Rock n’ Roll Pest Control: It’s not that far, people

Enjoy a West Seattle sunset (& a kitty) with Throwback Suburbia
photo by Whiteteeth

by Gary Miller

One of the funny things I’ve experienced since moving to Seattle four years ago is that local residents have a low tolerance level for travel. Having lived in Atlanta prior to moving, I was used to having to drive at least 45 minutes to get just about anywhere in that city. When my wife and I bought a house in Edmonds after moving here, our Seattle friends felt we had moved practically to Canada. Of course, the 10 ten mile commute was no problem for us.

I tell you this to acknowledge that, to some, West Seattle might as well be Oregon. However, one of my favorite little hang outs, the Skylark Cafe, is located in West Seattle. As for the commute, we’re really only talking about a handful of miles from Seattle proper. In fact, the Skylark just barely over the West Seattle bridge. And you should know about the Skylark Cafe because not only do they host really great band line ups, every show is free.

So, tonight (Friday, February 1) when you’re looking for something to do, I recommend that you and some pals hop into a car or jump on a bus and head over there to catch a line up of The Riffbrokers from Seattle and Throwback Suburbia from Portland. The Riffbrokers (two of which have just gotten married) mine the border between Americana and powerpop, where as Throwback Suburbia are a poppy and rocking but also little more modern and polished — think Cheap Trick meets All American Rejects.

Here is a video from each:

Throwback Suburbia – Circles

The Riffbrokers – Fix It If You Hate It

Gary Miller runs the Seattle Powerpop Blog, which focuses on all things powerpop in the Pacific Northwest. SPB features album reviews, recommended shows, videos, mp3s and more.

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