Archive for August, 2012

August 31, 2012

The 5 Best Seattle Bands at Bumbershoot This Year

What? It’s time for Bumbershoot already? We were just getting into this whole summer thing! Oh well. What better way to wash down a short, yet hopefully, still (fingers crossed) lingering, summer than with the city’s still biggest and oldest festival. Like last year, Bshoot’s moved away from relying on big draws to putting more of an emphasis on the up-and-comers, many of whom who happen to have 206 numbers.

Speaking of local greatness, here’s a short list of five must see acts from your own backyard.

Damien Jurado | The Promenade (9:00, Saturday)

The longtime Seattle-based singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter who recently embraced darker, psychedelic sound only to become even more beloved.

Gold Leaves | Sub Pop Stage (noon, Sunday)

Seattleite Grant Olsen’s band that manages to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

Bryan John Appleby | The Promenade ( 6:00, Sunday)

Thoughtful, folk-tinged acoustic melodies from one of Seattle’s finest singer-songwriters.

Deep Sea Diver | The Promenade (7:30, Sunday)

The original project from Jessica Dobson – rising female rock icon and newest member of The Shins.

Hey Marseilles | Starbucks Stage (8:00pm, Monday)

The local orchestral pop group that’s become a PacNW festival staple and apparently, a Starbucks’ favorite over the past few years.

August 31, 2012

Tada! Bumbershoot 2012 Best Bets

One of our favorite Seattle music fests each year is the illustrious Bumbershoot, held in the heart of the city at Seattle Center. Though the festival has undergone some changes in the past couple years, including a revamped layout and a focus on more local bands instead of the Billboard Top 10, we think this year’s event is going to make for one wonderful Labor Day weekend. Below is a schedule of our top picks for each day of the long weekend. We’ll also be following up with our top 3 acts for each day. If you spot us in the crowd or photo pit, please be sure to say hello!

12:15 | TacocaT | Sub Pop Stage
1:45 | Unnatural Helpers | Sub Pop Stage
3:15 | Gotye | Mainstage (even though it was overplayed to death, we know you still kind of like that song)
4:15 | King Khan & the Shrines | Fisher Green Stage
4:30 | The Barr Brothers | The Promenade
5:45 | Heartless Bastards | Starbucks Stage
7:00 | Oberhofer | Sub Pop Stage
8:45 | Helio Sequence | Sub Pop Stage
9:00 | Damien Jurado | The Promenade
9:45 | M. Ward | Fisher Green Stage

SUNDAY – 9/2
12:00 | Gold Leaves | Sub Pop Stage
1:00 | Why? | Exhibition Hall
1:30 | Niki & The Dove | Sub Pop Stage
3:15 | Tony Bennett | Mainstage
3:15 | The Jezabels | Sub Pop Stage
4:30 | The Young Evils | The Promenade
5:00 | Fruit Bats | Sub Pop Stage
5:45 | The Greenhornes | Fisher Green Stage
6:15 | The Promise Ring | Exhibition Hall
7:30 | Deep Sea Diver | The Promenade
8:30 | Blitzen Trapper | Sub Pop Stage

MONDAY – 9/3
12:00 | Seapony | Sub Pop Stage
1:45 | Best Coast | Mainstage
3:15 | M83 | Mainstage
3:15 | Ty Segall | Sub Pop Stage
4:00 | Omar Souleyman | Fisher Green
4:30 | The Wombats | Exhibition Hall
5:45 | Ana Tijoux | Fisher Green
6:00 | Bryan John Appleby | The Promenade
6:45 | Low | Sub Pop Stage
7:30 | Fujiya & Miyagi | Fisher Green
8:00 | Hey Marseilles | Starbucks Stage
9:45 | Rebirth Brass Band | Starbucks Stage

August 27, 2012

The 3 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [August 27]

Another great week for live music here in Seattle. This week we’re most excited seeing a relatively recent addition to our music collection, the return of post-punk legends and old favorites banding together to create something new, yet pleasingly familiar.

8/27 (Monday) – Adam Arcuragi and The Lupine Chorale Society @ The Crocodile

First-rate impassioned, soulful folk from Philadelphia by way of Atlanta

8/28 (Tuesday) – Refused w/ Sleigh Bells @ Showbox SoDo

Legendary post-punk/hardcore from Sweden that returns to the States some 14 years after their original breakup

8/30 (Thursday) – Divine Fits @ The Crocodile

A new project from Britt Daniel of Spoon and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs with New Wave tendencies

August 20, 2012

The 3 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [August 20]

Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.

8/20 (Monday) – Three Mile Pilot @ Tractor

The musical masterminds behind The Black Heart Procession and Pinback go back to their roots, tour with their 20+ year old band from San Diego

8/23 (Thursday) – Orca Team @ Sunset Tavern

Sunny, surf-inspired pop rock from the currently sunny Emerald City

8/24 (Friday) – Ivan & Alyosha [Album Release] @ Neptune Theatre

Likeable, listenable, feel-good indie pop from a local duo turned full band

August 17, 2012

Weekend Top Pick: Fox and the Law at Sunset Tavern [album release show!]

