A big thanks to Sky Cries Mary, who stopped by KEXP this morning for an in-studio session with John Richards. Be sure to catch them at Neumo’s tomorrow night for one of their rare live performances, which celebrates the release of their latest album Small Town. If you missed today’s performance or want to hear it again, you can listen back for fourteen days on our Streaming Archive.
Seattle’s local scene is hopping this weekend -- starting tonight, actually. At Neumo’s, KEXP is sponsoring SIFF’s Face the Music Rock Party, which according to the Seattle Film Festival website is a “special concert celebrating Seattleâ€™s top talent with many of the festivalâ€™s visiting musicians, filmmakers and industry in attendance.” The intentionally eclectic line-up of Viva Voce, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, and Siberian is meant to reflect the “Northwest’s diverse community and range of renowned artists.”
The show starts at 9 pm and tickets for this 21+ show are $18 at the door.
Viva Voce - We Do Not Fuck Around (MP3)
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter - LLL (MP3)
Siberian - Paper Birds (MP3)
KEXP is also sponsoring PDXplore, the monthly event curated by John Richards, Gang of Fourâ€™s Dave Allen and Portland Tribune music writer Barbara Mitchell, and designed to bring together artists from Portland and Seattle and expose listeners in both cities to the burgeoning scenes.
In Portland on Saturday, June 16, at the Ash St. Saloon, Seattle bands Ms. Led and Head Like a Kite join hometown heroes The Prids and Days.
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9:30 -- four great bands for a meager $6.
The Prids - Let It Go (MP3)
Ms. Led - Willing to Stay (Shattered) (MP3)
Head Like A Kite - Noisy At The Circus [live@KEXP] (MP3)
Also on Saturday night (appropriately), you can rock out to The Saturday Knights, who will be performing a full -- and free! -- live show in the Havana parking lot on Capitol Hill in Seattle (across from Neumos). The Cops open this event, which celebrates TSK’s video release of “45″. And get there early ‘cause free drinks flow while they last, and you know when The Cops and The Saturday Knights get a crowd together, they ain’t gonna last for long! This free show, courtesy of Light in the Attic, runs 7-10 pm. Expect mayhem to ensue.
The Saturday Knights - 45 (MP3)
If you haven’t yet experience the mayhem of a Saturday Knights live show, peep this video of “Motoring” from the John in the Morning Birthday Bash at Neumos on March 9:
You’ve read before that Eric Lashes (aka Eric Howk) recently suffered back damage due to a fall. On Friday, June 15, Seattlest is sponsoring a benefit called Guilty Pleasures, featuring among many others The Young Sportsmen, Transmissionary Six, and Pris, who will all play covers “from Britney Spears to ELO and beyond.” The event begins at 9 pm at High Dive in Fremont, and the reasonable sum of $7 goes to a good cause.
Hopefully, you KEXP-listening parents have tickets already for Sunday’s sold out 2nd Annual KEXP Father’s Day Dance Party at Neumo’s. John Richards will host and KEXP DJ’s Riz and Darek Mazzone will spin kid-friendly music. World champion Massive Monkees break dancer, Jeromskeeee, will demonstrate his skills and teach some moves to the kids! Also featured are hands-on activities, games, and dancing! All proceeds benefit Art with Heart, a local non-profit that empowers youth in crisis through therapeutic books and programs that foster self-expression.
Legendary “grunge” rockers Sweet Water have reunited for three shows at The Crocodile. Friday and Saturday nights’ shows are already sold out, but you can still pick up tix for Sunday (as of this writing). The Protocol opens Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday The Lonely H and Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (band name of the year!) get the show rolling.
Don’t remember Sweet Water? Here’s their video for “Head Down” to jog your memory:
Check the KEXP Club Calendar for other shows and events featuring local musicians (and all others). Highlights for tonight include Smoosh opening up for The Pipettes at Chop Suey tonight, Seattle’s North Twin and Portland’s Michael Dean Damron opening for Two Cow Garage at The Sunset, and The Walkabouts’ Carla Torgerson opening for Terry Lee Hale at Conor Byrne’s. On Friday night, Mark Pickerell opens for John Cash’s Legendary Tennessee Three (yes, actual musicians who performed with the legend), which could be the greatest thing you see all year, and there’s too much more to list. Check it out!
While you plan out your weekend of free beer and dancing with kids (hopefully not in that order), watch the latest La Blogotheque impromptu vid, featuring former Pedro the Lion frontman, now solo artist, Dave Bazan, singing “The Man In Me” while strolling in a graffiti-covered alley in San Franciso:
If you have any local (or otherwise) music news or new music to share, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.