Def Leppard will rock the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. (Photo courtesy

Def Leppard will rock the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. (Photo courtesy

Top stadium rockers Def Leppard to play at Tacoma Dome

One of arena rock’s all-time biggest names is heading to the Pacific Northwest this weekend.

Def Leppard, a group that started playing stadiums in the 1980s and never stopped, will headline the Tacoma Dome at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

The British rock gods became icons thanks to the one-two punch of “Pyromania” and “Hysteria,” two massive albums that featured the group’s best-loved material, including “Photograph,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages.”

The band has remained productive in recent years, with a self-titled disc hitting shelves a year ago, in October 2015. Expect to hear a couple songs off that, along with plenty of old favorites, during the band’s Tacoma stop.

Tickets are $39.50 to $725 at or 800-745- 3000.

Tegan and Sara also will head to the area in the coming days, headlining Seattle’s Moore Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

The duo, featuring twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin, started out as a talked-about indie folk act, winning praise for their enviably catchy songs.

Slowly, the band’s poppy tendencies became paramount for the pair, with recent albums seeing the group transform into a synth-loving, radio-ready dance band. The group is touring now behind its new album, “Love You to Death,” another foray into hip-wiggling hooks.

Tickets are $32.50 at or 877-784- 4849.

The Paramount Theatre, meanwhile, will bring the Festival of Praise Tour to its Seattle stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 1.

With singer and producer Fred Hammond anchoring the night, the Festival of Praise will bring some of the other big names in soul-laced gospel to town. The bill includes some of the genre’s bigger names, including Hezekiah Walker, Isreal Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J.

Tickets are $45 to $85 at or 877-784- 4849.

Rapper Danny Brown will hit the Neptune Theatre in Seattle at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.

The musician has built up a following thanks to his social media presence and prolific output of mixtapes and albums, all featuring his acclaimed wordplay.

His new album, “Atrocity Exhibition,” includes guest verses from Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt, among others. It hit stores this September.

Tickets are $26.50 at or 877-784- 4849.

The Showbox SoDo also will stay busy in the days ahead, bringing four varied acts to its Seattle stage.

First up is a visit from Pennywise, the long-running punk band which is marking the 25th year anniversary of its self-titled debut.

The band, which actually formed in the late 1980s, made its mark in the early 1990s during an explosion in popularity for punk acts, a time when the snotty sounds of southern California served as a counterpoint to Seattle’s grunge anthems.

Tickets are $30 at

Then comes Kaytranda, who will play the SoDo at 9 p.m. Oct. 1.

Now based out of Quebec, Canada, the Haitian-born musician built a large following before finally releasing his debut album, “99.9%,” earlier this year. That disc received wide acclaim for its meld of soul, R&B and electronica on taste-making sites like

Tickets are $25 at

Another electronica band will head to the Showbox SoDo next, as GTA plays the venue at 7 p.m. Oct. 2.

The duo, which has released plenty of remixes and singles, is expected to put out a full-length album of its own soon. The Miami-based act, whose acronym stands for Good Times Ahead, has drawn comparisons to other popular EDM acts, like Skrillex.

Tickets are $22.75 at

And the Devil Makes Three will play the Showbox SoDo at 9 p.m. Oct. 6.

The group is about as far from those electronica acts as a band can get—it instead traffics in bluegrass, rockabilly and folk. The trio, which typically features a guitar, banjo and upright bass, released its new album, “Redemption and Ruin,” this August.

Tickets are $30 at

Finally, Dinosaur Jr. will play the Showbox in Seattle at 9 p.m. Oct. 1.

The guitar-fueled indie rockers came up during the grunge era, but have shown remarkable staying power since reuniting in recent years. Led by singer and guitarist J Mascis, the band is touring behind another new album, “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.”

Tickets are $25 at

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