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October 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Chromeo, Big K.R.I.T. and more

Also featuring two shows from the Northwest’s fastest-rising electronic act, a pre-FreakNight EDM show and a Seattle songwriter who just made his biggest album yet.

1 Gorgon City

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $18–$20 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com).

In the wake of electronic act Disclosure’s crossover success, several similar-sounding British groups have been gaining attention. One of them is Gorgon City, a production duo that draws from classic house and garage music to make pop-leaning (and more recently, chart-topping) electronic music.

2 Odesza

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 24, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $18–$20 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Hayden James, Ambassadeurs.

Northwest electronic duo Odesza‘s profile has grown immensely in the past two years, and the group now has a proper album to show for it. These shows are in support of “In Return,” a release that expands Odesza’s trademarks—waves of sub bass, hip-hop-lite drums and hooky melodies from a cadre of anonymous-sounding guest vocalists—to widescreen proportions.

(Tonje Thilesen)

(Tonje Thilesen)

3 EMA

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Magic Mouth

EMA is the stage name of Erika M. Anderson, the veteran of several marginally known indie-rock bands who’s started a far more interesting solo career. Material from new album “The Future’s Void” is more accessible than her past work, but her defining song is the droning “California.” Its half-spoken stream of consciousness is based on Anderson’s decision to move from South Dakota to start a music career.

4 Perfume Genius

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $16.50–$18 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Matteah Baim

Mike Hadreas’ first two albums as Perfume Genius were defined by their directness. His songs were compact, delivered over spare piano arrangements that emphasized the alienation at the core of his music. Third album “Too Bright” features keyboard- and bass-heavy production from Portishead’s Adrian Utley, making for Hadreas’ biggest-sounding songs to date.

5 Safe in Sound Tour

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $50 (206-381-7555 OR www.wamutheaterseattle.com).

The headliners on this EDM tour, Montreal’s Adventure Club and England’s Flux Pavilion, both deal in the aggressive North American style of dubstep that reached peak popularity about two years ago. All slow builds and serrated digital bass lines, this show works as a precursor to the annual Halloween-themed FreakNight show a few days later.

6 Chromeo

7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $27.50–$30 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Wave Racer

The rare electronic-leaning act whose live show trumps its records, Chromeo was just in town this summer to headline Capitol Hill Block Party. “White Women,” released earlier this year, sees Toro y Moi, Solange Knowles and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig contributing to the band’s malleable electro-funk sound.

7 Big K.R.I.T.

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Two-9, Porter Ray, Ryan Caraveo, DJ Swervewon

Over nearly a decade rapping and producing, Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. has seen his stature grow gradually, but the release of his second major-label album “Cadillactica” on Def Jam next month will be his biggest yet. Lead single “Pay Attention” finds K.R.I.T. toning down verbal pyrotechnics in favor of a radio-baiting R&B hook.

8 The Kills

7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (206-784-4849 OR www.stgpresents.org). With Baby In Vain

Electro-blues band The Kills are currently working on the followup to 2011 album “Blood Pressures,” but the duo (singer Alison Mosshart and guitarist Jamie Hinch) has still found time for a West Coast tour after opening shows for The Black Keys and The Arctic Monkeys this summer.

9 King Diamond

6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $32.50–$47.50 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org). With Jess and the Ancient Ones

Danish singer King Diamond leads this eponymous metal band, an offshoot of ‘80s metal band Mercyful Fate. Like many metal musicians, Diamond, known for wearing black-and-white facepaint onstage, centers his songs around the occult. The band’s most recent album “Give Me Your Soul…Please” came out in 2007.

10 Heatwarmer

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Meany Hall, 4140 George Washington Ln. S.E., Seattle; $12–$20 (206-543-4880 or www.artsuw.org).

Comprising several members of Seattle’s jazz and experimental music scenes, Heatwarmer is a band with ideas to spare; its songs are filled with hairpin turns and misdirection and rarely end in the place they began. A show at UW is logical—bandleader and bassist Luke Bergman is an artist in residence at the school’s music department.

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