Archive for March, 2011

March 22, 2011

Pretty Acoustic Folk From Chris Pureka Tonight at Chop Suey


Sometimes it’s easy to start down one path before realizing you need to totally switch gears, especially when it comes to careers. I mean, how many of us are really using those philosophy degrees as actual philosophers? Sometimes our true callings aren’t apparent until much later down the road.

Chris Pureka actually has a degree in microbiology, but left the lab for the love of making music (luckily for us!) She plays inspiring, melodic folk rock and has a knack for pretty guitar work. And don’t even get us started on her slightly raspy, deep voice that entrances listeners. The former biologist adds an elegant twang to her songs, creating some of the most heart-wrenching but catchy acoustic tunes we’ve heard in a while.

Catch Chris with Kristin Allen Zito (of The Trucks) tonight at Chop Suey.

3/22 Chris Pureka/Kristin Allen Zito @ Chop Suey :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $14 at the door :: 21+

March 21, 2011

Dance Party Time: MEN Tonight at The Croc

Is it just us, or was the weekend far too short? Perhaps it was the glimpses of sun, but we vote that Monday should be the new Sunday. If you’re with us, we have the perfect way to keep your weekend going all the way through tonight.

Brooklyn’s latest indie dance-pop sensation, MEN, are fresh off a successful European tour and ready to make Seattle’s notoriously still audiences dance ’til dawn. The group leader is JD Samson, a strong advocate for the LGBT community in NYC and former member of Le Tigre and Peaches. While MEN’s music sounds light and fun, they actually cover some more complex issues related to the LGBT community. Either way, tonight’s show will be a great opportunity for you to get your groove thing on and dance away those Monday blues.

*The below video is somewhat graphic and may be NSFW.

3/21 MEN/Romy/Secret Shoppers @ The Croc :: Doors @ 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $8 at the door :: 21+

March 20, 2011

Warpaint Brings Sultry and Skill to Neumos Tonight

Warpaint

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a group comprised of all females in the experimental rock scene. There’s been a notable lack of solid girl groups these days, but we’re happy to report that the drought is over thanks to a great show tonight at Neumos.

With ethereal vocals, haunting harmonies and some serious art-rock chops, LA’s Warpaint is redefining what it means to be a girl group. While they’ve been around since 2004, last year’s release, The Fool, proved to be a breakthrough for the band and the critics’ accolades have been rolling in. The group evokes past female rock powerhouses, like The Breeders, and performs with the perfect balance of sultry and skill. Like modern day siren songs, their music is interesting to the ear and almost addictive for the mind.

This is definitely a must-see show this weekend. Warpaint will be joined by PVT and Family Band at Neumos.

3/20 Warpaint/PVT/Family Band :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets $12 at the door :: 21+

March 18, 2011

Destroyer Calls It “Kaputt” Tonight at The Croc

Up there with Tom Waits, Stephin Merritt and Nick Cave, Dan Bejar, aka Destroyer, creates music that challenges listeners, excites critics and delights fans like nothing else.

We mentioned the issue of polarizing artists when discussing Girl Talk earlier this week and Bejar has a somewhat similar effect on music fans though unlike Gillis, Bejar music often perplexes many more listeners than it polarizes.

While Bejar’s talk-sing delivery of strangely poetic, abstract lyrics is off-putting to the average listener, it should come as no surprise that these elements are exactly what endears Bejar to his extremely devoted fans.

Erstwhile member of New Pornographers, Bejar will be bringing the beloved/bemoaned Destroyer to The Croc tonight to promote his latest album, Kaputt. Seattle’s own Yuni in Taxco and then Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs will get things warmed up before the popular Bejar’s popular Vancouver outfit takes the stage.

3/18 Destroyer/The War on Drugs/Yuni in Taxco at The Crocodile :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: SOLD OUT :: 21+

March 17, 2011

If You Only Go to a Pub One Night a Year…

While there certainly are more than a few non-St Patrick’s day activities of note tonight, we’re having a hard time encouraging you to seek them out.

Sure, for most, the excuse to get the leprechaun suit out from storage is reason enough to venture out into the often fratastic crowds, but we’re (predictably) most excited about the audio offerings.

Somewhat akin to how Leavenworth brings in bands from Germany that are actually pretty great at that time of the year, local pubs do a pretty good job of upping their musical game with Celtic fare.

Though not guaranteed to be truly authentic, the musicianship is often solid and the atmosphere is one of Guinness-soaked joviality.

So venture out and raise a pint to an evening of fun and familiar yet foreign tunes.

March 16, 2011

Thoreau Would Approve: Solvents Perform Tonight at High Dive

Lots of great artists had wilderness getaways where they could retreat, work on their art form and escape the general hustle and bustle of life. Thoreau had Walden Pond. Kerouac had Big Sur. Who knew Port Townsend, WA, could also be on the list of artistic rural locales?

That’s exactly where Solvents has been crafting their musical masterpieces. Emily Madden’s violin work adds a soft but polished finish to frontman Jarrod Bramson’s gravely vocals. The two met in Port Townsend years ago and have been making music there ever since. Their most recent (and most successful) project is the trio, Solvents. With deep lyrics layered over lilting melodies, Solvents creates a musical dichotomy that you can’t help but enjoy.

3/16 Little Penguins/Solvents/Marne/Riot in Stereo at High Dive :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $6 at the door :: 21+

March 15, 2011

Bring Your Dancing Shoes: Girl Talk Tonight at Showbox SoDo

If you’re in the mood for something a little more “sampley” tonight, you’re in luck.

