Archive for May 30th, 2012

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

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