On any given weekend in Seattle, there are a million amazing shows to see - from jazz sets at coffee shops and orchestras at theaters, to a grunge shows in DIY spaces and major touring acts at any of our larger venues. Maybe this weekend you want to try something new; maybe you heard one song by this small electronic, folk, grunge group that you heard on Audioasis or from a friend; or maybe you’re just tired of what you’ve been previously listening to. Luckily for you, the PNW is ripe with local acts who perform in our city every day. Because we love the amazing diversity of venues, art spaces, producers, bookers, musicians, and talent, we’re going to suggest a few. This week we recommend Kingdom of the Holy Sun at Chop Suey; an art show by Justin Duffus, Bennett Shatz, and Adam Boehmer at Cairo; DeafHeaven at El Corazon; The Pentagraham Cracker, Kitten Forever and Half-Breed at The Cockpit; Wimps, Satan Wriders, Dude York, and the Narx at Cairo; and Children of Kids and Bardo:Basho at Electric Tea Garden.
Wednesday July 10th:
Languid but not lazy, like a haze filled room full of opiate-philosophers, Kingdom of the Holy Sun is a band whose albums I continue to return to on those particularly warm days when having the window open doesn't help. And their rippling drippy music usually induces me to actually go ahead and close the window, draw the curtain, and bask the hallucinogenic heat. Who needs actual nature when you can be transported to a magic desert of beautiful music and tripped out tumbleweeds through a single album? They will be joined by the less-than-languid Triple Sixes and the Brazilian female-fronted psychedelic rock outfit Fire Friend. More info here. Chop Suey, 8pm, 21+, $8.
Tuesday brings the high energy Spinning Whips to the Tractor Tavern alongside Born of Ghosts and Dead Sea Symphony. On Wednesday, July 10th, you can catch Futurebirds with one of my all-time favorite bands Diarrhea Planet at Barboza - get ready for some garage rock excellence from their four guitar set-up. Thursday you can catch the slow-motion night bus for Hush Hush Record's curated night at Arabica Cafe featuring Korma and totally free. Friday is the Audioasis benefit concert at Vera with Nude Beach, The Fame Riot, Special Explosion, and Vervex benefiting Shepherd's Counseling. If you feel like dancing Brooklyn DJ BRENMAR will be at Lo-Fi on Friday as well. And finally if you're at the Sub Pop Jubilee on Saturday you might as well end your night at The Mix for the Hardly Art Sideshow with the awesome line-up of Portland's Hausu, Detroit's Protomartyr and Austin's Deep Time. Have fun!
The acerbic, poetic Stephin Merritt is simply too prolific for just one band: when not writing for Magnetic Fields, he also dabbles in side projects like The 6ths, Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes, who are performing this Friday, July 12th at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard.
On any given weekend in Seattle, there are a million amazing shows to see - from jazz sets at coffee shops and orchestras at theaters, to a grunge shows in DIY spaces and major touring acts at any of our larger venues. Maybe this weekend you want to try something new; maybe you heard one song by ...