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August 20, 2011

First Annual Vibrations Fest at Volunteer Park

The best thing about summer in Seattle? Seeing some sunshine, of course. The next best thing? All the great free outdoor music!

Cairo, a Seattle vintage boutique on Capitol Hill, is hosting the first annual Vibrations Festival at Volunteer park today. Starting at 2:00 PM at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater, you can hear Grass Widow, Purple & Green, Flexions, Seapony and more.

8/20 Grass Widow / Purple & Green / Flexions / Metal Chocolates / Stephanie / Witch Gardens / Charles Leo Gebhardt IV / Seapony @ Volunteer Park :: 2:00 PM :: FREE :: All Ages

June 11, 2011

Best of the ‘Burbs: Lutes & Liars Tonight in Bremerton

We usually write about shows that are solely in Seattle proper, however sometimes we find shows in the surrounding areas that deserve a post of their own. Not all of our readers live in Seattle per se, and the music scene from Seattle tends to seep into many of the nearby suburbs.

Tonight, we’re happy to highlight the quaint town of Bremerton, home to several musicians that put Washington on the musical map, including MxPx. A relatively new band, Lutes & Liars, is celebrating their album release at The Charleston tonight in Bremerton. Formerally known as The Troubadours, Lutes & Liars play feel good indie pop that both tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to dance.

If you’re on the other side of the water from Seattle, or don’t mind a gorgeous ferry ride, catch Lutes & Liars with Handsome & Gretyl and Homeless Man.

6/11 Lutes & Liars / Handsome & Gretyl / Homeless Man @ The Charleston :: Doors @ 8:30 PM :: Tickets are $5 :: All Ages

June 11, 2011

It’s All About the Lyrics: Kimya Dawson Tonight At Neumos

Some artists are catapulted into the spotlight thanks to movie soundtracks. The Shins partly have Zach Braff to thank for their rise to fame. Another recent example of such a musician is Olympia’s own Kimya Dawson, formerly of the band The Moldy Peaches.

Thanks to the movie Juno, Kimya has become somewhat of a household name. Known for her absurd yet shockingly honest lyrics, as well as her wild hair, ubiquitous tattoos and lip piercings, Kimya has an understated stage presence that commands the attention of even the most restless bar crowd. Her music sounds relatively simple, with rudimentary guitar chords and her unconventionally pleasant voice, however her folk songs are emotionally jarring and complex.

Flanked by musicians who are a little more hifi and raucous than she, Kimya will be at Neumos tonight with Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Whiz.

6/11 Aesop Rock / Kimya Dawson / Rob Sonic / DJ Whiz @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $18 :: All Ages

June 9, 2011

Syrian Musical Mastermind Omar Souleyman Tonight at Neumos

We’re big fans of world music (we know we aren’t the only ones blasting the Wo’ Pop show on KEXP). While our tastes are usually fairly “western,” a fascinating act is coming by Neumos tonight that you simply cannot miss.

Omar Souleyman is a renowned Syrian pop star. With hundreds of small projects and several solo studio albums, he’s taking the middle eastern musical genre by storm. Omar combines traditional Syrian folk music with spastic, erratic electronic effects for a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Don’t let his shades and turban fool you – the guy is a musical mastermind. He’s pretty much the Syrian equivalent to MIA, and he’s ready to build up his US fanbase.

This will truly be a show unlike any other – a must-see in our books!

6/9 Omar Souleyman / Kinski @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $16 :: 21+

June 7, 2011

In It To Win It: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Tractor Tavern with a New Album

Since we launched SEA live MUSIC earlier this year, we’ve been fortunate that a few of our favorite bands have played local venues several times. If there’s anything we love more than introducing you to a new band, it’s recommending them over and over until they become one of your favorites too.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a band we’ve written about before, is back in town and celebrating the release of their new album, It’s Corporate World, tonight at the Tractor Tavern. The Detroit duo played a cheerful blend of indie electro pop. Their songs are groovy and retro with a notably modern feel.

6/7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. / EMA @ Tractor Tavern :: Doros at 8:30 PM :: Tickets are $12 :: 21+

May 25, 2011

Rock and Blues Tonight at Tractor with Koko & The Sweetmeats

We’re getting closer and closer to Sasquatch, but there’s a show tonight that we’re really excited about.

Koko & The Sweetmeats offer a charming brand of bluesy indie rock, full of fuzzy guitars and jangling tambourines. Their songs have a hint of loneliness amidst the boot stompin’ melodies, and their dual vocal work is a nice touch. You can catch Koko & The Sweetmeats tonight at the Tractor Tavern with local alt-rocker, Solvents.

