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March 25, 2015

5 Best of the (Rest of the) Week [3/25]

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OK, so it’s Wednesday and we’re just now getting our weekly recs up. Sorry about that.

Long story short, we’re no longer on speaking terms with our snooze alarm.

In good news, we’re happy to report the best of the week is still to come. This week brings some of our favorite new and old, local and beyond musicians to some of Seattle’s best venues.

Without further ado, here are the five best shows to come this week.

March 20, 2011

Warpaint Brings Sultry and Skill to Neumos Tonight

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen a group comprised of all females in the experimental rock scene. There’s been a notable lack of solid girl groups these days, but we’re happy to report that the drought is over thanks to a great show tonight at Neumos.

With ethereal vocals, haunting harmonies and some serious art-rock chops, LA’s Warpaint is redefining what it means to be a girl group. While they’ve been around since 2004, last year’s release, The Fool, proved to be a breakthrough for the band and the critics’ accolades have been rolling in. The group evokes past female rock powerhouses, like The Breeders, and performs with the perfect balance of sultry and skill. Like modern day siren songs, their music is interesting to the ear and almost addictive for the mind.

This is definitely a must-see show this weekend. Warpaint will be joined by PVT and Family Band at Neumos.

3/20 Warpaint/PVT/Family Band :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets $12 at the door :: 21+

March 14, 2011

Little Wings, Lots of Talent: Tonight at Vera Project

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Most Seattlites are eagerly awaiting the day that Spring decides to show up in the Great Northwest and with the recent stormy weather, that day isn’t coming soon enough.

If you’re looking to instantly transport yourself to a lazy, sunny afternoon in the backyard, we recommend visiting the Vera Project tonight to hear the Californified musical stylings of Kyle Field and his band, Little Wings. Kyle has taken the stage with other acts we love, like Grandaddy and Devandra Banhart, and he weaves easygoing SoCal sentiment into lo-fi folk songs, creating the perfect summer soundtrack. Tonight Little Wings is celebrating the release of their next album.

Little Wings will be joined tonight by Portland’s White Rainbow, aka Adam Forkner, who has equally impressive chops in the realm of psychadelic-ambient-electornic.

3/14 Little Wings/White Rainbow @ Vera Project :: Doors at 7:30 PM :: Tickets are $7 at the door :: All ages

March 11, 2011

Interview: The D Plan Go With Plan B, Reunite for the Fun of It

 

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Washington DC’s The Dismemberment Plan, a band renowned for their command of time signatures, cleverly odd lyrics, humorously offbeat onstage banter and frenetic live shows among many other shared observations, have been delighting fans across the states (and Japan) with their latest reunion tour.

With D Plan swinging into to town for a highly anticipated show at the Showbox SoDo on Saturday, we were lucky enough to catch up frontman Travis Morrison.

Continue on to read our exchange, get nostalgic by watching the video for the excellent Time Bomb and head down to SoDo tomorrow night for the live experience.

3/12 at Showbox SoDo :: The Dismemberment Plan :: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band :: 7 PM :: $25

What were the factors that made this year the right one for a reunion tour?

We released a vinyl reissue of our album Emergency and I and seemed like a nice way to celebrate that.

Are you all writing new material or considering another album?

Not actively. Not against it either…

In your press materials, you say that D Plan was very much a product of DC. As you’re now a New Yorker, can you guess as to how the band would be different if NYC was the band’s home?

We would never practice because either our personal lives would be too busy or we couldn’t find rehearsal space. DC is a great incubator of bands. Kind of in the way Seattle is. Very much in the same ways Seattle is, come to think.

How did your relationship with Barsuk as a solo artist and then as the label that would reissue Emergency and I come about?

Jeez, i don’t know. I have known those folks forever. Just old friends.

How did your tour in Japan this last round go?

I ate like 29 pieces of onigiri and a kid broke his shoulder at our last show while being a crazy person. But he wrote us a very sweet note before getting in the ambulance. That’s Japanese willpower for you.

Anything you’re looking to do with your time in Seattle?

Drink coffee, goof off with friends, play a rock show… Bout all we have time for…

Looking back on your past visits and tours through Seattle, do any memories stand out?

I remember a really, really, really insane, until dawn after party on one tour. I can’t remember the club it was over… In a private space over one of the smaller clubs in town. It was one for the ages…

Recording at Hall of Justice after the Plan broke up…

Are there any Seattle bands that currently make your van’s playlist?

You know right now i am pretty checked out of what is happening in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to tip me.  I have been pretty deep in the NYC scene for the last two years.

If you lived in an alternate reality where you forced to play the catalogue of another musician/band for an entire year, which musicians/band’s works would you play?

Prince

What should those who come out to your show expect in contrast to the last time you were in town?

