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March 16, 2015

Best Live Music of the Week: Tycho, Pickwick and more [Week of 3/16]

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At first glance this week seemed to be sorely lacking in good shows. However, with a little digging, we uncovered some gems for the most discerning of Emerald City music fans. We’re pleased to recommend some pretty intimate shows this week as well, with the largest venue being the Showbox SoDo, so you can get up close and personal with some great artists this week.

And, if it was a competition to see which venue can book the greatest number of recommendable shows for the week, we’d give the trophy to Sunset Tavern, one of our favorite little Ballard venues, as its calendar is looking pretty great this week!

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August 31, 2014

Bumbershoot-out: Big Star’s Third vs. Pickwick

Another day at Bumbershoot, another opportunity to double-book yourself for the same time slot. It’s easy to feel conflicted at festivals where there’s so much great music to see and so little time in the day. Today is no exception, with a really tough decision facing us during the 8:00 hour.

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DAY 2: Big Star’s Third (8:00 PM, Starbucks Stage) vs. Pickwick (8:15 PM, Fisher Green Stage)

Big Star might be the most important band you’ve never heard of. Formed in the early 1970s, the band has been hugely influential to other acts you may have heard of: REM, The Replacements, Teenage Fan Club, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Flaming Lips, Wilco and the Afghan Wigs, just to name a few. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, including distribution snafus, the radio trends of the time and in-band fighting paring down the foursome to just two in a matter of years, Big Star wasn’t privy to the limelight like they deserved. However, they did get quite popular in the UK in the late ’70s and have been picking up steam everywhere ever since. For good reason, they’ve have been referred to as “America’s #1 cult band” by Revolver. After the unfortunate passing of frontman Alex Chilton and bassist Andy Hummel in 2010, original drummer Jody Stephens pieced together a notable lineup to play Big Star’s third record for the (now) adoring masses. And rumor has it, a few very special guests will join the band on stage this evening.

That’s why Big Star narrowly beats out local funk favorites, Pickwick, in today’s Bumbershoot-out. Don’t get us wrong – Pickwick is fantastic. Originally they started as a local indie-folk group that had trouble getting much traction in the scene. But then, as a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly, the band when through a metamorphosis – or at least a musical epiphany – and mixed in some funk and soul into their craft. Voila, a star is born. Unassuming frontman Galen Disston has a powerful, emotive voice that suits the band’s style perfectly. And as if that isn’t reason enough to enjoy Pickwick, local Grammy winner Kory Kruckenberg mans the vibraphone and produces the band’s albums.

See, tough decision, right? But history has the edge here so make sure you catch at least some of Big Star’s set. But really this is a win-win situation.

June 2, 2014

Seattle’s Best Concerts of the Week [Week of 6/2]

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Even though we’re still in the early days of June, this first week is already packing a punch when it comes to music to see. Some new and old favorites are gracing us with their presence this week. Our advice? Get some sunshine and see some music!

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July 23, 2013

Music Fests, Oh My – CHBP & Timber! This Weekend

It’s a big weekend for music, Seattleites! Capitol Hill Block Party is going to be in full swing, for those who love big crowds and… challenging parking. Three day passes are currently sold out but there are still single day tickets available so you may still be able to see The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Pickwick, STRFKR, Purity Ring, Telekinesis and other favorites form the NW and beyond. Also, this weekend marks the first annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival out in Carnation, WA, for those who love campfires and sleeping on the ground. Timber! is a brand new festival from the fine folks who brought you Doe Bay Fest, so expect something more intimate and more natural than the urban alternative this week. Don’t miss anticipated sets from The Fruit Bats, Helio Sequence, Lemolo and Ivan & Alyosha, among others… So really, there’s something for everyone!

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December 30, 2012

New Year, New Music! Check out Pickwick and PonyHomie This Week

If you need a good New Year’s Resolution for 2013, we recommend making a commitment to seeing more live music. While good shows tend to be a little more few and far between this time of year than during regular tour seasons, there’s plenty of good music to get you started on the right foot this year. This week alone boasts a couple can’t-miss sets.

Sultry, soulful folk pop with retro sensibilities yet totally modern composition.

If you are still looking for awesome plans for New Year’s Eve, we recommend joining the fun at Showbox with Seattle’s own Pickwick. The unassuming band of boys packs an unexpected punch and will have you on your feet all night as you welcome 2013. The show is expected to sell out, so grab your tickets while you still can.

