November 30, 2011
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas always seems more hectic than we remember from years past. In the midst of the utter chaos of Christmas shopping, party planning and eggnog drinking, it’s important to take a moment to center one’s self.
Tonight’s show at the Neptune offers the perfect opportunity to hear some great music that’s sure to provide refuge from the rest of the holiday bustle. A band that’s slowly but steadily been gaining recognition in the indie pop scene and critical acclaim is Wye Oak, the openers for tonight’s show. NPR describes their music “as rock music that billows majestically, as pop music that gets its hooks into you in more ways than one, and as fascinating and mysterious examinations of doomed romance.” Their March release of Civilian was one of Paste’s most anticipated album releases of 2011. Wye Oak’s music will catch you by the heartstrings and take your soul to a calmer, more sober place.
Don’t miss the act’s following Wye Oak: Local Natives and The National. As an added bonus, this is only the first night of a two-night stint at Neptune Theatre.
11/30 The National / Local Natives / Wye Oak @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 7:00 PM :: Tickets are SOLD OUT :: All Ages
November 23, 2011
If you’re looking to find an excuse to break free from out-of-town family who’ve kicked you to that less-than-cushy air bed you regretfully picked up slightly used from Craiglist, a trip to the Tractor tonight will be just what that doctor and your ailing back ordered.
In addition to being Kris Orlowski‘s highly anticipated album release show, the all-local lineup kicks off with Smokey Brights and concludes with Hot Bodies in Motion. You’ll find the opener and headliner feature smooth-voiced frontmen along with exceedingly capable backing musicians who are prone to lay down grooves that will force even the most stationary crowds into sways and foot-tapping at the very least. From Orlowski himself, expect a set that exhibits his David Bazan-influenced vocal style and pensive lyrics.
Be sure to get there around 9:30 or so, so you don’t miss a song from three local bands with arguably the most widespread appeal of any groups calling Seattle home today.
11/23 Hot Bodies in Motion / Kris Orlowski [Album Release] / Smokey Brights @ Tractor :: Doors at 9 p.m. :: $10
November 18, 2011
While we’re not sure whether their name is a nod to one our fair city’s nicknames or an unexpected and disputable Scrubs reference, we can’t deny the impressive pedigree of one of Seattle’s newest up and coming power pop powerhouses.
Helmed by Eric Howk of The Lashes and consisting of members of Visqueen, The Greatest Hits and Megasapien, Boom City builds on past projects with about as much bombast as you’d expect from a band with such a name. If we, or maybe just the name alone has piqued your interest, check out the (grainy) video below and click through for some tracks from an upcoming EP recorded by Eric Corson and John Roderick of Long Winters fame.
Be sure to get to the Crocodile early tonight to take in the live experience for yourself before Army Navy and Grand Archive take the stage.
11/18 Grand Archives / Army Navy / Boom City @ The Croc :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $12
November 15, 2011
We haven’t been so excited about a Scottish indie group since Belle & Sebastian, but along with Frightened Rabbit and a few others We Were Promised Jetpacks have put Scotland back on the rock music map. Hailing from Edinburgh, babyfaced frontman Adam Thompson and crew have been crooning Scottish indie pop to fans across the globe since they hit the scene in 2009.
Don’t miss them tonight at Neumos with openers Royal Bangs and Bear Hands.
11/15 We Were Promised Jetpacks / Royal Bangs / Bear Hands @ Numos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Ticket are $18 :: All Ages
November 13, 2011
We tend to gravitate toward chillwave and shoegaze during the lazy summer months, however some bands produce this brand of electronic music that is so good, it works any time of the year.
Ambient and emotive, the French electronic group M83 was one of the original chillwave namestays, establishing themselves as a worldwide powerhouse in 2001. Since then, the band has released six studio albums, the most recent of which, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, hit shelves just last month.
Tonight’s show is one leg of M83’s North American tour at Neumos, with openers Active Child. The show is already sold out, so good on ya’ to those of you who already snagged tickets.