We are much older… Fat and bald with crippling rheumatism

March 10, 2011

Hot Bodies in Motion for a Good Cause at The Croc

Like more than a few of you (no doubt), we were first introduced to Hot Bodies in Motion by none other than Mr. Guerrilla Candy himself Travis Hay.

In addition to writing up a compelling “get to know them” post in January, his fantastic launch party for the rebirth of the gone-to-soon Ear Candy blog positioned the band amongst the city’s best new and new-ish acts. Hay featured the band promintently along with a stellar set of his other favorite groups, including the much lauded and sonically kindred My Goodness.

Head to Belltown tonight, as the band that is neck and neck with My Goodness when it comes to the most comparisons to The Black Keys, will be headlining The Crocodile for a benefit for The Service Board.

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3/10 at The Crocodile :: Hot Bodies in Motion :: Luc & the Lovingtons :: Austin Jenkes :: 7 PM :: $20

 

March 9, 2011

Zach Braff Night @ Showbox: Cary Brothers and Joshua Radin Tug Seattle’s Heartstrings

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In 2004, most of America was swooning over the film Garden State, but we were swooning over the film’s soundtrack. That Zach Braff has some good taste in tunes.

One of that artists on the Garden State soundtrack that stood out to us was Cary Brothers, a singer/songwriter from Nashville. It’s no surprise that his songs have shown up in TV shows and movies throughout the past 8 years. He’s a talented guitarist and features highly romantic lyrics.

Tonight, Cary Brothers is opening for another Zach Braff favorite: Joshua Radin. If you were lucky enough to snag tickets, you’ll be enjoying both acts at the Showbox tonight. If you didn’t get tickets, well, you’re out of luck because the show is sold out.

3/9 Joshua Radin/Cary Brothers/Laura Jansen at Showbox at the Market :: Doors at 7:00 PM :: This show is sold out.

March 9, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the Croc

One of our favorite stories of bands being named after celebrities involves Crispin Glover apparently being less than pleased that a band was using his name, until said band won him over with a free t-shirt.

While the band Onward Crispin Glover may no longer be around, tonight’s featured act certainly treads on murky waters by taking on the even more absurd name of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. No word yet on whether merch has been exchanged to soothe any disputes de nom.

Though the band has one of the more cringe-inducing names we’ve seen in our time, there sound is anything but objectionable. With a style that brings in some of the more mellow elements of Nada Surf with the digital savvy of (awful name brethern) STRFKR, DEJJ play some of the best 60’s influenced electro-pop our ears have yet to hear.

Head over to the Croc tonight to hear the band open for ’05 blogosphere faves Tapes ‘n Tapes.

3/8 at The Crocodile: Tapes ‘n Tapes :: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. :: 8 PM :: $15

March 7, 2011

An Interview with The Dears, Tonight’s Croc Headliner

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When The Dears were in town in 2009, we had the distinct, yet somewhat bizarre, experience of being serenaded by frontman Murray Lightburn from a distance of 12 inches away. The then group of seven kicked of their set with a mobile Lightburn venturing into the darkened crowd with a candle in one hand,  mic in the other.

Jump two years to the present and Lightburn will be returning to Seattle having soldiered through the dark days of 2008, notably having shed all five at-that-time new members of the band. (Founding members Lightburn and wife Natalia Yanchak are now joined by four others, mostly familiar faces who have played with the band previously.)

To get to this point, the band’s faced quite a few trials and tribulations but by the sound of their latest Degeneration Street, Lightburn and Co. seem to be back on solid ground. (Stream the full album below.)

In advance of their headlining gig at Neumos with Eulogies, we were able to catch up with the band who collectively answered our questions en route to their first show of the tour in Victoria.

We’ve been reading you’ve been saying this album is the most collaborative to date. How did that move to a more democratic process come about and how did it end up working in the studio?

There were a great many fights — actual fist-fights that sometimes resulted in hospitalizations. That’s how passionate we are. The democratic process within art-making is overrated.  That said, when you feel that you can truly trust someone, that’s all that really matters. The studio was a blur; everyone knew what they had to do and went about doing it. Anyone in the band who was on the otherside of the glass would say something when they felt strongly about something. And then someone else would say that they were thinking the same thing.

We’ve been interested in the progress of the documentary you had started in 2008. What’s the status of that project?

For now, “the Gospel According To The Dears” is on “hiatus.”  It was therapeutic.

In terms of your influences, do you all find that you’re influenced by different artists than you were when you first starting out?

We were always more inspired and influenced by circumstances that were close to us rather other artists. If there has been any change, it’s the fact that we influence each other.

Anything planned for any free time you’ll have while in Seattle?

