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.
When it comes it comes to pairing interesting sounds with flawless vocal harmonies, you’d be hard pressed to find any bands out there matching what Daniel Rossen has been able to create with Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles.
As luck would have it, Pattern is Movement, one such band that maintains that tough balance of wildly experimental tendencies with moments of sonic beauty, happens to be in town the same night but on a different bill. Thankfully for those looking to maximizing your adventurous rock intake this Saturday, you’ll only need to go up or down some stairs to catch the other act.
3/22 (Saturday) Daniel Rossen @ Neumos
Reykjavik: land of volcanoes with names impossible to pronounce, lore of ogres and some of the most innovative music you can find today. From Bjork to Sigur Ros, Iceland is a country that many modern musical geniuses call home. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the scenery, or maybe that ancient magical mythology is real. Whatever it is about Iceland, great music has been coming from that snowy corner of the globe for the past several years.
Fortunately for us Seattleites, KEXP recognizes that musical kinship between the Emerald City and Snjóland, and the radio station is celebrating the return of Reykjavik Calling this weekend. They explain this year’s fest in their own words:
We’re too hot to make clever jokes about how warm it is in Seattle this week. Not that we’re complaining, of course. But if you feel like venturing out into the city once the sun goes down and things cool off a bit, there are plenty of great musical options this week!
7/2 (Tuesday) Friends & Family, Night Cadet, Rin Tin Tiger @ Chop Suey
Eight-piece local pop collective, who recently funded their debut album with Kickstarter.
7/5 (Friday) The West, Us on Roofs, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Yonder @ Neumos
Seattle-based synth-tastic tunes headlining at Neumos.
7/6 (Saturday) BOAT @ Comet Tavern
The Tacoma-based kings of sloppy-pop bring their quirky, clever melodies to the Emerald City.
7/7 (Sunday) Hannalee, Damien Jurado @ The Triple Door
A local trio with sweet harmonies and a hint of traditional American folk music with a modern twist.
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!