5/25 Koko & The Sweetmeats / Solvents / The Sythony @ Tractor Tavern :: Tickets are $6 :: Doors @ 9:00 PM :: 21+

May 24, 2011

Beach Blanket Party with Allo Darlin’ (SHOW CANCELED)

Well, we have some bad news, folks. Tonight’s recommended show was canceled. However, the band is so fun, we’re going to post about them anyway and let you know if their show gets rescheduled. They’re a band that’s been on heavy rotation on our iPods – London-based Allo Darlin’ was supposed to be headlining at The Vera Project.

First of all, their name is just really fun to say with a faux British accent (“allo darlin’!, allo darlin’!” – you know you want to try it.) Second, their smooth blend of surf rock and twee pop is perfect for the increasingly pleasant weather. Frontwoman Elizabeth Morris has an easy-on-the-ears, breathy voice, and when backed by strumming ukelele, bouncy bass lines and tambourine, you’ll feel like you just turned on your own personal beach blanket bingo party.

The poor band was held up because of delays in visas, unfortunately. We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if this show is rescheduled.

May 2, 2011

Three’s Company: Your Choice of Three Shows to Kick Off the Week

While Seattle always has several shows happening on any given night, we love it when there are just too many good shows to narrow it down to one recommendation for you. Today, luckily, is one of those days! Give your Monday a boost with one of the below fabulous shows happening tonight:

If you’re in the mood for indie piano rock from an incredibly talented female frontwoman, Deep Sea Diver is playing a free (that’s right, FREE) show tonight at High Dive. Jessica Dobson has been the brains behind the band for years now, but is finally starting to gain the recognition she deserves for her songwriting.

DEEP SEA DIVER – *CONFIDENCE* from Anchortapes on Vimeo.

5/2 Deep Sea Diver / The Black Whales / The Fling @ High Dive :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: FREE :: 21+

We’ve been fans of Jose Gonzalez for years, and Junip, his latest project, is proving to be a new all-time favorite. With Gonzalez’s signature calming vocals and dynamic instrumentation, the trio is on our must-see list.

5/2 Junip / Acrylics @ Neumos :: Tickets are $15 :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: 21+

We recently covered a surprise show the Fleet Foxes performed at the Columbia City Theater in advance of their two night stint at the Moore. Tonight’s show is completely sold out, however it looks like there are a few tickets left for tomorrow’s set. If you’re in the mood for pitch perfect harmonies, Fleet Foxes will be your best bet this week.

5/2 Fleet Foxes @ Moore Theater :: Doors at 7:30 PM :: Tickets are $33/Tonight is SOLD OUT :: All Ages

April 16, 2011

Happy Record Store Day!

Record Store Day has quickly become a favorite holiday for music lovers everywhere since its humble beginnings in 2007. As a city that would equate our collective love of music to our annoyed indifference to cloud cover, Seattle certainly knows how to celebrate the best retail holiday we know in style.

The advent of Record Store day also means a plethora of free in-stores. We’ve collected our favorite live music events happening throughout the city today at our favorite music shops:

Easy Street :: Queen Anne & West Seattle

    12:00 PM – Peter Buck (of REM) will be signing at the Queen Anne location.
    2:00 PM – Duff McKagen’s Loaded will be performing at the Queen Anne location.
    3:00 PM – Grieves & Budo will be signing copies of Rhymesayers’ Records limited edition discs at the West Seattle location.
    7:00 PM – The Head & The Head are performing at the Queen Anne location.

Sonic Boom :: Capitol Hill, Ballard

    1:00 PM – Moondoggies are performing at the Capitol Hill location.
    3:00 PM – The Head & The Heart are performing at the Ballard location.
    5:00 PM – Telekinesis is performing at the Capitol Hill location.

Silver Platters :: Queen Anne, Northgate

    2:00 PM – Massy Ferguson is performing at the Queen Anne location.
    3:00 PM – Zoe Muth is performing at the Queen Anne location.
    4:00 PM – The Tea Cozies are performing at the Queen Anne location.
April 15, 2011

Get Back to Your Roots with The Maldives at Neumos

You’ve seen us write more than once that enjoying bands who play on Friday nights are a great way to unwind and erase the stress of the arduous work week past. Tonight is certainly no exception.

The Maldives offer the perfect soundtrack to a Friday night at the bar with your friends. The group plays haunting Americana rock with a dash of bluegrass. Rather than hokey twang, The Maldives’ work is honest roots music with a bit of PacNW melancholy and the result is a truly enchanting collection of melodies.

Tonight, The Maldives will headline with opening sets from fellow local act The Horde and the Harem as well as favored newcomers, Lemolo.

The Doe Bay Sessions – The Maldives “Go Back to Virginia” from Sound on the Sound on Vimeo.

4/15 The Maldives/The Horde & The Harem/Lemolo @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $12 :: 21+

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