Today in (Northwest) Music: Seattle Benefits

If you thought this week was crazy with live shows in Seattle, we hate to tell you that the madness just doesn’t stop for the weekend, especially for local bands.

On Friday, you can catch a whole bunch of them over at The Sunset for the Seattle Does Elvis benefit for 826 Seattle. The lineup includes Department of Energy, Graig Markel, Downpilot, Zera Marvel, the Transmissionary Six, Whiting Tennis, Jon Hyde, KEXP’s very own Levi Fuller, Robert Deeble, Palodine, the Geese, Red Jacket Mine, Chris Estey, and many more.

The show starts at 9 pm and admission is only $7, all of which will go directly to 826 Seattle to aid its effort in providing free tutoring and a whole lot more to youth, ages 6 to 18. Also, local labels Barsuk, Light in the Attic, Sonic Boom and Sub Pop have generously donated CDs for a raffle. Great bands for a great cause!

Competing for your attention that night are The Decemberists at the Paramount, Reverend Horton Heat at El Corazon, and bunch of others including Llama, Slender Means, and Clumsy Lovers.

KEXP-may5thflyer.jpgOn Saturday night, KEXP presents Audioasis Live @ High Dive, featuring Sneaky Thieves and Siberian. This event will benefit Seattle Works, which informs, connects and inspires people in their 20s and 30s to take action in our community.

Immediately following Audioasis is the Sonic Reducer Anniversary show, featuring The Hollow Points, Head, Space Cretins and Steel Tigers of Death. If you’re too square to be there, the performances will be broadcast live on Audioasis and Sonic Reducer. Tune in.

Also on Saturday night, are A-Frames and Das Llamas, who are having their CD release party, at the Comet Tavern and Partman Parthorse at Jules Maes.

If you were lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem last night at Neumos, then hopefully you arrived early enough to catch opener Yacht. The Portland “band” is actually Jona Bechtolt, also of The Blow. To celebrate his third release, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, on Saturday, Yacht will host “Yacht on a Yacht,” for which 120 lucky people get to board the Crystal Dolphin and cruise around with Yacht. The after-party is a less exclusive affair at Portland venue Disjecta. Full details are available at Yacht’s website.

Yacht – I Love A Computer (MP3)

Here are a few other items of Northwest-related news circulating the blogs:

  • Courtney Love drew fire from fans regarding her announcement that she would sell off Kurt’s duds, apparently so much so that she’s actually reconsidering, sort of. Aversion suggests that she might actually sell the late Nirvana star’s possessions to a private collector instead.
  • Speaking of selling off dead people’s stuff, The Seattle Weekly profiles former (?) Murder City Devils frontman Spencer Moody’s new vintage store, Anne Bonny, which will host artwork by another local musician, John Atkins, formerly of 764-Hero and now of The Can’t See.
  • And also speaking of older grunge rockers, Pearl Jam are reportedly packaging a 7-disc set of their live performances at the Gorge through the band’s Monkeywrench label.
  • The incredibly talented and informative Three Imaginary Girls announced their Fifth Anniversary Party to be held in July.
  • Also at TIG, you can also read an terrific concert review of Grand Archives at The Crocodile by Imaginary Dana.
  • Seattle P-I blogger Travis Hay has been writing regularly about American Idol and shares his personal history with current finalist Blake Lewis, who hails from Bothell.
  • Although The Broken West is not from Seattle, the Los Angeles band did perform recently with The Long Winters at The Showbox. Sound on the Sound presents this song from that very performance, which the band itself put up on their MySpace page:
  • The Broken West – Big City (MP3)

    Also, be sure to turn on your radios on every Friday night at 12 o’clock for the “Midnight Album Feature” on Night Life, hosted by DJ Michele. This Friday, she brings you the inside scoop on Portland’s The Gossip, whose 2006 release Standing In The Way of Control is a stunning mix of blues, club, punk and soul.

    If you’ve got any interesting music news to share, Northwest or beyond, or songs you think we should be listening to, please email us at

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