Maya Arulpragasam spent the early years of her life moving from England to Sri Lanka to India, back to Sri Lanka and then back to London.
Through a long chain of events, she began dabbling in electronic music and soon burst onto the scene as the performer M.I.A. As a singer, she is a bold amalgamation of hip-hop, electro, dancehall, grime and baile funk. Her song “Paper Planes” hit the charts after it was featured in the trailer of the film “Pineapple Express.” Then, she was catapulted to more fame when her songs were included on the Academy Award-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack.
She is controversial. She is unpredictable and she’s a blast to listen and dance to. Appearing with special guest Rye Rye.
9 p.m. Sunday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $35; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Arizona-based alt rockers The Maine keep climbing up the Billboard charts. The band made its debut on MySpace and now headlines tours.
Fresh back from England, The Maine is setting out to conquer the USA, starting in Seattle.
Heavy on guitars backed by solid vocals, the band is likely to go far. It isn’t shy about trying out new versions of popular music. Billboard recently featured The Maine playing Outkast’s “Roses.” Touring with Never Shout Never.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20 in advance, $22 at the door; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Public radio listeners will be familiar with Stuart McLean &The Vinyl Cafe. He’s one of Canada’s most beloved storytellers and a best-selling author. The radio show premiered in 1994, and each week close to 1 million listeners tune in for an eclectic musical journey. They also hear about Dave, the owner of the world’s smallest record store where the motto is “We may not be big, but we are small.”
3 p.m. Sunday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $39.50 to $48.50; stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
One of the best-loved voices in gospel is coming to the Tacoma Dome. Bill Gaither hosts a Homecoming Celebration with several other artists singing his brand of Christian music.
3 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $29.50 and $39.50; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
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