March 16, 2015
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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February 23, 2015
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.
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May 6, 2013
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.
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March 11, 2013
You’re in luck if you’re in the mood for some good music this week! Check out the videos and media below for a feel of what shows you want to go to this week!
3/12 (Tuesday) – Jack & The Bear @ Sunset Tavern
A band of bearded gents who play an upbeat flavor of guitar-driven, country-tinged indie rock.
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October 22, 2012
Looking to warm up with some fun music this week? There are some great shows in the Emerald City!
10/24 (Wednesday) – Army Navy @ Sunset
Some of LA’s finest melodic power-pop for the 2000s.
10/26 (Friday) – Menomena @ Showbox (Market)
Driving experimental rock from Portland.
10/28 (Sunday) – Bowerbirds @ Neumos
Endearing orchestral folk from North Carolina.
August 17, 2012
As much as we appreciate the hi-fi, glossy sound of some of the indie rock bands we often recommend here on SEA live MUSIC, we can’t resist the raw, untamed and rough edged sounds of one of the local scene’s up and comers, Fox and the Law.
Fox and the Law play some of the best garage rock in the region today, giving a clear nod to Seattle’s famed grunge roots. Unpolished but perfectly in sync, the group is celebrating a brand new album, Scarlet Fever, which officially hits shelves on Aug. 18, and is already winning fans left and right. We bet once you hear their bluesy punk, you’ll be a fan, too.
Fox and the Law are playing tomorrow night at the Sunset Tavern, following Strong Killings and Ben Union.
8/18 Fox and the Law / Strong Killings / Ben Union @ SUnset Tavern :: Tickets are $8 :: Music starts at 10:00 PM :: 21+
August 17, 2012
It’s been so warm in Seattle lately, it almost feels like the city has picked up and moved to the south. And one of our favorite things about the south (other than good BBQ and Shiner Bock) is honest-to-goodness, whiskey-soaked country music.
Even though tonight’s band isn’t really from the south, they sure sound like the real thing. From their cowboy hats to their twangy croons, Country Lips will make you forget you’re actually in Washington. Their repertoire includes upbeat, honky tonk jams to slow-dance worthy Americana ballads. They will be preceded by Jemez Mountain Hawkz and Ole Tinder.
So head on down to the Sunset Saloon (err, Tavern), crack a cold tallboy, and get ready to do-si-do the night away.
8/17 The Country Lips / Jemez Mountain Hawkz / Ole Tinder @ Sunset Tavern :: Music starts at 10:00 PM :: Tickets are $7 :: 21+
June 30, 2012
Much to the (likely) feigned delight of our friends and no doubt to the horror of our fellow music bloggers, we’re often ones to describe bands by elements or tendencies that we feel they share with other musicians we admire. We aren’t going to try that here.
As clichéd as it sounds, Tu Fawning are in fact a band that defies previously held beliefs about genres and escapes the aforementioned comparison game. The female-fronted Portland four-piece combines strong versatile vocals with varied instrumentation that hovers between ambient territory to more danceable fare.
Whether you’re a longtime fan of the band and/or its members or you’re simply intrigued by what you hear below, head over to Ballard for a night that will defy easy summation when your friends as you about it.
6/30 Tu Fawning, Slow Skate, Shana Cleveland @ SUnset, Doors @ 9, $10
June 18, 2012
Our top picks this week.
6/18 (Monday) – The Temper Trap @ The Showbox
Panoramic pop imported from Melbourne, Australia.
6/19 (Tuesday) – Ezra Furman @ Sunset
Jangly, sly pop rock from Chicago.
6/20 (Wednesday) – The Drowning Men @ Barboza
Oceanside’s finest tattooed rock group this decade.
6/22 (Friday) – Jonathan Coulton @ Showbox
Cleverly wry nerd rock from a geek culture icon.
6/22 (Friday) – Scott Lucas & The Married Men @ Sunset
Former Local H frontman refreshes his take on indie alt rock.
6/22 (Friday) – Rhett Miller @ Crocodile
Texas-native and Old 97’s frontman goes solo with his alt-country tunes.
6/23 (Saturday) – The Mountain Goats (solo) @ Columbia City Theater
Lyric-driven indie pop from John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.
April 13, 2012
Whether you know us personally or have spent any amount of time on our blog, there’s a good chance you know that BOAT has become one of our absolute favorite bands over the past five years.
As we’ve proclaimed on this blog before, the band’s legendary (in our book) 2008 performance with Fishboy and Tullycraft at the Sunset still ranks among our all-time favorite concerts.
To us, the band perfectly marries D. Crane’s Malkmus-esque delivery of cleverly goofy yet often oddly profound lyrics with indie pop rock instrumentation. Their live shows take the experience to the next level as the guys consistently remind the audience why they’re one of the most highly-regarded optimists in the rock game today.
If you’re a fellow BOAT fan or just looking for the best live music option of the evening, head over to Ballard for a night you won’t soon forget. As an added bonus, tonight’s show is in celebration of Tall Chris’ 30th birthday. While we can’t say we know who Tall Chris is, we wish him a great birthday and you a fine night of live music as well.
4/13 BOAT, Bottomless Pit, Police Teeth and The Bismarck @ Sunset, Doors at 9pm, Show at 10pm, $10