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7 days of Seattle music: From Ben Gibbard to Emanuel Ax
Music offerings recommended by The Seattle Times the week beginning Thursday, Nov. 15, include the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Ben Gibbard; Emanuel Ax and Taj Mahal.
Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 30-year-old Los Angeles rock band has a new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, but the same steamy, funky sound. This tour celebrates last year's album, "I'm With You," which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, Nov. 15. 6:30 p.m. All ages. www.tickmaster.com.
Japandroids. This Canadian indie rock band makes earnest, romantic guitar anthems that could go on a mixtape with Wolf Parade, Constantines and Weed — and that's a good thing. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle. Nov 15. 8 p.m. All ages. www.neumos.com.
Emanuel Ax. The seven-time Grammy-winning pianist joins the Seattle Symphony for Brahms' grand Second Piano Concerto for three performances in the coming week. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Nov. 15. 7:30 p.m. All ages. www.seattlesymphony.org.
Ben Gibbard. The longtime driver of Seattle's Death Cab for Cutie has returned from Los Angeles to his Seattle roots with a rare solo album, "Former Lives." Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Nov. 16. 7 p.m. All ages. www.showboxoline.com.
Minus the Bear. The jangling, electronics-driven Seattle indie rockers released a new album, "Infinity Overhead" in August. Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle. Nov. 17. 8 p.m. All ages. www.showboxonline.com.
The Internet. Yet another spinoff from Los Angeles hip-hop crew Odd Future, The Internet features 20-year-old rising engineer and producer Syd the Kid. The band's recent album "Purple Naked Ladies" is a series of neo-soul/hip-hop vignettes you can dance to or just zone out with. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle. Nov. 18. 7 p.m. All ages. www.thecrocodile.com.
The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Pianist, composer and Royal Room curator/owner Wayne Horvitz leads an all-star group of Seattle musicians in a "conduction," a form of collective, conductor-cued improvisation pioneered by Horvitz's former band colleague Butch Morris. Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle. Nov. 19. 8 p.m. All ages. www.theroyalroomseattle.com.
Asking Alexandria. The Dubai-born metalcore band made a strong showing with 2011's "Reckless and Relentless" and fans are anticipating next year's release of the group's third album. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle. Nov. 20. 5 p.m. All ages. www.showboxonline.com.
Taj Mahal. The alarmingly versatile blues man with the charmingly froggy voice has expanded his repertoire to the entire African diaspora. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Nov. 21. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. All ages. www.jazzalley.com.