Taylor Swift, D'Angelo, Wilco, Idina Menzel and the South Lake Union Block Party are all part of your week in Seattle music, Whew!
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $36.25–$121.25 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org).
Though plenty of actors start on Broadway, it’s rarer for singers. That’s been the general arc of Idina Menzel‘s career, starring in musicals like “Rent” and “Wicked” before voicing Elsa (and singing the inescapable “Let It Go”) in 2013 Disney film “Frozen.” She’ll perform songs spanning her musical-theater career.
9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, Seattle; $10 (206-432-9306 or www.qnightclub.com).
Even after the death of most-famous member DJ Rashad last spring, the Teklife collective are the most important practitioners of footwork, an ultra-fast, rhythmically rigid variety of club music that originated in Chicago dance battles. It’s become a hugely influential in the realm of electronic music; here’s a chance to see some of its originators.
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12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, 42501 State Rte 530 N.E., Darrington; $50–$185 (www.summermeltdownfest.com).
The acts at the top of the bill for this out-of-town music festival demonstrate more musical diversity than some festivals have in their entire lineup, even if it’s tough to see what unites them. These headliners touch on instrumental rock (STS9), reggae (Iration), electronica (Tycho), bluegrass (Greensky Bluegrass) and rap (Sol).
9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave. S., Seattle; $8–$12 (206-682-2935 or www.kremwerk.com). With Lil Sad
Along with openers Blank Body and DJAO, Osaka, Japan, producer and promoter Erik Lueb makes slippery, hard-to-pin-down electronica that defies convention. Last year’s “Decompose / Reassemble” EP combines lithe, inventive beat work with left-field samples, making for tracks that are lively headphone music and a little too weird for the club.
4:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $35–$40 (206-205-3661 or www.concertsatmarymoor.com). With Dirty Heads, Stick Figure
The typical Slightly Stoopid song sits at the intersection of reggae, punk and hip-hop, a combination the group first honed as high schoolers in San Diego before getting noticed by Sublime, the most famous example of suburban reggae fusion. New album “Meanwhile…Back at the Lab” contains “The Prophet,” a single first written during that formative era.
South Lake Union Block Party
11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Denny Way and Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; Free (206-342-5900 or www.slublockparty.com).
It’s pointedly appropriate that this block party benefitting affordable housing is being held in the condo paradise of South Lake Union. The all-local bill includes future hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction, afrobeat octet Polyrhythmics and forest rockers Kithkin.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $39.50–$69.50 (206-205-3661 or www.concertsatmarymoor.com). With Chicano Batman
In 2012, “Boys & Girls” elevated Alabama Shakes from practically anonymous bar band to indie stars, coasting to acclaim on the strength of Brittany Howard’s gritty vocals and the band’s throwback bluesy sound. This spring, the band moved farther from its roots with “Sound & Color,” a widescreen rock album that’s more Radiohead than Muscle Shoals.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $139.50–$196 (206-381-7555 or www.centurylinkfield.com).
You could fairly easily make the case that Taylor Swift is not only the most popular musician on the planet, but also one of the most powerful figures in the music industry, capable of singularly influencing the online music landscape. If you live in Seattle and have an opinion on that dumb thing between her and Nicki Minaj, there’s a good chance you’ll be at the Clink on Saturday.
D’Angelo and the Vanguard
7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $69.50–$75 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com).
Despite the nearly 15 years between “Voodoo” and last December’s “Black Messiah,” R&B savant D’Angelo is just as beguiling as he was at the beginning of the millennium, crafting a fluid blend of blues, soul and funk that could belong to no other musician. Scour Craigslist if you don’t have tickets—they ran out not long after going on sale.
5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy, Redmond; $39.50–$79.50 (206-205-3661 or www.concertsatmarymoor.com). With Jenny Lewis
Like many established acts, Wilco has spent the past several years taking control of its art and flexing its creativity away from obligations to labels. The rock group surprised fans by self-releasing “Star Wars,” its ninth album, for free last month, with no prior announcement; it’s a breezy record that mirrors the freewheeling feel of the band’s live shows.