Miguel, Modest Mouse and more await you this week in Seattle music.
Shlohmo (DJ set)
9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $10 (206-432-9306 or www.qnightclub.com).
In the world of beat-driven, hip-hop emulating electronic music—not techno, not house and definitely not EDM—few producers have been more impactful in the last five years than Henry Laufer. His meditative downtempo beat music presaged a lot of what you’ll hear today in the stranger corners of Soundcloud, and this DJ set should illuminate his tastes.
9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Machine House Brewery, 5840 Airport Way S., Seattle; $10 (206-402-6025 or www.machinehousebrewery.com). With DJAO, Bankie Phones, DJ Veins
Montreal musician Michael Silver’s output is as prolific as it is varied—he began his career making sunny electro-pop, helped produce an album by neo-R&B artist How to Dress Well and has lately focused on woozy ambient productions informed by new age music. He’s put out two such albums in 2015; this show celebrates “Colours of Life,” out of Vancouver label 1080p.
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7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at The Moore Theatre, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $27.50 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org). With Lady Lamb
The defining feature of a Tallest Man on Earth show has long been negative space—Kristian Matsson, the craggy-voiced songwriter, alone on (an increasingly large) stage with his guitar. That changes with this tour for Matsson’s fourth album “Dark Bird Is Home,” where he’s enlisted a full band to expand his rueful folk songs.
Summit Block Party
12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Summit Ave. E. and E. Olive St., Seattle; Free (www.summitblockparty.com).
Those seeking out a true community-driven block party on Capitol Hill could do worse than this festival, held in the sleepier northwest section of the neighborhood. The all-local lineup spans scenes, from songwriter Tomo Nakayama to rapper RA Scion to punk band Snuff Redux.
Six Organs of Admittance
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $12 (360-414-8325 or www.fremontabbey.org). With Alicia Amiri, Valley Maker
Ben Chasny takes more chances than the typical guy with a guitar. On latest album “Hexadic,” Chasny’s goal is nothing less than redefining how to play the instrument. He employs a composition system of his own creation in his squalling guitar-based pieces; it’s a very different sound than the indie folk you typically find at Fremont Abbey.
Pain in the Grass 2015
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $42–$72 (206-825-6200 or www.livenation.com/venues/14577/white-river-amphitheatre).
It’s likely that most people trekking out to Auburn for this KISW-sponsored rock festival will be going for Slipknot, the metal band that, along with Limp Bizkit and others, epitomized suburban teen anger in the early 2000s. Other acts include Lamb of God, Three Days Grace and, in a strange fit, local blues act Ayron Jones & the Way.
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $35–$40 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Dorothy
Seeing live versions of Miguel’s songs is equal parts captivating and frustrating: for the past couple years, he and his backing band have put a noisy, psychedelic twist on his glossy R&B, sometimes completely stripping it of the elements that are so enjoyable on record. It’s this approach that informs new album “Wildheart,” a messy, conflicted work about love and relationships that doesn’t hold back.
6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25, at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $41.25 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org).
Modest Mouse fans waited eight years for March’s “Strangers to Ourselves,” an album that would make you think the time hardly passed. After a drawn-out recording process that required multiple producers, the band sounds much like it did in its more-polished mid-2000s phase, and long-rumored collaborations with Big Boi and Krist Novoselic didn’t make the cut.
8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With LANY
Plenty of artists work with the sounds of ’80s synth pop, but few do it on a larger scale than Twin Shadow’s George Lewis. (M83 comes to mind.) The singer and producer reaches for the stadium rafters on both his last two albums, and there are sound hooky dance tracks amid the bombast.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $23.50–$28.50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Towkio
Vic Mensa came out of Chicago at the same time and from the same scene as Chance the Rapper, and he’s perpetually compared to his better-known contemporary. Musically, though, Mensa is forging his own path—Kanye West collaboration “U Mad” is all menace and scowl, and collaborations with dance producers like Skrillex and Kaytranada show a wide stylistic range.