11/13 M83 / Active Child @ Neumos :: Doors at 6:00 PM :: 21+ :: SOLD OUT
November 9, 2011
When we were growing up, we’d often find They Might Be Giants had a polarizing effect on people. Perhaps it is something about having hyper-devoted superfans as profiled by the excellent documentary Gigantic that turns people off. Or maybe it was all those silly lyrics and crazy sounds.
Whatever the case was back then, today we argue it’s next to impossible not to have a great time at one of their shows. As some of the absolute best bands we know when it comes to showmanship, tonight’s TMBG show has been a bright spot on our calendars for weeks.
If you’re still on the fence, revisit some of their old material, watch their A.V. Club cover below and watch an old classic below to get a better idea of what the two Johns have in store tonight. After you’ve made up your mind, head down to SoDo early to see code monkey turned geek rock hero Jonathan Coulton open.
TMBG with The AV Club Chorus
11/9 They Might Be Giants / Jonathan Coulton @ Showbox SoDo :: Doors at 8 p.m. :: $26-$29 :: Ages 14+
November 7, 2011
One of our favorite acts of the past couple years is Deer Tick, a group known for their country-tinged 50’s era rock. With gravelly vocals and twangy guitars, Deer Tick is a perfect fit for the Tractor Tavern.
Deer Tick has a brand new album up for grabs, and while it still has the same Deer Tick feel, the songs have increasingly embraced the band’s outlaw-rock lifestyle of booze, cigarettes and more booze. The album is a little more rowdy, a little more raucous and a little more sing-along friendly.
Frontman Joseph McCauley III spoke with SLM co-founder Matt Whiting for a write up in Seattlest, and shared his thoughts on how the band has evolved: “Things are always changing. My obsessions in music change pretty frequently… when we do the fourth record, it will be really different. I like to keep things sounding new.”
Grab your boots and leave your mild manners at home, and we’ll see you tonight at The Tractor.
11/7 Deer Tick / Guards / The Barr Brothers @ Tractor ::
$15 SOLD OUT :: Doors at 8 p.m.
November 4, 2011
Best known as that guy who was in that band before Wilco who may or not be Jeff Tweedy’s nemesis, Jay Farrar has actually had a successful post-Uncle Tupelo career with his own band Son Volt as well as through his solo work.
As one of the founding fathers of Alt-Country, a genre that’s not so far from the Americana and folk rock obsession that has taken the world by storm over the past few years, Farrar is a master lyricist who specializes in country-tinged rock mixed with experimental tendencies. Nearly two years after teaming up with once (and future?) Seattle full-time resident Ben Gibbard, Farrar is back in Seattle for a highly-anticipated show at the Tractor with Bobby Bare Jr.
11/4 Jay Farrar / Bobby Bare Jr. @ Tractor Tavern :: $20 :: Doors at 9:30 pm
November 3, 2011
For the third time this week, we recommend a great live music option that keeps your cash in your wallet just long enough to buy some merch after the set. That’s right, this week there’s been not one, not two but three free shows in our fair city!
Head over to Neumos for a free show by local country septet The Maldives along with Seattle’s Motopony. As both bands are SLM favorites, you really have nothing to lose. As an added bonus, the free show will surely save you enough to grab a bonus Comet Dog after the set.
The Maldives at The Triple Door from Cliff DesPeaux on Vimeo.
11/3 The Maldives / Motopony @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: All Ages :: FREE
November 1, 2011
Continuing on the free music bandwagon following last night’s Brite Futures album release at Sole Repair, tonight we highly recommend a visit to the sole surviving Sonic Boom for the free in-store of the week.
Local country-folk songstress Shelby Earl will be taking the Ballard stage at 6:00 PM. As with any in-store, be sure to get there early to get a good spot and peruse the racks to help keep one of our last great local record stores in the black.
If you’re a little more dance than you are country, and if you happened to miss last night’s Brite Futures set, there’s another opportunity to see them at an in-store performance today as well. Head to Easy Street for their set at 7:00 PM.
11/1 Shelby Earl @ Sonic Boom :: 6:00 PM :: Free :: All Ages