Archive for August, 2011

August 31, 2011

Sunny Surf Rock with Surfer Blood Tonight at Neumos

We’re getting to the point where a lot of the newest and most innovative new breaking bands are younger than we are. As much as we’d like to avoid putting ourselves in the “aging hipsters” category, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed bands like Surfer Blood makes us feel old.

The surf-rock group Surfer Blood are fresh on the scene. We had the treat of seeing them last year at the KEXP secret stage during Bumbershoot. Not only does the group have a lot of spunk, they are amazingly talented. Though their songs have silly titles, like “Slow Jabroni” (not to be confused with their other song, “Fast Jabroni“), the group has some serious chops, despite how young they look.

Plus, as if the music itself wasn’t enticing enough, tonight’s show will benefit YouthCare, a non-profit that supports Seattle’s homeless teen population. We just love it when bands play for a good cause.

8/31 Surfer Blood + guests @ Neumos :: Tickets are $10.77 :: 8:00 PM :: 21+

August 30, 2011

Bumbershoot Preview: 5 Can’t Miss Comedy Acts

As you may have guessed from our past coverage or maybe just from reading our name, we’re music people. That being said, when it comes down to it, we’re pop culture enthusiasts and like you, we enjoy a mix of quality entertainment options. While we’ll be spending the majority of our Bumbershoot watching good to great sets from our favorite local and national musicians, we’ll also carve out time to give our ears some rest by taking in the rest of what Labor Day at the Center has to offer.

We’ll dive more into our recommendations from the music side things later this week but in the meantime, here are five comedians/comedy acts we deem worthy of our time this holiday weekend.

From the musical comedy masterminds behind “Bed Intruder” to familiar faces from your favorite TV shows to lesser-known local favorites, Bumbershoot comedy has something for everyone.

After watching The Gregory Brother’s surprise hit of the decade, continue on for each comedy act’s festival blurb.

Hide yo’ kids! Hide yo’ wife! The Gregory Brothers, the fearsome foursome behind some of the biggest viral videos in recent memory, are invading Bumbershoot. Whether auto-tuning the news or remixing C-Span, The musical stylings of The Gregory Brothers (Evan, Michael, Andrew, and Evan’s wife Sarah) are not to be missed. (Click here for show times and locations.)

Deon Cole’s charismatic personality and original style make him one of the most popular performers in the comedy scene today. In addition to serving as a staff writer for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Cole has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Laffapalooza, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, and NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo. (Click here for show times and locations.)

Brooklyn resident Eugene Mirman escaped the clutches of Russian communism at the age of four when his family immigrated from Moscow, and he’s been making audiences laugh ever since. Mirman was a fixture on Flight of the Conchords, had his own Comedy Central special, and can now be seen regularly on Adult Swim’s Delocated. (Click here for show times and locations.)

Hari Kondabolu
is a former Seattle immigrant rights organizer who has been compared to Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. In addition to his own Comedy Central Presents special, he has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and Live at Gotham. (Click here for show times and locations.)

The Ashley Judd Comedy Hour came together when its celebrity creator gathered Seattle’s six funniest juvenile delinquents and molded them into a tight comedy unit. Now, every month at the People’s Republic Kafe they perform a brand new hour of sketches, characters, and stand-up. (Click here for show times and locations.)

August 27, 2011

Americana’s New Hope: The Washover Fans Play The High Dive Tonight

Some think the Americana genre has played out. With local darlings The Head and the Heart and their predecessors, The Fleet Foxes, already at their peak of popularity, local bands in more upbeat genres have risen to the spotlight (think Pickwick and My Goodness). However there is still hope for the Americana movement.

The Washover Fans have a unique brand of acoustic Americana folk, with perfectly pieced-together string arrangements and soulful harmonies. Their music is the perfect soundtrack for a particularly lazy summer day here in Seattle, or for a long road trip to the east side of the state.

Catch The Washover Fans tonight after the sun goes down in Fremont at The High Dive. They are playing with Ole Tinder and The Crying Shame.

8/27 The Crying Shame / The Washover Fans / Ole Tinder @ The High Dive :: 9:30 PM :: Tickets are $8 :: 21+

August 26, 2011

Funk-tastic Night at the Needle: Pickwick at Seattle Center Mural

Pickwick is making quite the splash with their modern take on yesteryear’s most groovy genre of music, so it should come as no surprise that they are being featured in the lineup at tonight’s KEXP Concert at the Mural. The indie-rock-turned-funky-soulsters are going to liven up the Seattle Center and just to give you fair warning, dance parties will likely ensue.

Once again, grab a cooler of tapas and refreshments, a picnic blanket and a few of your friends and head to the Mural at Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle. Pickwick will be joined by Shane Tutmarc, Ravenna Woods and Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives.

8/26 Shane Tutmarc / Ravenna Woods / Pickwick / Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives @ Seattle Center Mural :: Starts at 6:00 PM :: FREE :: All Ages

August 24, 2011

Visual Artist and Musical Mastermind Daniel Johnston at Neumos Tonight

As a wildly creative visual artist and an immensely talented lyricist and musician, Daniel Johnston and his work have long belied the creative genius that goes into it. Simple phrasing intertwined with complex orchestration often boiled down into short pop fragments and the result, like all good art, defies adequate description through words alone.

