Live Around Town This Week

Deerhoof with Cheryl Waters

Deerhoof with Cheryl Waters
photo by Doron Gild

Monday, July 5th

Deerhoof with The Donkeys and Southeast Engine @ The Vera Project

Veteran indie-rockers Deerhoof will be by the Vera Project on Monday as part of a limited summer touring schedule. Deerhoof are best known for noisy, experimental, dream-like, art-school indie rock, revolving around heavy avant-garde guitar work and the sugary, childlike voice of singer Satomi Matsuzaki. In recent years, however, their albums have contained more traditionally structured and easily digestible tracks. This isn’t’ to say they’ve abandoned the rawness and unpredictability of their roots, they just seem to want more people to be aware of their music, which is a good thing. Their live shows have always been known for making evident a genius that might be a little slippery to grasp through listening to their albums. Personally, I can hardly even picture what Deerhoof might look and sound like live, but that’s probably a better reason than any to check them out. (7:30 pm / $13)

Pinback Presents: The Rob and Zach Show with Little White Teeth @ Neumos

This is pretty much exactly what it sound like: Pinback front men Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV (Zach) will be playing sans backing band. Pinback has always been one of my favorite summer bands, so if the 60 degree weather still isn’t’ doing it for you, mentally migrate to Southern California and chill out to what should be a fresh, stripped-down take on some Pinback classics, as well as a few off the band’s forthcoming album. (8 pm, $14 adv, 21+)

Pinback – From Nothing to Nowhere from Autumn of the Seraphs:

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Tuesday, July 6th

Chain & The Gang with Golden Triangle and Turbo Fruits @ The Crocodile

In the wake of the 4th of July, Chain & The Gain say “down to liberty!” and revel in their incarcerated ethos in a show should be anything but chained-down. Their music is full of sparse, plodding deconstructions of funk that seasoned lead man Ian Svenonious maestros like a tent preacher trying to exorcise the demons of freedom. (8 pm, $8 adv, 21+)

The Wailers with Kore Ionz @ Neumos

Another potential sonic escape into a warmer place and time, Bob Marley’s Wailers will be at Neumos on Tuesday with local reggae act Kore Ionz. While they are advertised as Bob Marley’s backing band, the only notable member on stage will be bass player Aston Barrett, who might be worth the price of admission himself. There should be an energetic and serviceable Bob substitute, as well as countless “Rastafari!” chants (8 pm, $20 adv, 21+)

Melvins with Totimoshi @ the Showbox at the Market

Grunge pioneers the Melvins were melting faces around the Northwest when Kurt Cobain was still in high school. While they’re most commonly associated with their contribution to grunge’s heyday in the late 80s/early 90s, they’ve been steadily churning out albums since their inception in 1985 – 20 studio albums in all, including 4 since 2006 (their latest, Their Bride Screamed Murder, was released earlier this year) This is probably this week’s best bet to have your ear drums blown out. And yes, albeit streaked with grey, Buzz still has the hair. (8 pm, $18 adv/$20 dos, 21+)

Thursday, July 8th

Wild Orchid Children with Solvents and Color Change @ The Comet Tavern

Former Gatsbys American Dream bassist Kirk Huffman’s group of local punk trippers utilize furious tribal percussion, heavy guitar riffs, and an arsenal of hallucinogenics. At times they sound like The Mars Volta, at times they sound like Rage Against the Machine (especially Huffman’s vocals), and at times they sound like something completely different. They should rock the shit out of the Comet. ($6, 21+)

Wild Orchid Children

Friday, July 9th

Carissa’s Wierd with Aveo @ the Showbox at the Market

Disbanded Seattle band Carissa’s Wierd is reuniting for one show only in celebration of the vinyl re-issuing of the three LPs they released in the early 00s before breaking apart. After going their separate ways, Ben Bridwell and Matt Brooke formed Band of Horses, with Brooke later forming Grand Archives. Their music is slow, sad, chamber-y, and this one-time-only performance is a can’t miss for fans.

Saturday, July 10th

The Coup with SOL, Canary Sing, and DJ Funkscribe @ Neumos

For your weekly hip hop fix, Neumos will be housing the politically charged duo from Oakland on Saturday night. If you’re feeling especially disgruntled with capitalism, the government, CEOs, politicians, or that cop throwing a haymaker at that woman over a jaywalking infraction, The Coup will be right with you and then some. (8 pm, $13)

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