There's something for every musical taste this week on the Seattle concert scene.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or With Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy, Show Banga, Mani Draper

Richmond, Calif., rapper Iamsu! is one of the brightest stars in Bay Area hip-hop, and for good reason. His loose, bouncy tracks feel like a modern update on the work of regional legends like E-40 and Too $hort, and he’s been featured on a number of minor radio hits. This tour comes on the heels of February’s “Eyes on Me” mixtape.

Stone Temple Pilots

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $35.75 (206-467-5510 or With Dreamers

As is often the case with legacy rock reunions, Stone Temple Pilots fans can expect a significantly different band than the grunge interlopers they remember. Tensions between the band and vocalist Scott Wieland led to them booting him in 2013; his replacement is Chester Bennington, best known as the dude who sings (rather than the one who raps) in Linkin Park.



9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $12 (206-432-9306 or With Mr. Carmack

French producer STWO is among the more successful examples of electronic musicians making sultry, nostalgia-steeped beats (especially remixes of popular songs) to much acclaim on Soundcloud. But despite working with a very of-the-moment style, his instrumentals, particularly 2013’s “Beyond” EP, show a well-developed sense of space and pacing.



8 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or With Joe Kay

Los Angeles record label and arts collective Soulection, to which these producers belong, consistently releases electronic music as forward-thinking as that of any label in the world. In the process, it’s infusing sorely needed freshness into instrumental hip-hop—a genre usually characterized by boom-bap staidness and scores of young producers trying to imitate J Dilla.

The Replacements

7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $46.25 (360-467-5520 or

Considered by many people with opinions on rock ‘n’ roll as one of the best American bands ever, The Replacements are certainly one of the most inventive, transitioning from breakneck hardcore to a far more literate, emotionally resonant brand of punk. (They’re also a formative influence on the nebulous entity known as “indie rock.”) Leader Paul Westerberg reunited group in 2012, and it’s been touring the festival circuit ever since.

12th Annual Seattle Ska Fest

5 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Highline, 210 Broadway Ave E., Seattle; $15–$20 (206-328-7837 or

It’s not often you see eight ska bands on one bill in Seattle, or most other places, really, which makes this mini-festival unique at the very least. The most prominent band here is probably Bachaco, a Miami group whose music sounds closer to reggae (which is pretty much half-tempo ska anyway); groups like Gigantor and The Georgetown Orbits provide local support.

Gilberto Gil

8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Meany Hall, 4140 George Washington Lane N.E., Seattle; $50–$55 (206-543-4880 or

Seattle was graced last year with an appearance from a major figure in Brazilian music in Caetano Veloso, and with this concert from songwriter and guitarist Gilberto Gil, it gets another. A crucial part of the tropicália movement in the 1960s, which fused psychedelic rock with Brazil’s traditional music, the 72-year-old has a ceaseless output—he’s released at least one album nearly every year since 1967.


Questlove (DJ set)

8 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or With dj100proof, DJ Roy

As leader and creative mastermind of The Roots, Questlove dabbles in and updates a litany of styles from the past 50 years, but especially hip-hop, soul and funk. He’s also an experienced DJ, and this set should make those influences explicit. If it’s anything like the 2012 appearance posted below, it will be mercifully different than your typical weekend DJ set on Capitol Hill.



7 p.m. Monday, April 13, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (206-784-4849 or With Mikky Ekko

New Zealand’s Kimbra was introduced to the United States and the world through her appearance on Gotye’s 2012 smash “Somebody that I Used to Know,” for which she won a Grammy. The singer’s own music, especially last year’s “The Golden Echo,” scans like that of an artist figuring out where to go next: it’s maximalist pop, crammed full of ideas that sometimes hit.


Ariana Grande

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $25.50–$65.50 (206-684-7200 or With Rixton, Cashmere Cat

Twenty-one-year-old singer Ariana Grande has been pop’s next big thing for a while now, and last year’s “My Everything” cemented that status, producing three top-10 singles. It’s about as musically interesting as one could hope from a major-label pop album (subtract the Iggy Azalea verse and “Problem” is one of 2014’s best pop songs), and based on her collaborators, her music should stay that way.