September 2, 2013
We hope you all aren’t Bumbered-out yet, because there’s one day left to relish the music, arts, and fun that is Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend. It’s also really the last day to revel in summer before the autumn slog takes us all back to school, work or whatever your version of reality is these days.
If you missed the first two days, Saturday and Sunday, your SEA live Music team will be posting a recap this week of some of the great acts we’ve taken in as we scurried from stage to stage. In the meantime, you can always keep up with us by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Tell your (preferably non-bot) friends too!
If you’re up for braving the zombies that are inexplicably roving Seattle Center for one more day, take a look at our recs below (complete with big names next to local loves) and join us for the final chapter of Bumbershoot 2013.
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February 18, 2013
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.
August 20, 2012
Our top picks for the week. As always, check the calendar for the full rundown.
8/20 (Monday) – Three Mile Pilot @ Tractor
The musical masterminds behind The Black Heart Procession and Pinback go back to their roots, tour with their 20+ year old band from San Diego
8/23 (Thursday) – Orca Team @ Sunset Tavern
Sunny, surf-inspired pop rock from the currently sunny Emerald City
8/24 (Friday) – Ivan & Alyosha [Album Release] @ Neptune Theatre
Likeable, listenable, feel-good indie pop from a local duo turned full band
April 11, 2012
As we’ve said many times before, we’re big fans of music-for-a-cause type situations. When causes we believe in join forces with bands whose tunes hit our ears favorably, more often than not, we’re going to recommend that show to you as well.
Today’s even better as we’re fortunate enough to combine our love of gigs for good (or Gigs4Good if you prefer) with our love of giving away tickets to good gigs.
We’re thrilled to be able to offer you a chance to see Ivan & Alyosha and the rest of the Gigs4Good lineup at the Hard Rock this Thursday. For a chance to win a pair of tickets, just send an email to SEAliveMUSIC [at] gmail.com with the subject line “You’re On To Something” by noon this Thursday.
Team Up For Nonprofits, an up-and-coming group that raises much-needed funds for other local non-profits through the intersection of music and socializing (whether in-person events or of the virtual variety), is bringing three excellent local acts together for the benefit at the Hard Rock tomorrow night. Tomorrow’s show will benefit the local volunteering powerhouse Seattle Works.
4/12 (Thursday) – Ivan & Alyosha, Yuni In Taxco, Kevin Long (Gigs4Good Show) @ Hard Rock Cafe, Doors at 7pm, Show at 8 pm, $20 Advance, $10 for students with I.D.
February 4, 2011
We first encountered Ivan & Alyosha a couple years ago when they served as openers at a concert at The High Dive. After their set, they handed out free copies of their first EP, The Verse, the Chorus (which you can download for free from their bandcamp page). When we got to the car, we popped in the CD and officially became fans. We’re happy to share that tonight they will be playing a show at the historic Columbia City Theater to celebrate the release of their second EP, Fathers Be Kind.
Ivan & Alyosha craft likeable, listenable indie pop that just feels good. As we mentioned yesterday, several of their songs deal with the tricky theme of faith in a mature, artistic way, just as they handle the themes of relationships, family and politics, and they’ve been getting an overwhelmingly positive response. Seattle Weekly surmised that their biggest single, “Easy to Love,” is a “damn near perfect pop song” and NPR featured it as their Song of the Day in April of 2010. Seattlest referred to I&A as “Seattle’s finest melodic pop duo.”
Help I&A celebrate at Columbia City Theater with Curtains for You and If Bears Were Bees, hosted by our friends at Sound On The Sound.
2/4 Ivan & Alyosha, Curtains For You, If Bears Were Bees at Columbia City Theater :: Doors at 9:00 PM :: Tickets are $8 at the Door :: 21+