Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Take Your Evening Underground with Sounds Major + Kay Kay and His Weathered… Underground

Those of you keeping track will notice we’ve been really enjoying the acts that Barboza has been able to book since its recent debut. Tonight is no exception.

While we’ve been fans of Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground since we first heard the band’s earlier cabaret-style, Sgt. Peppers-inspired take on rock, we’re most excited to hear what pianist Kyle O’Quin’s other band playing that night have been up to as of late. Kyle, who many may know first from his time with Gatsby’s American Dream, has teamed up with Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger and The Long Winters fame just about a year ago. After a name change or two, Kyle and Sean have settled on the name Sounds Major. We were lucky enough to see one of the band’s early shows with Cataldo and have been fans ever since.

If you’re a fellow fan of sharp-tongued piano-driven pop, you won’t find a better place to spend your evening than in Neumos basement.


5/31 Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground, Sounds Major @ Barboza, Doors at 8pm, $10

May 30, 2012

Colonies Brings Their Dynamic Indie Rock to Barboza Tonight

Colonies plays the type of music that you might expect from a band growing up listening to some late 90’s bands from just upstate. The band, which hails from Tacoma and Seattle, builds on these subtle touch-points of the earlier work of bands like Death Cab for Cutie and even some aspects of Modest Mouse and layers upon it their penchant for more atmospheric soundscapes. Akin to Seattle’s The Globes and the under-appreciated Elba, Colonies plays the type of sonically rich, deeply textured music that would be right at home with some of your favorite loud-quiet-loud indie bands from the past decades that already take up residence on your iPhone.

Stream their latest album below and head over to Barboza tonight for the live experience.

5/30 Colonies, Makeup Monsters, Slowwave, + Cumulus @ Barboza, Doors at 8 pm, $8 ADV

May 30, 2012

Seattle’s Other Pearl-Named Band from the 90’s at Jazz Alley Tonight

Despite the fact Kenny G may have tainted any associations that might come to mind when you think Seattle and jazz, anyone who knows (even slightly) better knows that Seattle is a great place to hear jazz from near and far. While we’re far from able to have anything that resembles an intelligent conversation about the nuances of jazz beyond the little we retain from our Intro to Jazz classes we took in college, we can say with certainty that Seattle (and the Seattle area) is home to some first rate jazz musicians.

While Bill Frisell reigns supreme at the top of our city’s jazz hierarchy, gypsy jazz quintet Pearl Django certainly ranks up there as well. The band, which started out as a Tacoma-based trio in 1994, is consistently regarded among the best purveyors of modern “hot” jazz with distinct Parisian and gypsy flourishes. Pearl Django will be back at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley tonight for the second and final night of their release shows for Eleven, their aptly titled 11th album.

5/30 Pearl Django @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Show at 7:30 pm, Doors at 5:30 pm, $21.50

May 29, 2012

R&B Revival Rock at Its Best: Nick Waterhouse at Barboza Tonight

As we’ve mentioned before, we’re big fans of the soul, funk and R&B revival that’s been taking place over the past few years. From Seattle’s Pickwick to Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears to mainstream acts like L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums to all the Sharon Joneses and Mayer Hawthornes in between, there’s been a great selection of throwback bands with a modern twist. Today’s recommended show is yet another great act who taps into that rich spectrum of R&B-infused rock that flourished over half a century ago.

Nick Waterhouse
is a 25-year-old musician from L.A. who plays retro-inspired music with the youthful energy that only a young man (or woman) could breathe into it. As A.V. Club aptly puts it the “greasiness of Waterhouse’s music offers a shocking juxtaposition with his buttoned-up Buddy Holly façade, most of all on the hard-cut rock groove of ‘Some Place.’ Waterhouse might look like a guy who’d rather offer up cookies and milk than a serving of attitude, but this song is capable of suspending disbelief for three and a half minutes.”

Spend some time with his music below and head over to Neumos Jr. to take in the live experience for yourself.

5/29 – Nick Waterhouse @ Barboza, Doors at 8pm, $10 ADV

May 29, 2012

The 6 Best Shows in Seattle This Week

…And we’re back! How’s everyone been? Hope your time at that Seattle festival and/or that other non-Seattle festival and/or other Memorial Day activities treated you well. We’ll be getting back to what we call “regular” around these parts shortly but first, be sure to check out our newly updated calendar page.

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

This week, we’re currently most excited about the following shows. How about you?

5/29 (Tuesday) – Nick Waterhouse @ Barboza

50s-style R&B-infused rock from L.A.

5/29 + 5/30 – Pearl Django @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Gypsy jazz from Tacoma

5/30 (Wednesday) – Colonies @ Barboza

Experimental indie-rock from Tacoma

5/31 (Thursday) – Sounds Major @ Barboza

Sharp-tongued piano rock from Seattle

6/1 (Friday) – Wintersleep @ Columbia City Theater

Multi-faceted radio-ready indie rock from Canada

6/3 (Sunday) – Destroyer @ Neumos

Ambitious, often inaccessible but often brilliant art rock from Canada

May 18, 2012

A Friday Full of Choices: Ballard Bash, Deep Sea Diver, or Margot & Gang?

Happy Friday, music lovers! You’re in for a real treat, because tonight offers some fantastic shows.

