March 25, 2015

5 Best of the (Rest of the) Week [3/25]


OK, so it’s Wednesday and we’re just now getting our weekly recs up. Sorry about that.

Long story short, we’re no longer on speaking terms with our snooze alarm.

In good news, we’re happy to report the best of the week is still to come. This week brings some of our favorite new and old, local and beyond musicians to some of Seattle’s best venues.

Without further ado, here are the five best shows to come this week.

3/25 (Wednesday) From Indian Lakes, The Soil And The Sun, Lemolo, Roman Citizen @ Vera Project

Pensive, dreamy (and only very occasionally screamy) indie rock from just outside of Yosemite National Park

3/26 (Thursday) Cataldo, Chris Staples, Valley Maker @ Barboza

A trio of local favorites team up for a bill filled with smart lyrics and beautiful instrumentation

3/27 (Friday) Of Montreal, Yip Deceiver @ Neumos

Sonically adventurous and usually danceable synth-driven indie rock from Athens

3/28 (Saturday) Public Service Broadcasting, The Spider Ferns @ Barboza

Inventive duo from London combining driving instrumentality, spoken word clips and impressive visual displays

3/29 (Sunday) Slow Bird, Velvet Teen, Hot Victory @ Barboza

Female-fronted melodic rock from some of Seattle’s finest musicians


March 16, 2015

Best Live Music of the Week: Tycho, Pickwick and more [Week of 3/16]


At first glance this week seemed to be sorely lacking in good shows. However, with a little digging, we uncovered some gems for the most discerning of Emerald City music fans. We’re pleased to recommend some pretty intimate shows this week as well, with the largest venue being the Showbox SoDo, so you can get up close and personal with some great artists this week.

And, if it was a competition to see which venue can book the greatest number of recommendable shows for the week, we’d give the trophy to Sunset Tavern, one of our favorite little Ballard venues, as its calendar is looking pretty great this week!

3/18 (Wednesday) Tycho @ Showbox SoDo

Downtempo, ambient chillwave from San Fran where each song feels like floating through a new dream sequence.

3/18 (Wednesday) Specters, Retirement, Fruit Juice @ Sunset Tavern

Local artists who describe their music as “90s rock 4 luvrs.”

3/19 (Thursday) Black Apples, Black Whales, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Cabana @ Sunset Tavern

Garage pop from LA with a sprinkling of surf.

3/20 (Friday) Hurray for the Riff Raff @ The Crocodile

Knee-slapping Appalachian mountain music from a Puerto Rican virtuoso.

3/20 (Friday) Pickwick, Bardo @ Sunset Tavern

Local indie soul-revival heroes perform at the Budtender’s Ball with free entry with an RSVP.

March 9, 2015

The Phoenix Rises: Chop Suey Reopens Amid Week of Great Live Music [Week of 3/9]


Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.

The show is already sold out, however. But if you can’t finagle a ticket to the Chop Suey Reopening, you can’t go wrong with any of the other shows we recommend this week.

3/10 (Tuesday) Cumulus, Chris Staples @ Fremont Abbey

Unassuming but outstandingly talented singer/songwriter from Florida joins Cumulus for an intimate evening at the Abbey.

3/12 (Thursday) Tweedy @ Neptune Theatre

Wilco’s engaging frontman and principle songwriter hits the road with his firstborn son. The cherry on top is this star-studded music video.

3/12 (Thursday) Beardyman @ Nectar

We are forever grateful to a guy from Best Buy’s GeekSquad for making us aware of this beatboxer/DJ extraordinaire who rose from YouTube fandom to now doing TED Talks.

3/13 (Friday) Dead Moon, Girl Trouble @ Chop Suey

The eclectic, historical and recently shuttered Capitol Hill venue is rising from the ashes after its brief but weighty hiatus. 

