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.
For those looking to catch some live music, you’ve come to right place. And by right place, we’re talking about our city. But this site should help you too.
Here are five picks for the rest of the week. See you out there!
As always, head over to our calendar for the long view.
8/19 (Tuesday) Chris Staples, Valley Maker, Jesse Marrow @ The Tractor Tavern
Hushed, narrative-driven pop rock from Seattle’s own Florida-born singer-songwriter [Record release for Chris’ superb latest – American Soft]
New week, another chance to see some excellent live music. As always, here are our top picks.
Be sure to check out our calendar for the long view.
The first full week of 2013 brings some stellar shows our way. As always, scroll down for some home-cooked descriptors and feast your eyes on some excellent videos. Be sure to check out our always-expanding upcoming events calendar as well to see what shows have caught our collective eyes so far this year.
Pensive, driving folk rock from some of the most-respected touring musicians around
Quite possibly the best spastic, freakout rock line-up of the year
Epic electronic rock in an intimate setting
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.
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.
Another week, another opportunity to see some awesome bands. For those who are already booked most nights this week, rejoice! Because most of the action is later in the week and into the weekend.
9/14 (Friday) – Hot Chip @ The Paramount Theatre
English electronic pop tunes that will make you want to dance.
9/15 (Saturday) – The Head & The Heart @ The Paramount Theatre
Seattle’s beloved indie-pop quartet is back with their folksy, heartfelt songs.
9/15 (Saturday) – Angus Stone @ The Crocodile
One half of Angus & Julia Stone, branching out and exploring the solo world.
9/16 (Sunday) – Fresh & Onlys @ The Crocodile
Lo-fi indie pop and a brand new album to boot.
9/16 (Sunday) – Lost Lander @ Tractor Tavern
Folksy pop fronted by an honest-to-goodness woodsman.
Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.
8/6 (Monday) – Phosphorescent @ Tractor
Country-tinged rock from Brooklyn by-way-of Alabama
8/7 (Tuesday) – White Denim @ Tractor
Psychedelic-leaning, sometimes punky, garage rock from Austin
8/8 (Wednesday) – Sigur Rós @ The Paramount Theatre
Sonically-expansive, cinematic rock from Iceland
8/10 (Friday) – Brad @ KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural
The 20-year-old Seattle four-piece featuring the distinctive, soulful vocals of Satchel’s Shawn Smith and impressive guitar work of Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard
8/10 (Friday) – The Features with Boom City and Ships @ Crocodile
Intricate, keyboard-driven pop rock from Nashville