One of the best things about living in the Emerald City is the fact that on any given night there’s usually music to fit any fancy, and today’s post is further proof. From folksy singer-songwriter tunes, to electro-dance mashups, to local grunge-metal, our recommendations run the gamut this week.
Autumn is in the air. The leaves are ready to turn, the clouds are back from their summer break, the kids are back to tuning out teachers and not just their parents, pumpkin spices have begun their full assault on all our senses and the Seahawks are winning our city admirers (and haters) in a whole new way.
…And best of all, autumn tour season is in full swing for us audiophiles. Check out this week’s best shows in the Emerald City:
You all must have been really good this year, because summer decided to show up early in the Emerald City. Prolonged glimpses of nice weather make us think of happy hours outdoors, dogs wearing sunglasses and extended evening sunlight. It also makes us want to get out and actually do stuff, which appears to be the case for pretty much every other human and non-human Seattle resident. If you want to get out and do stuff with the rest of us, we suggest checking out one (or all) of the below shows this week! Just leave your dog at home.
Another great mix of old and new favorites are in town this week.
2/19 (Tuesday) – Mrs. Magician @ Barboza
Summery beach-pop hailing from sunny San Diego.
2/19 (Tuesday) – Eels @ The Showbox
Critically acclaimed, lyric-driven indie folk rock.
2/21 (Thursday) – Robb Benson & the Shelk @ Musicquarium
Local indie rock master and former frontman of Dear John Letters and Dept. of Energy.
2/21 (Thursday) – The Icarus Kids @ Barboza
8-bit video game rock superstars.
2/22 (Friday) – Kishi Bashi @ The Crocodile
Singer and multi-instrumental indie pop artist with classical flourishes.
2/23 (Saturday) – Ivan & Alyosha @ The Showbox
Local indie-rock heroes who are easy to love.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, you might need something other than football to focus on. We suggest checking out some great shows happening in Seattle this week.
2/4 (Monday) – Ben Folds Five @ The Showbox
Piano-driven rock with a spotlight on savvy, poetic lyrics from one of this generation’s musical masterminds.
2/5 (Tuesday) – FUN. @ Paramount Theatre
Queen-inspired pop rock from New York.
2/6 (Wednesday) – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Barboza
Smooth, vintagey pop with “his and her’s” call-and-answer vocals.
2/7 (Thursday) – Soundgarden @ Paramount Theatre
Chris Cornell’s Seattle-based project from the 1980s and 1990s makes a triumphant return to the Emerald City.
2/8 (Friday) – Mark Kozelek @ Benaroya Hall
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and former frontman of the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.
2/8 (Friday) – Wake Owl @ Tractor
Peaceful, poppy, country-infused indie rock with thoughtful lyrics out of Portland and Vancouver.
Welcome back to a new week of great music in the Emerald City! See below for this week’s best shows.
1/14 (Monday) – Chelsea Wolfe @ The Triple Door
Female singer-songwriter from a family of musicians, known for her doom-drenched folk.
1/18 (Friday) – Yo La Tengo @ Easy Street Records (Last Queen Anne In-store EVER)
Bid farewell to the Queen Anne Easy Street location with the popular experimental indie pop group who’s sound ranges from fuzzy alt rock to trancey indie jams and everything in between.
1/18 (Friday) – Two Gallants @ Barboza
Bay Area-based lo-fi indie rock duo that is both melodic and gritty.
1/20 (Sunday) – BellaMaine @ The Crocodile
Poppy folk rock with he/she vocals from Anacortes releasing their new album.
You don’t have to contain your 4th of July celebrations to Wednesday. At least not when it comes to enjoying good music around our Emerald City. Another reason to celebrate? All Seattle residents know that the 5th of July is the official start to our PacNW summer. So three cheers for all the great concerts this week!
7/2 (Monday) – Audra Mae @ Tractor
Soulful country crooner from LA by way of Oklahoma.
7/5 (Thursday) – The Torn ACLs @ Tractor
Fun-times pop rock from Seattle.
7/4 (Wednesday) – Pickwick @ Gasworks Park
Have a blast at the Family 4th Celebration with your favorite indie-folk-turned-soul band from Seattle.
7/6 (Friday) – Bryan John Appleby @ Columbia City Theater
Thoughtful, folk-tinged acoustic melodies from one of Seattle’s finest singer-songrwriters.
7/6 (Friday) – Lower Dens @ Barboza
Multifaceted, ethereal experimental rock from Baltimore.
7/7 (Saturday) – The Moondoggies @ Barboza
Driving, Americana-infused melodic rock from Ballard.
7/7 (Saturday) – The Next Fifty Play The First Fifty featuring Vendetta Red, Grand Hallway, Fly Moon Royalty, Seacats, Candysound, Special Explosion, Brothers From Another, Dungeon Science @ The Mural
Free show Seattle Center’s Mural Ampitheater featuring local acts playing original songs interspersed with covers of legends of PacNW.
7/7 (Saturday) – The Cloud War (formerly Brother Bear) @ Tractor Tavern
Indie folk pop with a vaudeville twist from Seattle.
Our top picks this week.
6/18 (Monday) – The Temper Trap @ The Showbox
Panoramic pop imported from Melbourne, Australia.
6/19 (Tuesday) – Ezra Furman @ Sunset
Jangly, sly pop rock from Chicago.
6/20 (Wednesday) – The Drowning Men @ Barboza
Oceanside’s finest tattooed rock group this decade.
6/22 (Friday) – Jonathan Coulton @ Showbox
Cleverly wry nerd rock from a geek culture icon.
6/22 (Friday) – Scott Lucas & The Married Men @ Sunset
Former Local H frontman refreshes his take on indie alt rock.
6/22 (Friday) – Rhett Miller @ Crocodile
Texas-native and Old 97’s frontman goes solo with his alt-country tunes.
6/23 (Saturday) – The Mountain Goats (solo) @ Columbia City Theater
Lyric-driven indie pop from John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.