Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

The Best Live Music in Seattle This Week

Our top picks this week.

5/1 (Tuesday) – Lambchop @ Tractor

A genre-defying blend of jazz, country and more experimentation from legendary Nashville speak-singer Kurt Wagner

5/2 (Wednesday) – Washed Out @ Neptune

Hazy pop electronica expands to fill one of the city’s best revived venues

5/3 (Thursday) – Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ The Croc

Contemplative acoustic pop from a young, but rapidly embraced English singer-songwriter

5/4 (Friday) – Delta Spirit @ Neumos

Raw, folk-infused rock from the lauded San Diego band fronted by former busker and emotive lyricist, Matthew Vasquez

5/5 (Saturday) – Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Neumos

Retro-leaning rock from Portland-based psychedelic pop enthusiasts

5/6 (Sunday) – Torn ACLs @ Neumos

Usually simple, often goofy and always fun Seattle pop rock

April 27, 2012

Re-live Your Not-So-Distant Youth with Ben Kweller at Neumos Saturday

We’d guess anyone who’s been in college or of college age or has spent any significant amount of time with someone in one of the first two categories in the past decade is familiar with Ben Kweller, in at least a cursory kind of way. The Austin singer-songwriter’s become something of a legend for his song “Wasted & Ready,” which for better or worse, became the anthem of many teens and twenty-somethings since its release in 2002.

Since that time, Ben’s been pounding out the albums that explore different aspects of his power-pop loving-, usually upbeat singer-songwriter sensibilities. 2009’s appropriately-titled Changing Horses saw Ben introducing slide guitar and other elements you’d expect from his Texas upbringing while retaining the brand of bittersweet fun that’s been his trademark since his early days as an on-stage teenage Weezer enthusiast. This past February, Ben put out his fifth album that falls back to his straight-ahead power-pop-infused roots and adds maturity through broader instrumentation and richer harmonies

Whether you’re a longtime fan or are just looking for something to break your Netflix addiction, we encourage you to head over to Neumos Saturday for a fun night you won’t soon forget.

4/28 Ben Kweller, Sleeper Agent, Noah Gundersen @ Neumos, Doors at 9:15 pm, $16 in advance

April 26, 2012

Last Minute Show Recommendation: Tennis at The Croc Tonight

Since Cape Dory came out in January 2011, hardly a day went by that calendar year when we didn’t listen to Tennis‘ excellent debut. Recalling the Denver husband and wife duo’s maritime adventures during an extended sailing jaunt along the Atlantic seaboard, the album has no doubt taken a special place in the hearts of those who have fond memories or maybe even just aspirations of lazy afternoons spent out on the water.

The band’s sophomore effort, which was released some 13 months after their debut, was met with acclaim from critics and fans alike, some admittedly missing the nautical theme, others welcoming broader subjects. In addition, the latest album Young & Old is notable for the fact it was produced by Patrick Carney of Black Keys, a move which no doubt fleshed out the band’s sound and sonic approach significantly.

Whether you were lucky enough to catch the band live before, perhaps at the band’s two performances at Bumbershoot 2011, or not, we highly recommend heading to the Croc to hear the band’s sweet vocals and impressive surf guitar for yourself.

4/26 Tennis, Wild Belle, Pacific Pride @ The Crocodile, 8 pm, $13.50 incl fees

April 24, 2012

Green Grass, Skies So Blue: Tanlines Appear at Neumos Tonight


With the little preview of summer we experienced over the weekend, we’re suddenly in the mood for upbeat, danceable tunes. If you’re feeling the same way, you’re in luck with tonight’s show.

Originally slotted for Seattle’s newest yet-to-be-opened venue Barboza, Tanlines are now headlining Neumos tonight. If Tanlines’ name alone doesn’t make you think of carefree summer days, their buoyant brand of electro-pop sure will. The duo’s keyboard-heavy tunes will pretty much force you to dance (as you’ll see in the video below.)

Make sure you get to this show early to check out openers Rewards and USF, too!

4/24 Tanlines / Rewards / USF @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: $10 :: 21+

April 24, 2012

Partial Party! Capitol Hill Block Party Partial Line-Up Unveiled

With a string of beautiful days under our belt already, here at SLM HQ, we have to remind ourselves that it’s not really summer yet. In actuality, we’ve got another three months before true Seattle summer kicks in. But announcements like this morning’s make that hallowed season seem not too distant after all.

Earlier this morning, the good folks who organize the good times on the Hill unveiled the partial line-up of the jam-packed three-day gathering of the city’s (and suburbs’) young and young at heart known as Capitol Hill Block Party.

Check out the poster below and the text run-down after that if you’re having more of a plain text kind of day.

Neko Case
Major Lazer
Fitz And The Tantrums
The Lumineers
Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz
Youth Lagoon
Thee Oh Sees
Cloud Nothings
Twin Shadow
Porcelain Raft
Spoek Mathambo
White Arrows
El Ten Eleven
Light Asylum
King Tuff
Psychic Paramount
Father John Misty
Black Breath
Absolute Monarchs
Crystal Stilts
The Coathangers
Eighteen Individual Eyes
Nightmare Fortress
Yukon Blonde
John Maus
Blue Sky Black Death
Nacho Picasso
Kris Orlowski
Hot Bodies In Motion
Kung Foo Grip
Tropical Punk
Nu Sensae
Night Beats
Tom Eddy
Dude York
Space Needles
Pony Time
Mass Games
Slow Dance
Crime Wave
Trash Fire
Vox Mod
Mama Utah
Silly Goose
Underground Revival

If you’re hungry for more, head over to

The 2012 Capitol Hill Block Party July, 20, 21 & 22 Seattle

$75.00 + fees 3-day passes available until April 24th at 12 PST.

