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February 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Lucinda Williams, Dr. Dog and more

Also featuring a Jamaican dancehall legend, a festival of improvised music and a metal band that creates a literal wall of sound.

1 Junior Reid

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $18–$22 (206-632-2020 or With Natural Vibrations, Karlos Paez

Junior Reid has touched disparate parts of the music universe. After starting out as the frontman of reggae group Black Uhuru, the singer had a minor hit in the ’90s with “One Blood”; collaborated with a bunch of rappers (Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Bun B); and inspired the title of Vampire Weekend’s “Young Vampires of the City.”

2 Kris Orlowski

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 6, at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $20–$25 (206-838-4333 or With Le Wrens (Thursday), Hollow Wood (Friday)

Kris Orlowski has long worked in the “meaningful Northwest folk” milieu, pairing his husky vocals with songwriting-driven rock arrangements from his four-piece band. He’s playing this pair of shows in support of his “Columbia City Theater Sessions,” an acoustic EP recorded by Damien Jurado.

3 Logic

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $22 (206-628-3151 or With DJ Rhetorik, Michael Christmas

Maryland rapper Logic built an underground following through mixtapes and word of mouth, and his debut album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard charts without a proper single. His music is fine from a technical standpoint, and he’s also a message-focused rapper who’s held up as a counterexample to modern “ignorant” hip-hop.

4 Seattle Improvised Music Festival

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, to Saturday, Feb. 7, at Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $5–$15 suggested donation (

It’s no secret that Seattle currently has a young, burgeoning experimental-music scene, fostered at places like Cafe Racer and Hollow Earth Radio. The Seattle Improvised Music Festival, now in its 30th year, predates it all. Performers on the first night include Matthew Ostrowski, a Brooklyn-based composer and artist whose work includes high-concept sound installations and live electronics.

5 Sisters

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or With Maiah Manser

Both members of Sisters, a new Seattle duo of Andrew Vait (Eternal Fair) and Emily Westman (Lemolo), are skilled musicians, but the best song on its “Diamonds of Gold” EP is its least-challenging track: “Back 2 U,” a lithe, electro-pop jam with a great hook. At this show, the band will perform with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, of which Westman is also a member.

6 Jucifer

9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $10–$12 (206-381-3094 or With Lb!, X Suns, Teacher, Year of the Cobra 

Two-person rock bands that make a ton of noise aren’t a novel idea; any time there’s a duo with guitar and drums, you can expect a racket. Jucifer, however, perform live in front of a literal wall of speakers (10 feet by 15 feet, per the group’s website). It’s all the better to convey the band’s berserking, all-enveloping metal sound.

7 Regis

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $15 (206-682-2935 or With Bardo:Basho, DJ Sharlese, DJ Kate

Karl O’Connor is well-known in underground techno circles for the austere, unrelenting music he produces under the name Regis. Live, it gets people moving through sheer physicality, though it’s also aesthetically pleasing enough for Boiler Room videos where people vibe and try to look cool in the background instead of dancing.

8 Dr. Dog

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $26.50 (206-628-3151 or With Hanni El-Khatib

Philadelphia-area quintet Dr. Dog plays rootsy, intermittently psychedelic rock that’s recalls the classics from the ’60s and ’70s. The group is touring behind a live album, “Live at a Flamingo Hotel,” which compiles the best performances of 19 songs from a tour last year.

9 Lucinda Williams

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $37.50–$40 (206-784-4849 or With Kenneth Brian Band

“Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” is Lucinda Williams’ 11th album, and it delivers the sort of bittersweet Americana that fans of the veteran songwriter have come to expect. And like before, her voice is the star; husky and decidedly not showy, it lends heft and resonance to her lived-in songwriting.

10 Ariel Pink

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $22 (206-709-9442 or With Jack Name

Ariel Pink is the sort of artist the music media loves to discuss. In interviews, he says “controversial” things and displays a loopy, capricious personality that borders on performance art. His early, largely unreleased songwriting influenced a host of independent musicians; his more-recent work is post-everything pop pastiche.

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