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March 13, 2018

Brighter Wounds = A Better Tuesday

In these troubled times (clichéd but no less true), we sometimes want to hear things that remind us of the past. We want to be brought back to yesteryear, to simpler times. Whether we’re listening to something from that bygone era or something that only recalls past times, we’re often drawn to sonic sentimentality and the audial warmth of what’s familiar.

Other times, we find ourselves craving something completely different. Something that challenges our thinking. Something that pushes us to truly experience music in a different way.

Son Lux is about as far from revivalist tendencies as one can get.

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May 19, 2016

John Grant Brings His Icelandic Intellect to the Emerald City

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During the Renaissance, art and intellect mingled as an equally provocative and exciting duo. Both were highly valued and experimented with during this era. From Michelangelo to Galileo, from Shakespeare to Copernicus, huge strides were made in human civilization within the span of a couple hundred years.

Fast forward to 2016, where facts are being ignored for “gut feelings” and most artists are struggling to pay rent. Sometimes, much to our lament, it seems that art and intellect have failed.

However, maybe we’re about to experience a second Renaissance. At least, that’s the little glimmer you’re left with after speaking with musician John Grant.

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June 2, 2015

Best of the Week: Two Walkmen, Elephant 6 and a DJ Doc Premiere

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This week brings to town some of our favorite artists and personalities from yesteryear who have reemerged, reinvented themselves or just plain survived through various iterations. In addition to great shows from bands you’ve quite likely obsessed over for the past decade, this week sees the premier of the Marco Collins documentary, The Glamour & The Squalor. Keep on scrolling for our top picks and videos below.

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March 31, 2015

Only the Best: 5 Seattle Shows You’ll (Probably) Love this Week

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A new week, another chance to see some exceptional live music. You could also wind up at some pretty lame shows.

Luckily we’re looking out for you.

Here are the five very best in our (virtual, WordPress-hosted) book.

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March 25, 2015

5 Best of the (Rest of the) Week [3/25]

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OK, so it’s Wednesday and we’re just now getting our weekly recs up. Sorry about that.

Long story short, we’re no longer on speaking terms with our snooze alarm.

In good news, we’re happy to report the best of the week is still to come. This week brings some of our favorite new and old, local and beyond musicians to some of Seattle’s best venues.

Without further ado, here are the five best shows to come this week.

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March 16, 2015

Best Live Music of the Week: Tycho, Pickwick and more [Week of 3/16]

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At first glance this week seemed to be sorely lacking in good shows. However, with a little digging, we uncovered some gems for the most discerning of Emerald City music fans. We’re pleased to recommend some pretty intimate shows this week as well, with the largest venue being the Showbox SoDo, so you can get up close and personal with some great artists this week.

And, if it was a competition to see which venue can book the greatest number of recommendable shows for the week, we’d give the trophy to Sunset Tavern, one of our favorite little Ballard venues, as its calendar is looking pretty great this week!

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March 9, 2015

The Phoenix Rises: Chop Suey Reopens Amid Week of Great Live Music [Week of 3/9]

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Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.

The show is already sold out, however. But if you can’t finagle a ticket to the Chop Suey Reopening, you can’t go wrong with any of the other shows we recommend this week.

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February 9, 2015

Feel the Love: Best Concerts of the Week [Feb. 9]

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Valentine’s Day week is upon us, and we suggest a non-traditional celebration for you (and your significant other, if you have one). Skip the expected chocolates and roses and instead opt for a memorable evening taking in some great music with a couple Heinekens. There are plenty of good options this week, whether you want to celebrate with a sweetheart or go solo.

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January 19, 2015

Weekly Best Bets: Seattle Concerts for the Week of 1/19

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This is a big week for music in our little corner of the country. Just as we wipe the tears from our eyes from the farewell show at Chop Suey, we’re reminded that Seattle’s music scene is still very much alive and well. This week kicks off with a set from punk’s poet laureate Patti Smith. As if that wasn’t enough musical prowess so early in the week, that show is followed by a (pre-announed but still) surprise club show from Seattle’s claim-to-indie-fame Death Cab for Cutie. After a couple days to recover from all that musical goodness, we wrap the week with a set from Portland’s Loch Lomond opening for another legendary group, The Vaselines.

Does it really get much better than this?

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January 16, 2015

Have Weekend Plans? Seattle’s Can’t Miss Music for 1/17 & 1/18

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Inevitably after the rush of the holidays there’s a lull in the city. We all need a few days to catch our breaths, remember what it’s like to wake up early for work, and think of creative ways to work off the extra calories we’ve consumed in Christmas cocktails cookies. The music scene tends to fall into a lull as well, knowing full well that music fans will be distracted with merry making outside the music venues.

The good news is that we’ve all made it through the lull and the Emerald City music scene is stirring from its slumber in preparation of the spring tour season. Take, for example, this weekend’s stellar lineup.

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