Sleater-Kinney, New Kids on the Block and Neil Diamond are just three of the attractions in town this week in Seattle music.

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New Kids on the Block

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $29.50–$91.50 (253-272-3663 OR

A full night of ’90s nostalgia is in store at this arena concert headlined by superstar boy band (man band?) New Kids on the Block, which has long outgrown its heyday of hangin’ tough in acid-wash jeans and has put out two albums of adult-contemporary pop since reuniting in 2008. Openers TLC and Nelly seem like an odd fit, but both are huge draws on their own.


9 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $12 (206-432-9306 or

Montreal DJ, producer Kaytranada‘s style lies at the intersection of groove-driven dance music and dusty boom-bap hip-hop, with traces of funk and even disco. His remixes are crowd pleasers, but recent work with rappers like Vic Mensa and Freddie Gibbs shows a promising direction for his ultra-stylish productions.

They Might Be Giants

7 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $27.50–$28.50 (206-784-4849 or

The material for They Might Be Giants‘ 17th album “Glean” came from a method that longtime fans of the tough-to-categorize pop band can appreciate. Last year the band revived its “Dial-a-Song” service as a website (in its early days, TMBG recorded songs into an answering machine and advertised the phone number), giving listeners a preview of its new material.


8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and Friday, May 8, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $30 (206-628-3151 or With THEESatisfaction

It’s been 10 years between Sleater-Kinney albums, but the band’s profile is higher than ever. Much of that has to do with the ascendance of singer/guitarist Carrie Brownstein, who created the satirical comedy series “Portlandia” and led the band Wild Flag (with SK drummer Janet Weiss) in the interim. It’s all a good reason to revisit Sleater-Kinney’s work, some of the most vital in Northwest rock.

Read The Seattle Times interview with Carrie Brownstein here.

Dan Deacon

8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Prince Rama, Ben O’Brien

Composer, producer and electronic musician Dan Deacon is a bold and tireless experimenter on record, where his output ranges from bitcrushed noise freakouts to the multipart orchestral suites of 2012’s “America.” But Deacon’s ever-evolving, interactive live show—where he lord over a table of gear while the audience surrounds him—is his most distinctive feature.


8:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25–$30 (360-652-0444 or With Floozies, Muzzy Bearr

In the crowded world of dance music, it helps to do something distinctive. For Michigan’s Grant Kwiecinski, who makes music as Griz, that means laying smooth saxophone lines over tracks that pair the sounds of old-school soul with lacerated dubstep basslines, a move that elevates his hard-hitting if nondescript EDM.

The Rentals

8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-7416 or With Rey Pila, Radiation City

Rentals leader Matt Sharp was the bassist for Weezer when it recorded The Blue Album and “Pinkerton”—either its two best albums or its only good ones, depending on who you ask. He left in 1998, before that band’s decade-long descent into self-parody, and with The Rentals he writes the sort of smart-guy power pop that ’90s Weezer fans should immediately recognize.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9951 or With Nurses

Two of Portland’s more underrated rock bands share this bill, part of a small Northwest tour. Unknown Mortal Orchestra constructs lithe, shopworn indie pop songs that sound effortless enough to belie their solid construction. Nurses, who put out the excellent “Dracula” in 2011, work in a similar vein.

Neil Diamond

8 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $61–$146 (206-684-7200 or

Last year’s “Melody Road” was Neil Diamond’s first album on Capitol Records after four decades recording on Columbia, but for one of the most established songwriters of the past 50 years, the label hardly makes a difference. This stop is one of 74 on the singer’s current world tour.

Other Lives

8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or With Riothorse Royale

Other Lives is a trio, but you wouldn’t know it from listening to its forthcoming third album “Rituals.” It’s an album packed with ideas and an orchestra’s worth of instruments, the product of the group moving from its native Oklahoma to Portland to record it. It’s aspirational and atmospheric—far more mannered and detailed than most rock music—and seeing how three people re-create it live should be intriguing.