The who heaazs

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend belatedly bring the Who's classic rock hits to KeyArena.


Sun, May 15
The Who
A half century of howling about its generation, pioneering the rock opera, and generally being brashly loud seems like a good reason to celebrate. The Who continued to rock on in 2014 with its The Who Hits 50 anniversary tour. After having to postpone a concert scheduled for last September, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend bring the tour—and hits like “Baba O’Reily” and “Who Are You?“—to Seattle. KeyArena, $55–$136

Thur, May 12 
Damien Jurado
After four years, Damien Jurado finally finds an end point to his psychospiritual journey through the fictional land of Maraqopa with Visions of Us on the Land. The record concludes a trippy trilogy of Richard Swift–produced albums that saw the Seattle singer-songwriter expand his subtle sound into vast, untamed psychedelic landscapes. Seeing Jurado premiere new tunes in front of a hometown audience never disappoints. Neptune Theatre, $17–$19

Thur, May 12
The Thermals
Melodic punk doesn’t get better than Portland trio the Thermals. In 14 years of balancing furiousness and pop hooks, the group has yet to release a subpar album. On its new Chris Walla–produced LP We Disappear, the Thermals rage against the interplay of technology, love, and death. The show should be a riotously good time, thanks to tremendous opening support from Wimps and Dude York. Neumos, $15

Sat, May 14
Andy Hull and Kevin Devine
A road trip with your bestie is always a fun time. When both pals happen to be two of alt-rock best singer-songwriters around, it only makes sense for said road trip to be a joint solo tour. Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra/Right Away, Great Captain!) and Kevin Devine will play an assortment of tunes from their various projects, including the band they co-front, Bad Books. The Crocodile, Sold out

Sat, May 14
Karl Blau
It’s hard to find a more eclectic musician than Anacortes indie stalwart Karl Blau. The man’s put out over 40 albums in the past 20 years and never stays tethered to one genre for long. On his new album Introducing Karl Blau, he offers up his interpretation on country music by covering Nashville country hits from the 1960s and ’70s. If the vapidity and sheen of modern pop country drives you insane, give Blau a chance. Vera Project, $8–$10


May 12–15
Translations Film Festival
Trans issues finally started receiving national attention in the past couple years, but the trans community’s voice still lacks large-scale amplification. Since 2006, Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s Translations Film Festival has done its part by giving a platform to transgender cinematic stories made by transgender people (side eye: The Danish Girl). Want to understand a community better? Experience its art. SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Free–$12


Thur, May 12
NXT Live
Think of NXT like World Wrestling Entertainment’s minor league. Before they get a shot at performing on Monday Night Raw or WrestleMania, they hone their skills as part of the once a week WWE Network show. Here’s the thing: NXT is somehow way better than the main WWE product. The wrestling is better. The characters are given more time to grow. The women are actually allowed to wrestle legitimate matches that often steal the show from the men. Don’t miss out when NXT makes its first trip to Seattle with stars Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Asuka, Bayley, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Paramount Theatre, $20–$75


May 15–17
Rory Scovel
Unpredictability is a key weapon in Rory Scovel’s comedic arsenal. In his Conanappearances alone he’s done standup traditionally, as a character with a rural accent, as a lounge singer, as a dual act with Jon Dore (with each speaking their set over one another), and replaced joke telling with a bit involving a plant audience participation. Who knows what to expect during his largely improved standup show entitled Rory Scovel Attempts Stand-up Comedy? Not us. But we’re ready to laugh regardless. The Rendezvous, $10


Fri, May 13
Sonic Evolution: This Is Indie!
The latest edition of the Seattle Symphony’s modern infusion series Sonic Evolution promises to captivate. The night brings together the talents of archival indie filmmaker Bill Morrison, virtuosic pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, contemporary classical force and Bang on a Can cofounder Michael Gordon, and Seattle neosoul duo Fly Moon Royalty for a one-of-a-kind audiovisual mashup. Benaroya Hall, $25–$52

Fri, April 29
Ten Grands
Equal parts spectacle and sonic treat, Ten Grands places ten grand pianos on the Benaroya Hall stage for an evening of keyboard virtuosity. There’s something for almost everyone as the ten concert pianist play a mix of classical, pop, jazz, and R&B tunes both as soloists and as part of collaborative performances. Benaroya Hall, $15–$120


Apr 12–22
Seattle Beer Week
If you’re in the mood for a crafty brew, Seattle Beer Week has something for you. Festivities include a stoutfest, wood-aged beer night, sourfest, and even an ice cream social (beer floats, anyone?). Don’t miss this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer, the Daily Pail by Reuben’s Brews, a session IPA led by citrus and passion fruit notes with honeydew and kiwi undertones. Various venues, Free

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