7:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $24–$27 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With Koreless
It’s rare to get a transparent look at a well-known musician’s influences, but that’s what you’ll find by listening to the 1000-song YouTube playlist that producer, DJ, drummer and mathematician Dan Snaith (Caribou) put together.
Ranging from obscure African psych-rock to classic ’60s pop to current-day hip-hop, it’s an insightful window into the sensibilities that inform his stylistically free-wheeling electronic music.
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com). With Malitia MaliMob, DJ Chief Boima
Producer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire is better known for being the second, do-everything member of Shabazz Palaces, and Chimurenga Renaissance works in a similar vein of hip-hop. Though a bit more grounded than his work with Shabazz, it’s no less fractured and far-reaching.
Rebirth Brass Band
6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at The Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $25 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com).
Founded by the Frazier brothers in 1983, Rebirth is a traditional New Orleans brass band that got its start playing street corners and local jazz clubs. The nine-piece horn-and-drums ensemble has evolved into the sort of group that can regularly tour the country (it’s playing two shows here) and isn’t afraid to blend its sound with more-modern genres like hip-hop and funk.
8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com). With Pell
As Kindness, Adam Bainbridge makes electronic pop that flits between a variety of old-school influences—soul, R&B and funk, to name a few. Latest album “Otherness” is a showcase for Bainbridge’s confident voice and debonair production sensibilities, polishing 40 years of pop music to a studio sheen.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
7 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $35 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the sort of act that will always have a career: it’s only group in (relatively) mainstream pop that performs traditional South African vocal music, and its collective singing prowess is impressive live. It makes them in demand for collaborations, too, though David Guetta is no Paul Simon.
8:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma; $60–$120 (253-594-7777 OR www.emeraldqueen.com).
A consequence of writing about live music is covering a lot of modern stuff that identifies as R&B (there’s about 1.5 per week in this column), but much of it pales when compared to originators like Smokey Robinson. Armed with what’s become one of the most recognizable voices in American pop music, he helped define the genre through his work as a singer, songwriter and record executive.
Seattle Rock Orchestra performs Beck
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7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at The Moore, 1931 Second Ave., Seattle; $22.50 (206-467-5510 or www.stgpresents.org).
Since winning the Grammy for Album of the Year, Beck, or at least the reductive concept of his artistry, has become in recent weeks the sort of self-perpetuating debate topic and content flashpoint that new media thrives on. Now the musician is getting the Seattle Rock Orchestra treatment, where the ensemble will perform selections from the sheet music–only “album” he released in 2012 alongside his better-known songs.
Kidz Bop Live
3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $20–$50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The Kidz Bop series has been king of the omnipresent children’s’ music genre since its start in 2000, selling more than 15 million copies of its 27 albums of Bowdlerized pop music to impressionable parents. A more-recent addition to the franchise are the Kidz Bop kids, carefully selected representatives who perform the music live.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).With Gateway Drugs
A trend for several years has been for ’90s alternative rock groups with more influence than record sales to reunite and go on tour. That’s been the case with Swervedriver since 2008, but the British shoegaze group is hitting the road to support new music; “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You” is its first album since 1998.
8 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $12 (206-709-9951 or www.thebarboza.com).
There’s something a little strange about how often British artists, whether popular or less so, festishize American music. Latest to do so is Wolf Alice, a North London group whose sound is heavily stylized version of what was happening in Seattle 20 years ago. The foursome writes technically fine rock music, but there are plenty of groups from right here in town doing the updated grunge thing, too.