Girl Talk can be very polarizing. People seem to either love him (and we do mean love), or they seem to utterly loathe him. Those in the camp of loathing argue that Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) is simply capitalizing on the work of other artists. Those who love him mostly just like to dance. We’re somewhere in the middle.

Sure, the guy is pretty much a glamorized DJ, however there’s something different about Gregg. He has the most finely tuned ear for mashups that we’ve ever heard. To recognize all the different samples he uses in his frankensteined masterpieces, you have to be familiar with a wide range of different music, from hip hop to classic rock to punk to R&B to funk to modern day alt rock. Girl Talk breaks boundaries between different musical genres and turns all of our culture’s music into one giant dance party. And we suppose that is something to appreciate.

3/15 Girl Talk/Max Tundra/Junk Culture at Showbox SoDo :: Doors at 7:00 PM :: Tickets are SOLD OUT :: All ages

March 15, 2011

Get Bluegrassy with Punch Brothers Tonight at Showbox Market

Bluegrass' new hope

The banjo has always been one of our favorite instruments, however the banjo is being featured in unusual genres these days. The banjo was really made for one musical category – the banjo’s destiny you could say – and that, friends, is bluegrass.

We’re not talking about your grandfather’s knee-slapping ditties. We’re talking about Punch Brothers, bluegrass’ young, dashing and incredibly talented new hope. There was a bluegrass revival in the early 2000s (think early Sufjan and the like) but the Punch Brothers command a double take at the genre. While the banjo is front and center, Punch Brothers also feature the fiddle, the upright bass, the mandolin and all our other favorite stringed instruments. Their repertoire ranges from melodic and medieval to rollicking and lively, and their shows almost guarantee there won’t be a toe that isn’t tapping in the whole venue. Even the Soggy Bottom Boys would be smiling.

3/15 Punch Brothers/Joshua Morrison :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $25 at the door :: 21+

March 14, 2011

Little Wings, Lots of Talent: Tonight at Vera Project

Littlewings

Most Seattlites are eagerly awaiting the day that Spring decides to show up in the Great Northwest and with the recent stormy weather, that day isn’t coming soon enough.

If you’re looking to instantly transport yourself to a lazy, sunny afternoon in the backyard, we recommend visiting the Vera Project tonight to hear the Californified musical stylings of Kyle Field and his band, Little Wings. Kyle has taken the stage with other acts we love, like Grandaddy and Devandra Banhart, and he weaves easygoing SoCal sentiment into lo-fi folk songs, creating the perfect summer soundtrack. Tonight Little Wings is celebrating the release of their next album.

Little Wings will be joined tonight by Portland’s White Rainbow, aka Adam Forkner, who has equally impressive chops in the realm of psychadelic-ambient-electornic.

3/14 Little Wings/White Rainbow @ Vera Project :: Doors at 7:30 PM :: Tickets are $7 at the door :: All ages

March 11, 2011

Interview: The D Plan Go With Plan B, Reunite for the Fun of It

 

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Washington DC’s The Dismemberment Plan, a band renowned for their command of time signatures, cleverly odd lyrics, humorously offbeat onstage banter and frenetic live shows among many other shared observations, have been delighting fans across the states (and Japan) with their latest reunion tour.

With D Plan swinging into to town for a highly anticipated show at the Showbox SoDo on Saturday, we were lucky enough to catch up frontman Travis Morrison.

Continue on to read our exchange, get nostalgic by watching the video for the excellent Time Bomb and head down to SoDo tomorrow night for the live experience.

3/12 at Showbox SoDo :: The Dismemberment Plan :: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band :: 7 PM :: $25

What were the factors that made this year the right one for a reunion tour?

We released a vinyl reissue of our album Emergency and I and seemed like a nice way to celebrate that.

Are you all writing new material or considering another album?

Not actively. Not against it either…

In your press materials, you say that D Plan was very much a product of DC. As you’re now a New Yorker, can you guess as to how the band would be different if NYC was the band’s home?

We would never practice because either our personal lives would be too busy or we couldn’t find rehearsal space. DC is a great incubator of bands. Kind of in the way Seattle is. Very much in the same ways Seattle is, come to think.

How did your relationship with Barsuk as a solo artist and then as the label that would reissue Emergency and I come about?

Jeez, i don’t know. I have known those folks forever. Just old friends.

How did your tour in Japan this last round go?

I ate like 29 pieces of onigiri and a kid broke his shoulder at our last show while being a crazy person. But he wrote us a very sweet note before getting in the ambulance. That’s Japanese willpower for you.

Anything you’re looking to do with your time in Seattle?

Drink coffee, goof off with friends, play a rock show… Bout all we have time for…

Looking back on your past visits and tours through Seattle, do any memories stand out?

I remember a really, really, really insane, until dawn after party on one tour. I can’t remember the club it was over… In a private space over one of the smaller clubs in town. It was one for the ages…

Recording at Hall of Justice after the Plan broke up…

Are there any Seattle bands that currently make your van’s playlist?

You know right now i am pretty checked out of what is happening in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to tip me.  I have been pretty deep in the NYC scene for the last two years.

If you lived in an alternate reality where you forced to play the catalogue of another musician/band for an entire year, which musicians/band’s works would you play?

Prince

What should those who come out to your show expect in contrast to the last time you were in town?

We are much older… Fat and bald with crippling rheumatism

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