While we may have lost the great weather that’s unexpectedly been hanging around well it’s usual summer (read: post-July 4th) appearance, Seattleites can once again look forward to another week of live music acting as that audio version of sunshine. Here’s a look at the best shows of the week ahead. Be sure to check out our calendar for a longer look at our future recommended concerts.
You all must have been really good this year, because summer decided to show up early in the Emerald City. Prolonged glimpses of nice weather make us think of happy hours outdoors, dogs wearing sunglasses and extended evening sunlight. It also makes us want to get out and actually do stuff, which appears to be the case for pretty much every other human and non-human Seattle resident. If you want to get out and do stuff with the rest of us, we suggest checking out one (or all) of the below shows this week! Just leave your dog at home.
Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival has always been our favorite way to bid adieu to summer. With a variety of outdoor and indoor stages, a great comedy, arts and spoken-word lineup in addition to an increasingly fantastic musical lineup, all in the shadow off the Space Needle, what’s not to love?
Last night, the Bumbershoot crew announced the lineup for this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be more pleased. With some local favorites highlighted alongside some more mainstream all-stars, this year’s Bumbershoot is sure to be another favorite.
In other good news, three-day passes are only $120… that’s only $40 per day to see more music than you probably do all year! We’d say that’s a pretty great deal!
The full lineup is below, and be sure to check out bumbershoot.org for more details.
We just got a lovely note from local songsmith, Kris Orlowski, sharing a new cover he did of the much lauded “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service. His version is ethereal and moving compared to the original quick-tempo, digitized original, and we think you’ll enjoy it.
Check it out below and let us know what you think – did Kris do the song justice?
On a related note, Kris is hitting the road for a quick West Coast tour with Sara Watkins. Be sure to check them out if you’ll be on the road, too!
Lot’s of great live options to whet your appetite for summer, summery music and much more.
5/1 (Wednesday) Bleached, Ex Cops, Week of Wonders at Chop Suey
Smart, female-fronted jangle pop from LA garage punks
With a nightmarish week nearly behind us, here are a few live music options to make the most of your weekend. In addition to the usual fee-upfront venue shows, we recommend spending time checking out KEXP’s Hood to Hood celebration and seeing some great bands at Silver Platters for Record Store Day. Take a look at your options below, watch some videos and get out there to enjoy some great music. read more »
While they aren’t the three biggest names in town this week, that title would go to Ghostface Killah, Fitz & Tantrums and Spiritualized, we recommend the following lesser known picks for our loyal SLM readers.
4/9 (Tuesday) Phosphorescent, Strand of Oaks @ Neumos
Thoughtfully-penned, country-tinged rock from Alabama by way of Brooklyn read more »
There’s nothing like sunshine and festival announcements to get this city thinking about that season that starts sometime after Independence Day: Seattle Summer! While we don’t quite have the sun yet this morning, we’re happy to report we do have some news on one of Seattle’s best in-city festivals. Capitol Hill Block Party will take place this year from July 26-28.
Headliners include The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Frightened Rabbit, Pickwick and more. Take a look at the poster below for the just announced partial lineup. More to come! read more »
There have been lots of April Fool’s pranks swirling around the interwebs today, but fear not, dear readers. We wouldn’t lead you astray! The following folks are actually scheduled to play in our fair city this week, all joking aside. April is off with a bang!
4/2 (Tuesday) San Cisco @ Neumos
A fresh-faced foursome out of Fremantle, Australia, with catchy his-hers indie-pop melodies. read more »