Live Around Town This Week

Wolf Parade

Monday, July 26th

WOLF PARADE with Moools @ the Showbox at the Market

Montreal indie rock quartet Wolf Parade are traveling the globe this summer to promote their new album Expo 86, which was released in June. They’ll be down from Canada for a quick sweep of the West Coast before fleeing the US for a few months worth of European dates. Fortunately we here in Seattle lie on the West Coast and the Sub Pop-ers will be at the Showbox at the Market on Monday. Conversations about Wolf Parade often come down to which frontman’s stylings do you prefer: Dan Boeckner’s or Spencer Krug’s? On Expo 86, the two seem to be working more as collaborators than as two separate songwriters with their own distinct styles. However you feel about Boeckner or Krug losing a little of their individual edge in favor of the team, the result is undeniably a sound that is more distinctly Wolf Parade than either of their two previous releases. (8 pm, $21 adv / $23 dos)

Tuesday, July 27th

THESE UNITED STATES with Pica Beats @ the Tractor Tavern

Alt-country indie rockers These United States will fittingly be playing the Tractor Tuesday night with local band Pica Beats. Since their first album was released in 2008, they have been touring like madmen and steadily gaining recognition. The Washington DC by way of Lexington, Kentucky group has a driving twangy energy and a dynamic front man and songwriter in Jesse Elliott — it all should add up to a great live show. Hot off their latest album What Lasts, which was released just a week ago on July 20th, they’ll continue from Seattle to play Pickathon outside of Portland in a few weeks, a roots festival where they should feel right at home, and then go on to the big stage at Lollapalooza in Chicago, with countless stops along the way to play with like minded artists such as Deer Tick, Fruit Bats, Bonnie Prince Billy (who are headlining Pickathon), and others. This should be a great all around night at the Tractor, however, as local band Pica Beats is opening and might be worth the price of admission themselves.

Wednesday, July 28th

WE ARE SCIENTISTS with The Black Whales @ Neumos

Brooklyn indie rock band We Are Scientists are touring in support of their third album Barbara, which was released in June. Their first two albums garnered much more acclaim in the UK than in the US, with their 2006 debut With Love and Squalor producing three top 40 singles. Their grandiose indie rock brings to mind bands such as Franz Ferdinand and The Killers, both of whom were also extremely successful overseas, sounding like it was tailor made to be played in front of a large-scale arena light show. They’ll be contained in Neumos on Wednesday, however, and should pack a punch. (8 pm, $15 adv, 21+)

Friday, July 30th

THE LIGHTS with Whalebones and The Young Evils @ the High Dive

Seattle band The Lights will bring their dark stripped down garage rock to the High Dive on Friday, along with Whalebones and The Young Evils. There is something deliciously sinister behind the three-piece’s rough edged indie rock, with brooding baselines, devil-may-care guitar riffs, and sometimes desperate vocals. They don’t filter anything emotionally, sugarcoat nothing, and make no apologies. For all their darkness, songs like “New, New” have a more upbeat Moondoggy-ish feel and are more optimistic and less conflicted than a lot of their other songs. They teamed up with producer Erick Blood on their most recent record Failed Graves, which came out in February. This show should perfect complement to a sorrow-drowning whiskey binge, so get out to Fremont on Friday if you’re in the mood. (9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

“A Tribute To The Kinks” @ the Sunset

The Kinks are one of the most under-appreciated bands of the 60s and 70s (they might be appreciated, but not as much as they should be). Ray Davies and Co. were just as influential as any of their more well known contemporaries, and on Friday a plethora of artists will be paying due homage as part of a tribute show at the Sunset. Among those participating are Guided By Dan, Gavin Guss, Erin Jorgensen, The Raggedy Anns, Matt Harvey, The Small Change, Kimo Muraki, The Sterling Loons, Dept. of Energy, The Riffbrokers, Jet Sparks, and the Kinks cover band The Quaifes, who will be performing The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society. (9 pm, $8 adv / $10 dos, 21+)

Saturday, July 31st

SILVERSUN PICKUPS with Against Me! and The Henry Clay People @ The Paramount

Los Angeles-based indie rockers Silversun Pickups have been gaining steam the past few years, so much so that they’ll be headlining a three-act billing at the Paramount on Saturday night. Lead singer Brian Aubert’s voice and the band’s dreamy melodies have led to Smashing Pumpkins comparisons, who at times they sound eerily similar to. If for nothing else, their live show will be interesting because drummer Chris Guanlao sets his crash cymbal up well over his head so that he can barely reach it as he’s thrashing his head and banging away – definitely fun to watch. Their latest album, Swoon, was released last year. This should be a full night’s worth of good music though, as Against Me! are always great live, and the Henry Clay People (who be playing live in-studio on KEXP at noon on Thursday the 29th) have a new album out that sounds great. (8 pm, $28)

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with The Dodos and Imaad Wasif @ Showbox at the Market

Veteran indie-pop conglomerate The New Pornographers will be bringing their high spirits, high energy, and feel good vibes to the Showbox at the Market on Saturday AND Sunday in support of their latest issue Together, which came out in May. The New Pornographers are the epitome of contemporary power pop and I can’t imagine this show being anything but a good time. (8 pm, $22.50 adv / $25 dos, 21+)

PHOSPHORESCENT with J. Tillman @ The Crocodile

If you were wondering what happened to the $40,000 worth of Phosphorescent’s gear that was stolen in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, worry no more – it was recovered by the NYPD, all there and undamaged. The band should be feeling good then when they come to play the Crocodile this Saturday with J. Tillman. From Athens, Georgia, Phosphorescent started off as Matthew Houck playing solo, mostly low-key experimental indie folk. Their acclaimed 2010 release Here’s to Taking It Easy, however, features a full band and is full of more traditional soul country rock that should fill up the Crocodile with ease. (8 pm, $12 adv, $21+)

Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent

Sunday, August 1st

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS with The Dodos and Imaad Wasif @ the Showbox at the Market

If you weren’t of age or just couldn’t make the show on Saturday, they’ll be playing another show Sunday for fans of all ages. Wasn’t that nice of them? (8 pm, $22.50 adv / $25 dos, all ages)

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