February 25, 2014

Pensively Yours: Thoughtful Rock in Three (Not-So-Quiet) Neighborhoods

Another great week to see some new and old favorites at three very different venues spread across the city.

Here are the shows that top our list. As always, click on through to our calendar to see the full run-down.


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February 17, 2014

Best Seattle Shows: Hat Tip to STG [Week of 2/17]

STG deserves a solid bravo for their booking teams that pack the city’s favorite venues with fantastic acts all year long. The theme of this week’s recommendations is dedicated to STG, as they are featuring the best musical acts in the Emerald City this week.

STG offers a little something for everyone this week, so check out the videos below and let us know which venue will be graced with your presence.

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February 10, 2014

Seattle’s Best Concerts: Up-and-Comers and Longtime Favorites [Week of 2/10]

Even though Seattle is cooling down (Snowpocalypse, OMG!), the Spring tour season is actually starting to heat up. Over the next few months, there are some class acts coming through our favorite venues that you won’t want to miss.

This week in particular features some fun up-and-comers punctuated by a couple long-standing favorites over the weekend.

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February 4, 2014

Sasquatch 2014 Claims All Your Warm Weather Holiday Weekends

Sasquatch Gorge

Well, it’s official. Summer’s nearly here in the Pacific Northwest. Well, not exactly, but the annual Sasquatch! lineup reveal means its certainly on our collective music-obsessed mind.

The giant of a festival will once again take up residency at the Gorge in May and then again in July.

The lineups for the two weekends are entirely different and feature some of heavy hitters from yesteryear and today.

On Memorial Day Weekend, music and/or festival fans will have the chance to see Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs and many, many more. Our initial favorites also include First Aid Kit, Phosphorescent, Washed Out, Parquet Courts and local Cat Fancy enthusiasts, Tacocat.

For those looking to spend Independence Day Weekend with the masses, you’ll get a chance at soaking in Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030 and many, many others. Other initial SLM favorites from that weekend include of Montreal, Foxygen, Kurt Vile & the Violators, John Grant and the fireworks display.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM. Full lineups in poster and text form below.

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December 11, 2013

Music + Sports, and Why Seattle Is Boycotting Beats

A commercial for Beats by Dr. Dre that aired during the Seahawks vs. 49ers game last weekend has pretty much all of Seattle up in arms. The commercial portrayed Seahawks fans as violent, hateful fanatics bedecked in blue and hot green while the 49ers quarterback pops on his headphones to drown out the death threats, put-downs, cooler smashing and general rabble rousing from the crowd. And not surprisingly, Seahawks fans are now boycotting the headphones.

If there’s one thing Seattleites love as much as their music, it’s their Seahawks. But this commercial seems to be mistaking passion for hatefulness. Sure, put-downs and heckling is a part of sports, but the SLM team thinks Beats has taken things a couple steps too far. The overall concept for the commercial is smart, but the execution is abysmal.

If you’re wishing for some new headphones for Christmas, we sure hope it isn’t a set of Beats.

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December 9, 2013

Best Shows of the Week: Midlake & Pickwick Play Seattle

In between Christmas shopping, holiday parties and decking your halls, you’re likely overloading on songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Luckily, there’s real music happening all over town, underneath the holiday hubbub.

This week, two great shows are happening in the Emerald City that offer a reprieve from fake white beards and toy commercials.

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November 20, 2013

Best of the Week: SSLYBY, James Blake, NIN and More

OK. We’ll be the first to admit we’ve been less than great about posting to our main page but things have certainly been chugging along elsewhere.

Be sure to keep an eye on our always-evolving calendar. This won’t come as a surprise but there are a TON of amazing shows on horizon.

Whether you’re in the market for a more intimate experience or something larger, here are your best options this week.

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October 11, 2013

Iceland Invasion: Best Bet of the Weekend is Reykjavik Calling [FREE show]

Reykjavik: land of volcanoes with names impossible to pronounce, lore of ogres and some of the most innovative music you can find today. From Bjork to Sigur Ros, Iceland is a country that many modern musical geniuses call home. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the scenery, or maybe that ancient magical mythology is real. Whatever it is about Iceland, great music has been coming from that snowy corner of the globe for the past several years.

Fortunately for us Seattleites, KEXP recognizes that musical kinship between the Emerald City and Snjóland, and the radio station is celebrating the return of Reykjavik Calling this weekend. They explain this year’s fest in their own words:

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October 4, 2013

Best 3 Seattle Shows of the Weekend


Without further ado, here are the very best bets of the weekend. Sure, there are other great options possibly worthy of your time and cash but we deem these the absolute worthiest of the pack. Enjoy.

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September 23, 2013

Best Seattle Shows of the Week – Phosphorescent, The Helio Sequence, The Features & More


Autumn is in the air. The leaves are ready to turn, the clouds are back from their summer break, the kids are back to tuning out teachers and not just their parents, pumpkin spices have begun their full assault on all our senses and the Seahawks are winning our city admirers (and haters) in a whole new way.

…And best of all, autumn tour season is in full swing for us audiophiles. Check out this week’s best shows in the Emerald City:

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