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January 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Patti Smith, E-40 and more

Also featuring two very different local songwriters, one last punk-rock blowout for Chop Suey and a benefit concert featuring some of Seattle’s best female musicians.


1 Expo 92

6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Jan. 17, at Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St., Seattle;(

Cairo is a vintage store, art gallery and performance space (that the Times has covered extensively in the past), and this three-day event offers a distillation of what the Capitol Hill space is all about. The opening night is an art showcase, and the following two nights are heavy on local rock and punk from bands like Dude York, Posse and So Pitted.

2 S

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $8 (206-709-9951 or With Erik Blood, Stres

It took more than a decade writing music as S for Jenn Ghetto to make her strongest, most fully realized album. “Cool Choices” takes what had previously manifested as hushed, melancholy home recordings and amplifies them with a full band and production from Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla. The result is the sort of clear-eyed, homespun indie pop that’s as Pacific Northwest as evergreens.

(Ed. note: Here’s a review of “Cool Choices.”)

(Adrien Leavitt)

(Adrien Leavitt)

3 Girls that Shred

7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $10–$15 (360-956-8372 or With Tangerine, Thunderp—y, Peeping Tomboys

Multifarious rapper and producer Katie Katie, along with three other local, women-led groups, plays the second-annual benefit concert for Skate Like a Girl, a nonprofit that promotes female empowerment and women’s skateboarding. One of the organization’s primary endeavours is a free learn-to-skate program for girls 12 and under.

4 The String Cheese Incident

7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 17, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45.75 (360-467-5520 or

Respect is due to a band that’s managed to have a long, fruitful career despite having a name as objectively terrible as The String Cheese Incident. The Colorado sextet sits in the jam-band pantheon somewhere between Blues Traveler and Phish, its music an improv-heavy amalgam of bluegrass, country and psychedelic rock.

5 Motor XX

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $5 (206-682-2935 or

Live electronic music performance is (sometimes fairly) derided as vacuous button-pushing and posturing, but Seattle’s Motor Collective is doing something about that. The cohort’s parties champion sets played on physical hardware—think keyboards, samplers and sequencers—and this edition features a deep lineup of local producers and DJs playing innovative, truly live techno.

6 Another One Bites the Dust

4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $5–$10 (206-324-8005 or With Tacocat, Pony Time, Wimps, Kithkin, Chastity Belt, Deep Creep, Universe People, Childbirth, Sashay, Blood Drugs, DJ Dave Hernandez

Chop Suey has been a mainstay for fans of loud music played with guitars and drums, and the Capitol Hill venue has reliably booked solid, cheap shows over the years, many of them featuring locals. It’s unclear what will happen after the venue closes its doors Jan. 20 (here’s hoping it doesn’t meet the same fate as former neighbor Piecora’s Pizza), but until then, the venue is having one last punk rock blowout.

7 E-40

8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-628-3151 or With Nacho Picasso, Cool Nutz, DJ Swervewon

There may not be a rapper who means more to his hometown scene than E-40 does to the Bay Area; since the early ’90s, he’s been nearly synonymous with underground rap in the region. As an artist, he remains uncannily productive, having released 10 studio albums in the past four years.

8 Tomo Nakayama

6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $12 (206-838-4333 or  With Eric Johnson, Cataldo

For almost a decade, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tomo Nakayama led baroque-pop band Grand Hallway. With November’s “Fog on The Lens,” he’s releasing solo music for the first time, and it doesn’t stray far from his previous work—it’s dense, carefully orchestrated folk music that organically combines analog and digital elements.

(Alicia Palaniuk)

(Alicia Palaniuk)

9 Patti Smith

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $27.50–$42.50 (206-467-5510 or

Patti Smith has been nominated for Grammys and won a National Book Award for her 2010 memoir “Kids”; now she has a chance to add a Golden Globe to her collection. The punk rock originator is nominated for “Mercy Is,” an original song she wrote for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” last year.

(Ed. note: More on Patti from The Seattle Times.)

10 Russian Circles

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

There’s a vague sense of uplift that permeates a lot of instrumental- and post-rock music, chiming guitars and big crescendos that signify drama. That’s not the case with Russian Circles. The Chicago threesome’s instrumental metal is brooding and intense, marrying heavy breakdowns with fastidious atmospherics.

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