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Monday, July 12th

FUCK CANCER: A Benefit Show @ Neumos

The Elysian Brewing Co. has put together an anti-cancer show featuring local acts Terry Radjaw (Fresh Espresso, Mad Rad), The Redwood Plan, and Sweaty. This should be a high energy show to drum up some dollars for a good cause. Special Elysian beer will be served as well. You’d basically be donating $10 to see good music, drink good beer, and have a good time. Like you have anything better to do on a Monday night. (8 pm, $10 adv, 21+)

Tuesday, July 13th

ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI with Puro Instinct and Magic Kids @ Neumos

Ariel Pink started off about as DIY as you can get, recording hundreds upon hundreds of songs in his house using a variety of instruments including his mouth (not to sing) and armpits. After signing on to Animal Collective’s record label Paw Tracks, he began playing live shows in which he was routinely booed off the stage – it’s not easy to go straight from years in the basement to performing on stage for a live audience. He’s come a long way since then, now sporting a full band dubbed Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, a new record deal with 4AD, and an even newer album Before Today, which was released in June. Some of it’s songs are quirky and experimental like his older stuff, reminding listeners why he might have piqued the interest of Animal Collective back in 2003. Other songs, however, are pop-ier and sound like they should kick ass live and with a backing band. These include “Bright Lit Blue Skies” and the single “Round and Round,” a silky smooth throwback to the pop sounds of the 80s that brings to mind everything from ELO to Fleetwood Mac to “Thriller.” The album is stellar and was released just last month, so this could be a great show. (8 pm, $12 adv, 21+)

Wednesday, July 14th


What more can you say other than that two of the founding fathers of West Coast hip hop will be in the house on the same night. Don’t be surprised if you detect a particular smell wafting out of the nooks, alcoves, and alleyways around the theater before the show starts. (7:30; $45)

Saturday, July 17th

MINUS THE BEAR with Everest @ Showbox at the Market

Veteran Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear will be at the Showbox on Saturday in support of their new album Omni, which was released earlier this year. I’ve always considered their music instrumentally deft indie rock, but Omni is far more poppy and deliberately marketable. The video for the single “My Time” (below) features the band members engaging in the kind of colorful shenanigans you might expect from OK Go. The first hometown stage show since the album’s release should be a can’t-miss for fans.

BRITE FUTURES (formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) with Motopony @ Neumos

Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head has changed their name to Brite Futures and released a sunny single “Dog Eared Summer” to kick off life with their new moniker. Their bubbly jump and sing dance pop brings to mind teenagers, sweat bands, and neon. With the weighty, subdued acousticisms of Motopony kicking the night off, this show will have a little bit of everything. (8 pm, $14 adv)

KINGS OF LEON @ The Gorge Ampitheater

Once upon a time the Kings of Leon were raw, badass Tennessee whiskey rockers who smoked joints on stage and didn’t give a fuck. Now they have a neatly polished and primped image and arena act, and are perhaps the closest thing America has to Coldplay. If this excites you, they’ll be at the Gorge on Saturday. Just don’t forget to overnight a few items from their clothing line, or you’ll risk looking like a douche. (7:30 pm, $42.50-$56.50)

Sunday, July 18th

THE AVETT BROTHERS with Thao with the Get Down Stay Down @ The Paramount

Sentimental folk rock balladeers the Avett Brothers will by playing the Paramount for what seems like the 9th time int the past two years. Why? Because they can! The venue does suit their act well, so if you missed them the last time now is your chance to redeem yourself. (8 pm, $28 adv/$33 dos)

The Round 62 feat. STAR ANNA, DAMIEN JURADO, and other @ The Woodland Park Zoo

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to go to the zoo this summer, this could be it. This Round 62 event has a little bit of everything and should be a great place to bring the kids on a Sunday evening. In addition to the musical acts, there will be painters on hand, poetry readings, and a variety of other goings on. (music starts at 6 pm, $15)

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