KEXP’s Holiday Show Recommend List

Beat the winter shlump with some awesome local shows happening through out the jolly month of December! Forget about hibernating because you can’t afford to miss these mouth-watering bands like The Cave Singers, The Dandy Warhols, Passion Pit, The Maldives and Minus the Bear. And with tickets ranging in price from $6 to $33, you can skip holiday shopping altogether and give your family, friends, lover, and even yourself the gift of music.


Tuesday, December 8

We All Have Hooks For Hands, Ironclads, Doctor Doctor at Neumo’s (21+, $7 at the door)

From the wee town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, We All Have Hooks For Hands bad boys are known for their off-kilter musical madness in the both recording studio and on stage. Their new album, The Shape Of Energy is a dance between brash and beautiful, and will definitely get you hooked.

Wednesday, December 9

Stripmall Architecture, Erik Blood, The Tea Cozies at Chop Suey (21+, $7 at the door)

With the death of longtime band Halou in 2008, came the birth of Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom’s new noise, shoegaze project, Stripmall Architecture. If you like the eccentricity of Sigur Ros and the spangled-poppiness of the Cocteau Twins, then pick yourself up a copy of one of their albums, like We Were Flying Kites.

Passion Pit, Pyramiddd at Moore Theatre ($25 online)

Since their debut album, Chunk Of Change, Cambridge band Passion Pit has electrofied our brains and bodies with their I-can-do-anything, danceable tunes. Their new album Manners is definitely worth a listen.

Friday, December 11

The Dandy Warhols at Neumo’s (all ages, $20 at Rudy’s Barbershops, Moe Bar, select QFC’s and www.ticketswest.com)

Mid 90s power pop band The Dandy Warhols are still going strong with their new record, The Dandy Warhols Are Sound. The Portland group does the Northwest justice with their quirky performances, and feel-good psychedelia and art-rock meets indie pop experimentation.

Saturday, December 12

KEXP 7th Annual Yule Benefit w/ The Thermals, The Cave Singers, Grand Hallway and The Builders and the Butchers at Neumo’s (21+, $20 advanced at Rudy’s Barbershops, Moe Bar, select QFC stores, and online/$22 at the door)

KEXP’s annual Yule Benefit is all about giving back what you’ve gotten and what better way to celebrate than with performances from four of the greatest indie bands of the Northwest! So get your holiday on with The Cave Singers, The Thermals and more!

Tuesday, December 15

Coconut Coolouts, The Cowabunga Dudes, The Mean Jeans, Partman Parthorse at the Fun House (21+, $6 at the door)

If you’re in to bands that aren’t afraid to flaunt their dorky side, than Coconut Coolouts is the group for you. With tracks like ‘I Wanna Come Back From The World Of LSD” and “Pizzafest” are the perfect freak-rock tunes for a chill out night of fun.

Friday, December 18

The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, Champagne Champagne, Goldfinch at Neumo’s (21+, $10 at Rudy’s Barbershops, Moe Bar, select QFC’s and online)

The Maldives with steal your lonesome heart with their country charm and down-right passionate songs. You haven’t experienced Seattle music if you’ve yet to see these western maestro’s rich American melodies live.


Saturday, December 19

Schoolyard Heroes, These Arms Are Snakes, Kane Hodder, Sirens Sister at El Corazon (all ages, $15 at the door and online)

Schoolyard Heroes were just that for most of us angsty Seattle middle and highschoolers of the 2000s: a sort of comfort to our nobody-understands-me and everything-is-blue-in-this-world outlook. And now, we should honor their moshable music by attending their final show before they call it quits. R.I.P. Schoolyard Heroes!

Wednesday, December 30

Thee Emergency, Gravelroad at Tractor (21+, $6 Sonic Boom and online)

Thee Emergency has a reputation for heart-thumping and ferocious performances, bringing out the freak in most of their audience. And, with the addition of a fifth band mate on keys and the release of new album What’s That? Some Sorta Cracka Slang, you can be sure there’s more bombastic music to come.

photo by Alex Crick

photo by Alex Crick

Thursday. December 31

Minus The Bear, Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground at Showbox at the Market
(21+, $28 online)

Known for their organic meets electro sound and soft indie vocals, Seattle’s own Minus the Bear is one of the few indie bands that’s made it onto the playlists of mainstreamers. Check out their new album, Into The Mirror.

Stop by KEXP’s Recommended Events page for more upcoming shows and information about venues, dates and tickets.

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