With the economy being in the shape is in right now (did you notice the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped below 8,000 this week?), the holiday shopping season that official (or unofficially) begins next weekend is sure to be underwhelming for retailers.
Yet, in the world of rock and/or roll, there are still plenty of things that will be more fun than fighting crowds in the downtown retail core. I’m still recovering from the flu and seeing an of Montreal that I still haven’t fully processed but am still excited for this upcoming week in both rock and roll. Here’s what is I’m looking forward to before that obligatory dinner with the family:
Mustache-a-thon 2008, a benefit for 826 Seattle, Sunset Tavern, Friday, November 21
You’ve got to hand it to those people from 826 Seattle — trying to find new and interesting ways to raise money for their organization (which is a writing center in Greenwood that tutors children with schoolwork and helps them develop writing skills). Here, they had gotten a bunch of people together to grow mustaches for charity. Tonight, they’re throwing a big rock show at the Sunset to finish of the 2008 Mustache-a-thon with some excellent local rock: Fredrick Nietzche Memorial Jug Band (which features members of Central Services and has a kick-ass name), Say Hi, Hazelwood Motel and Black Daisy.
Vivian Girls with Love is All, Sunday, November 23 at Nectar
Vivian Girls have been one of the most buzzed bands throughout the blogosphere for a few months now. They had just released their self-titled album last month and it has a reverb-heavy garage rock vibe that is infectious. The guitars are fuzzy and rough and immediately sounds like a band learning how to play their instruments (and that energy is there) but the songs are also so catchy and well-written. The songs are short, quick numbers that are over be for you know and leave you craving more. They’re making their Seattle debut opening for Swedish fellow travelers Love is All for one of the most exciting shows of the week.
Vivian Girls live on KEXP at CMJ (filmed by New York Noise)
School of Seven Bells with M83, Tuesday, November 25 at Neumo’s
I’ve always found M83, the French electronic band made up of Anthony Gonzalez and whoever else is available, to be an acquired taste. I like the moody, shoegazing electronic music from Gonzalez but not all the time. On the other hand, I’ve been wild about the opening band, School of Seven Bells.
Taking the name from a supposed academy for aspiring pickpockets in Bogotá and led by former Secret Machine Benjamin Curtis, is a challenging band with a compelling sound: part atmospheric pop part psychedelic. I’m really enjoying their excellent debut record Alpinisms, especially the harmonies from twins Claudia and Alejandra Deheza, whose vocals are also identical. When they sing in unison it sounds dual layered and provides a nice texture for the melody.
Until next week…
Three Imaginary Girls
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