Madonna headlines the week ahead in music
Madonna will headline KeyArena in Seattle at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Critically speaking, the pop icon hasn't been a sure thing lately. Her last album, "MDNA," debuted at No. 1, but soon slid down the charts, and her performance at the Super Bowl earlier this year received mixed reviews.
Nonetheless, based on her ticket prices, she still can draw a crowd.
Tickets are $59.61 to $384.41 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Elsewhere, the White River Amphitheatre will host one more big show before ending its summer season, as the 99.9 KISW Pain in the Grass brings a few guitar-driven bands to the outdoor venue at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Headliners include alt-metal bands Three Days Grace and Chevelle, along with the platinum-selling punk mainstays the Offspring.
The latter group, known for light social commentary on songs like "Come Out and Play" and "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," got introspective on its latest album, "Days Go By," which reached No. 12 on the Billboard 200 this year.
Tickets for the festival are $45.50 to $95.50 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.
Those tent-pole shows aside, several niche acts are bound to draw a crowd to Seattle.
Beach House, the dream-pop duo on Seattle's own Sub Pop Records, will play the Showbox at the Market on Wednesday and Thursday as it tours behind its widely acclaimed album, "Bloom," which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Tickets are sold-out for both nights but can be found at www.stubhub.com.
The Weeknd, which has made waves in the indie rock world, will play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Paramount Theatre.
The buzzed about alt-R&B act -- actually the work of one man, singer Abel Tesfaye -- has yet to make a blip on the charts because he keeps releasing albums online for free.
Tickets are $39.95 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
Bloc Party -- a group that once enjoyed similar buzz in indie rock spheres -- also is on the road, playing the Showbox SoDo at 8 p.m. Friday.
The four-man band returned to the charts in August with the aptly named "Four," its fourth album, another collection of angular punk rock.
Tickets are $25 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.
On a very different note, Il Volo will play the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The young Italian tenors rose to prominence as contestants on a talent show in their home country, and have since become international sensations. Their self-titled debut reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
Tickets are $35.75 to $75.75 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
The Paramount Theatre also will host Citizen Cope, who visits the venue at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Like the Weeknd, Citizen Cope is the product of a single man, Clarence Greenwood.
He has built a reputation for eclectic pop music gently kissed with hip-hop influences, a sensibility showcased on his most recent album, "One Lovely Day."
Tickets are $31.25 to $41.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.
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