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 substrata 1.3 at Good Shepherd Center; Hibou with The Soft Hills and Snowdrift at Columbia City Theater; Palms Out photography show at LoveCityLove; and Wimps, Satan Wriders, Dude York and The Narx at Cairo.
Seattle hosts many shows every year, but perhaps the most exciting and surprising festival occurs at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford and values flying under the radar to a degree of almost secrecy in terms of press. I think I can safely say that substrata 1.3, three years young, feels far more like a perfectly conceived and elegantly curated visit to a museum than any sort of "festival" experience you may have in mind. "Intimate sound & visual art weekend" seems a bit rough around the edges as well. However, when speaking about artists as prolifically genius as Portland's Grouper, Brooklyn's Noveller, and Silent Records founder Kim Cascone pretty much all words will probably fail you. Not only does this festival pull from ephemeral ambient experimental music, but with a focus on visuals alongside sounds, multi-talented performer/composers such as Christina Vantzou, whose terrifying and mesmerizing surreal videos we saw at Decibel Festival last year, are allowed to shine. While not focused on the PNW specifically, substrata 1.3 draws in several Washington and Oregon artists alongside others. Although mostly sold out, tickets are still available for Saturday, and with or without access exploring the recordings of these performers in incredibly worthwhile experience. More info here. Good Shepherds Center, all-ages.
In case you needed an accurate adjective filled description: "Punk Show at the Heartland! Get into it!" Tonight, this Tuesday July 16th catch Stillsuit / Death Drive / Dogjaw / Childbirth. Seattle's Midday Veil and Master Musicians of Bukkake will be filling Chop Suey with their spirally psychadelic phantoms this Thursday July 18th. Saturday bring us Skrot Up Records showcase at Black Lodge featuring Seattle's Dreamsalon and Glam Code, as wellas visitors Little Pilgrims, Emotional, Jani/Jussi of Jeans Wilder. Also Saturday is Witch Mountain with Eight Bells, Eye of Nix, Gladiators Eat Fire at Highline.
A mere 90-minute drive north of Seattle lies the dreamy town of Anacortes, and if you haven't visited yet, lemme tell ya, this is the weekend to do so! The third annual Anacortes Unknown Music Series, kicks off Friday, July 19th and runs through Sunday, July 21st.
We all knew going into the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee that it wasn't going to be a day you might forget, like so many other street festivals and and fairs, which all tend to blend together after you've been to a few. Was it the more than memorable lineup, including J. Mascis, Father John Misty, King Tu…
Most bands wait ten, fifteen, twenty or more years to put out an anniversary re-issue of a significant album in their careers, but for The Dandy Warhols, thirteen's the lucky number. Recently, the Portland group toured the U.S. on the Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Thirteenth Anniversary in Twen…
Heading down to Georgetown today for the FREE, all-ages Sub Pop Silver Jubilee? Yes, of course you are, we all are. But you might want to consider heading over earlier in the day to check out some of the literary and art events happening at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.