Posts tagged ‘Crocodile’

March 4, 2013

The Best Live Shows in Seattle [Week of 3/4]

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3/5 (Tuesday) – Matt Pond PA @ The Crocodile
Lyrically-driven indie rock with the ability to evoke that certain mood of sadness mixed with optimism.

3/5 (Tuesday) – Passion Pit @ Paramount Theatre
Synthy dance-pop that made the #1 spot on the CMJ charts last summer.

3/6 (Wednesday) – Morrissey @ The Moore Theatre
Highly influential former Smiths frontman with an amazing falsetto.

3/7 (Thursday) Benoit Pioulard @ Columbia City Theater
Atmosphereic and ethereal indie pop along the lines of Washed Out or Toro Y Moi.

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January 14, 2013

Seattle’s Best Shows of the Week [Jan. 14]

Welcome back to a new week of great music in the Emerald City! See below for this week’s best shows.

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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.

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.

September 5, 2012

Bandannas in Belltown: PonyHomie Tonight at The Croc

You may have seen us post about a local band called PonyHomie, but if you haven’t had the chance to actually see them in action yet, tonight would be the night to do it.

Grab your bandannas and your dancing shoes, because PonyHomie is playing tonight at the city’s famed Belltown venue, the Crocodile. The Seattle trio creates synth-drenched pop with eerie vocal effects – a perfect dichotomy of raw, dark tunes that make you want to dance the night away. PonyHomie is playing with Fort Lean and Lazer Kitty, rounding out one of the best nights in music this week.

9/5 Lazer Kitty / Fort Lean / PonyHomie @ The Crocodile Back Bar :: 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $5 :: All Ages

September 4, 2012

The Best Seattle Concerts This Week [September 4]

Bumbershoot wears some people out. But for others, like us, it reinvigorates us for the autumn tour season – and this season has no shortage of great upcoming shows. So if you are one of those people who needs more music after three straight days of live tunes, below are our top recommendations for this week.

9/5 (Wednesday) – PonyHomie @ The Crocodile
Dark synth-pop from a trio of Seattleites wearing bandannas.

9/5 (Wednesday) – Beirut @ The Moore Theatre
European-influenced orchestral pop from a modern-day musical genius.

9/6 (Thursday) – Sloan @ Tractor Tavern
Canadian alt-rock ledgends with more than two decades of touring under their belts.

9/9 (Sunday) – The Tallest Man on Earth @ The Moore Theatre
Some of the best Americana-folk tunes you’ll ever hear from a Swede.

March 10, 2011

Hot Bodies in Motion for a Good Cause at The Croc

Like more than a few of you (no doubt), we were first introduced to Hot Bodies in Motion by none other than Mr. Guerrilla Candy himself Travis Hay.

In addition to writing up a compelling “get to know them” post in January, his fantastic launch party for the rebirth of the gone-to-soon Ear Candy blog positioned the band amongst the city’s best new and new-ish acts. Hay featured the band promintently along with a stellar set of his other favorite groups, including the much lauded and sonically kindred My Goodness.

Head to Belltown tonight, as the band that is neck and neck with My Goodness when it comes to the most comparisons to The Black Keys, will be headlining The Crocodile for a benefit for The Service Board.

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3/10 at The Crocodile :: Hot Bodies in Motion :: Luc & the Lovingtons :: Austin Jenkes :: 7 PM :: $20

 

March 9, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the Croc

One of our favorite stories of bands being named after celebrities involves Crispin Glover apparently being less than pleased that a band was using his name, until said band won him over with a free t-shirt.

While the band Onward Crispin Glover may no longer be around, tonight’s featured act certainly treads on murky waters by taking on the even more absurd name of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. No word yet on whether merch has been exchanged to soothe any disputes de nom.

Though the band has one of the more cringe-inducing names we’ve seen in our time, there sound is anything but objectionable. With a style that brings in some of the more mellow elements of Nada Surf with the digital savvy of (awful name brethern) STRFKR, DEJJ play some of the best 60’s influenced electro-pop our ears have yet to hear.

