Live Around Town This Week

Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Monday, August 9th

BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY & THE CAIRO GANG with Sir Richard Bishop @ Showbox at the Market

Kentucky-born musician Will Oldham, AKA Bonnie “Prince” Billy has been playing and recording his solemn, lyrical folk for close to two decades. While 1999′s I See A Darkness is considered by many to be his magnum opus so far, Oldham has been extremely prolific over the past decade, releasing something nearly every year. His latest album The Wonder Show of the World was released earlier this year and features guitarist Emmett Kelly’s band The Cairo Gang, with whom Oldham has been touring, playing Pickathon just this weekend. The album sounds like “Prince” and The Cairo Gang were made for each other, and I can’t imagine their live show will suggest otherwise. And if you’re interested in how Pickathon turned out in general, check out Greg Vandy’s updates on his blog, including a picture of Oldham’s not-exactly-lavish lodging accommodations. (8 pm, $24)

ROADSIDE GRAVES with Yuni in Taxco and SilOHs @ Sunset Tavern

Roadside Graves are a 7-piece band from New Jersey that play inspired, folky Americana. Their most recent full-length album My Son’s Home was released last year, and they’ve followed it up in 2010 with You Won’t Be Happier With Me, a six-song EP. They’re clearly influenced by 70s folk rock acts such as The Band, and like Bonnie “Prince” Billy they’re fresh off an appearance at Pickathon. Accompanying Roadside Graves on the bill are local acts Yuni in Taxco and SilOHs. Yuni in Taxco play laid-back, Beach Boys-inspired tropical rock, and SilOHs play delightfully spaced-out alt-country. This should be a great show from top to bottom. And speaking of Yuni in Taxco, in addition to plugging their upcoming appearance at the Mural Amphitheater as part of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural on Friday, August 27th, I have to share this brilliant “Bands Under Fans” video they made. (9 pm, $6, 21+)

Tuesday, August 10th

VIEUX FARKA TOURE with Publish the Quest @ Neumos

If you haven’t been able to get enough African music (and there’s been a lot of it “live around town” lately) Mali’s own Vieux Farka Toure will be at Neumos on Tuesday. Vieux is the son of African guitar legend Ali Farka Toure, but his famous father did everything he could to steer his son away from music, as he didn’t want him to endure the same hardships he experienced. Vieux’s musical pedigree couldn’t be denied though, and he eventually joined Toumani Diabate’s band. In 2007 he released his self-titled debut album, one of the last records to feature his father Ali before his death. Vieux, whose second full-length release Fondo came out in 2009, wields the electric guitar and plays African blues that is known to be exceptional live. You might remember him playing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Wednesday, August 11th

HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR with CyberTramp and DJ Colby B @ Neumos

Super smooth genre-bending dance outfit Hercules and Love Affair will be getting down at Neumos on Wednesday. The project of New York-based DJ/producer Andrew Butler, Hercules and Love Affair burst onto the scene in 2008 with their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album. Their music has been compared to disco, but just as much as it is a throwback to dance club favorites of the 70s, it is also something entirely new, fresh, and even futuristic. You can’t have good dance music without good bass and good beats, and H&LA are spectacular on both accounts, featuring a wide range of grooves and complementing horns and vocals that invite all kinds of shimmying. In case you missed it, H&LA was Michelle Myers’ Saturday Afternoon Artist a few days ago, and you can visit here for her take and some great videos of their live show. (8 pm, $17.50, 21+)

Thursday, August 12th

CHROMEO with Holy Ghost! and Telephoned @ Showbox at the Market

More dance music this week comes by way of Chromeo, a two-piece electronic outfit that play high-energy, electrically charged hits that are a throwback to the 80s and should provide a workout for any enthusiastic audience members. They’re in the middle of a massive tour in support of their latest album Business Casual, which was released earlier this year. Don’t sleep on Holy Ghost! either, another two-piece group from New York whose single “I Will Come Back” is fantastic. (8 pm, $20 adv, all ages)

Chromeo

Friday, August 13th

KEXP PRESENTS CONCERTS AT THE MURAL

Every Friday in August KEXP will be putting on a free show at the Mural Amphitheater at the Seattle Center. There was a great turnout last week for Elliott Brood, Grand Hallway, and Gabriel Mintz and this week’s show should be just as good as State of the Artist, Noddy, and Brite Futures will be on stage in front of the Space Needle. Visit the KEXP website for any other information you might want. (doors at 5:00 pm, show at 6:00, FREE)

THE TEMPER TRAP @ Showbox at the Market

If you have a special propensity for Australian atmospheric rock, then I’d advise that you spend your Friday seeing The Temper Trap at the Showbox at the Market. Their debut album Conditions came out last year and was produced by Jim Abbiss, who worked on the Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not among other projects. Their space-filling guitar riffs immediately bring U2 to mind and they should put on an imposing show. (8 pm, $22 adv/$24 dos)

RODRIGO Y GABRIELLA with Xavier Rudd and Izintaba @ Marymoor Park

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, the him and her acoustic guitar picking duo from Mexico will be playing week two of Marymoor Park’s summer concert series along with the do-it-all Australian Xavier Rudd. Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s latest album 11:11 was released late last year and is full of their familiar goodness. Make sure you don’t miss Xavier Rudd either. Though he’s softened up a bit on recent albums, his live show is always spectacular, playing didjeridoo, guitar, drums, and whatever else he can strap to himself...all at the same time. (7 pm, $35-$39.50)

Saturday, August 14th

THE 8TH ANNUAL KEXP BBQ @ The Mural Amphitheater

The crowning event of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural series is this Saturday’s all-day BBQ. Kevin Cole, John Richards, and DJ El Toro will host the free event at the Mural Amphitheater, which will run from 2-9 pm and feature Quasi, Suckers, The Lonely Forest, The Joy Formidable, Dinosaur Feathers, and Victor Shade. Doors open at 1:00 pm, so drop by anytime for a Saturday afternoon and evening of free music and BBQ. Click here for more info.

JOHN RODERICK (of The Long Winters) @ The Triple Door

Do-everything Seattle music staple John Roderick will be playing a solo show at the Triple Door on Saturday. Over the years he’s worked on more projects than anyone can keep up with, teaming up with countless bands, making appearances at 826 Seattle, writing articles, giving prose readings, and pretty much anything else he can do to contribute to the Northwest arts scene. This is sure to be an intimate evening over which to sip a few cocktails, listen to some songs, and probably hear a few stories. (8 pm, $20)

John Roderick

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