Posts tagged ‘Wilco’

March 9, 2015

The Phoenix Rises: Chop Suey Reopens Amid Week of Great Live Music [Week of 3/9]


Emerald City dwellers, rejoice! After a week chock full of great musical options, our recommendations culminate with the Grand Reopening of Chop Suey in Capitol Hill! We can’t wait to find out if the new owners have stayed true to the original vibe of the venue, but based on the debut lineup, we think the Chop Suey will maintain its superbly gritty underground live music reputation.

The show is already sold out, however. But if you can’t finagle a ticket to the Chop Suey Reopening, you can’t go wrong with any of the other shows we recommend this week.

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February 7, 2012

Do Yourself a Favor and Go See The Features at Chop Suey Tonight

For some reason, we often spend time comparing and contrasting the trajectories of our favorite bands and more often than not, are completely at a loss to explain why one band “makes it” while another may spend their whole career in semi- or complete obscurity.

We’re not talking about contrasting the wild success of the Nickelbacks and Kings of Leons of the world with the hardworking, infinitely more talented Damien Jurados and Eef Barzelays that never seem to “break through” (define that as you will).

Instead, the mental Venn diagrams that we often construct involve charting bands that we deem to be of similar skill, song-writing ability and so-called mainstream appeal. It’s in these cases that we’re often unable to figure out why one will end up selling out The Paramount while the other plays to a small but devoted crowd at Chop Suey or whatever the case may be.

In terms of tonight’s SEA live MUSIC picks, that’s exactly the case. As longtime Wilco enthusiasts, we’re thrilled to see Jeff Tweedy and co. get the recognition they deserve – along with the financial incentives that accompany such notoriety. We wholly recommend the band and if you were so lucky to score tickets before they were gone, we know you’ll have a great time at the Paramount tonight.

If you’re looking for another option, we also wholeheartedly recommend another band that also formed in 1994 but has led a very different existence. The Features, headlining Chop Suey tonight, have been cranking out consistently solid, cleverly-worded, rock albums with very little fanfare (in the US anyway – according to Wikipedia, the band has been very well-received in the UK).

Interestingly, some 15 years in, the band’s relative “break” came in being discovered by a very different band, on the other end of the success and arguably talent spectrum, Kings of Leon.

Questionable merit of being endorsed by a band that few will actually publicly endorse aside, The Features truly rank up there as one of the greatest “less-discovered” rock bands of the past two decades.

Do yourself a favor and spend some time with their latest album (and perhaps our last interview with the band) and head over to Chop Suey to take in the live experience for yourself tonight.

The Features, Vanaprasta, The Good Hurt @ Chop Suey. Doors at 8 p.m. All Ages.

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