First off, if you weren’t in Ballard for the Syttende Mai celebration last night, you should head over today for KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood 2012 festival. Ramona Falls kicks things off right now at 10:00 a.m., and KEXP will be broadcasting live from Bergen Park all day. You can also see Deep Sea Diver, My Goodness, the Maldives and more for free (or for suggested donation). For more information and a schedule of today’s festivities, visit:

If you can’t skip work to see Deep Sea Diver in Ballard at noon today, be sure to see Jessica Dobson and crew tonight at Neumos. You might recognize Jessica as the new and sole female member of The Shins. If you aren’t familiar with her own project, this is a must-see show.

(Cheers to our friends at Sound on the Sound for the awesome video below!)

Finally, if Belltwon is more your scene tonight, Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos will be at the Croc tonight. Their quirky, theatrical and whimsical brand of indie pop has earned them a spot in our regular musical rotation for the past 5 or so years.

May 14, 2012

Seattle’s Best Music This Week

Our top picks this week.

5/17 (Thursday) – The Grizzled Mighty @ The Crocodile
A Seattle duo that mixes the bluesy rock of the Black Keys with their own twist on flannel rock.

5/18 (Friday) – Deep Sea Diver @ Neumos
The original project from Jessica Dobson – rising female rock icon and newest member of The Shins.

5/18 (Friday) – Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos @ The Crocodile
Whimsical, lyric-driven folk rock promoting a brand-spankin’ new album.

May 9, 2012

Herd on the Hill: Roaming Herds of Buffalo CD Release at Barboza Tonight

As anyone who’s spent any amount of time on this blog likely knows, we’re fans of goofy, pop rock. While we’re obviously biased we’d argue Seattle has some of the best bands in this category including the reigning champions of “sloppy pop” BOAT. Luckily for us and you, another band has risen from the ashes of Skeletons with Flesh on Them and proudly takes that band’s place in the PacNw pantheon of pop greatness.

Roaming Herds of Buffalo is a brand new band dreamed up and fronted by Scott Roots with support from his fun-loving, talented friends from other local bands like the Torn ACLs.

In advance of the band’s CD release show at Barboza tonight, Scott was kind enough to talk to us a bit about the band’s first video.

Watch the video, scroll through interview and head over to the newest basement venue in town for the in-person experience.

5/9 Roaming Herds Of Buffalo, Quiet Ones and Hounds of the Wild Hunt @ Barboza, Doors at 8 pm, $10

Poppy nihilism isn’t a term we’d ever thought about writing until hearing the song. How far off are we here?

I think you’re right on the money!

What’s the song really about?

I was imagining the universe like an ocean, with people living on the ocean floor. Eventually everything that ever existed would float down on them. As they reinterpreted the falling debris they would create a new world of meaning. So they would take dead things and make them alive again. It’s a happy song after all!

What made you decide you wanted to share the starring role of your first video with the dancing undead?

Actually I didn’t want a starring role, hence all the zombies! I am clearly the worse actor possible.

It looked like you guys had a lot of fun making the video. True or are you all just really good actors?

We did have a lot of fun. Doing the macarena 100 times, while wearing blood-splattered clothes, is just plain fun.

Tell us about the album cover. What exactly’s going on there. We haven’t been able to figure out.

That’s a good question. Looks like some very hip monsters on a strange planet headed to a costume ball. The artist is Darin Shuler, by the way. Check out his flickr page for more of his work, it’s so effing good!

May 7, 2012

One of 2012’s Must-Sees: Father John Misty at Neumos Tonight

We’ve been fans of Josh Tillman for quite a while. From his solo stuff (as the more mysterious and melanchonic J. Tillman), to his time on the throne with the Fleet Foxes, we’ve always appreciated his commanding voice and his unparallelled musicianship.

His latest project, Father John Misty, goes above and beyond all his previous contributions in our book. With tinges of psychedelic rock layered over thoughtful folk rock arrangements and signature harmonies, the result is an album full of songs that are sad and dark, yet catchy and accessible.

While we don’t often quote descriptors cited by press materials, SubPop offered some great ones we feel capture a few more obscure dimensions of inspiration perfectly. Along with other apt comparisons, SubPop asserts Father John Misty’s lyrics elicit “the hedonist-philosophy of Oscar Wilde and the dried-out wit of Loudon Wainwright III.”

With a confidence and swagger we’ve never seen from him before, Josh Tillman has come into his own. And musically speaking, that’s a great thing.

Watch the two videos below to get a taste of what’s in store and don’t miss the live experience at Neumos tonight. We expect it will be one of the best shows of the year.

5/7 Father John Misty / Har Mar Superstar @ Neumos :: Doors at $8 :: Tickets are $13 :: 21+

May 7, 2012

The Best Live Music in Seattle This Week

Our top picks this week.

5/7 (Monday) – Father John Misty @ Neumos

A former Fox finds his swagger and star turn after ditching Seattle for L.A.

5/8 (Tuesday) – Black Keys @ Key Arena

Everyone’s favorite mainstream blues rock duo from Akron, OH

5/9 (Wednesday) – The Drums @ Neumos

Brooklyn-based retro-loving youthful rock

5/9 (Wednesday) – Roaming Herds Of Buffalo @ Barboza

Goofy, fun-loving pop rock from Seattle

5/10 (Thursday) – Beach Fossils @ Neumos

Another excellent reverby young band from Brooklyn

5/11 (Friday) – Allo Darlin @ Vera Project

London-based, fun-loving twee pop group playing the 10th anniversary fête of fun-loving “sparkly indie pop” blog Three Imaginary Girls

5/12 (Saturday) – The Moondoggies @ Tractor

The finest purveyors of Seattle-based Americana

5/13 (Sunday) – Great Lake Swimmers @ Tractor

Quite possibly the finest purveyors of “melodic folk rock” around today

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