Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.
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.
There have been lots of April Fool’s pranks swirling around the interwebs today, but fear not, dear readers. We wouldn’t lead you astray! The following folks are actually scheduled to play in our fair city this week, all joking aside. April is off with a bang!
As Mother Nature tempts us with the promise of a proper spring, we find ourselves searching for the perfect audio accompaniment to sunshine and reasonable temperatures.
As luck has it, tonight’s Neptune headliner hits just the right notes. Cults, the retro-tinted experimental pop duo from NYC, plays the type of music that make us remember the simple joys of soaking in the Vitamin D on a warm weather afternoon.
If you’re looking to get an audio jump-start on what’s to come, head over to the U-District tonight for a healthy dose of summery, dream pop.
4/7 Cults, Spectrals, Mrs Magician @ Neptune, Doors at 8 pm, Show at 9 pm, $19
As we wrote last month, “Matthew Caws has always been the lyricist who seemingly captures the very same highs and lows we feel by placing them poetically into nearly-prefect expressions of failed dreams often sprinkled with glimmers of hope.”
Way back then, we strongly recommended both Matthew’s solo set at the Sasquatch Launch Party as well as the headlining set with his band at the Tractor later that same evening. This weekend, however, we present with you a much easier option that doesn’t require a cross-town, mid-show scramble to ensure you’re not missing a second of your favorite Nada Surf songs.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or not, do yourself a favor and listen to a track from the band’s newest album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, watch the video for “When I Was Young” below and check out the live experience in the U-District tomorrow night.
3/24 Nada Surf, An Horse @ Neptune Theatre, Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m., $25
Matthew Caws has always been the lyricist who seemingly captures the very same highs and lows we feel by placing them poetically into nearly-prefect expressions of failed dreams often sprinkled with glimmers of hope.
As such, we’re thrilled to learn that Caws will be playing three shows in the very near future. As luck has it, two shows – one solo and one with his band Nada Surf – happen to take place tonight.
While we’d be hard pressed to pick one over the other, we can wholeheartedly recommend that you spend your evening with Matthew Caws one way or the other.
Caws will play the highly anticipated Sasquatch Launch Party tonight and will hit the stage directly before headliner Junip, which features fellow noted lyricist and favorite understated vocalist Jose Gonzalez. Party kicks off at 8:00 p.m. at the University District’s Neptune Theatre.
If you’re more excited about seeing Caws with Nada Surf or perhaps are just more of a Ballard fan, you’ll be happy to know that the Brooklyn veterans of intelligent indie rock will be headlining the Tractor tonight as well. Say Hi will open with a solo set. Doors at 9:00 P.M.
Lastly, if tonight just isn’t going to pan out for you, rest assured at Nada Surf will return again to the Neptune on 3/24 as headliners with An Horse opening.
2/2 Sasquatch! Launch Party with Junip, Matthew Caws and The Physics @ Neptune Theatre :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $15 :: All Ages
2/2 Nada Surf / Say Hi @ Tractor Tavern :: Doors at 9:00 p.m. :: SOLD OUT :: 21+
The singer songwriter genre is a classic recipe for great jams that will remind you of carefree summer days around a campfire with your best friends. If you’re into that sort of thing (who isn’t?), tonight’s show is right up your alley.
Local pop master Kris Orlowski has steadily been rising to the spotlight. So much so, that we’re recommending his set more then the act he’s supporting at the Neptune tonight, crooner extraordinaire Allen Stone. His songs are heartfelt without feeling too downtrodden, as singer songerwriters oft do. With a guitar and breathy vocals, Kris Orlowski will help you start your weekend off right.
1/14 Allen Stone with Seattle Rock Orchestra / Kris Orlowski @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: $15 :: All Ages :: SOLD OUT