Looking at our schedule, we have no free time. Looking forward to our session on KEXP…#shout out

3/7 @ The Crocodile :: The Dears :: Eulogies :: The Tender Box :: 8 PM :: $12

March 4, 2011

See Pwrfl Power + Many, Many More at Hollow Earth Radio’s Magma Fest at Vera

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When Kazutaka Nomura moved from Seattle to Brooklyn a couple of years ago we were pretty sad. While his songs under the moniker Pwrfl Power are quite enjoyable on their own, it’s really his live performance that we ultimately won us (and thousands of his other former neighbors) over as fans.

If we had to wager a bet, we’d imagine Kaz’s masterful fretwork and quirky lyrics in between some endearing banter will win you over as well.

Catch Kaz and a handful of other artists including Tender Forever, Spurm, R. Stevie Moore and Kristen Allen Zito at Hollow Earth Radio‘s Magma Fest. Be sure to click through to the diy online radio’s site to learn more about the festival.

3/4 at Vera :: “Magma Festival” :: Tender Forever :: Spurm :: R. Stevie Moore :: Kristin Allen-Zito :: Pwrfl Power

March 3, 2011

An Interview with The Lighthouse and The Whaler, Tonight’s Rendezvous Headliner

Last summer, we were lucky enough to be in attendance for The Lighthouse and The Whaler’s sole Seattle-area performance. While the setting’s loud machinery and crowd’s attentiveness left much to be desired, the band played like they were headlining the Showbox (the good one) and didn’t let the fact that most in the room weren’t there for an audio fix get them down.

The band nailed their pitch-perfect harmonies and generated favorable comparisons to Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Ivan & Alyosha from those in attendance who had enough courtesy to take the earbuds out of their ears for some if not all of their 35 minute set.

The young group from Cleveland played Neptune Coffee with all of their hearts and was so overwhelmingly upbeat about the whole experience that we knew bigger things would be just around the corner.

Just over six months after that performance, we were eager to catch up with the band and learn about what they’ve been up to since we last spoke after their set in Greenwood.

Read our exchange with the band below, watch their video, listen to the embedded album and head over to Rendezvous tonight if you like what you hear.

3/3 at Rendezvous: The Lighthouse and The Whaler :: Brooke Parrot :: 10 PM :: $5

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You all have had quite a year since we first saw you at Neptune Coffee last year. What would you cite as the top three highlights?

Matt LoPresti (Percussion): I’d say first MTV featured us as a band to watch on their show, The Seven. Second is definitely being KEXP’s song of the day in January. And, finally playing a packed show at the House of Blues with The Temper Trap it was really exciting.

What’s changed about your sound since adding Steve to the lineup?

Matt: We have created and perfected a much bigger sound we are really excited for our fans to hear. Something we couldn’t have done with four. Steve has been great and we think we will keep him around.

What’s your “elevator pitch” to entice new fans?

Michael LoPresti (Lead Singer/Guitar/Keyboard/Mandolin): We strive to make colorful indie pop about life, love, and the pursuit of our faith. We like our music layered with a wide array of instruments including guitar, strings, and synth with a strong beat. Also, we are really proud of our live show. So come check us out we would love to meet you.

Are there certain artists that explore faith through understated means that resonate particularly to your approach to songwriting?

Michael: David Bazan, Mumford and Sons, mewithoutyou, and Brand New are bands that come to mind and influenced us all individually.

What’s your most recent favorite album that you’ve purchased in the past six months? What stands out?

Matt: For me, I would have to say Mumford and Sons. The conviction in his voice stands out to me.

Michael:  Jonsi’s new album really surprised me. I really enjoyed the layering and melodies.

Mark Porostosky (Vocals/Guitar/Manolin/Violin):  Sufjan Stevens Age of Adz. Despite some critical reviews, I think it’s innovative and each layer of each song has more meaning the more you listen.

Aaron Smith (Vocals/Piano/Violin/Guitar):  The resistance by Muse, because it’s a really cohesive album that beautifully displays Matt Bellamy’s musical abilities….he’s a genius.

Steve Diaz (Vocals/Guitar/Percussion): Laura Marling’s album is quirky and has strong melodies that really caught my ear.

How has touring influenced your songwriting process over the past year?

Michael: We have been able to road test some new songs and watch them recorded. So it has been very good for our songwriting, and being able to get direct fan feedback has been a good thing.

Anything that you’re looking to do with your time in Seattle this round?

Aaron: We are excited to be a doing a live in-studio with KEXP on March 4th which airs March 10th at 8am. Outside of that, Seattle is a rare place where we have a day off and we are looking forward to checking out the sites.

What’s next for the band in 2011?

Michael: We are planning on releasing a new album later this year. We have been working pretty hard on developing it and are ready to record.

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