Head over to the Croc tonight to hear the band open for ’05 blogosphere faves Tapes ‘n Tapes.

3/8 at The Crocodile: Tapes ‘n Tapes :: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. :: 8 PM :: $15

March 7, 2011

An Interview with The Dears, Tonight’s Croc Headliner

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When The Dears were in town in 2009, we had the distinct, yet somewhat bizarre, experience of being serenaded by frontman Murray Lightburn from a distance of 12 inches away. The then group of seven kicked of their set with a mobile Lightburn venturing into the darkened crowd with a candle in one hand,  mic in the other.

Jump two years to the present and Lightburn will be returning to Seattle having soldiered through the dark days of 2008, notably having shed all five at-that-time new members of the band. (Founding members Lightburn and wife Natalia Yanchak are now joined by four others, mostly familiar faces who have played with the band previously.)

To get to this point, the band’s faced quite a few trials and tribulations but by the sound of their latest Degeneration Street, Lightburn and Co. seem to be back on solid ground. (Stream the full album below.)

In advance of their headlining gig at Neumos with Eulogies, we were able to catch up with the band who collectively answered our questions en route to their first show of the tour in Victoria.

We’ve been reading you’ve been saying this album is the most collaborative to date. How did that move to a more democratic process come about and how did it end up working in the studio?

There were a great many fights — actual fist-fights that sometimes resulted in hospitalizations. That’s how passionate we are. The democratic process within art-making is overrated.  That said, when you feel that you can truly trust someone, that’s all that really matters. The studio was a blur; everyone knew what they had to do and went about doing it. Anyone in the band who was on the otherside of the glass would say something when they felt strongly about something. And then someone else would say that they were thinking the same thing.

We’ve been interested in the progress of the documentary you had started in 2008. What’s the status of that project?

For now, “the Gospel According To The Dears” is on “hiatus.”  It was therapeutic.

In terms of your influences, do you all find that you’re influenced by different artists than you were when you first starting out?

We were always more inspired and influenced by circumstances that were close to us rather other artists. If there has been any change, it’s the fact that we influence each other.

Anything planned for any free time you’ll have while in Seattle?

Looking at our schedule, we have no free time. Looking forward to our session on KEXP…#shout out

3/7 @ The Crocodile :: The Dears :: Eulogies :: The Tender Box :: 8 PM :: $12

February 1, 2011

Get Groovy: Retro Surf Pop from Tennis at The Crocodile

While it’s been great to see the sunshine here in Seattle, one step outside immediately reminds us that it is still winter. While we’re dreaming of wearing shorts and driving with the windows down, the perfect soundtrack is the latest release from Tennis. Their collection of carefree surf-pop ballads remind us of that warm, comfortable feeling you get while laying on the sand with a cold drink at Golden Gardens while your friends play volleyball.

Tennis released a brand new album a couple weeks ago, titled “Cape Dory,” and with Alaina Moore’s silvery vocals and Patrick Riley’s vintage guitar work, this show is a must-see.

2/1 Tennis, Lord Huron, Air Waves at The Crocodile :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $12 at the door :: 21+

January 13, 2011

Seattle Showcase of the Week: Elba’s Album Release Tonight at The Croc

As The Dismemberment Plan, the Pixies and Modest Mouse rank among our list of favorites, we’ve been paying close attention to Seattle’s Elba, who cites those three bands as some of their major influences. If you too are a fan of The D. Plan’s polyrhythms or Frank Black’s choppy, boyish vocal style, we bet you’ll enjoy tonight’s album release show at the Crocodile.

If that weren’t enough, the always entertaining, enormously talented Gabriel Mintz will take the stage after local power-pop favorites The Quit. Get to the Croc early, as we recommend all three bands in this, the liveliest Seattle showcase of the week.

Update: You can listen to the EP for free at http://elba.bandcamp.com/ (Thanks for the tip, Nick.)

Below are videos for all three:

1/13 at The Crocodile: Elba, Gabriel Mintz, The Quit :: Doors at 8 PM :: tickets $8 :: 21+

 

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