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Joanna Newsom

Wednesday, August 4th

JOANNA NEWSOM with Robin Pecknold @ The Moore

Indie folk fairy princess Joanna Newsom will team up with Fleet Foxes front man Robin Pecknold to entertain interested parties at The Moore on Wednesday. Earlier this year Newsom released Have One On Me, an ambitious triple LP to follow up her acclaimed debut and sophomore albums (2004′s The Milk-Eyed Mender and 2006′s Ys). Newsom is characterized by her classical harp playing and high childlike voice that sounds like it’s coming from a 12-year old girl carelessly traipsing around a playground and picking dandelions. Listening to Newsom’s music transports you to a dream world of pixies, flowers, and enchanted meadows, and her latest effort, clocking in at around two hours, is certainly no exception. The him and her singer-songwriter sets of Newsom and Pecknold, who will play his solo material and maybe a few Fleet Foxes songs as well, should complement each other nicely. (7:30 pm, $27.50)

THE BLACK LILLIES with Chatham County Line and Sam Quinn @ The Tractor Tavern

The fact that The Black Lillies are from Knoxville, Tennessee becomes self-evident as soon as you press “play” on whatever device you might have their music queued up on. They are a full-fledged, make-no-mistake-about-it country band, featuring a pedal steel, mandolin, and front man Cruz Contreras’s thick Appalachian drawl that seems like it couldn’t have come out of any other part of the country. They’re touring in support of their debut album Whiskey Angel, which was released in April and recorded by Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor. If you can’t make it down to the Tractor on Wednesday, they’ll be playing live on The Roadhouse on KEXP at 7:15 PM. (9 pm, $8, 21+)

LANGHORNE SLIM with Palmer Electric and Red Jacket Mine @ Neumos

Sweet-sounding indie folk rocker Langhorne Slim’s most recent album Be Set Free was released last year, features a full band, and was produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. It also sounds amazing. Funk’s ‘indie’ sensibilities mesh perfectly with Slim’s sublime folk melodies and beautifully optimistic lyrics. On “I Love You, But Goodbye” he sings “I love you, but goodbye / A bird with clipped wings can still sing but can no longer fly” as a proclamation, not a lamentation, and begins the single “Say Yes” by singing “Darlin’ nobody plans it this way / We’re floatin’, we’re fallin’, we’re gonna land either way” before a joyous shouting chorus of “Say yes! Say yes! Say yes!” Slim’s music is steeped in this “land on your feet” positivism, and this show should be about as feel-good as it gets. (8 pm, $12 adv, 21+)

Langhorne Slim

Friday, August 6th

KEXP PRESENTS CONCERTS AT THE MURAL

Every Friday in August KEXP will be putting on a free show at the Mural Ampitheater at the Seattle Center. Elliott Brood, Grand Hallway, and Gabriel Mintz will kick off the series on Friday in what should be a fantastic show. Visit the KEXP website for all the additional info your heart can desire. (doors at 5:00, show at 6:00, FREE)

T-MODEL FORD with Gravelroad and Watch It Sparkle @ The Tractor Tavern

There are plenty of bands that play or claim to play bluesy rock, bluesy folk, or bluesy whatever. T-Model Ford plays the straight up Blues. His MySpace tag-line is simply “I’m a Bad Man” and under “sounds like” it lists only “Junior Kimbrough, Muddy Waters on acid, RL Burnside.” Dear god T-Model where have you been all my life! T-Model Ford is James Carter Lewis Ford who is from Forest, Misssissippi and “thinks he’s seventy-five but isn’t sure,” although it claims elsewhere that he’s either 84, 87, or 88. He worked in the fields, is said to be illiterate, was sentenced to ten years on a chain-gang for murder, and is a self-proclaimed dangerous man who “could really stomp some ass back then. Stomp it good.” He should be plugged in and playing with his frequent band GravelRoad on Friday. This will be a pure as it gets and there’s unlikely to be a bigger badass touring, or alive, today. This show is a can’t miss for blues lovers. (9:30 pm, $10, 21+)

KAY KAY AND HIS WEATHERED UNDERGROUND with The Head and The Heart @ Columbia City Theater

Local band Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground were formed by former Gatsbys American Dream members Kirk Huffman and Kyle O’Quinn (who are also in Wild Orchid Children). They didn’t stop with just the two of them though, as the cover of their forthcoming album Introducing Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground advertises 12 musicians. They play with a wide variety of instruments and from an even wider variety of influences, and their music sounds, among other things, like it is part of some vaudevillian carnival full of hallucinations. There should be a strong collective on stage Friday and I couldn’t imagine this not being an amazing show, especially considering The Head and The Heart are on the bill as well. (9 pm, $12)

Saturday, August 7th

SEU JORGE AND ALMAZ @ King Cat Theater

Most of you are probably familiar with Seu Jorge from his role in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as the Bellafonte‘s David Bowie-covering minstrel. The performance, in which he played Portugese versions of “Five Years,” “Starman,” and other Bowie classics, thrust him into America’s musical consciousness. The Brazilian samba sensation and actor (he also played Knockout Ned in City of God) will be at the King Cat Theater on Saturday with Almaz, with whom he released an album earlier this year, also full of covers, called…Seu Jorge and Almaz. (doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30, $30 adv / $35 dos)

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD with Flobots @ Marymoor Park

The Marymoor Park summer concert series kicks off on Saturday with Michael Franti & Spearhead. They’re on the road to support their single “The Sound of Sunshine,” which was released in June, as well as to drum up interest for their full-length album of the same name that is due to hit shelves September 21st. His new material is devoid of rebelliousness, all about good vibes, and sounds like a soulful, rapping Jack Johnson. This should be a fun, high-spirited show to see on a sunny Saturday at Marymoor. (7 pm, $29.50-$39.50)

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