While Johnston’s story is one long on heartbreak, it is one that isn’t short on humor as Johnston’s amazingly upbeat take on life have helped him battle many years living with bipoloar disorder.

If you’ve yet to see the exceptional 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston (trailer below), we highly recommend it. Once you’ve had a chance to listen to some of Johnston’s tunes, many of which have been covered here (by the likes of Tom Waits, TV on the Radio, Bright Eyes and many more) and in numerous live settings, head to Neumos tonight to see the living legend for yourself.

8/24 Daniel Johnston / King of Diamonds @ Neumos :: Doors at 8PM :: $18 ADV :: 21+

August 23, 2011

Indie Rockers Tapes n’ Tapes Back in Town at The Crocodile

Since the release of the band’s first EP in 2004, Tapes n’ Tapes have established a reputation for helping define indie rock in the new millennium. Their repertoire varies from upbeat, pop tunes to more emotive, hard-driving rock pieces. They released a new album, The Outside, earlier this year, and the album incorporates some new sounds and has more of a pop sensibility than previous releases.

Tapes n’ Tapes is headlining tonight at The Croc with openers Chain Gang of 1974.

8/23 Tapes n’ Tapes / Chain Gang of 1974 @ The Crocodile :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $15 :: 21+

August 22, 2011

The Decemberists Get Theatrical Tonight at Marymoor Park

Back again for their annual appearance at Marymoor Park in Redmond, The Decemberists have a new album and a new theatrical repertoire up their sleeves. The group, from neighboring PacNW musical hub Portland, has long been a Seattle favorite, attracting large crowds with their interesting instrumentation, lyrical storytelling and catchy singles. Their shows feel more like an epic musical theater performance rather than a typical indie pop show.

Grab a blanket and head to the grassy pastures at Marymoor to enjoy openers (and two of our long-time favorite acts) The Fruit Bats and Okkervil River.

8/22 Decemberists / Okkervil River / Fruit Bats @ Marymoor Park :: 7:00 PM :: Tickets are $35 :: All ages

August 21, 2011

Impressive Musical Comedy with Reggie Watts Tonight at Neptune

With his disheveled appearance, grandpa sweaters, untamed beard and wild afro, it would be easy to mistake one of the funniest men in comedy today for a derelict. But when on stage and in his element, Reggie Watts instantly becomes an icon of modern day comedy. The former Seattelite is back tonight for a gig at the recently revamped Neptune Theater in the U-District.

You may be asking yourself, why are we featuring a comedian here at SEA live MUSIC? The truth is, as funny as Reggie is, his talents as a musician are almost more baffling than his quirky sense of humor. Using looping techniques and his own voice, he creates shockingly impressive songs. The lyrics are often silly (bordering on nonsensical at times) but he also pokes fun at a wide range of genres, from gangster rap (see the offensive yet hilarious video below) to croony R&B.

If you aren’t offended by the occasional F-bomb (ok, it might be a little more than occasional…), head to the U-District tonight and be ready to laugh your you-know-what off.

(Please note the below video is not appropriate for the workplace, children or your grandmother. Just be aware the song is comprised of pretty much nothing but cuss words. But it is really funny.)

8/21 Reggie Watts @ Neptune Theater :: Tickets are $19 SOLD OUT :: Show is at 8:00 PM :: All Ages

August 20, 2011

Sounds Divine! Mister Heavenly at Chop Suey Tonight

Sure Mister Heavenly is known as supergroup (bringing together past and present greats including The Unicorns, Man Man and Modest Mouse) and has been known to call on the bass-playing talents of the less socially awkward version of Jesse Eisenberg, but what really gets us excited is the band’s predictably strange lyrics and energetic vocal interplay between dueling singers.

While we’ve been fans of the vast majority of bands that predated and coexist with Mister Heavenly, the latest project that brings together Nick Thorburn (The Unicorns, Islands), Honus Honus (Man Man) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse) adds a playful interplay that pleasantly recalls Thorburn + (fellow Unicorn) Alden Penner dynamic of the early 2000s. Many years from each musicians’ stage debut, expect to hear a group that’s been refining its craft over thousands of performances. Watch the full album stream video below now and head to Chop Suey tonight to take in the live experience for yourself.

8/20 Mister Heavenly / Waters / Anne @ Chop Suey :: 9:00 pm :: $14

August 20, 2011

First Annual Vibrations Fest at Volunteer Park

The best thing about summer in Seattle? Seeing some sunshine, of course. The next best thing? All the great free outdoor music!

Cairo, a Seattle vintage boutique on Capitol Hill, is hosting the first annual Vibrations Festival at Volunteer park today. Starting at 2:00 PM at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater, you can hear Grass Widow, Purple & Green, Flexions, Seapony and more.

8/20 Grass Widow / Purple & Green / Flexions / Metal Chocolates / Stephanie / Witch Gardens / Charles Leo Gebhardt IV / Seapony @ Volunteer Park :: 2:00 PM :: FREE :: All Ages

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