Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for “Call Me Maybe,” is set to perform Monday at the Showbox in downtown Seattle.

Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for “Call Me Maybe,” is set to perform Monday at the Showbox in downtown Seattle.

Coming to Seattle: Shinedown, Carly Rae Jepsen, Vince Staples

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 3:43pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Shinedown keeps going up.

The hard rock outfit out of Jacksonville, Florida, first started lighting up the radio dial back in 2003, after its debut album, “Leave a Whisper,” won dubious comparisons to other tent-pole rock acts like Creed and Nickelback.

Admittedly, the group’s take on post-grunge rock certainly puts Shinedown in the same league as those critically reviled acts. With its melodic vocals and bristly guitars, the group sits right on the edge of nu-metal.

Unlike Creed, though, the group seems to still be growing in popularity. Its songs often top the rock singles chart and its latest record, September’s “Threat to Survival,” became its second in a row to hit No. 1 on the hard rock album chart.

The Florida quartet has earned its stripes in part thanks to its grueling touring schedule. The group is back on the road now in support of that September album. It will play the Paramount Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $35.75 at or 877-784-4849.

Also next week, Carly Rae Jepsen will play the Showbox in downtown Seattle, as the multiplatinum pop star continues a club-date tour that finds her playing smaller venues across the country.

The singer, born in British Columbia, became an international success after her hit “Call Me Maybe” became one of those certified smashes that appease teenie-boppers and hipsters alike.

She’s touring now after the August release of “Emotion.” The album, which earned praise from trend-setting sites like, featured the single “I Really Like You.” That track became a hit in part thanks to a buzz-worthy video starring a lip-syncing appearance by actor Tom Hanks.

Tickets are $25 at or 888-929-7849.

Acclaimed hip-hop star Vince Staples, meanwhile, will play the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Staples built a following thanks to his memorable spots on tracks from an unusual mix of people, including rap’s dark pranksters Odd Future and, alternately, the morally driven emcee Common.

Clearly an ambitious rapper, Staples decided to push the envelope on his 2015 debut, “Summertime ’06.” A double album, the sprawling and gritty collection balanced tales of the streets with catchier hits like “Senorita.”

Tickets are $18.50 to $60 at or 877-784-4849.

The Neptune Theatre also will host American Football at 9 tonight for a sold-out show, as the influential emo act continues to enjoy its unexpected revival.

The trio, led by Mike Kinsella, only released one full-length album, a nine-track self-titled disc, back in 1999. Then they broke up. The group’s sound caught hold, though, and the elusive nature of its one-and-done output only added to the act’s appeal.

After some solo projects, the trio finally got back together in 2014 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its debut album. Now, they’re back on the road, playing a smattering of shows and festivals.

Tickets are sold out but can be found at a mark-up at

Brooklyn-based synth pop act St. Lucia will play the Showbox in Seattle at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A project of Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia came to fame in 2013 when its hit “Elevate” started turning heads. Tours with like-minded acts, including Charli XCX, helped broaden the group’s fan base, exposing larger crowds to the group’s 1980s-indebted sound.

Now the group is touring behind its sophomore album, “Matter,” which hit stores in January and features the single “Dancing on Glass.”

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

And Swedish EDM super group Galantis will hit the Showbox SoDo on Wednesday for what’s sure to be an ear-rattling blast of pop.

Made up of Christian Karlsson (responsible for the Britney Spears song “Toxic”) and Linus Eklow (who produced Icona Pop’s hit “I Love It”), the act has found quick fame with its explosive take on electronica.

Highly infectious hits like “Peanut Butter Jelly” and “Runaway (U &I)” have racked up nearly 300 million plays on Spotify. Expect to hear plenty of slashing synthesizers during the group’s Seattle stop.

Tickets are $22.50 at or 888-929-7849.

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