Your week in Seattle music, featuring Brad Paisley, Kevin Gates, Tyga and more.

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Kevin Gates

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25–$30 (360-652-0444 or

Long a regional star in his native Louisiana, Kevin Gates has ascended to a new level of success—debut album “Islah” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. His, um, controversialopinions get as much recognition as his music in the mainstream press, which is a shame. He’s a technical beast of a rapper with a compelling, firmly developed voice.

Seaver & Witscher

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $5–$15 ( With Mark Lewis, RM Francis

Jeff Witscher and Daryl Seaver work on the fringes of experimental electronic music, so their latest album was inspired, naturally, by listening to modern country music. “Country Music” is a collection of pieces that combine acoustic and software instruments; the other acts on this Wayward Music Series bill have a similarly academic bent.

Brad Paisley

6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $29.50–$65 (253-272-3663 OR

The best or worst tour name of the year goes to country megastar Brad Paisley and his “Crushin’ It” tour, an allusion to both his success and the fact there’s a bar on stage, but mostly makes me think of this Corona ad. Paisley’s most recent effort is 2014’s “Moonshine in the Trunk,” his eighth album to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country charts.

Read Owen R. Smith’s preview here.


7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13–$15 (206-709-9951 or With SassyBlack

When KING emerged in 2011, its fluid, homespun R&B immediately caught the attention of some famous names: Prince, Erykah Badu and Questlove, to name a few. But to the trio’s credit, it took its time crafting its debut rather than immediately cash in on the hype. The self-produced, self-released “We Are KING” more than fulfills the promise the group demonstrated five years ago.

Another short preview here.

Chastity Belt

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., Seattle; $12 (206-632-2020 or With Lemolo, Iji

It’s fitting (and hardly a coincidence, I’d guess) that the Seattle band that writes most incisively about romantic relationships is headlining this Valentine’s Day show. (Late last year, the group finished a European tour opening for Death Cab For Cutie, another group famous for writing about love.) The openers, piano-led pop group Lemolo and DIY scene leading lights iji, make for a varied bill.


8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $3 (206-441-7416 or With Romaro Franceswa, Gifted Gab, DJ Swervewon

Signed to Birdman’s Cash Money Records, 21-year-old Jacquees is an R&B singer in mold of Ty Dolla Sign or The Weeknd, rapping and crooning about debauchery over the sort of anesthetized modern rap instrumentals that must resonate strongly with cool teens on Tumblr. Tickets for this Red Bull–sponsored show are only available via online RSVP.

Galcher Lustwerk

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $10 (206-682-2935 or With Aos, Simic, Tane

The modern-day state of deep house involves dubious YouTube compilations, contentious Reddit threads and lots of identical-sounding EDM tracks, but it’s not all bad. Galcher Lustwerk works in deep house’s original spirit—an offshoot of OG Chicago house—and his narcotized synth work and half-rapped vocals are a far cry from the Paradiso-baiting pablum that the genre signifies these days.

Juliana Huxtable

9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $12–$14 (206-324-8005 or With DJ Help, DJ Reverend Dollars

Juliana Huxtable is a DJ, but she’s far more than that. The New Yorker is also a poet, model and visual artist, whose work often explores the intersection of being black and trans. Huxtable’s DJ sets are varied and far-ranging; the mix below includes grime (Nguzunguzu), ’90s electro (The Chemical Brothers), R&B (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) and a Korn remix and makes it all cohere.


8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or With Com Truise, Fake Drugs

Since its beginnings in the late-aughts Portland house party scene, STRFKR has cleaned up its image. The band stopped performing in drag, started writing more-streamlined electro-pop songs and, after an ill-fated name change, switched to an acronym that can be printed in the newspaper. The group’s live show remains, however, a great dance party.


8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $35–$40 (360-652-0444 or With Lee Haze, Bezzel, L Cizzle

Chances are, casual (in this case, tabloid-reading) listeners know Tyga because of his well-publicized, probably illegal relationship with Kardashian half-sister Kylie Jenner, which he helpfully chronicled in this very gross song. He’s also a bafflingly popular rapper, whose songs are largely about all the money he has. Latest album “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” was executive-produced by Kanye West.