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Soundposts

A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

February 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Leighton Meester, THEESatisfaction and more

Also featuring two of Seattle’s heaviest rock bands, expansive electronica from the son of a jazz legend and Zach  favorite songwriter.

1 A Weekend at the Feelies

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $5 (206-682-2935 or www.kremwerk.com). With Humidity & Static, Red Alder

In the span of four months last year, Jordan Campbell released two EPs of beatific, hazy dream pop. The songs are centered around his more-than-capable voice and guitar playing, but the spacious, detailed production that makes them less obvious than most guitar-based pop music and no less immediate.

2 Leighton Meester

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $20–$25 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Duke Evers

Leighton Meester was a star of “Gossip Girl,” a T.V. show about young socialites in New York City that’s  become a cult favorite with the sort of people who brag about “binge-watching” relevant T.V. shows. (To be fair, it racked up plenty of Teen Choice Awards in its time.) Now she’s pivoting from actress to singer-songwriter. The music is fine: Meester has a good voice, and the tasteful arrangements are a little bit country and a little bit adult contemporary.

3 Machinedrum

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With 7777777, Jimi Jaxon

It’s tough to pin down the ever-changing work of New York’s Travis Stewart, who, as Machinedrum and several other names, is constantly releasing thoughtful club music that’s irreducible to a laundry list of genre influences. Stewart is also a prolific remixer, so expect a lot of that during what’s sure to be an adventurous DJ set.

4 THEESatisfaction

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Gifted Gab

THEESatisfaction and the artists associated with them (Shabazz Palaces, OCNotes, Porter Ray) currently make some of the most forward-thinking music in Seattle. This release show is for the duo’s second album “EarthEE,” and based on the title track, it should be an expectation-bending mix of R&B and hip-hop.

5 JMSN

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Devon Baldwin

When I hear the phrase “indie R&B” a typical expectation, besides that I’ll be rolling my eyes, is that music will be electronic tinged and modern sounding. In contrast, JMSN (the stage name of Christian Berishaj, pronounced “Jamison”) works in a mostly traditional vein of R&B pioneered by legends like Prince and Marvin Gaye, and he has the pipes to pull it off.

6 Sandrider + Kinski

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).

Sandrider and Kinski have much in common. Both are local bands that play rock music that rock diehards love: loud, distorted and uncompromising. Both are signed to local label Good to Die, which is known for releasing precisely that sort of rock music. And both are currently featured on a split 12″ released on that label, which this show commemorates.

Sandrider (Kelly O)

Sandrider (Kelly O)

7 Taylor McFerrin

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, 429 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $12–$15 (206-254-2824 or www.thelofi.net).

Many of the artists on Los Angeles label Brainfeeder combine electronic music with jazz in a way that doesn’t feel self-indulgent or wonky. That’s the case with Taylor McFerrin, son of Bobby, whose 2014 album “Early Riser” is more tasteful than jazz fusion and far more nuanced than a lot the chill-beats-with-piano pabulum you’ll find on Soundcloud.

8 Joshua Radin

6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).

First discovered by actor and well-known curator of meaningful indie music Zach Braff, Joshua Radin trades in straightforward singer-songwriter tunes that are equally at home on “Scrubs” as they are in a movie adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel. He’s touring behind sixth album “Onward and Sideways.”

9 Daniel Lanois

7 p.m. Monday, March 2, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $25 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With Rocco Deluca, Matt Bishop

You’ve likely heard music Daniel Lanois has had a hand in, even if it isn’t his—the Canadian musician has produced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and U2. His own music is ambient (he’s a protege of Brian Eno), and this performance with a trio will feature live sampling and processing to re-create the feel of his new record “Flesh and Machine.”

10 Stars

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $22–$25 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Leisure Cruise

Canadian band Stars was first known for baroque pop songs like “Your Ex Lover Is Dead,” full of swelling strings and romantic sentiments. The group has gradually transitioned into a more electronic-oriented sound, culminating in last year’s “No One Is Lost,” which was informed by music from a dance club bleeding into the recording studio.

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