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October 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: The Black Keys, B.o.B. and more

Also featuring: the Northwest’s gentlest folk band, a “genius” jazz group and yet another edition of FreakNight.

1 Horse Feathers

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or With Hollow Wood, Sara Jackson-Holman

Portland folk group Horse Feathers works with restraint. Its songs are hushed, dark and often quite pretty, though they come off as self-serious at times. The band toys with its sound on new album “So It Is With Us,” experimenting with faster tempos and livelier arrangements.

2 Freaknight 2014

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $180 (206-381-7555 OR

FreakNight’s name could have once had a double meaning. Back when attending a huge electronic concert was even a remotely strange thing to do, it could have been a comment on the type of people who attended rather than a simple exposition of its Halloween theme. This year’s headliners, Tiesto and Kaskade, rank third and eighth, respectively, on Forbes’ list of 2014’s highest-paid DJs.

3 The Black Keys

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $31–$71 (206-684-7200 or

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney unexpected rise from also-ran Midwestern rock band to arena-headlining superstars hasn’t made them boring. From Carney’s inexplicably weird Instagram presence and strong takes on Spotify to the group’s new Danger Mouse–produced album “Turn Blue,” it’s a famous band refreshingly unencumbered by PR handlers or outside expectations.



4 Hey Marseilles

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $20 (425-828-0422 or

A space like the Kirkland Performance Center is well suited for Hey Marseilles, a Seattle band that melds cutesy folk pop with chamber music instrumentation (namely strings and accordion). The band is currently working on new material for a followup to “Lines We Trace,” some of which it’s testing at its live shows.

5 Pissed Jeans

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or With Stickers, Vexx

For something completely different than Hey Marseilles, there’s this Pennsylvania hardcore punk group. Pissed Jeans’ songs prize frontman Matt Korvette’s incisive lyrics and the band’s pummeling textures over melody, though it’s released four albums on local indie giant Sub Pop, most recently last year’s “Honeys.”

(Sub Pop)

6 Industrial Revelation

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at EMP Museum Level 3, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $18 (206-770-2703 or With Cuong Vu and Ted Poor

Founded by drummer D’Vonne Lewis in 2005, Industrial Revelation is a nominal jazz group that dabbles in all sorts of styles—hip-hop, punk and rock, to name a few. The group recently won The Stranger’s Genius Award for music and performs here as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

7 Method Man and Redman

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $30–$70 (206-628-3151 or With B-Real, Berner, Mick Jenkins

New York rappers Method Man and Redman embark on what’s unsurprisingly been branded the “Stoner’s Club” tour. The duo has made nearly as many films together (2001 stoner comedy “How High”) as it has albums (two, the most recent of which was 2009’s “Blackout 2”).

8 Digitalism

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $20 (206-441-7416 or With Cuff Lynx

The German duo of Jens Moelle and İsmail Tüfekçi make synth-powered dance music similar in sound and technique to some of the genre’s biggest movers in the mid-2000s: think Justice, Daft Punk or any number of the bands on DFA Records. Newest single “Wolves” has been remixed by big-name producers like RAC and Booka Shade.

9 Slowdive

7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $26.50–$30 (206-784-4849 OR With Low

In the late 1980s, Slowdive were at the forefront of shoegaze, combining slow tempos with washes of hazy guitar. Novel at the time, it’s a sound that’s been repackaged by countless young bands. Like other bands whose influence has grown over time (think Pavement), the British group, which disbanded after its last album in 1995, reunited for a tour this year.

10 B.o.B.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $29.50–$35 (360-652-0444 or With Kevin Gates

This pop/rap crossover artist may have hit his peak five years ago, when he scored three top-10 hits in the course of a year. And his No. 1 hit “Nothin’ on You,” was less memorable for B.o.B.’s rather nondescript rapping than it was for the hook that was many people’s introduction to Bruno Mars. Third album “Underground Luxury” is a back-to-basics rap album featuring Southern rap heavy hitters like 2 Chainz, T.I. and Juicy J.

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