Archive for January, 2012

January 30, 2012

Ticket Giveaway! – See The Features at Chop Suey 2/7 Free of Charge

As we mentioned in our interview with the band this past September, The Features have become one of our favorite bands outside of the Seattle area over the past year.

If you missed their set last time they were in town, fret not as we’re thrilled to be able to offer you a chance to see them for free. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to their 2/7 show, just send an email to SEAliveMUSIC [at] with the subject line “All I Ask” by noon this Friday.

The Features will headline Chop Suey on 2/7. Vanaprasta and The Good Hurt will open. Doors at 8 p.m. All Ages.

In the meantime, we recommend spending some time with our interview with band, the two videos below and their latest album.

Good luck and happy listening.

January 25, 2012

Ain’t Nothing to Mess With: Wu Tang Clan Tonight at Showbox SoDo

You’ve likely noticed that we recommend a lot of indie rock here at SLM. But shockingly, we actually listen to other genres too! Tonight’s show certainly falls outside of our normal recommendations.

The infamous hip-hop collaboration, Wu Tang Clan, is back in Seattle tonight. The group has recently had some scandalous PR with the release of FBI files on founding member of the group, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell T. Jones, R.I.P.). Despite rumors of historical involvement “in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, carjackings, and other types of violent crimes,” Wu Tang Clan produces some masterfully crafted hip-hop anthems that will make you bob your head and shake your booty whether you’re a big fan of hip-hop or orchestral indie pop. If members of the group have included Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, you know it’s going to be good.

All that said, we hope you got your tickets already because this party is sold out. But you don’t have to miss all the fun. The epic video below includes lots of diamonds, fur coats, scantily clad booties, dinosaurs and ninjas. We don’t think there will be any dinosaurs or ninjas at the show tonight.

1/25 Wu-Tang Clan / Black Knights / Reverend Burke / Champagne Champagne @ Showbox SoDo :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: SOLD OUT :: All Ages

January 20, 2012

Shake Your Groove Thing Tonight with Fitz & The Tantrums at the Showbox

We don’t usually condone saxophone in modern day music. The woodwind comes across as smarmy in many of today’s attempts to integrate Clinton’s instrument of choice. However, we’ll make an exception for tonight’s recommended show.

Fitz and the Tantrums, not shockingly from LA, is a group that combines vintage soul with modern day dance music for a truly groovy style that will literally force you to dance, saxophone and all. We saw them during their show on the KEXP secret stage at Bumbershoot last year and, well, watch the video below and see for yourself. Fitz himself is energetic enough, but combined with the real star back-up singer/tambourine master Noelle, the two are like a burst of fireworks on stage.

Watch the video below and get ready to dance, because the Showbox is going to be hoppin’ tonight.

1/20 Fitz & The Tantrums / Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / American Tomahawk @ Showbox at the Market :: Doors at 7:30 PM :: Tickets are $20 :: All Ages

January 19, 2012

Curing Cabin Fever with Youth Lagoon at Neumos [Rescheduled for Monday]

Since Seattle is still in the midst of Snowpocalypse 2012, we bet you’re itching to get out of the house. As much as we love the white stuff, it can cause a serious case of cabin fever.

Youth Lagoon, tonight Monday’s recommended act, is Trevor Powers, a youngster from Boise, ID. His music serves as a coping mechanism for anxiety, which Trevor has been struggling with for years. Youth Lagoon’s tunes are like taking a dreamy, auditory swim through memories that you never had, but seem familiar nonetheless.

1/19 Youth Lagoon / Pure Bathing Culture @ Neumos :: RESCHEDULED FOR MON JAN 23RD :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $12 :: 21+

January 17, 2012

More Best Shows of January and February 2012 [Calendar Update!]

If your long weekend has been anything like ours, it’s involved inordinate amounts of couch time in which we sat mesmerized by the first hint that Mother Nature hadn’t actually forgotten about winter in Seattle.

Thankfully, our sloth paid off in the form of being able to spend some extra time combing through the upcoming shows listings to find the absolute best concerts that will entice us (and you?) to venture out into the world.

While we, and pretty much all music fans, are quick to pronounce affection toward the summer festival season, we’ll even more immediately acknowledge the fact that the next few weeks will be extremely hard to beat.

A quick scan through our calendar page will show why the upcoming month, complete with shows from long-time favorites like Nada Surf, John Roderick, Damien Jurado and John K. Samson intermixed with some of our favorite newer acts like Youth Lagoon, Bombay Bicycle Club and Memoryhouse, have us so excited about the prospect of live music once again. We’ll see you out there!

As always, you’ll be able to read our take on why we recommend the band and listen to a song or two on the day of the show.

Simply click here and/or on the Calendar tab to see what we’re most excited about this month and beyond.

January 14, 2012

Singer Songwriter Night at Neptune: Kris Orlowski and Allen Stone

The singer songwriter genre is a classic recipe for great jams that will remind you of carefree summer days around a campfire with your best friends. If you’re into that sort of thing (who isn’t?), tonight’s show is right up your alley.

Local pop master Kris Orlowski has steadily been rising to the spotlight. So much so, that we’re recommending his set more then the act he’s supporting at the Neptune tonight, crooner extraordinaire Allen Stone. His songs are heartfelt without feeling too downtrodden, as singer songerwriters oft do. With a guitar and breathy vocals, Kris Orlowski will help you start your weekend off right.

