So Pitted, Jojo and Zappa Plays Zappa are all part of your week in Seattle music.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St., Seattle; $7 (www.templeofcairo.com). With Toner, Big Bite, Michael Abeyta
Seattle trio So Pitted has been playing around town for a while, honing a bleak and caustic punk sound that harkens back to the freewheeling spirit of early grunge (though, thankfully, not to the genre’s now-cliched signifiers). Somewhere along the line, the group caught Sub Pop’s attention, and it will release debut album “neo” in February.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $26 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Astronomar
Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan comprise Zed’s Dead, a duo that’s achieved longevity and popularity in the crowded EDM landscape with tracks that balance an allegiance to dubstep—the hot sound at the group’s 2009 inception—with dance-music pluralism. Recent tracks include collaborations with Twin Shadow (Diplo-like) and Murs (awkward).
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10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Re-Bar, 1114 E. Howell St.., Seattle; $5 (206-233-9873 or www.rebarseattle.com). With Miles Mercer, Kinjo
Techno is having something of a resurgence in the Pacific Northwest, and much of it has to do with an infusion of energy from a younger generation of producers, DJs and promoters. Alex Markey’s work as Archivist is stark and austere, even by techno standards, and it’s been featured on the sort of Serious Electronic Music websites that appraise such sounds.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $10–$15 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With Nyles Davis, Vitamin D
This is the release show for “Punch Drunk,” the latest from prolific young Seattle rapper Dave B. Produced by veteran emcee/beatmaker Vitamin D (Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent), the nine-track album pairs inventive, spacious beats with the rapper’s loose, playful flow.
7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20–$22 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).
Though most listeners couldn’t care less about the niceties of recording-industry contracts, unfavorable ones can derail—or at least stall—an artist’s career. Kesha and Young Thug are two recent examples, and another is JoJo, a pop singer who had a hit at age 14, then ran into a mess of red tape. Now 24, she’s planning a new full-length album for the first time since 2006.
Zappa Plays Zappa
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $38.50–$75 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Dweezil Zappa has a career as a solo artist, but he’s most widely known for taking his dad’s songs on the road. On this tour, Dweezil and his five-piece backing band are performing Frank Zappa’s “One Size Fits All” in its entirety along with other material from Zappa’s extensive discography.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com).
Minimalism rarely has a place in metal, long associated with showy guitar work and double-bass rolls. Seattle duo Bell Witch, on the other hand, gives the three components of its sound—drums, bass and vocals—ample room to breathe. Latest album “Four Phantoms” comprises four epic-length doom-metal opuses.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $27.50–$30 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Casey Veggies, Jay 305, Dave B
Thirty-one-year-old Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy has steadily grown a devoted following over the past several years without a radio hit to speak of. His narcotized style should sound familiar to anyone familiar with the West Coast hip-hop canon or the latest Drake mixtape.
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $41.25–$91.25 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org). With Luchafer
Essentially a vehicle for solo whims of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan, Puscifer is touring behind latest album “Money Shot” and trotting out a live show that is heavy on theatrics—reviews have mentioned a Mexican wrestling theme, with “five wrestlers — luchadores — … who grappled inside and outside a square wrestling ring raised behind the band.”
8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $35–$40 (360-652-0444 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Skepta
Though he’s a protege of Kanye West, Travis Scott offers a surface-level take on the aesthetic that makes the likes of Future and Young Thug some of the most popular and creative names in rap: slowed-down and pathos-laden, with heavily obscured vocals. Debut album “Rodeo” came out in September.