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Tokyo Police Club

Monday, August 16th

TOKYO POLICE CLUB with Freelance Whales and Arkell’s @ Neumos

Fresh off a performance at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, indie rockers Tokyo Police Club will lead off the live week at Neumos on Monday. Their debut full-length, Elephant Shell, which was released on Saddle Creek in 2008, played into the label’s reputation with songs that, though great, were intently lyrical and oftentimes emotionally weighty. Champs, the Toronto four-piece’s 2010 follow-up, is far more carefree and unrestrained, a style that TPC seems to be more comfortable with, especially judging by the youthful shenanigans portrayed in many of the videos found on their website. If anything the new album shows the band’s versatility and it’s hard not to get excited for what the future might hold for TPC. As for the present, it should be an energetic show at Neumos, especially with recently upstarted Queens band Freelance Whales opening, who are known to feature an interesting array of instruments, including a waterphone. Their music should be alright too. (8 pm, $15 adv, 21+)

J-RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS with The Small Change @ Chop Suey

J-Roddy Walston & The Business will rock the hell out of Chop Suey. The three-piece band from Baltimore play rousing, unhinged piano bar rock and roll that is centered around J-Roddy’s classic voice and jangly piano playing. They’ve just released their first full-length album, which is self-titled and should sound as raw as their live shows; they used minimal overdubbing, rudimentary equipment, and churned it out in only two weeks. Have a few drinks before you go and see this one. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

Wednesday, August 18th

THE HOLD STEADY with Jaills @ Showbox at the Market

I guess The Hold Steady are considered “indie rock” (they even call themselves such on their MySpace page), and while technically they are signed to an independent label, they feature no cutesy keyboard effects or whining voices. The Hold Steady are a drinking rock and roll band, with a sound centered on heavy guitar riffs and the everyman bar voice of Craig Finn. They’ve been steadily releasing good records all decade, rounding it off with this year’s Heaven Is Whenever. Though keyboardist Franz Nicolay left the band earlier in the year, the new album, though perhaps not as raw as earlier efforts, is nothing you wouldn’t expect from the band. This will definitely be a good show to see at a venue where the stage is flanked by two bars. (8 pm, $22 adv / $24 dos, all ages)

Thursday, August 19th

PILLOW ARMY with Elbow Coulee @ The High Dive

Local band Pillow Army has a great name, equally great music, and will be at the High Dive on Thursday. They are known to put on great live shows and have recently released their debut six-song EP, aptly titled To Comfort and Destroy and which is led off by a great cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Oh Comely”. The five-piece band plays richly textured chamber rock that features electric guitar riffs just as much as it features violin and cello. Multi-instrumentalist Kaitlin Morrison also has lovely solo acoustic music and has shared the stage with Grand Hallway’s Shenandoah Davis. Look for her at coffee shops and venues around town. She might even be playing a brief opening set on Thursday. (9 pm, $6, 21+)

Pillow Army - To Comfort and Destroy

Friday, August 20th


The summer concerts at the Mural are now in full swing, and with the successful BBQ now in the rear view mirror there are only two Fridays left to come out to the Seattle Center for a free night of live music. This Friday’s event, hosted by KEXP’s Troy Nelson, will feature Head Like A Kite and Say Hi and should be another fantastic evening of music. For more information on upcoming performances and the Mural Series in general, click here. (DJ sets and beer garden at 5 pm, shows from 6-8, FREE)

Saturday, August 21st

THEE EMERGENCY with Tennis Pro and Strong Killings @ Columbia City Theater

Thee Emergency lead woman Dita Vox was the covergirl for MTV $5 Cover Seattle, a bizarre pseudo-documentary meant to portray the real Seattle nightlife that featured a number of familiar local acts such as The Maldives, Champagne, Champagne, and THEESatisfaction. I don’t really know where I’m going with this, but it’s an interesting fact and Thee Emergency will be headlining a great night of music at the recently renovated Columbia City Theater. Vox does have plenty of the front woman appeal necessary to grace a movie poster though, and her stunning, sexy voice and stage presence is the highlight of Thee Emergency’s do-it-all DIY style and sound that flow in and out of a variety of genres and influences. It’s as original as it gets, sounds great, and Vox is impossible to deny. Opener Tennis Pro are definitely worth seeing as well, and probably aren’t getting as much local pub as they deserve. Throw in local punk band Strong Killings and this should be a spectacular night of local music. (9 pm, $10)

Dita Vox and Thee Emergency - photo by Abbey Simmons


It’s high time for outdoor concerts, and the August amphitheater season continues Saturday with the 2nd Annual No Depression Festival, which will be taking place all day at the Marymoor Amphitheater at Marymoor Park. This year’s artists include The Swell Season (8:35 pm-9:50), Lucinda Williams (7:05-8:05), Cave Singers (5:50-6:35), Alejandro Escovedo (4:45-5:30), Chuck Prophet (3:40-4:25), Sera Cahoone (2:35-3:20), and The Maldives (1:30-2:15), who are filling in for the Punch Brothers, who cancelled. For more information on the lineup and festival in general, click the corresponding words that make your cursor turn into a little hand. (1:30, $45 adv / $50 dos)

BLACK FRANCIS with CoBirds @ The Triple Door

Attention Pixies fans with a few bucks to spend: Black Francis will be playing two solo acoustic shows at the Triple Door on Saturday night. The Pixies front man has had a long and prolific solo career since the influential indie rock band broke up in 1993. After going by Frank Black for years, he switched back to Black Francis for the 2007 release Bluefinger. This year Francis has released the salaciously-titled Nonstoperotik, which he should play heavily from on Saturday. He might play a few Pixies songs as well and it will be interesting to see how much his trademark wail comes out during the acoustic set at the intimate Triple Door. [7:30 pm all ages (doors at 5:30), 10:00 21+ (doors at 9:30); $25]

Black Francis

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