$85.00 + fees 3-day passes available after April 24th at 12 PST.

April 23, 2012

Enter Your Week with Exitmusic Tonight at The Crocodile

We hope everyone had a great time celebrating Record Store Day over the weekend. We saw some great bands on Saturday, and luckily the trend is continuing into the week.

Tonight, Exitmusic brings their eerie, atmospheric rock to the Croc as they open for School of Seven Bells. The New York duo juxtaposes pretty, innocent melodies with haunting, dark ambiance, and the results are simply enthralling. And as if the music alone isn’t enough of a reason to check out Exitmusic, they are tonight’s openers, meaning if you absolutely must skip out before the headliners take the stage, you’ll get home in plenty of time to rest up for work on Tuesday.

4/23 School of Seven Bells / Exitmusic @ The Crocodile :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $13 :: 21+

April 23, 2012

The Best Shows in Seattle This Week

Our top picks for the week.

4/24 (Tuesday) – Tanlines @ Barboza

Electro pop duo from Brooklyn

4/26 (Thursday) – Tennis @ The Crocodile

Surfy, dream pop husband and wife duo from Denver

4/27 (Friday) – Portland Cello Project @ The Triple Door

String-based pop enthusiasm from the Rose City

4/28 (Saturday) – Ben Kweller @ Neumos

Eternally youthful power pop with a Texas twist from Austin

Head over to our calendar page for the full rundown.

As always, keep your eyes on the main page as we’ll be posting day-of previews for these shows and more.

April 18, 2012

An Evening of Subtle Beauty: Perfume Genius at The Croc Thursday

After the release of Perfume Genius‘ debut album, Learning, in 2010, Seattle-native Mike Hadreas catapulted to critical acclaim for his piano-driven, minimalist masterpieces dealing with drugs, suicide and fractured love. We’ve struggled to come up with apt descriptions of his sound when friends have asked, but the best we’ve been able to muster involves some combination of the beautifully sad parts of Grandaddy and the hauntingly intimate voice of Sufjan Stevens. Like all descriptions of true artists, that predictably falls hopelessly flat as Hadreas’ sparse arrangements and deeply personal subject matter climb to a level of delicate beauty that hardly seems possible from weighing the sum of the parts alone.

Whether you’ve been a fan of Hadreas since Learning, have since learned of Perfume Genius after the release of his sophomore album Put Your Back N 2 It, or are just hearing about him for the first time, we highly recommend spending some time with his music in a quiet room. For the live experience, head over to the Croc Thursday night for a performance we’ve heard will be sure to keep the occasionally rowdy Seattle crowds quiet with rapt attention.

4/19 Perfume Genius / Parenthetical Girls @ The Crocodile :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $10 :: All Ages

April 16, 2012

Jeff Mangum, My Goodness + More: The Best Shows in Seattle This Week

Our top picks this week.

4/16 (Monday) – Jeff Mangum @ Moore Theatre

Heart-wrenching and often beautiful experimental-folk masterpieces from the J.D. Salinger of indie rock.

4/18 (Wednesday) – My Goodness @ Barboza

Powerful blues-rock from one of Seattle’s most dexterously muscular duos.

4/19 (Thursday) – Perfume Genius @ The Crocodile

Heart-wrenching and often beautiful minimalist, piano-driven masterpieces from a local favorite.

4/20 (Friday) – Horse Feathers @ Barboza

Rustic and often beautiful folk tunes of discomfort and despair from sweet-voiced Portlandians.

4/21 (Saturday) – Caveman @ Barboza

Harmony heavy, twinkling indie rock from promising young Brooklynites.

Head over to our calendar page for the full rundown.

As always, keep your eyes on the main page as we’ll be posting day-of previews for these shows and more.

April 13, 2012

Bring The Week Home with BOAT: Tonight’s Best Bet [Ballard Birthday Bash!]

Whether you know us personally or have spent any amount of time on our blog, there’s a good chance you know that BOAT has become one of our absolute favorite bands over the past five years.

As we’ve proclaimed on this blog before, the band’s legendary (in our book) 2008 performance with Fishboy and Tullycraft at the Sunset still ranks among our all-time favorite concerts.

To us, the band perfectly marries D. Crane’s Malkmus-esque delivery of cleverly goofy yet often oddly profound lyrics with indie pop rock instrumentation. Their live shows take the experience to the next level as the guys consistently remind the audience why they’re one of the most highly-regarded optimists in the rock game today.

If you’re a fellow BOAT fan or just looking for the best live music option of the evening, head over to Ballard for a night you won’t soon forget. As an added bonus, tonight’s show is in celebration of Tall Chris’ 30th birthday. While we can’t say we know who Tall Chris is, we wish him a great birthday and you a fine night of live music as well.

4/13 BOAT, Bottomless Pit, Police Teeth and The Bismarck @ Sunset, Doors at 9pm, Show at 10pm, $10

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