Noise for the Needy gets into full swing tonight all over the city. The second night of the charitable festival features Black Eyes and Neckties at the Wildrose, Art Brut and Miike Snow at Neumos, and Hotels at The High Dive.
Coming in fresh off the release of their third album Art Brut vs. Satan, the titular artist (i.e. not Satan) plays the stage at Neumos alongside Downtown Records labelmates Miike Snow. With each band getting plenty of exposure for singles “Alcoholics Unanimous” and “Animal”, respectively, Seattle will get its first chance to see both of these acts perform brand new material.
Stateside, Art Brut has struggled with being outpressed by countrymen like The Hold Steady and Maximo Park, but their third LP Art Brut vs. Satan proves to be a strong, backbeat and guitar driven effort that stands on its own on the charts with regards to British guitar rock.
Miike Snow is a trio of producers best known for their work behind the board. The group has collaborated with Britney Spears to produce her hit single “Toxic” as well as remixed indie pop artists such as Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend. A few days ago their first full length release, a self-titled LP that clocks in at 11 tracks, officially hit the streets. Once again, Capitol Hill is getting a first look at how the release stacks up in a live setting.
Meanwhile across the canal at The High Dive, Hotels play the stage along with Born Anchors, Furniture Girls, and Anomie Belle. The local synth pop act supports their 2009 release “Where Hearts Go Broke” which features fast-paced, filtered-out, and washed-over pop gems like “Hydra” and Andrew Farriss inspired “Near the Desert, Near the City”. Going to Fremont for a show doesn’t feel as awkward anymore now that Nectar Lounge is regularly booking good shows so there is no reason not to go down to The High Dive to see this.
Hopefully the mixture of positive pop vibes and guitar riffs with kick drums on the down stroke make the entire evening a good time for all bands and fans involved and a huge donation to Noise For The Needy.
For a preview of what’s to come, tune in to KEXP for live sessions this afternoon with Miike Snow at 1:00PM and Art Brut at 4:30PM!