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