February 23, 2015

Something for Everyone: Best Live Music in Seattle [week of 2/23]


One of the best things about living in the Emerald City is the fact that on any given night there’s usually music to fit any fancy, and today’s post is further proof. From folksy singer-songwriter tunes, to electro-dance mashups, to local grunge-metal, our recommendations run the gamut this week.

2/24 (Tuesday) Brett Harris, Kevin Murphy @ Sunset Tavern

Member of Big Star’s Third and solo artist joins forces with the Moondoggies frontman for an evening of downtempo indie rock.

2/27 (Friday) Kawehi @ Barboza

A talented vocalist, a keyboard, and some great looping gear = skillful and spritely dance (re)mixes.

2/28 (Saturday) Sandrider, Kinski @ Neumos

Easily one of the best metal bands in the PacNW these days, and one of our Bumbershoot faves.

February 9, 2015

Feel the Love: Best Concerts of the Week [Feb. 9]


Valentine’s Day week is upon us, and we suggest a non-traditional celebration for you (and your significant other, if you have one). Skip the expected chocolates and roses and instead opt for a memorable evening taking in some great music with a couple Heinekens. There are plenty of good options this week, whether you want to celebrate with a sweetheart or go solo.

2/10 (Tuesday) Dr. Dog, Hanni El-Khatib @ The Showbox

Philly’s finest bring their unique brand of lo-fi, 60s-infused indie pop to The Showbox.

2/13 (Friday) Billy Idol @ The Paramount

1980’s British pop icon is back with more blonde hair and a brand new album.

2/14 (Saturday) Hozier @ The Paramount

The Irish-born singer songwriter has taken the world by storm with his heavy and soulful ballads.

2/15 (Sunday) Cursive @ Neumos

Critically acclaimed indie rock heroes with clever lyrics and turn of the millennium (in a good way) sensibilities. 

January 19, 2015

Weekly Best Bets: Seattle Concerts for the Week of 1/19


This is a big week for music in our little corner of the country. Just as we wipe the tears from our eyes from the farewell show at Chop Suey, we’re reminded that Seattle’s music scene is still very much alive and well. This week kicks off with a set from punk’s poet laureate Patti Smith. As if that wasn’t enough musical prowess so early in the week, that show is followed by a (pre-announed but still) surprise club show from Seattle’s claim-to-indie-fame Death Cab for Cutie. After a couple days to recover from all that musical goodness, we wrap the week with a set from Portland’s Loch Lomond opening for another legendary group, The Vaselines.

Does it really get much better than this?

1/19 (Monday) Patti Smith @ The Moore

Female punk rock legend who infuses personal, artful lyrics and commanding rock melodies.

1/20 (Tuesday) Death Cab for Cutie, Say Hi @ The Crocodile

Seattle indie rock superstars surprise fans with an intimate club show supported by fellow Seattle indie artist Say Hi.

1/24 (Saturday) The Vaselines, Loch Lomond @ Neumos

Portland’s whimsical indie artists Loch Lomond opens for Scottish alt-rock darlings.

January 16, 2015

Have Weekend Plans? Seattle’s Can’t Miss Music for 1/17 & 1/18


Inevitably after the rush of the holidays there’s a lull in the city. We all need a few days to catch our breaths, remember what it’s like to wake up early for work, and think of creative ways to work off the extra calories we’ve consumed in Christmas cocktails cookies. The music scene tends to fall into a lull as well, knowing full well that music fans will be distracted with merry making outside the music venues.

The good news is that we’ve all made it through the lull and the Emerald City music scene is stirring from its slumber in preparation of the spring tour season. Take, for example, this weekend’s stellar lineup.

1/17 (Saturday) Laura Gibson, Valley Maker @ Fremont Abbey Arts

Portland’s favorite songstress teams up with Seattle’s Valley Maker for a mellow, moving night of deeply personal and gorgeously crafted indie folk.

1/18 (Sunday) Another One Bites the Dust: TacocaT, Pony Time, Kithkin, Chastity Belt @ Chop Suey

Bid adieu to the one, the only, Chop Suey in Capitol Hill with a farewell bash that is sure to go down in Seattle music history. (And say a little prayer that the venue will be back in some form or another in the near future!)

