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February 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Meghan Trainor, Hozier and more

Also featuring a 14-string guitarist, three forward-thinking local jazz groups and one of country music’s biggest stars.

1 Felix Martin

9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., Seattle; $8–$10 (206-328-7837 or www.highlineseattle.com). With Barishi, Panther Attack, Spacebag

There’s lot of bands with five-string basses and seven-string guitars, but Felix Martin outdoes them all with his double-necked 14-string axe. The Venezuelan-born, Berklee-educated guitarist writes knotty, technically demanding metal/jazz/fusion music, which he often plays ambidextrously—one hand on each neck of his guitar.

2 Industrial Revelation

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Heatwarmer, McTuff

All three bands on this bill are local acts that emphasize musicianship in a way that’s forward thinking instead of self indulgent. Headliners Industrial Revelation play an egalitarian form of modern jazz; Heatwarmer is multifarious, prog-indebted indie pop; and McTuff, usually found at Wallingford’s Seamonster Lounge every Tuesday night, trades in Hammond organ–led funk.

3 Billy Idol

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $43.75–$73.75 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org). With Broncho

Eighties music icon Billy Idol returned last year with his first album in eight years, “Kings & Queens of the Underground.” It’s the quintessential late-career pop star album that reliably satisfies longtime fans, rehashing his glam-rock sound with more-modern production. Those who attend this show, though, are in it for the hits.

4 Miranda Lambert

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at The Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $36.75–$51.75 (253-272-3663 OR www.tacomadome.org). With Justin Moore, RaeLynn, Jukebox Mafia

In today’s age of waning record sales, naming an album “Platinum” is the sort of thing only a handful of artists could conceivably pull off. Miranda Lambert is one of them, a country-music superstar who’s popular with the public and the music press. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, though, that “Platinum” needs to sell a few more hundred thousand more copies to actually go platinum.

5 Meghan Trainor

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Sheppard

You’ve probably heard “All About that Bass,” Meghan Trainor’s breakout hit. It was the “Blurred Lines” of 2014: not only one of the year’s most grating pop songs, but the sort of Internet-era cultural event that spawns thinkpieces and “parodies” from professional YouTubers. For now, the success of her debut album is immaterial; Trainor is the new person we have to know about.

 

Read Gene Stout’s Seattle Times preview here.

6 Hozier

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $21.25 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org).

Uncalculated success is rare in pop music, but it struck for Andrew Hozier-Byrne, whose single “Take Me to Church” was released on indie label Rubyworks and went onto become a worldwide hit. Most discussion is around the song’s message about homophobia and religious hypocrisy in Ireland, but it’s also a great piece of songwriting—check that Elton John–like ascending melody in the chorus.

7 Jessica Lea Mayfield

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com).

Jessica Lea Mayfield is a talented singer-songwriter, but it helps that she’s had a major rock musician in her corner: the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who heard her first demos as a 15-year-old and produced her first two albums. Last year’s “Make My Head Sing” is her first album without Auerbach at the helm, and it’s a collection of rueful, understated folk songs.

8 Soft Metals

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; (206-682-2935 or www.kremwerk.com). With Glitterbang

Soft Metals makes electro-pop that’s far more electronic than pop. The Portland duo’s music is icy and unforgiving, driven by old-school hardware and analog-sounding synths. Opening is Ononos, a group with no recorded material whose YouTube videos suggest a cross between an MFA thesis and a band Hipster Runoff would have written about circa 2008.

9 Judy Collins

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $45 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Rachael Sage

Known nearly as well for her social activism as she is for her music, ’60s singer-songwriter Judy Collins is still touring hard at age 75. In an anomalous move for a pop artist, she made a career out of covers, first of traditional folk songs, then of material like Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”

10 Hundred Waters

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Moses Sumney, Dutty Wilderness

Hundred Waters’ music has been called “digital folk,” but the the Los Angeles–by-way-of–Gainesville, Fla. band’s sound is driven more by production than songcraft. Led by Nicole Miglis’ sinewy vocals, the group writes stately electro-pop with fastidious attention to detail and atmosphere.

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