This Friday will be the last edition of the Concerts at the Mural series presented by KEXP and Seattle Center. So far we’ve had three amazing Fridays (and one Saturday) of free music and sunshine at the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater, and things aren’t looking to drop off this week when a trio of local artists will close out the month under the shadow of the Space Needle. Audioasis DJ Hannah Levin will host the event, which will run from 6-8 pm and feature Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, The Head and the Heart, and Yuni in Taxco. Get there at 5:00 to warm yourself up in the beer garden for what should be a fitting end to a successful month of shows at the Mural. For more information on the event, click here.
MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND
Unlike The Head and the Heart and Yuni in Taxco, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has garnered a good deal of national recognition since they formed in 2008. Their interesting familial dynamic and super-charged indie rock has been covered by Spin, Pitchfork, the A.V. Club, and other widespread publications. The four-piece band, which can sound like everything from Franz Ferdinand to The Mars Volta, consists of lead guitarist and vocalist Benjamin Verdoes, his wife Traci Eggleston, and his extremely young and adopted brother Marshall Verdoes on drums, released their second full-length album Where The Messengers Meet on Dead Oceans this year. After they put the cap on this year’s Mural Series concerts, they’ll head east, touring the nation with the likes of Portugal. The Man and Dead Confederate.
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band – Inuit (MP3)
THE HEAD AND THE HEART
It’s been a good year for local five-piece band The Head and the Heart. They released their debut EP in June, played to a sizable crowd at the Capitol Hill Block Party, jammed at the Doe Bay Music Festival earlier this month, and have been popping in and out of venues around town regularly, playing alongside bands such as Grand Hallway and Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground. The flurry of local attention isn’t surprising when you listen to their catchy and beautifully melodic folk pop. Their music is inspired, uplifting, and guaranteed to leave you feeling better than you did before the show started. It should be a glorious show on Friday, and I can’t imagine a better place for them to play than the Mural Amphitheater, where the always-appreciative crowd is never unprepared to get up and share the good vibes.
The Head and The Heart – Sounds Like Hallelujah (MP3)
YUNI IN TAXCO
Another local band that has been generating some buzz recently is Yuni in Taxco. The band formed during a trip to Mexcio in 2009, and have brought the laid-back, beachy vibes back up to Seattle. Their music is mellow, relaxing, and should be a great opening act to recline on the grass to after a few beers (unfortunately, I don’t think anybody will be selling margaritas). Wear you shades for this one.
Yuni in Taxco – King of Borneo (MP3)