March 26, 2014

Yep, We’ll Be at El Corazón Tonight [Toadies plus Battleme = We're In!]

Toadies Battleme El Corazon

Most nights, there’s nothing like a trip to El Corazón to make you feel old. With the masses that gather for the usual pop punk and/or metal fare, it’s not at all uncommon to find yourself in a sea of amped up teens. Tonight’s lineup will likely make you feel old in a different way. Old because you can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the headliner’s excellent break-out album.

In August 1994, Fort Worth’s the Toadies released Rubberneck and soon thereafter “Possum Kingdom” became a post-(Seattle) grunge staple. Frontman Vaden Todd Lewis brought his acoustic solo act to the Triple Door a few months back and now he’s returned with the full band to play Rubberneck in its entirety.

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March 21, 2014

Saturday’s Best: Experimental Indie Rock Overload at Neumos


When it comes it comes to pairing interesting sounds with flawless vocal harmonies, you’d be hard pressed to find any bands out there matching what Daniel Rossen has been able to create with Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles.

As luck would have it, Pattern is Movement, one such band that maintains that tough balance of wildly experimental tendencies with moments of sonic beauty, happens to be in town the same night but on a different bill. Thankfully for those looking to maximizing your adventurous rock intake this Saturday, you’ll only need to go up or down some stairs to catch the other act.

3/22 (Saturday) Daniel Rossen @ Neumos

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March 10, 2014

Seattle’s Best Concerts: Agnes Obel, Iska Dhaaf, John Roderick & more [Week of 3/10]


Not gonna lie, readers. If there’s one thing that we like less than the torrential rain we’ve been experiencing, it’s springing forward into Daylight Savings time. Who needs more light during the day when we’re craving the dark of a music venue?

Fortunately, there are lots of great concerts to pick from this week.

3/10 (Monday) Electric Six, Yip Deceiver @Neumos

A little crazy, a little vaudeville and a LOT good.

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March 3, 2014

Three Must-See Shows to Kick Off the Third Month

As we’re already beginning to experience the always-welcome prelude to the “embarrassment of riches” that the spring touring season brings, here are top three picks to narrow an increasingly crowded field of great live music options.


3/5 (Wednesday) Dr. Dog, Saint Rich @ Neptune

Philly’s finest bring their retro-tinged rock to the U-District

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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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