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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Fleetwood Mac, Usher and more

Also featuring a genre-defining metal band, a tasteful local R&B singer  and a Bay Area rapper who’s path to success looks a lot like Macklemore’s.

1 Fleetwood Mac

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $46.50–$176.50 (253-272-3663 OR www.tacomadome.org).

The big news surrounding Fleetwood Mac’s latest tour is the return of Christine McVie, the band’s third primary songwriter (along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham) who wrote classic tunes like “Little Lies,”You Make Loving Fun” and “Don’t Stop.” McVie’s return restores the band’s lineup to that of “Rumours,” its critical and commercial apex.

2 Shaprece

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $8–$10 (360-723-0088 or www.columbiacitytheater.com.) With Budo, Theoretics

These days, R&B singers are only as good as their taste in instrumentals, and Seattle’s Shaprece choose well by collaborating with producer IG88. The singer’s “Molting” EP, released earlier this year is fastidiously composed without seeming too calculated, the icy beats buoyed by string arrangements and Shaprece’s emotive vocals.

3 Blockhead

8 p.m. Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $18–$25 (206-632-2020 or www.nectarlounge.com). With Vox Mod, Muneshine, Jay Battle

Between the headliner and the opener, this show offers two very different takes on beat music. As Blockhead, Tony Simon has spent the past 15 years producing hip-hop instrumentals that bear the gritty influence of his native New York, while Ontario’s Elaquent’s Dilla-influenced beats are smooth and soulful.

4 David Bazan + The Passenger String Quartet

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $22–$25 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Dave Dondero

Bazan is one of Seattle’s most respected songwriters, and he’s customarily accompanied by a rock band. That’s changed recently after he met the Passenger String Quartet (led by Andrew Joslyn, who arranged strings on Macklemore’s “The Heist”) and eventually cut an album of new arrangements of his best-known songs; that’s the music the group will play live.

5 Deerhoof

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Busdriver, Go Dark

Raw and mercurial on stage, San Francisco foursome Deerhoof recorded latest album “La Isla Bonita” in a garage in just one week. It’s a perfect match for the group’s spastic, artsy punk rock, which it’s honed over the course of 20 years and 12 albums.

(Chad Kamenshine)

(Chad Kamenshine)

6 Judas Priest

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $35–$65 (253-272-3663 OR www.tacomadome.org). With Steel Panther

Other than Black Sabbath or Metallica, it’s tough to think of a band that’s influenced metal more than Judas Priest, both in aesthetics (black leather everywhere) and sound (powerful vocals and screaming guitar leads). Guitarist Glenn Tipton characterized July’s “Redeemer of Souls” as an “undisputable heavy metal album,” a fact that surely pleased the group’s diehard fans.

7 Trentemøller

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $22 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).

Anders Trentemøller is known as an electronic musician (his 2006 debut “The Last Resort” is a minimalist electronica gem), but last year’s “Lost” has moments that would fit into Sub Pop’s catalog. It’s a fairly even split between downtempo collaborations with female singers and banging techno tracks.

8 G-Eazy

7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $30 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With E-40, Jay Ant

It’s been a long road to mainstream success for 25-year-old Bay Area rapper G-Eazy, who built a fan base on hustle and word of mouth before releasing “These Things Happen” on RCA earlier this year. In all black, he cuts a striking figure on stage—more ’50s greaser than rapper. And based on ambition (“I want to be a star,” he told Rolling Stone), it’s a good bet his ascent continues.

9 Bastille

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $31.50–$39.50 (206-684-7200 or www.keyarena.com).

For those savvy enough to avoid alternative rock radio in 2014, Bastille’s “Pompeii” is a good summation of the entire format: an anthemic, focus-group-friendly amalgam of pop and the indie rock of the last decade. Nevertheless, Bastille is massively popular and has a lead singer with a cool haircut, so it’s playing at Key Arena on Tuesday.

10 Usher

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $35–$150 (206-684-7200 or www.keyarena.com). With August Alsina, DJ Cassidy

Few artists since the Beatles could dominate the pop charts the way Usher did in 2004, when four songs by the R&B singer held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts for 28 weeks—more than half the year. (In general, 2004 was quite the year for pop music.) Ten years later, he remains the defining voice of R&B in the 2000s.

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