Posts tagged ‘Seattle live music’

August 30, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 1: Top Picks

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been pouring over the official Bumbershoot lineup with multi-colored pens and developing a hefty piecemeal schedule for each day. Or maybe that’s just us.

Either way, we’ve got you covered. Our favorite in-city music fest has officially arrived, and if you’ll be participating in the Labor Day fun at Seattle Center, we’ve spelled out the can’t-miss acts every day. So, do as we did and mark up your hard copy, plug these into your customized official Bumberapp or  just Sharpie these on the back of your hand. Our top recommendations for Day 1 are below:

DAY 1 – SATURDAY, AUG. 30

Cumulus – 3:00 PM, Pavilion Stage.

Poppy female-fronted rock with snappy drums and driving guitar riffs.

The Lonely Forest – 3:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

A final farewell performance from the Anacortes indie darlings.

Cataldo – 4:15 PM, End Zone Stage

Locally sourced folk-tinged songs infused with clever wordplay and a strong dose of pop sensibilities.

Iska Dhaaf – 5:30 PM, Pavilion Stage

After a much lauded debut to the Seattle scene, Ben Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga drive a raw, dark brand of surf-tinged rock.

Elvis Costello – 6:15 PM, Mainstage

England’s pub rock legend helps the Bumber-crowd “pump it up” with catchy melodies and engaging lyrics.

RA Scion – 8:45 PM, End Zone Stage

Hip hop master of Common Market fame will surely play some new tracks from his latest album released earlier this year.

Wu Tang Clan – 9:45 PM, Mainstage

Wu Tang returns to Bumbershoot, featuring a collective of hip hop heavy hitters.

August 19, 2014

Five Best of the Week – Chris Staples, Beck, Tacocat + More

For those looking to catch some live music, you’ve come to right place. And by right place, we’re talking about our city. But this site should help you too.

Here are five picks for the rest of the week. See you out there!

As always, head over to our calendar for the long view.

8/19 (Tuesday) Chris Staples, Valley Maker, Jesse Marrow @ The Tractor Tavern

Hushed, narrative-driven pop rock from Seattle’s own Florida-born singer-songwriter [Record release for Chris’ superb latest – American Soft]

August 11, 2014

5 Great Shows in Seattle This Week

We’re all about simplifying. Here are the best shows in town this week. No more, no less.

See you out there.

8/11 + 8/12 (Monday + Tuesday) Arctic Monkeys @ The Paramount

Hook-laden rock from love-em-or-hate-em Brits

July 30, 2014

FREE Live Music: Best Summer Shows of 2014 [KEXP, Artist Home + More]

As the saying goes, twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the shows you didn’t see than the ones you did. OK, so that’s a liberal take on Sam Clemens’ maxim but it certainly applies to this important aspect of life as well.

If you’re someone who finds that you aren’t taking in as much live music as you’d like since shows often go late, mean you’ll have to spend beautiful nights inside, cost money, etc., then summer is certainly your season.

We’re always thrilled when August rolls around as that marks that start of our favorite free, outdoor audio experience from KEXP and the Seattle Center. Beyond that one that kicks off this Friday you’ll find some gems in the rest of free* outdoor series, most of which have been running for weeks now.

Concerts at the Mural

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At the Seattle Center’s Mural stage, music starts at 5:30

8/1 Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Kithkin, Cumulus
8/8 Yppah, Katie Kate, and IG88
8/15 A Place To Bury Strangers, Battleme, and Wimps
8/22 Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Star Anna, and Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands

Out to Lunch Concert Series

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Across the city, music from noon to 1:30pm

7/31 Vaudeville Etiquette  @ City Hall Plaza
8/1 Mango Son @ Waterfront Park
8/6 Chuck Prophet @ Two Union Square)
8/7 Space Theory Presents: Exploring the Deep Connection @ City Hall Plaza
8/8 The Paperboys @ Harbor Steps
8/13 Kris Orlowski @ Two Union Square
8/14 The Horde and the Harem @ City Hall Plaza
8/15 The Dusty 45s @ Harbor Steps
8/20 Vicci Martinez @ Two Union Square
8/21 Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans: Lunch at the Cabin @ City Hall Plaza
8/22 The Maldives @ Occidental Square
8/27 LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends @ Harbor Steps
8/28 The Dip @ City Hall Plaza
8/29 Jovino Santos Neto @ Columbia Center
9/3 Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band @ Bell Street Park
9/4 Delhi 2 Dublin @ Waterfront Park
9/5 Hey Marseilles @ Freeway Park

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

University Village Concerts

At University Village by the RAM, music from 6:30 to 8:30pm

7/30 Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme
8/6 The Paperboys
8/13 Vicci Martinez
8/20 Hit Explosion

One-time (a summer) events

SCMS’s Chamber Music in the Park

Seattle Chamber Mozart and Beethoven Concerts

At Volunteer Park, music starts at 7pm

7/30 Mozart and Beethoven

Artist Home Presents Summer Bonfire Series 2014

Artist Home Summer Bonfire Series 2014

At Golden Gardens, music at 5:30pm

Bands remain a secret until they take the sandy stage

*Goes for all, those who believe in karma and local music would be kind enough to bring cash for donations.

July 28, 2014

Best Seattle Shows of the Week [July 28]

After a bit of a snooze, we’re back and energized to serve up some excellent live music options that will help you make the most of this brilliant mid-summer week. As always, we pour over venue calendars, picks from our fellow bloggers and updates from our favorite artists to give you a short-list of can’t miss shows. Be sure to let us know who else we should include in the weeks ahead.

7/29 (Tuesday) Miniature Tigers, The Griswolds, Scarves @ The Vera Project

Catchy synth-pop from loveable, former power pop enthusiasts

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.

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

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

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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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:

September 23, 2013

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

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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:

September 16, 2013

Best Seattle Shows of the Week – The Octopus Project, Neko Case and More

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If you’re like us, there are few things that brighten a typically Seattley day than a strong dose of audio sunshine. Today, we’ve been in a good place thanks to more than a few bands on this week’s reco list. If you need a quick fix, give Wild Belle a try.

As usual, we’re thrilled to see some longstanding favorites like The Octopus Project, Neko Case and Nick Diamond’s Islands join the ranks of talented newishcomers like Wild Belle.

Take a scroll down the list below, watch some videos and plan your week of audio escapes.

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