November 28, 2014

We’re Thankful For… Bumbershoot [In Photos]

Not to get too sentimental, but sometimes it is important to take a step back and admire all the wonderful things about life. Whether it’s family, friends, trips, pets, health or living down the block from your favorite coffee shop, we can all find something in life to be grateful for.

The SLM team has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have been able to attend some amazing concerts and talk to some incredible musicians. Anyone who claims “music isn’t as good as it used to be” just hasn’t been looking in the right places  – we’re grateful to be able to find new music we’re excited to share with our friends and readers every week.

One of the experiences we’re thankful for every year continues to be Bumbershoot. Hopefully you took us up on some of our recommended performances for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, and even more importantly, hopefully you were glad you did.

Here’s to another great Bumbershoot at Seattle Center this past September and some of the scenes we love looking back on from the festival.

November 27, 2014

Apparently Thanksgiving Playlists Are a Thing, Here’s Ours

Thanksgiving! A day where Americans get gluttonous with feasts, friends, family and football. Most of us even have the day off work and/or school to soak in the gravy revelry.

You have your elastic waistband to accommodate the food overload, but what can help mentally prepare you for the family overload? We usually turn to our some favorite artists in times like these, so we’ve put together a list of our top 10 “Thanksgiving” tracks. The below list focuses on the themes of loved ones, dinner and, at the risk of sounding trite, being thankful (without the blatant cheesiness of Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song”).

We hope at least a couple of these songs will find their way onto your own playlist for Turkey Day.


“Thank You Girl” – The Beatles


“Cousins” – Vampire Weekend


“I Am Part of a Large Family” – Great Lake Swimmers


“Thanksgiving Song” – The National


“Dinner Bells” – Wolf Parade


“Thanks for Nothing” – Middle Brother


“Friends and Family” – River City Extention


“Thank You Friends” – Big Star


“Don’t Thank Me” – French Kicks


“Bare Feast” – Ratatat

November 25, 2014

SEA live Spotlight: Hypnotic Grooves from Elliot Moss Debut, Highspeeds

In our line of work hobby, we come across a proverbial {insert Thanksgiving word here} cornucopia of great emerging artists. Occasionally we come across such an exceptional talent that causes us to break from our standard week-of their Seattle show preview posts. For such burst-at-the-seams-if-we-don’t-share moments we’re kick-starting a brand new series on the blog called SEA live Spotlight. Up first, we introduce you to Elliot Moss.

He’s one of those rare combinations of singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, which seems like entirely too much talent for one person. Hailing from New York, he is already making a splash with his debut album, Highspeeds, and opening for the Cold War Kids on a national tour (which will be coming through Seattle in February). Much like Washed Out, Elliot recorded and mixed an excellent record largely on his own. Of course he did.


Highspeeds features dark, chic grooves suitable for everything from a long nighttime drive, an afternoon of studying or a sophisticated dinner party. The album’s slow, slinky beats drive layers of swaying keyboard and synth melodies, topped with Elliot’s downbeat lyrics – a blend that flawlessly balances background ambiance and intriguing digital ditties.

Faraday Cage, one of the standout tracks on the album, perfectly encapsulates Elliot’s style. The song is eerie and hypnotic, with Elliot’s breathy voice acting as the spotlight that slowly fades in and out of the backdrop of lilting synth and jazzy percussion.

We also love the title track, Highspeeds. It features Elliot’s layered vocal tracks to highlight the deeply personal lyrics, some trance-inducing looping and a few outer space style flourishes. The song feels expansive yet personal, perfectly matching the song’s sentiment of letting go.

Really, you should check out the album for the full experience. It’s a great listen from beginning to end, and you’ll instantly want to hit replay once the album finishes.

Of course, if you enjoy what you hear, head over to Showbox to get tickets for his opening slot supporting Cold War Kids on Friday, February 20.


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