1/14 Allen Stone with Seattle Rock Orchestra / Kris Orlowski @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: $15 :: All Ages :: SOLD OUT

January 13, 2012

Friday Night Revival: Brother Bear Does Old Timey Tunes at Columbia City Theater

We like it when people are able to take something old and obsolete, and turn it into something new and shiny. In music, it’s always intriguing when musicians are able to revive passé musical styles and add some pizzazz to create a new genre that is entirely its own.

Combining vaudeville sensibilities and a modern pop twist, Brother Bear offers an entrancing blend of good ol’ saloon tunes with today’s flavor of indie pop rock.

Brother Bear is supporting Smokey Brights tonight at Columbia City Theater in south Seattle.

1/13 Smokey Brights / Brother Bear / Sean Flinn & the Royal We @ Columbia City Theater :: Doors @ 9:00 PM :: $8 :: 21+

January 12, 2012

Bryan John Appleby at Neumos = A Must See Show + Another Reason to Watch That Video

Rarely ones to miss an opportunity to offer (an often unsolicited) recommendation to our friends about what videos they really “need” to see, it should come as no surprise that Christian Sorensen Hansen‘s name is a part of a majority of said conversations.

The days when we actually have a chance to point people to one of Christian’s videos organically rank among our favorites. As luck has it (as you likely have already guessed), today is one such day.

Bryan John Appleby, the Seattle-based purveyor of “indie-folk tinged Americana” and star of what is quite possibly Christian’s most visually stunning video yet (below), will be playing Neumos tonight as part of the one of the best all-local shows we’ve yet to see this year.

Be sure to get there early to see the young, self-described “baroque pop” band Tomten who will take the stage before Appleby and be sure to stick around for the smoothly constructed, bluesy pop songs of Motopony.

Cliffs Along The Sea from Christian Sorensen Hansen on Vimeo.

1/12 Motopony, Bryan John Appleby, Tomtem @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: $8 :: 21+

January 11, 2012

Our Top Ten Favorite Musician Quotes from SEA live MUSIC Year One

Exactly one year ago, SEA live MUSIC ceased to be just something that lived in our minds to something that lives on our computers, your smartphones and our moms’ lists of “favorite sites.” Some 238 posts later, we’re 365 days older and more in tune with the nearly infinite reasons that make Seattle one of the best music cities of all time.

Over the past year, we were lucky enough to interview some of our favorite musicians passing through town, more than a few who call our fine city home.

Without further ado, scroll down the page and take a stroll down memory lane with our favorite out-of-context quotes from the past year.

I grew up with a big sister… I probably would choose him as a big brother…if he and I were enrolled in the Big Brother Big Sister program. – D. Crane of BOAT Dresses Like His Idols, Talks to Us

I didn’t have a lot of luck, but I did manage to get one song in MTV’s the Real World where one of my songs plays over two girls fighting in a hot tub! – A Symphony on a Small Stage: An Interview with Lost in the Trees

Mountain people can get pretty weird. – Some Words with Psychedelic Folk Rockers The Fling

A lot of the inspiration really came from my brain failing me and coming to terms with the shabby mind I’ve been given. – Beyond “The Silver Lining”: An Interview with Grant Olsen of Gold Leaves

The troll was very polite and attentive. Although I’m not sure how into my set he was since he never sang along despite multiple requests. – An Interview with Fishboy, Columbia City Theater’s Saturday Night Party Starter

Most Seattle bands are too tough for us. Any individual member of any band from Seattle could beat up our entire band.An Interview with Tonight’s Featured Act, The Features

I haven’t had to eat ramen once on this tour, people sing a long every night, and when it is all done, I don’t have to sleep in the car. I am as happy as can be. – A Few Words with Astronautalis, Playing Vera Project on Friday

I think as I get older, I can appreciate a good turn of phrase or melodic hook, regardless of the context or delivery. – Discussing Blessings, Curses and Everything in Between with Chris Collingwood

Autumn is the heaviest season for me. I feel the relief of summer and still, the weight of phantom school.Optimism, Broken Glasses and School Days: An Interview with Matt Pond PA

The next year I found a job scooping ice cream and things steadily improved from there. As of this moment I count myself supremely lucky for my friendships and experiences in Seattle. – Brainy Feelings Music and the Perfect Tuna Salad: An Interview with Eric Anderson (of Cataldo)

A huge thank you to all of the musicians who have been kind enough to take time out of their long drives and busy schedules to talk with us. And of course, thank you to you, our readers, for your support over the past year. Here’s to a great Year Two!

***As always, you can find our interviews by clicking on, well, the word “interview” on the sidebar.***

January 9, 2012

Deal of the Week: PonyHomie and Friends for Only $6 at The Sunset

After spending our paychecks on gifts for the holidays, there are fewer things we enjoy better than a good deal. Tonight’s recommended show is just that: a really good deal.

One of our favorite local bands, PonyHomie, is back at it tonight with Light’s on Why and Ever So Android. And you get all three of these dark-dancey acts for the low, low price of only $6 tonight at the Sunset in Ballard.

6/13 Light’s On Why / Ever So Android / PonyHomie @ Sunset Tavern :: Doors at 9:00 PM :: Tickets are $6 :: 21+

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