As much as we appreciate the hi-fi, glossy sound of some of the indie rock bands we often recommend here on SEA live MUSIC, we can’t resist the raw, untamed and rough edged sounds of one of the local scene’s up and comers, Fox and the Law.

Fox and the Law play some of the best garage rock in the region today, giving a clear nod to Seattle’s famed grunge roots. Unpolished but perfectly in sync, the group is celebrating a brand new album, Scarlet Fever, which officially hits shelves on Aug. 18, and is already winning fans left and right. We bet once you hear their bluesy punk, you’ll be a fan, too.

Fox and the Law are playing tomorrow night at the Sunset Tavern, following Strong Killings and Ben Union.

8/18 Fox and the Law / Strong Killings / Ben Union @ SUnset Tavern :: Tickets are $8 :: Music starts at 10:00 PM :: 21+

August 17, 2012

Country Tunes from the Country Lips Tonight at Sunset Tavern

It’s been so warm in Seattle lately, it almost feels like the city has picked up and moved to the south. And one of our favorite things about the south (other than good BBQ and Shiner Bock) is honest-to-goodness, whiskey-soaked country music.

Even though tonight’s band isn’t really from the south, they sure sound like the real thing. From their cowboy hats to their twangy croons, Country Lips will make you forget you’re actually in Washington. Their repertoire includes upbeat, honky tonk jams to slow-dance worthy Americana ballads. They will be preceded by Jemez Mountain Hawkz and Ole Tinder.

So head on down to the Sunset Saloon (err, Tavern), crack a cold tallboy, and get ready to do-si-do the night away.

8/17 The Country Lips / Jemez Mountain Hawkz / Ole Tinder @ Sunset Tavern :: Music starts at 10:00 PM :: Tickets are $7 :: 21+

August 14, 2012

White in the Emerald City for One Night Only – White and LaFarge Play WaMu Tonight

Whether you missed him at Sasquatch or if you’re just up for another dose of the former The White Stripes frontman, tonight’s your chance to see Jack White‘s first Seattle solo headlining show.

The Detroit-born, Nashville-based renaissance man will play Seattle’s most inauspiciously-named venue following a set of old time music and vintage fashion from Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three.

As of posting, tickets still available. Doors at 7pm. LaFarge et al expected to start at 8pm.

8/14 – Jack White, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three @ WaMu Theater, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm. $55+

August 13, 2012

The 3 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [August 13]

Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.

8/14 (Tuesday) – Jack White @ WaMu Theater

The enigmatic former White Stripes frontman and modern day renaissance man plays a venue with a painfully outdated name

8/17 (Friday) – The Country Lips @ Sunset Tavern

A Seattle eight-piece that pays “homage to that proud tradition, cranking out debauched ballads with slurred-speech choruses that would make Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard proud”

8/18 (Saturday) – Fox and the Law [Album Release] @ Sunset Tavern

Four Seattle gents who play some of the best blues-soaked garage rock you’ll hear all summer

August 10, 2012

Outdoor/Indoor Double-Header with Brad, The Features and a Handful of Local Favorites

While there are certainly exceptions, most nights make it quite challenging to take in two great shows in a single evening. Much to our delight, tonight is one of those rare cases when our two top choices don’t have us pining for a Columbia City to Ballard bullet train. As an added bonus, the timing of our top picks tonight mean you’ll likely be able to take in all sets at each venue.

Start the evening off with one of KEXP and Seattle Center’s excellent, free Concerts at the Mural. Show up at the base of the Space Needle right around 5:30pm to hear local purveyors of lo-fi pop Posse – fingers crossed for a Smog cover. At 6:30, the assembled masses will be treated to some of Seattle’s finest she/he vocals and sing-along folk from The Young Evils. The evening’s headliners, Brad, will kick off their headlining set of soulful vocals and grunge-inspired grooves at 7:30pm.

Whenever you’re ready, head down a few blocks to The Crocodile to see what just might be the best pop rock lineup of the summer. Ships, “Seattle’s most refined power pop band,” will kick off the Belltown portion of your evening. Following a lively, yet still “refined” set, frontman Jacob James will turn the stage over to former bandmate Eric Howk of The Lashes and his new excellent power pop band made up of members of Visqueen, The Greatest Hits and Megasapien for Boom City’s album release performance. Last up, SLM favorites The Features will take the stage to crank out a full set of consistently solid, cleverly-worded, keyboard-driven pop rock gems.

8/10 (Friday) – Brad @ KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural

8/10 (Friday) – The Features with Boom City and Ships @ Crocodile

August 6, 2012

The 5 Best Seattle Shows of the Week [August 6]

Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.

8/6 (Monday) – Phosphorescent @ Tractor

Country-tinged rock from Brooklyn by-way-of Alabama

8/7 (Tuesday) – White Denim @ Tractor

Psychedelic-leaning, sometimes punky, garage rock from Austin

8/8 (Wednesday) – Sigur Rós @ The Paramount Theatre

Sonically-expansive, cinematic rock from Iceland

8/10 (Friday) – Brad @ KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural

The 20-year-old Seattle four-piece featuring the distinctive, soulful vocals of Satchel’s Shawn Smith and impressive guitar work of Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard

8/10 (Friday) – The Features with Boom City and Ships @ Crocodile

Intricate, keyboard-driven pop rock from Nashville

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