Watch and listen before the shows: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Corridor Festival, Majical Cloudz and more.
9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $15 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com). With Flamingosis
Los Angeles producer Dallas Cotton makes pleasantly danceable house music that’s equally nostalgic (that is, informed by disco) and forward looking in that it’s also informed by contemporary Soundcloud production trends. He used to make music under the name Yung Bae, a jokey moniker that I can’t decide is dumb or perversely brilliant.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $25 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Paper Bird
After starting out as a Bon Iver–style folk singer, as one did in the late 2000s, Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff changed course by founding this six-piece soul ensemble that presses the same sort of buttons—musicianship, sincerity, authenticity. He released a self-titled record this past September on foundational soul label Stax.
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7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle; $18–$20 (206-381-3094 or elcorazonseattle.com). With Bobaflex, Death Valley High, Syztem7, Rain Light Fade, Swallowing Glass
The late ’90s were a weird time for the music industry, when record labels clamored for bands that sounded even vaguely like grunge. That at least partially explains how industrial/electro/nu metal band Orgy managed to score a minor hit with a cover of New Order’s dance classic “Blue Monday.” The current iteration of the band, with vocalist Jay Gordon as the lone original member, released new music last spring for the first time in 11 years.
1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Equinox Studios, 6555 5th Ave. S., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-890-3283 or equinoxstudios.org).
The dead of winter is a bold time of the year to introduce a new music festival, especially an ambitious one that focuses on non-danceable electronic music alongside visual art and dance, but that’s what the handful of local promoters behind Corridor are doing. The lineup includes drone artist Sarah Davachi, minimalist electronic composer Raica, avant beatmaker Ahnnu and Seattle mainstay DJAO.
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With She-Devils
Devon Welsh makes music that, despite the cutesy moniker, is self-evidently sad—his sturdy baritone plumbs the depths of sorrow and death, accompanied by little more than synthesizers and minimalist drum-machine percussion. Last fall’s “Are You Alone?” is his starkest effort yet.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $27.50–$30 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com).
Sound Tribe Sector 9 is the rare group that could play Paradiso or open for Dave Matthews Band. The Atlanta instrumental electronic fusion ensemble’s music is plenty propulsive, but its live iteration is far closer to prog rock or jam band fare than it is to contemporary DJ-led electronic music.
8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $28.50–$33.50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Making its second Seattle appearance in 10 months, classic-era rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has a knack for anniversaries. In March of last year, the group was touring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of “E. 1999 Eternal”; now, somewhat confusingly, it’s using 2016 to celebrate the anniversary of that album’s (and the group’s) biggest song “Tha Crossroads.”
8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $12–$14 (206-784-4880 or www.sunsettavern.com).
A great many bands follow the template of “contemplative electronic beats with R&B vocals,” the work of London trio HÆLOS is as worthy an entry as any in that very crowded field. The group’s material is well-composed and very pretty, and it will be releasing a full album’s worth of it this coming March.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $11 (206-432-9306 or www.qnightclub.com). With WD40, IG88, Thalo
Nosaj Thing has long been an inventive producer and beatmaker, and this has recently resulted in some high-profile work—the Los Angeles artist has produced for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and Kid Cudi. This DJ set is a chance to see what inspires one of the more idiosyncratic producers crossing paths with mainstream rap.
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $10 (chapelspace.blogspot.com). With Panabrite, Mondah
Acoustic space figures heavily in electronic musician Jonas Reinhardt’s work, making Wallingford’s Chapel Performance Space a fitting venue for his highly detailed ambient music. Seattle label Further Records, which put together this show, released his most recent album “Palace Savant,” which was designed to emulate a contemporary electronic music performance in Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral.