While it’s easy to get lost in the onslaught of indie rock bands from Brooklyn, Grizzly Bear does its best to stand out from the crowd. The band scored the Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams film Blue Valentine and earned effusive praise from Jay-Z after he attended one of their shows. See what H.O.V.A. was fussing about. Paramount Theatre, $30–$31.
Time has a tendency to mellow people, Alanis Morissette included. And while she may no longer be hate-singing about her escapades with Dave Coulier like she was in the '90s, she's still going strong with her latest album Havoc and Bright Lights. Moore Theatre, $27–$93.
After a sold-out July show at the Showbox, the xx—the current champions of dark, moody British pop—return with Coexist, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize–winning debut xx. As if fans need more incentive to go, anyone who buys a ticket gets a free digital download of Coexist. Paramount Theatre, $34–$37.
We all have our local music blind spots. Consider Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Festival in Ballard a single-day intensive on the current Seattle sound. Producer-musician Erik Blood, hip-hop’s OCnotes, and the country (obviously) of Country Lips top our list. Ballard, $5–$15.
Mark Morris Dance Group: Back on the Boards
MMDG will revisit its roots—the dance company got its West Coast start at On the Boards in 1980—with the world premiere of A Wooden Tree set to the music and words of humorist-songwriter Ivor Cutler, the Seattle premieres of The Muir and Petrichor, and a performance of 1993’s Grand Duo, which The Guardian has called “one of the masterpieces of the late 20th century.” On the Boards, sold out.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Modern dance greats Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean, and Dan Wagoner can all trace their lineage back to Paul Taylor, considered one of the greatest living choreographers. His company presents the West Coast premiere of The Uncommitted, set to a minimalist score composed by Arvo Pärt and performed here by the Seattle Modern Orchestra. Meany Hall, $45–$49.
Thru Oct 28
Pullman Porter Blues
The night in 1937 that boxer Joe Louis became a national hero, three generations of African American railway porters ride the Panama Limited line from Chicago to New Orleans, discussing dark pasts and tough futures. Cheryl West pens this world premiere, which also boasts a live blues band playing original music. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $15–$75.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Oct 4, 6, & 7
SSO: Tchaikovsky and Sibelius
SSO features the Romantic greats Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, Symphony no. 1 by Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring principal cellist Efe Baltacıgil. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Thru Oct 7
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl
Though there’s something sad about vinyl-as-artifact, the traveling exhibit (on loan from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University) celebrates records as both inspiration and medium over a half century of modern art. Nearly 100 works by 41 artists, emerging and established, are on display—from Laurie Anderson’s hybrid violin-record player Viophonograph to Christian Marclay’s Recycled Records series. Henry Art Gallery, $6–$10.
Mary Ann Peters: from a history of ruin
Mary Ann Peters’ new paintings, drawings, and prints unearth strata of memory and emotion as the artist delves into personal history. With her idiosyncratic line and turbulent compositions, Peters doesn’t so much build images as create a provocative atmosphere for our imaginations to dwell. Also showing: recent sculpture and works on paper by Canadian artist Tania Kitchell. Artist talk October 6 at 11am. James Harris Gallery.