Steel Panther brings its mock metal to Seattle; Glitch Mob hits Seattle

  • Thu May 1st, 2014 7:48am
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

Steel Panther’s shtick rocks on.

The mock-metal band from Los Angeles will bring its sleazy satirical sounds to the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Steel Panther sprung from the same Sunset Strip nightclubs that were the center of the ’80s hair metal scene — the same stages once frequented by acts such as Guns ‘N’ Roses and Motley Crue. Unlike those bands, Steel Panther completely manufactured its back story: Supposedly, the group missed its break 30 years ago and were only hitting stride in the new millennium.

After catching on with celebrities in Hollywood, the group signed a record deal and started cranking out albums, starting with its major label debut, “Feel the Steel,” in 2009. The band followed that up with “Balls Out” in 2011.

The group returned this year with its third album, “All You Can Eat,” its most debauched record to date. The disc features songs such as “You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Talk,” along with many others that have unprintable titles.

While critics have shrugged at the one-note nature of the group’s gimmick, fans haven’t. The band’s third album was its highest charting record to date, bowing at No. 24 on the Billboard 200.

Tickets are $20 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

The Glitch Mob also are playing Seattle this weekend, headlining a pair of sold-out dates at the Showbox at 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Los Angeles-based electronica act crossed over into the mainstream earlier this year with its second album, “Love Death Immortality,” which cranked up the group’s sound by a few notches.

The disc still featured the hooky bass lines and EDM-influenced synthesizers of its 2010 debut, “Drink the Sea,” but the sounds were now more accessible.

Fans rewarded the move, pushing the album to No. 13 on the Billboard 200 and topping the electronica charts.

Now the group is on a globe-trotting tour that will find it taking the stage in London, Paris, Prague and Vienna, along with dozens of U.S. dates.

Tickets to the sold-out Seattle shows can be found at a mark-up at stubhub.com.

Stephen Marley also will hit the Showbox, playing the venue at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Marley, the second son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has carried on his father’s legacy, most recently winning a Grammy for his 2011 album, “Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life.” It was his third Grammy in five years.

He’s touring now as he prepares to release his new album, “Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.” The album, jam-packed with his famous friends, includes guest spots from Rick Ross, Wyclef Jean and the Roots’ Black Thought.

Tickets are $30 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Finally, Eric Hutchinson will hit the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Hutchinson has carved out a cult audience with the adult alternative rock crowd thanks to his light touch with pop rock.

Record labels have run hot and cold on the singer. That’s meant publicity efforts that have helped push some albums into the top 40, while others have languished.

He’s touring now behind his latest album, “Pure Fiction,” which reached No. 97 on the Billboard 200. Tickets are $17.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.