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January 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Zola Jesus, Bubba Sparxxx and more

Also featuring an elusive Los Angeles punk collective, a fresh young funk band and a cross-generational collaboration between jazz guitarists.

1 Midge Ure

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan.7, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-838-4333 or

Scotland’s Midge Ure is known primarily for his charity work in the mid ’80s; he produced “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and helped organize the Live Aid and Band Aid concerts. His own music tends towards synth-pop, but for this solo tour, he’s performing stripped-down versions of those songs on acoustic guitar.


2 Waxahatchee

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $3–$10 (206-784-4880 or With The Ghost Ease, Us Lights

After many years of making music with her twin sister, Katie Crutchfield went solo as Waxahatchee in 2011, turning a collection of self-recorded folk songs into a debut LP called “American Weekend.” Crutchfield’s project now has another album to its credit (last year’s “Cerulean Salt”) and a full band backing her rough-edged songwriting.

(Ground Control Touring)

(Ground Control Touring)

3 Bubba Sparxxx

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $13–$15 (206-632-2020 or With Ripynt, Eddie Grandpre, Cliff the Save, Jesse James Greenwood

After a string of hits in the early 2000s (“Deliverance” and “Ms. New Booty” being the most notable), little was heard from Bubba Sparxxx for nearly a decade. That changed with last year’s “Pain Management,” a record that finds the Georgia rapper emphasizing his country bonafides as much as his rapping.

4 Physical Therapy

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $8 (206-682-2935 or With Metome, Lucas

Hailing from New Jersey, Japan and Seattle, all three of the producers on this bill draw from a diverse array of genres—grime, hip-hop, techno and more—with off-the-wall creativity and a sense of humor. Opening is Lucas, whose “Clearing” EP was some of the most interesting electronic music to come out of Seattle last year.

5 Zola Jesus

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $16.50–$18 (206-784-4849 or With Deradoorian, Golden Donna

The most immediate aspect of Zola Jesus’ voice is its power. It makes a healthy pairing with the arrangements on her massive, elemental-sounding songs, a hodgepodge of industrial electronics, neo-classical strings and foreboding atmospheres. Sure, her music sometimes borders on melodrama, but it’s a hell of a lot more original than singing over R&B beats like everyone else.

6 The Dip

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9442 or With Tangerine, Tomten

Seattle funk band The Dip shares members with electro-pop group Beat Connection and—though the groups’ aesthetic sensibilities are separated by roughly 50 years—the ability to get bodies moving. The group will release a full-length album later this year, but in the meantime, this is music best experienced live.

7 Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival

4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, to Saturday, Jan. 10, at Leavenworth Festehalle, 1001 Front St., Leavenworth; $30–$55 (509-548-6789 or

There aren’t many music festivals this time of year, but this one, a complement to summer’s Timber! Festival, takes advantage of the season by hosting music in wintertime tourist trap Leavenworth. Artists, all from the Northwest, range from rock (Red Fang, Hobosexual) to rap (Sol) to indie pop (Deep Sea Diver, Sisters).

8 Seapony

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $6–$8 (360-956-8372 or With Knife Pleats, Unlikely Friends

It’s been a couple years since Seattleites have heard from Seapony, a local trio that’s put out several releases of easygoing, shimmering guitar pop on Hardly Art. Perhaps a show this early in 2015 portends new music from the group later this year.

(Angel Ceballos)

(Angel Ceballos)

9 Flesh Eaters

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or With Mudhoney

Los Angeles punk band Flesh Eaters was really the project of one man: writer, filmmaker and rock critic (!) Chris Desjardins. Borrowing members from other L.A. punk bands, he recorded “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die,” an raucous album that developed a cult following for its elaborate, morbid lyrics and experimental bent. It was also reissued on vinyl last year, the impetus for this rare Seattle appearance.

10 Nels Cline & Julian Lage

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $20 (206-906-9920 or

People who read about music on the Internet might recognize Nels Cline as the guitarist for Wilco, with whom he’s played since 2004, but he’s been a renowned jazz guitarist for much longer. Cline and fellow guitarist Julian Lage are touring behind collaborative album “Room.”

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