Bumbershoot is the big story this week in Seattle music, but Daryl Hall and John Oates are in town, as are the Thraxxhouse collective and Pink Martini.

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Eagles of Death Metal

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20–$22 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com).

Queens of the Stone Age leader Josh Homme’s other, rawer rock band, formed with Jesse Hughes, has been quiet for a while. That changes in October with the release of “Zipper Down,” the group’s first LP in seven years. It’s scuzzy, traditionalist bar rock on a much larger stage.


7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $12 (206-441-7416 or www.thecrocodile.com). With Larry June, Young Bruh & Horse Head, Same & Wilt Gamberlin

Mackned and Key Nyata are the two founders of Thraxxhouse, a loose collective of rappers, producers, designers and visual artists who make bleary, Internet-centric hip-hop, and they headline this showcase. This show features a DJ appearance from producer Sango, an internationally known beatmaker who’s based out of Seattle.

Read Mike Ramos’ preview here.

Daryl Hall and John Oates

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35.75–$121.25 (360-467-5520 or www.stgpresents.org).

A potentially surprising fact: Hall & Oates is the best-selling musical duo ever. It makes sense when you consider the group’s longevity (a steady 35-year stream of albums and singles) as well as its music, a streamlined, tightened-up take on soul and R&B built on the duo’s songwriting prowess.



8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle; $8–$10 (206-324-8005 or www.chopsuey.com). With Bod

This is the final show for “tree punk” band Kithkin, who built up a fervent local following over the past several years. The band’s ragged, percussive music was unusually rhythmic for indie-ish punk rock, and its Cascadia-inspired ethos gave the songs a distinctly Northwest feel.

Pink Martini

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and Saturday, Sept. 5, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $45–$75 (425-488-1133 or www.ste-michelle.com).

There are few groups that sound like Pink Martini and have also reached its level of popularity. The Portland ensemble, whose personnel numbers in the high teens,  is part cabaret, part orchestra and part standards act. Newest album “Dream a Little Dream” is a collaboration with members of the von Trapp musical family.

Tim McGraw

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $26.75–$67.75 (206-825-6200 or www.livenation.com). With Billy Currington, Chase Bryant

Tim McGraw has had about as fruitful a career as one can in country music. The genre’s biggest star in the late ’90s and early 2000s, he’s still capable of topping the country charts, as he did last year with “Shotgun Rider.”



1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 – 11:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; single day, $85-$109, three-day pass, $189.50-$209.50 (bumbershoot.com).

Musical headliners at Bumbershoot this year include The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Flying Lotus, Bassnectar, Ellie Goulding, Kacey Musgraves, Cake, ZEDD, Faith No More, Punch Brothers and Neko Case.

Kid Rock and Foreigner

6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd. S.E., Auburn; $20 (206-825-6200 or www.livenation.com).

Kid Rock, a very popular rock artist with diehard fans, wouldn’t have trouble getting people to his shows. (Even at White River Amphitheater, far and away the Seattle area’s worst outdoor venue.) So his current “Cheap Date” tour is a gesture to fans: featuring $20 tickets and food specials, it’s as good a deal as one can find for an arena show.  

Machine Gun Kelly

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $25–$30 (206-628-3151 or www.showboxpresents.com). With King Los

Machine Gun Kelly came up through the Cleveland rap scene on the strength of his angsty, energetic verses (not unlike another Midwestern rapper whom every white rapper is invariably compared to). “Til I Die,” the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, is the sort of aggressive banger he’s known for.  

Tokyo Police Club

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 (206-709-9442 or www.neumos.com).  

On last year’s “Forcefield,” Tokyo Police Club were reportedly inspired by late-career (and critically maligned) records from The Strokes and Weezer. The Canadian group’s approach shows in the resulting tracks, which are incessantly, unabashedly hooky.


7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $18.50 (206-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org). With Twin Peaks, Swimmers

Punk bands get together for split 7” records all the time, but not so much dual albums. Which makes “No More Life for Me,” Wavves’ collaboration with Cloud Nothings, a refreshing surprise, to the extent that such bruising music can be refreshing.