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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 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Stevie Wonder, the KISS FM Jingle Ball and more

Also featuring a Ben Gibbard–endorsed indie band, the unhinged id of Seattle’s rap scene and forward-thinking electronic music from halfway around the world.

1 Noah Gundersen

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $20–$22.50 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org). With Rocky Votolato

At age 24, Noah Gundersen has amassed a sizeable following through touring and word-of-mouth, eschewing the opportunity to release his latest album, February’s “Ledges,” on a major label. The music is quintessentially Seattle: rustic, heartfelt singer-songwriter fare with similar artistic goals as fellow locals The Head and the Heart.


2 Nacho Picasso

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Ugly Frank, Sneak Guapo, DJ Beeba

Nacho Picasso and his Moor Gang crew are the antithesis of Macklemore’s shiny, happy vision of Seattle rap; he’s a tattoo-covered, self-styled bad boy whose songs are often simultaneously nihilistic and hilarious. He’s also endorsed some of the more interesting rappers to come up in Seattle lately, most notably Avatar Darko and Gifted Gab.

3 The Flavr Blue

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Katie Kate

Comprising three local music scene veterans—most notably Hollis Wong-Wear, who sings the hook on Macklemore’s “White Walls”—The Flavr Blue makes dance-oriented synth pop that’s a far cry from the group’s collective hip-hop background but is a decent bet to pack Neumos on a Saturday night.

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4 Pixelord

9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $12 (206-682-2935 or www.kremwerk.com). With 813, SAB, WD40

A co-owner of forward-thinking electronic label Hyperboloid Records, Moscow’s Alexey Devyanin operates under the name Pixelord to produce his own music, an eclectic blend of techno, hip-hop and grime. Devyanin and show openers 813 and SAB are central to Russia’s burgeoning underground electronic scene, and this is a rare chance to see them stateside.

5 Navvi

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $6 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Sister Girlfriend, Cold War Theater

Local two-piece Navvi makes dark and moody electronic pop, but the duo has a bright future. New EP “//” (pronounced “two,” and for which this serves as a release show) works with sounds similar to those that have made groups like Phantogram quite successful: breakbeats, simple guitar lines, airy female vocals and lots of atmosphere.

6 Thee Oh Sees

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With Jack Name

The phrase “psychedelic rock” conjures up images of grizzled legacy acts cashing in on reunion tours, but Thee Oh Sees imbue the form with punk-like vigor. Genre labels aside, the San Francisco band has a well-earned reputation as one of rock’s best live shows.

7 Alvvays

8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Absolutely Free

Though its breezy pop tunes bear a strong resemblance to the work of Californians like Best Coast, Alvvays (whose Google-friendly name is pronounced “always”) hails from Toronto. The quintet’s debut self-titled album is one of the year’s most enjoyable rock records, and some big names are paying attention. Ben Gibbard called single “Archie, Marry Me” his song of the year, and band will tour with The Decemberists in 2015.

8 106.1 KISS FM Mazda Jingle Ball

6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $22.50–$47.25 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org). With Lindsay Stirling, Jake Miller, Rixton

This year’s Jingle Ball was moved from the much-larger WaMu Theater after Lil Jon, Afrojack and Fall Out Boy all cancelled, so it’s now a showcase for a variety of pop up-and-comers. Of interest to Seattleites are two local Macklemore co-signs: Mary Lambert (whose major-label debut dropped in October) and Fences. Of interest to everyone, apparently, is Magic!, whose faux-reggae song “Rude” is 2014’s most inexplicable No. 1 hit.

9 Deafheaven

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $3–$10 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com). With Usnea, Lesbian

In the world of black metal, San Francisco band Deafheaven is something rare—a crossover act. Much of the group’s mainstream acclaim has to do with “Sunbather,” a cathartic album with very non-metal cover art that tends toward the build-and-release tension of shoegaze. That accessibility is enough to turn off some diehards, but it’s a safe bet that, in person, Deafheaven’s music is just as pummeling as metal should be.

10 Stevie Wonder

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $45.50–$145.50 (206-684-7200 or www.keyarena.com).

There are all kinds of weird conspiracy theories associated with famous people, but “Stevie Wonder isn’t actually blind,” explained at length in this useful primer from Deadspin, might be the strangest of them all. On this current tour, the Motown legend is performing perhaps his most famous and acclaimed album “Songs in the Key of Life” from front to back.

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