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Up-and-coming dark dance-pop trio that is finally coming into its own with a fantastic new album featuring psychedelic and house tinges .

You’ve probably seen us tout PonyHomie time and time again. And there’s a good reason for it – they are one of our go-to electro-pop picks. If you have yet to check them out, this is the night to do so. With a brand new album hot off the presses and a sound that has matured like a fine wine over the past couple years, this show will serve as yet another great kick-off to 2013.

For a look ahead at some of the other great shows coming up in the first few months of 2013, be sure to check out our freshly updated calendar.

July 2, 2012

This Week’s Best: Celebrate American Independence the Musical Way [July 2]

You don’t have to contain your 4th of July celebrations to Wednesday. At least not when it comes to enjoying good music around our Emerald City. Another reason to celebrate? All Seattle residents know that the 5th of July is the official start to our PacNW summer. So three cheers for all the great concerts this week!

7/2 (Monday) – Audra Mae @ Tractor
Soulful country crooner from LA by way of Oklahoma.

7/5 (Thursday) – The Torn ACLs @ Tractor
Fun-times pop rock from Seattle.

7/4 (Wednesday) – Pickwick @ Gasworks Park
Have a blast at the Family 4th Celebration with your favorite indie-folk-turned-soul band from Seattle.

7/6 (Friday) – Bryan John Appleby @ Columbia City Theater
Thoughtful, folk-tinged acoustic melodies from one of Seattle’s finest singer-songrwriters.

7/6 (Friday) – Lower Dens @ Barboza
Multifaceted, ethereal experimental rock from Baltimore.

7/7 (Saturday) – The Moondoggies @ Barboza
Driving, Americana-infused melodic rock from Ballard.

7/7 (Saturday) – The Next Fifty Play The First Fifty featuring Vendetta Red, Grand Hallway, Fly Moon Royalty, Seacats, Candysound, Special Explosion, Brothers From Another, Dungeon Science @ The Mural
Free show Seattle Center’s Mural Ampitheater featuring local acts playing original songs interspersed with covers of legends of PacNW.

7/7 (Saturday) – The Cloud War (formerly Brother Bear) @ Tractor Tavern
Indie folk pop with a vaudeville twist from Seattle.

May 29, 2012

R&B Revival Rock at Its Best: Nick Waterhouse at Barboza Tonight

As we’ve mentioned before, we’re big fans of the soul, funk and R&B revival that’s been taking place over the past few years. From Seattle’s Pickwick to Austin’s Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears to mainstream acts like L.A.’s Fitz and the Tantrums to all the Sharon Joneses and Mayer Hawthornes in between, there’s been a great selection of throwback bands with a modern twist. Today’s recommended show is yet another great act who taps into that rich spectrum of R&B-infused rock that flourished over half a century ago.

Nick Waterhouse
is a 25-year-old musician from L.A. who plays retro-inspired music with the youthful energy that only a young man (or woman) could breathe into it. As A.V. Club aptly puts it the “greasiness of Waterhouse’s music offers a shocking juxtaposition with his buttoned-up Buddy Holly façade, most of all on the hard-cut rock groove of ‘Some Place.’ Waterhouse might look like a guy who’d rather offer up cookies and milk than a serving of attitude, but this song is capable of suspending disbelief for three and a half minutes.”

Spend some time with his music below and head over to Neumos Jr. to take in the live experience for yourself.

5/29 – Nick Waterhouse @ Barboza, Doors at 8pm, $10 ADV

December 6, 2011

In the Mood for an In-Store: Pickwick at Easy Street Records

In need of a musical pick-me-up this evening? Pickwick, Seattle’s favorite indie-pop-meets-soul group, will be swinging by Easy Street Records in Lower Queen Anne for an in-store set tonight. The set starts at 7:00 PM, but make sure you’re there early as this is sure to be a(n extremely) crowded event… just like most of Easy Street’s fantastic in-store events.

The band will also be playing a gig with another local favorite Campfire OK at the Neptune on Thursday. That show’s been sold out for a while, so tonight’s your best chance to hear Galen Disston’s smooth vocals in person without having to spend every waking minute refreshing Craigslist with your fingers crossed.

Not only should you come for some great tunes, but this is also a great opportunity to pick up a few gifts for the music lovers in your life.

12/6 Pickwick @ Easy Street Records – Queen Anne :: 7:00 PM :: FREE :: All Ages

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