By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
No one will ever accuse Muse of being subtle.
The British alt-rock trio, which will play KeyArena tonight, hammered its way into the mainstream with a sound equally indebted to the bombast of Queen and the paranoia of Radiohead.
In the past few years, the group’s songs have become virtually unavoidable for the 20-and-under set.
“Knights of Cydonia” is featured on the best-selling video game “Guitar Hero III.” “Supermassive Black Hole” popped up in the movie “Twilight.”
The group is now touring behind its latest opus, “The Resistance,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. A few hundred seats were available for the group’s Seattle show earlier this week.
7 tonight, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $39.64 to $60.16; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Michael Buble: New Jersey has Frank Sinatra, and British Columbia, well, it has Michael Buble.
The 34-year-old pop crooner, born outside Vancouver, has become a multiplatinum mega-star in the past decade, with albums that often grab the No. 1 spot and tours that draw thousands.
Buble, who will headline KeyArena on Saturday, mixes tried-and-true covers such as “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” with his own sentimental originals, including “Home.”
A few hundred seats were available for his Seattle show earlier this week.
8 p.m. Saturday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $106.83; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Angels &Airwaves: Tom DeLonge got all sincere after his snarky pop punk band Blink-182 went on hiatus.
His new act, Angels &Airwaves, deals mostly in heart-on-sleeve lyrics and anthem-ready guitars.
The group is touring now behind the 11-track album “Love,” which it released for free via the Internet on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Mark Knopfler: It’s been a quarter of a century since Mark Knopfler released the biggest hit of his life.
The Scottish singer took Dire Straits to No. 1 in 1985 with the song “Money for Nothing.”
While his old band is now a fading relic, Knopfler continues to churn out material. He is touring behind his September album, “Get Lucky,” another collection of warmly received rock ‘n’ roll.
8 p.m. Thursday, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $63.50 to $103.50; stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Hank III: Does talent skip a generation?
While Hank Williams is a gritty country legend, his son is best-known for singing country music with mass appeal, including the theme to “Monday Night Football.”
Shelton Hank Williams III, however, is blazing a different path. Like his grandfather, he’s winning acclaim for his fire-spitting take on country music.
Hank III will hit Seattle on Sunday as he prepares to release his new album, “The Rebel Within,” due May 25.
7 p.m. Sunday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Brandi Carlile: Ravensdale’s most famous resident will play an intimate club show next week.
Carlile will hit the Crocodile in support of her October album, “Give Up the Ghost,” which was produced by Academy Award winning songwriter T Bone Burnett (“Crazy Heart”).
9 p.m. Tuesday, the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $31; stgpresents.org.
Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455; email@example.com