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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June 2, 2014
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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September 10, 2012
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.
May 14, 2012
Our top picks this week.
5/17 (Thursday) – The Grizzled Mighty @ The Crocodile
A Seattle duo that mixes the bluesy rock of the Black Keys with their own twist on flannel rock.
5/18 (Friday) – Deep Sea Diver @ Neumos
The original project from Jessica Dobson – rising female rock icon and newest member of The Shins.
5/18 (Friday) – Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos @ The Crocodile
Whimsical, lyric-driven folk rock promoting a brand-spankin’ new album.
April 26, 2012
Since Cape Dory came out in January 2011, hardly a day went by that calendar year when we didn’t listen to Tennis‘ excellent debut. Recalling the Denver husband and wife duo’s maritime adventures during an extended sailing jaunt along the Atlantic seaboard, the album has no doubt taken a special place in the hearts of those who have fond memories or maybe even just aspirations of lazy afternoons spent out on the water.
The band’s sophomore effort, which was released some 13 months after their debut, was met with acclaim from critics and fans alike, some admittedly missing the nautical theme, others welcoming broader subjects. In addition, the latest album Young & Old is notable for the fact it was produced by Patrick Carney of Black Keys, a move which no doubt fleshed out the band’s sound and sonic approach significantly.
Whether you were lucky enough to catch the band live before, perhaps at the band’s two performances at Bumbershoot 2011, or not, we highly recommend heading to the Croc to hear the band’s sweet vocals and impressive surf guitar for yourself.
4/26 Tennis, Wild Belle, Pacific Pride @ The Crocodile, 8 pm, $13.50 incl fees
April 23, 2012
We hope everyone had a great time celebrating Record Store Day over the weekend. We saw some great bands on Saturday, and luckily the trend is continuing into the week.
Tonight, Exitmusic brings their eerie, atmospheric rock to the Croc as they open for School of Seven Bells. The New York duo juxtaposes pretty, innocent melodies with haunting, dark ambiance, and the results are simply enthralling. And as if the music alone isn’t enough of a reason to check out Exitmusic, they are tonight’s openers, meaning if you absolutely must skip out before the headliners take the stage, you’ll get home in plenty of time to rest up for work on Tuesday.
4/23 School of Seven Bells / Exitmusic @ The Crocodile :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $13 :: 21+
April 18, 2012
After the release of Perfume Genius‘ debut album, Learning, in 2010, Seattle-native Mike Hadreas catapulted to critical acclaim for his piano-driven, minimalist masterpieces dealing with drugs, suicide and fractured love. We’ve struggled to come up with apt descriptions of his sound when friends have asked, but the best we’ve been able to muster involves some combination of the beautifully sad parts of Grandaddy and the hauntingly intimate voice of Sufjan Stevens. Like all descriptions of true artists, that predictably falls hopelessly flat as Hadreas’ sparse arrangements and deeply personal subject matter climb to a level of delicate beauty that hardly seems possible from weighing the sum of the parts alone.
Whether you’ve been a fan of Hadreas since Learning, have since learned of Perfume Genius after the release of his sophomore album Put Your Back N 2 It, or are just hearing about him for the first time, we highly recommend spending some time with his music in a quiet room. For the live experience, head over to the Croc Thursday night for a performance we’ve heard will be sure to keep the occasionally rowdy Seattle crowds quiet with rapt attention.
4/19 Perfume Genius / Parenthetical Girls @ The Crocodile :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $10 :: All Ages
April 10, 2012
“Is ‘charming’ a genre?” is how NPR began their First Listen feature on tonight’s Croc headliner and we wholeheartedly agree. Fanfarlo, the London-based band with a penchant for folk melodies and eclectic instrumentation, certainly has become tougher to describe in prose than it once was. Previously, we’d reach for a quick Beirut-reference if we were really pressed to describe their sound to our friends but even that somewhat-flimsy comparison falls hopelessly flat.
As NPR aptly explains, “the group splits the difference between two very different styles — sweetly shambling, occasionally orchestral pop and the wirier, less emotive rock sounds of bands like Talking Heads — with the common thread being its fundamentally approachable nature. This is hug-and-a-handshake music, as ingratiating as it is inspired.”
If you like how that sounds, or much more importantly how they actually sound once you’ve had a chance to spend some time with their music below, head over to The Crocodile for the live experience.
4/10 (Tuesday) – Fanfarlo, Gardens And Villa @ The Crocodile, 8pm, $15.50 incl taxes
April 3, 2012
Every time we listen to the Bowerbirds, we’re reminded why we became fans in the first place. Somewhat akin to Andrew Bird with less whistling and fewer string-based flourishes, the Bowerbirds play thoughtfully-crafted, understated folk music that moves beyond sonic preconceptions that often accompany folk, or really any label of a certain genre.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or just intrigued by the sound of them, we recommend spending time with the bands recorded material. Once you’re on board, head over to The Croc to take in the live experience for yourself.
4/3 – Bowerbirds, Dry the River @ The Crocodile, Doors at 8 pm, $14.50 incl. fees