October 29, 2012
Usually we try to narrow down our recommendations for you each week, but this week there is so much great music we just can’t decide! If you buy tickets to any of these shows, you’ll be in good shape.
10/29 (Monday) – Dark Dark Dark @ The Crocodile
Known for their blend of jazz and folk, the Minnesota pop group is touring in support of a new album.
10/29 (Monday) – John Roderick & Friends @ Showbox (Market)
One of Seattle’s most lauded musicians, former Long Winters frontman is playing an intimate solo show for the hometown crowd.
10/30 (Tuesday) – Sad Face @ The Sunset Tavern
One of Seattle’s up-and-coming rock groups with measured composition with a touch of musical fury.
11/1 (Thursday) – Jens Lekman @ Neptune Theatre
Sweden’s folk-pop darling brings his clever brand of piano-pop to the Emerald City.
11/1 (Thursday) – Sea Wolf @ Tractor Tavern
LA’s Alex Brown Church’s solo project features well crafted pop songs with solid instrumentation and wavering vocals.
11/2 (Friday) – The Sea and Cake @ The Crocodile
A post-rock indie “supergroup” from the Chicago area featuring a balance of ethereal and driving rock.
11/3 (Saturday) – Cat Power @ Showbox SoDo
An Atlanta-born singer-songwriter so well respected that even the likes of Neko Case, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder have done collaboration projects with her.
11/3 (Saturday) – Afghan Whigs @ The Showbox
One of the most acclaimed post-punk bands of the late 1990s that still maintains a cult following today.
October 22, 2012
Looking to warm up with some fun music this week? There are some great shows in the Emerald City!
10/24 (Wednesday) – Army Navy @ Sunset
Some of LA’s finest melodic power-pop for the 2000s.
10/26 (Friday) – Menomena @ Showbox (Market)
Driving experimental rock from Portland.
10/28 (Sunday) – Bowerbirds @ Neumos
Endearing orchestral folk from North Carolina.
October 16, 2012
While we don’t find ourselves to be particularly prone to listening to music that served as the soundtrack to our younger years simply for nostalgia’s sake, we do find ourselves going back to artists that have kept us company for years if the music itself stands up to the test of time or if the artists keep putting out great music that pivots off of their earlier work.
Tonight’s Barboza headliner Jason Lytle is an artist who falls into both camps. His work with Grandaddy, with its technology-induced anxiety and future-wary melancholy, still feels as fresh and relevant as ever. Beyond that, Lytle continues to put out exceptionally beautiful, often heart-wrenching songs since his past band’s original demise. Just like in Grandaddy and perhaps even more since, Lytle’s been able to infuse his own brand of humor into the mix to balance out the beautiful sadness present in many of his songs.
NPR aptly describes the songs on Lytle’s second solo LP Dept. of Disappearance. which is available today, as “never aggressively experimental but always fantastically composed, with elegant chord progressions that build and unfold cinematically.” In line with what fans have come to expect, his latest songs “are as sweetly sad as they are comical, and as intimate as they are epic.”
You won’t want to miss this intimate performance of what is sure to be an epic night in its own way. Be sure get to Neumos’ subterranean spot early to take in the excellent solo project of Julie Ann Bee, Sea of Bees.
10/16 (Tuesday) – Jason Lytle (Grandaddy). Sea of Bees @ Barboza, Doors at 8pm, $17.50, 21+
October 15, 2012
With City Arts Fest right around the corner, Seattleites are faced with an embarrassment of riches this week. To help you narrow down the options, here are our top picks.
10/16 (Tuesday) – Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) @ Barboza
The once and future Grandaddy frontman plays a new crop of beautiful, often heart-wrenching songs about the promise of rebirth, technology’s impact on society, fading memories of failed relationships.
10/18 (Thursday) – Absolute Monarchs @ Chop Suey
Absolute Monarchs, which many know as the other band featuring Joel from the muscularly dexterous, critically-acclaimed Seattle duo My Goodness, plays the finest high-energy distortion-driven rock your likely to hear all week.
10/18 (Thursday) – Gold Leaves @ The Crocodile
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.
10/19 (Friday) – Ravenna Woods @ The Crocodile
Percussive, rhythmically dynamic acoustic rock from always entertaining Seattleites.
10/20 (Saturday) – Lost in the Trees @ The Crocodile
With frontman Ari Picker’s formal training in cinematic scoring, Lost in the Trees is a unique band that takes the incorporation of orchestral elements to a new level.
10/21 (Sunday) – Freelance Whales @ Chop Suey
While the band still leans heavily on keyboard-driven pop, Freelance Whales explore their darker side. The new singles are much more commanding and rich than their delicate, pretty predecessors off Weathervanes.
October 8, 2012
Our top picks for the week.
10/9 (Tuesday) – Hospitality @ Neumos
Female-fronted flowery pop from Brooklyn
10/12 (Friday) – Dinosaur Jr. @ The Neptune Theatre
Iconic slacker vocals and fuzzed out guitar wizardry from Amherst, MA
10/14 (Sunday) – Jeff The Brotherhood @ The Crocodile
Two brothers with a deep love of Weezer and fuzzed out guitars from Nashville
October 6, 2012
As fans of and from the Pacific Northwest music scene, it’s hard not to hear elements of PacNW favorites in a large portion of bands we listen to regardless of what city or town they actually call home. While tonight’s recommended act hails from Brooklyn and Atlanta, we couldn’t help but hear Seattle and Portland in the the mix of rich influences and sonic tendencies.
Made up of usually-solo artist Kevin Devine and usually-with-band frontman Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books combines the audio approaches of their main acts with a healthy dose of influences that broaden the Books’ sound beyond a simple sum. The side project turned full band with help from the rest of Manchester Orchestra plays hook-laden, often dark yet always playfully self-aware rock.
Listen for Elliott Smith allusions in songs like “No Rewards,” Dave Bazan’s Headphones similarities in the chorus of the album’s lead single “Forest Whitaker,” among other seemingly local flavors. As with their main gigs, Devine and Hull’s immense lyrical skills stay front and center making these songs linger in your head well beyond an initial listen. Be sure to get to Neumos on time for this early show for first-rate openers The Drowning Men and Harrison Hudson.
10/6 – Bad Books (ft. Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) with The Drowning Men + Harrison Hudson @ Neumos, Doors at 6PM, $14 advance
October 1, 2012
Our top picks for the week.
10/3 (Wednesday) – Beach House @ The Showbox
Beautiful ambient music from the female-fronted Baltimore duo
10/5 (Friday) – Grizzly Bear @ Paramount
Sonically rich and harmony-heavy experimental rock from Brooklyn
10/6 (Saturday) – Bad Books @ Neumos
Hook-laden, often dark yet always playfully self-aware rock from skilled lyricists Kevin Devine (solo) and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra)