Archive for June, 2012

June 30, 2012

Tonight’s Best Bet: Portland’s Tu Fawning at the Sunset

Much to the (likely) feigned delight of our friends and no doubt to the horror of our fellow music bloggers, we’re often ones to describe bands by elements or tendencies that we feel they share with other musicians we admire. We aren’t going to try that here.

As clichéd as it sounds, Tu Fawning are in fact a band that defies previously held beliefs about genres and escapes the aforementioned comparison game. The female-fronted Portland four-piece combines strong versatile vocals with varied instrumentation that hovers between ambient territory to more danceable fare.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the band and/or its members or you’re simply intrigued by what you hear below, head over to Ballard for a night that will defy easy summation when your friends as you about it.

6/30 Tu Fawning, Slow Skate, Shana Cleveland @ SUnset, Doors @ 9, $10

June 29, 2012

End the Week the Right Way, With Lost Lander and Lemolo at Columbia City Theater

Along with Ships, our first recommendation this week week, Lost Lander is another more recent “discovery” for us. We’d missed the fact that the ocassionally still relevant granddaddy of music pubs Rolling Stone profiled the band for their excellent “Afraid of Summer” this past January.

The band plays an intricate variety of pop-infused rock that fans of acts like Ramona Falls and Menomena should find comfortingly familiar as Lost Lander’s debut sees Breff Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menomena fame in the producer’s chair. The band also features Matt Sheehey along with other musicians who rank up there as some of Portland’s finest.

If you like what you’ve heard so far, be sure to head down to Columbia City to take in the in-person experience for yourself. They are supporting Lemolo’s album release this evening.

6/29 Lemolo / Lost Lander / Kaylee Cole / Slow Skate @ Columbia City Theater :: 9:00 PM :: $10 advance :: 21+

June 27, 2012

Sail On Through the Midweek Slump with Ships and Company Tonight at Barboza

Combining pop sensibilities with clever lyrics and confident instrumentation, Ships bring to mind some of our favorite artists from near and far. Most immediately, listening to Ships interestingly enough makes us think of one of our local favorite bands, fellow fans of nautical monikers, BOAT. Beyond D. Crane and crew, we also hear elements of former rowdy pop rock enthusiasts The Lashes (which totally makes sense as frontman Jacob James played with them, Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground and many others) and even pick up a bit of The Good Life (Tim Kasher of Cursive’s other project).

Rambling preamble aside, let us just say that we like what we heard on Ship’s self-released debut, which is currently available for free download at btw, and were quite pleased to not only learn that they’re currently hard at work on a follow-up, but that they’ll be out of the studio and will be heading to Neumos’ basement tonight.

The band, which slyly calls itself “Seattle’s most refined power pop band,” will be playing Barboza tonight in what just might be the best underhyped and appropriately underground show of the year. Ships will kick off the fun and will be followed by two bands with a mix of musicians from Minus the Bear, The Lonely Forest and Portugal, The Man. Be sure to get there early… OK, at least on time, as you’ll definitely want to hear all the bands on this most unusual Barboza bill.

Ships “Texas” from The Crocodile on Vimeo.

6/27 Black Hills / Hustle & Drone / Ships @ Barboza :: $10 :: 8:00 PM :: 21+

June 25, 2012

The Absolute Best 3 Shows in Seattle This Week [June 25]

As you’ll notice, we kept it lean this week. That being said, every show here has a real chance of ranking up there as one of your favorites of the year! As always, jump over to our calendar for a longer look of recommendations that we update several times a week, sometimes several times a day. Keep your eyes on our homepage for day-of previews.

6/27 (Wednesday) – Ships @ Barboza

“Seattle’s most refined power-pop band”

6/29 (Friday) – Lost Lander @ Columbia City Theater

Intricate pop-infused rock from the guys beyond Menomena and Ramona Falls

6/30 (Saturday) – Tu Fawning @ Sunset Tavern

Our second PDX recommendation of the week brings beautiful, often ambient, occasionally dancey rock to Ballard

June 18, 2012

FREE live MUSIC from SEA live MUSIC: Rhett Miller (Old 97’s) Ticket Giveaway

We’re happy to be able to offer you a chance to see the Rhett Miller when he’s in town this Friday for free. For a chance to win a pair of tickets to his 6/22 show, just send an email to SEAliveMUSIC [at] with the subject line “This Summer Lie” by noon this Thursday.

Aren’t familiar with Rhett? He’s the former frontman of Alt Country forefathers The Old 97’s. While Rhett’s been a solo artist since the late 80’s with an extended quiet period during his former band’s heyday, he picked up the singer-songwriter gig again a decade ago with Instigator. Rhett’s touring in support of his latest album, The Dreamer, which came out earlier this month. With many critics calling The Dreamer his best effort in years, “cokemachineglow calls this straight-up pop with a tinge of alt-country “easy company, a warm and thoroughly enjoyable summer listen.”

If you’re interested in taking in these summer tunes in person, send us an email and we’d love to set you up with a pair of tickets.

6/22 (Friday) – Rhett Miller with The Spring Standards @ Crocodile, Doors at 8pm, $18

June 18, 2012

Concerts at the Mural 2012 Line-Up Unveiled: Another Great Year for the KEXP & Seattle Center Collaboration

As you might guess from the title of our blog, there are few things we enjoy more than live music, especially if it takes place in Seattle and/or features Seattle musicians. Add free and an outdoor venue to the mix, and those five elements add up to be one of our favorite annual traditions in Seattle, KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concert at the Mural Series.

