Almost every night of the week, Seattle’s stages offer a roster of regional indie-folk artists, do-it-yourself punk bands and homegrown comedians, as well as nationally touring pop stars. To that end, choosing something for your night out can be a daunting task. This weekly guide can help by filtering for recommended shows, select dates and your favorite genres. To further assist you in your musical journey, check out this playlist of songs by some of the artists coming to town this month. Be sure to come back every week for updates.
This week’s highlights
Alessia Cara, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Moore Theatre. Since stepping into the spotlight with her 2015 anti-party anthem, “Here,” Cara has ruled the charts with a string of huge singles and high-profile collaborations. The Canadian singer-songwriter reached No. 5 with “Here” and followed the effort up with “Scars to Your Beautiful” (No. 8); “Stay” (No. 7), a collaboration with producer Zedd; and “1-800-273-8255” (No. 3), a track she co-wrote with rapper Logic that was nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammys in 2018. Cara became the first Canadian to win Best New Artist in the show’s history, taking home the hardware after being nominated for four awards. Cara’s “The Pains of Growing” tour — in support of her 2018 album of the same name — is a must-see for fans of stellar pop performances and lyricism.
Tom Morello, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Neptune Theatre. Morello has been an influential figure in rock music for nearly three decades and shows no sign of stopping. The Harvard-educated guitarist — considered by Rolling Stone to be the 40th greatest guitarist of all time — found mainstream success in the 1990s with Rage Against the Machine, whose seething, political hits like “Bulls on Parade” showcased a fusion of punk rock, metal and hip-hop. Morello later formed prominent rock “supergroups” Audioslave and Prophets of Rage, toured with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and completed solo projects while continuing his philanthropic efforts. With “The Atlas Underground Live,” he’s bringing an ambitious live show to complement his 2018 album of the same name, which might be his most outside-the-box project yet. For fans of industrial rock and heavy riffs, but also EDM and hip-hop, Morello will always impress.