Archive for November, 2012

November 26, 2012

Best Shows of the Week [Nov. 26]

Some great options for the last week in November.

11/26 (Monday) – The Deep Dark Woods @ The Sunset

Rich, soulful Americana…from Canada

11/27 (Tuesday) – RNDM @ The Showbox (plus free Easy Street QA in-store at 6pm)

New, yet familiar alt-rock from Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam and his almost-as-famous, highly talented friends Joseph Arthur and Richard Stuverud

11/30 (Friday) – Deep Sea Diver @ Neumos

Thoughtfully penned, expressively sang, heart-wrenchingly beautiful rock songs from Jessica Dobson – Seattle’s female rock icon and The Shins guitarist

11/30 (Friday) – Dick Dale @ The Crocodile

The legendary King of Surf Guitar… is the most rocking 75 year-old person of any age you’ll ever see

November 19, 2012

Best Seattle Shows of the Week [November 19]

Our top picks for the week.

11/21 (Wednesday) – Bryan John Appleby @ The Tractor

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

11/23 (Friday) – Country Lips @ The Croc

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”

11/25 (Sunday) – Gabriel Mintz @ The Tractor

Americana-tinged rock with hypnotic riffs and soft, unwavering vocals from another exceedingly talented Seattleite

November 12, 2012

Seattle’s Best Concerts this Week [Nov. 12]

Indie lovers are going to have a hard choice on Friday – but other than that, it’s clear which will be the best shows in the Emerald City this week.

11/14 (Wednesday) – The Octopus Project @ Chop Suey
A playful, hook-laden indie electronica group from Austin, TX.

11/15 (Thursday) – Kris Orlowski @ Tractor Tavern
Thoughtfully crafted local indie pop with intelligent lyrics and occasionally understated, yet often impassioned vocals.

11/16 (Friday) – Ben Gibbard @ The Showbox
One of the biggest names in indie music, frontman of Death Cab for Cutie and collaborator for Postal Service brings his always amazing solo show to the hometown crowd.

11/16 (Friday) – Patrick Watson @ The Crocodile
Passionate, piano-driven indie pop with a larger-than-life stage presence from Montreal.

11/17 (Saturday) – Minus The Bear @ The Showbox
Hometown musical heroes (including former members of Botch, These Arms Are Snakes and Sharks Keep Moving) have wooed crowds since 2001 with their combination of indie, math and experimental rock.

November 9, 2012

Canadian Musical Masterminds Take Over Key Arena This Weekend: Leonard Cohen & Neil Young

When you think of fundamental folk rock in America, it isn’t often you realize the artists behind it aren’t actually from our country. Two such musical geniuses are in town this weekend, both boasting Canadian citizenship.

Canada’s Leonard Cohen, known perhaps most famously for his song “Hallelujah” which has been covered by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, and Bon Jovi to name a few, has been a poetic powerhouse since the 1960s. Leonard, know for being somewhat mysterious, has endured as a critical darling and a favorite of fellow musicians for decades. He’s also well known for his books of poetry and novels, all of which are woven together with themes of love, lust, religion and politics.

Neil Young, a.k.a. The Godfather of Grunge, wrote some of America’s staples (think “Heart of Gold” and “Rockin’ in the Free World”), and while he lives in California, he still retains his Canadian passport. A staunch supporter of environmental efforts, Farm Aid, education and other civil rights, Neil’s music is both poetic and poignant. With his distinct, high-pitched vocals, talented harmonica work and impressive skills with a guitar, Neil’s music is admired by young and old alike. His popularity with the younger generation has been helped by some of his musical collaborations and his support of Conan O’Brien.

11/9 Leonard Cohen @ Key Arena :: 8:00 PM :: Tickets start at $26.50 :: all ages

11/10 Neil Young & Crazy Horse @ Key Arena :: 7:30 PM :: Tickets start at $55 :: all ages

November 5, 2012

Best Seattle Shows This Week [Nov. 5]

This week offers a nice balanced mix of relative newcomers and musical legends – all of which we highly recommend!

11/8 (Thursday) – The Henry Clay People @ Chop Suey
An indie pop band with a touch of punk, founded by two brothers out of LA.

11/8 (Thursday) – Morrissey @ The Moore Theatre
The famed former frontman of The Smiths brings his cleverly crafted lyricism and legendary crooning to the Emerald City. POSTPONED

11/9 (Friday) – AC Newman @ The Crocodile
One of Canada’s most talented indie singer songwriters displays his solo prowess after playing in two Canadian indie pop groups int he 1990s and serving as leader of the New Pornographers.

11/9 (Friday) – Leonard Cohen @ Key Arena
One of music’s most respected and sustained singer songwriters of our generation, an American and Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the origin of many a cover song.

11/10 (Saturday) – Neil Young @ Key Arena
A former Buffalo Springfield member, a master of the harmonica and a true musical folk hero since the 1960s.

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