Just moments ago, KEXP unveiled the line-up, which we’ve pasted below. For the full announcment, click through to KEXP’s post.

Friday 8/3 – No Depression Night, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by DJ El Toro
Shovels & Rope
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside
Legendary Oaks
Fly Moon Royalty

Friday 8/10, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by TBA
The Young Evils

Friday 8/17, Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by Troy Nelson
Love Battery
Absolute Monarchs

Friday 8/24 Doors at 5pm, music starts at 5:30pm
Hosted by TBA
Fresh Espresso

About Concerts at the Mural

The community gathers for Concerts at the Mural, a series of five FREE summer concerts presented by KEXP and Seattle Center. With the support of City of Seattle, Concerts at the Mural showcases prominent bands that perform and celebrate the best of the nation’s music scene.

And to get you in the mood, here’s a video of Pickwick’s excellent mural show last year.

June 18, 2012

Frontmen Gone Solo & More: Top Picks for The Week of 6/18

Our top picks this week.

6/18 (Monday) – The Temper Trap @ The Showbox

Panoramic pop imported from Melbourne, Australia.

6/19 (Tuesday) – Ezra Furman @ Sunset

Jangly, sly pop rock from Chicago.

6/20 (Wednesday) – The Drowning Men @ Barboza

Oceanside’s finest tattooed rock group this decade.

6/22 (Friday) – Jonathan Coulton @ Showbox

Cleverly wry nerd rock from a geek culture icon.

6/22 (Friday) – Scott Lucas & The Married Men @ Sunset

Former Local H frontman refreshes his take on indie alt rock.

6/22 (Friday) – Rhett Miller @ Crocodile

Texas-native and Old 97’s frontman goes solo with his alt-country tunes.

6/23 (Saturday) – The Mountain Goats (solo) @ Columbia City Theater

Lyric-driven indie pop from John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

June 14, 2012

Team Up is at it Again: Songs of Summer Tonight at Triple Door

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love music for a cause. When artists use their art form to raise awareness and benefit nonprofit organizations, our hearts nearly burst.

One of Seattle’s fastest growing and most trendy giving organizations, Team Up for Nonprofits, specializes in making such partnerships happen. They identify local worthy causes, and find local amazing artists to throw concerts to raise awareness and funds. It’s a formula that can’t be beat.

Tonight’s show, hosted at the illustrious Triple Door, benefits the Rainier Valley Food Bank. The show boasts a jam-packed lineup that includes Lemolo, Noah Gundersen, Big Sur, Ghosts I’ve Met, Sons of Warren Oates, Hannalee, Brad Loomis, Gabriel Mintz, Steve Norman, Phil O’Sullivan, and Matt and Mike Gervais.

As if the bands weren’t enough to entice you to attend, every ticket sold will provide $240 worth of food to people in need in Rainier Valley. Help your neighbors, hear some tunes, and head to the Triple Door when you get off work.

6/14 Songs of Summer: Lemolo, Noah Gundersen, Big Sur, Ghosts I’ve Met, Sons of Warren Oates, Hannalee, Brad Loomis, Gabriel Mintz, Steve Norman, Phil O’Sullivan, and Matt and Mike Gervais @ the Triple Door :: Doors at 6:00 PM :: Tickets are $30 at the door :: All Ages

June 13, 2012

Fit for a Movie Soundtrack: Patrick Watson at Columbia City Theater Tonight

We don’t know about you, but we could use a mid-week pick-me-up in the form of some beautifully crafted songs. Luckily for everyone, Patrick Watson is playing at the Columbia City Theater tonight.

With evocative arrangements that are more complex with every listen, and rich, high-range vocals that would make Bon Iver swoon, the Montreal-based group has been on a slow-but-steady trajectory to international acclaim. They create music that might be better fit for the big screen instead of a small club stage, and frontman Patrick has, in fact, scored film soundtracks in his earlier years as a musician. Both cinematic and classic, Patrick Watson is sure to turn into one of your new favorite artists.

Don’t miss Patrick and his band tonight at Columbia City Theater with opener Cat Martino.

6/13 Patrick Watson / Cat Martino @ Columbia City Theater :: Doors at 7:30 p.m. :: Tickets are $15 :: 21+

June 12, 2012

Wish Your Name was Clementine with Sarah Jaffe Tonight at The Tractor

Even though the “let’s forgo the band and just all become singer-songwriters” trend has started to dwindle, there are still a handful of songwriting singers we hold near and dear in our music collection.

One such songstress is Sarah Jaffe, an artist with a raw yet delicate voice and a knack for infusing traditional indie pop with unexpected country and electronic flourishes. While we first learned of Sarah from her work and frequent collaborations with SLM favorite (solo artist and one-half of Seattle/Denton duo Ormonde) Robert Gomez, her solo work is fully deserving of your full attention and we’d argue, your evening. Hailing from Denton, TX, Sarah’s music is honest with a flair of southern charm with an interesting combination of violin and guitar with keyboard and electric drums.

Catch Sarah tonight with the Secret Colours at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard.

6/12 Sarah Jaffe / Secret Colours @ Tractor Tavern :: Tickets are $12 :: Doors at 8:30 PM :: 21+

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