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.
A week of contrasts – the early end of the week will appeal to those of us who feel like dancing, while the end of the week brings a Seattle singer-songwriter showcase at Neumos. Check out the videos below to get a taste of this week’s best musical offerings.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, you might need something other than football to focus on. We suggest checking out some great shows happening in Seattle this week.
2/4 (Monday) – Ben Folds Five @ The Showbox
Piano-driven rock with a spotlight on savvy, poetic lyrics from one of this generation’s musical masterminds.
2/5 (Tuesday) – FUN. @ Paramount Theatre
Queen-inspired pop rock from New York.
2/6 (Wednesday) – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Barboza
Smooth, vintagey pop with “his and her’s” call-and-answer vocals.
2/7 (Thursday) – Soundgarden @ Paramount Theatre
Chris Cornell’s Seattle-based project from the 1980s and 1990s makes a triumphant return to the Emerald City.
2/8 (Friday) – Mark Kozelek @ Benaroya Hall
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and former frontman of the Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.
2/8 (Friday) – Wake Owl @ Tractor
Peaceful, poppy, country-infused indie rock with thoughtful lyrics out of Portland and Vancouver.
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.
Autumn is a dichotomy of joy and sorrow. The beauty of the leaves changing, the excitement for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and the comfort of warm, hearty meals makes fall a wonderful time of year. But fall also makes us lament the passing summer and how fleeting the sunshine can be here in Seattle.
This sense of conflicting beauty and sadness makes tonight’s performance particularly appropriate for the season. Since Justin Vernon hit the scene as Bon Iver in 2007, fans have flocked to the gentle melodies and entrancing harmonies that would make even the fellows of Fleet Foxes pause to take notice. Vernon’s songs are melancholy and gorgeously composed, and have gained more depth since the band’s first release, For Emma, Forever Ago.
We’d be unfair to write about this show without also highlighting tonight’s openers, Other Lives. Atmospheric and arresting, Other Lives produces soundtrack-worthy anthems with rich harmonies and dramatic crescendos. They also have an impressively high-budg sci-fi music video (posted below).
If there’s one stand-out show we’d recommend during this fall tour season, this might be it. Congratulations to everyone who scored tickets, and good luck to those of you scouring Craigslist for a chance to see this dream lineup.
9/26 Bon Iver / Other Lives @ The Paramount :: 7:30 PM :: SOLD OUT
With music that literally spans all genres, Ween has been one of the biggest bands on the cult circuit for over 20 years. That said, Ween certainly isn’t for everyone – when a band can credit some of their fame to being featured on Beavis and Butthead, you know they aren’t going to be your run-of-the-mill pop deconstructionists.
With humble beginnings stemming from a middle school typing class, Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) and Gene Ween (Aaron Freeman) now have over 10 studio albums available and a huge fanbase. Head to the Paramount Theater tonight to catch their quirky act.
1/25/11 at the Paramount Theater :: doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets available at the door, $29 – $32 :: all ages