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October 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Bob Dylan, Phish and more

Also featuring a Kendrick Lamar protege, a grunge progenitor and a rocker who’s a legend in his own mind.


1 Ab-Soul

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $22–$27 (206-381-3094 or With Bas, EarthGang, J-Key

L.A. rapper Ab-Soul faces the formidable challenge of making his name outside the shadow of Kendrick Lamar, a fellow member of the Top Dawg Entertainment crew who’s one of hip-hop’s brightest stars. “These Days…,” released in June, shares sonics with Lamar’s 2012 breakout “good kid, m.A.A.d city” while displaying Ab-Soul’s considerable technical skill.

2 Twista

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $20 (206-441-7416 or With Gillie Da Kid, Feezable The Germ

Casual hip-hop listeners know Twista from “Slow Jamz,” his 2004 No. 1 hit that also appeared, in slightly different form, on Kanye West’s debut album. Before that, the famously dexterous rapper had been a fixture of the Chicago rap scene for years, and he returned this year with “Dark Horse,” his first release since 2010.

3 Big Freedia

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Slow Dance

By now, Big Freedia’s live show is well-known around these parts; Seattleites have been exposed to it at last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, this year’s Bumbershoot and as an incongruous opener for the Postal Service last summer. The New Orleans performer’s high-energy, twerk-heavy sets promote self-empowerment and positivity in a refreshingly non-cheesy way. (See Mike Ramos’ brief Seattle Times preview here.)

4 Sinkane

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or With Helado Negro

Ahmed Gallab, who performs as Sinkane, makes music that’s a melange of cultures, traditions and genres. (It’s fitting that he’s lived in London, the Sudan, Ohio and Brooklyn.) His most-recent two albums, released on James Murphy’s DFA Records, are a tough-to-categorize brand of off-kilter pop that incorporates dub, funk and traditional Sudanese music.

(Martine Carlson)

(Martine Carlson)

5 Bob Dylan and His Band

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17–Sunday, Oct. 19 at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $46.25–$121.25 (360-467-5520 or

This three-night residency at the Paramount kicks the folk legend’s North American tour, which coincides with the release of a 138-song, six-disc “Basement Tapes” rarities collection as well as a 960-page book featuring all his lyrics. Unlike many legacy rockers, Dylan puts on mercurial live shows, reworking old songs and sometimes disregarding his classic songs. The results are hit-or-miss, but never predictable. (Seattle Times freelancer Chris Kornelis takes an irreverent look at Mr. Dylan here.)

6 The Melvins

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $22.50–$25 (206-628-3151 or With Le Butcherettes

With its slow, sludgy guitar attack, Northwest metal act The Melvins predated grunge (the band grew up near Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.) and influenced modern metal bands from Tool to Mastodon. New album “Hold It In” is the band’s second full-length in less than a year.

7 Phish

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $56 (206-684-7200 or

Phish’s live shows hardly need an introduction, and the band’s dedicated fans know just what they’re getting into: several hours of extended jamming, instrumental acuity and stylistically divergent set of music spanning the Vermont rock band’s 30-plus-year career. (Seattle Times pop music coordinator Paul de Barros wonders if perhaps Phish hasn’t turned a corner with “Fuego.”)

8 Placebo

7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $29.50–$35 (360-652-0444 or With The Moth & The Flame

At the height of Britpop and Oasis mania in the early ’90s, Placebo provided a less-accessible, more-abrasive alternative to the U.K.’s rock mainstream. Although singer Brian Molko primarily deals with angst and isolation, Placebo has its share of pop-leaning songs.

9 Ásgeir

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at The Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $18–$20 (360-723-0088 or With Low Roar

Any Justin Vernon fans concerned about Bon Iver’s recent lack of output would do well to listen to Ásgeir Trausti. The Icelandic singer-songwriter, whose debut album was re-recorded in English this year, operates in a similar vein to Vernon, employing a nuanced falsetto over atmospheric folk arrangements.

10 King Tuff

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13 (206-709-9442 or With La Sera

King Tuff is not just a band, but a character. Over three releases on Sub Pop, Kyle Anderson has established a rock-star mythos that should be familiar to anyone who’s watched “Almost Famous” or heard a Tenacious D song. As for the music, it takes its cues from reliably great (and reliably ripped-off) classic-rock acts like T Rex and Cheap Trick.

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