Live Around Town This Week

Guided By Voices

A diverse week of live music will start out what is looking to be an amazing October of live music. On to the action:

Monday, October 4th

CARIBOU with Emeralds @ Chop Suey

There was a stretch after Caribou‘s 2010 album Swim was released earlier this year when I think one out of every four songs played on KEXP was the album’s single “Odessa”. And I can’t really say the heavy rotation wasn’t justified. The squawking electronic pop gem is wild and in control at the same time in addition to being interminably catchy. It is also only one of several stellar songs on Swim. Caribou’s Dan Snaith has produced a dazzling array of different music over the years, but he seems to be in a groovable mindset as of late, which always bodes well for a live performance. Just ask anyone who was lucky enough to see their noon o’clock set at Sasquatch! this year, which was by many accounts one of the most memorable performances of the festival. If you’ve never seen Dan Snaith and company, or, if you’re like me and were at Sasquatch! but couldn’t get your shit together soon enough to them, then now is your chance! (8 pm, $16 adv/$19 dos)

Caribou – Odessa

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THE DRUMS with Surfer Blood and The Dewars @ Neumos

When Surfer Blood isn’t even headlining, you know you’re going to have a pretty solid night of music. Brooklyn three-piece band The Drums will be filling that role Monday at Neumos. I don’t think I’m offending anyone when I say The Drums are imitators rather than innovators. They sound eerily similar to 80s bands such as The Smiths, Joy Division, and The Wake. I guess this isn’t a bad thing though, is it? It might be if you’re looking for something original, but fortunately Surfer Blood are on the bill as well. Surfer Blood’s guitar-driven indie rock with drowned-out, reverberating vocals is an interesting choice to complement The Drums, but when you think about it, they’re both youthful, energetic pop bands, and you can’t really go wrong. (8 pm, $13)

Thursday, October 7th

FRIGHTENED RABBIT with Plants and Animals and Bad Veins @ Showbox at the Market

Scottish five-piece group Frightened Rabbit are known for their emotive but meek, nimble, and scurrying songs that are befitting of their timid moniker. With their 2010 release The Winter of Mixed Drinks, frontman Scott Hutchison and company have taken a more grandiose approach, and though their humble beginnings are still evident, Frightened Rabbit now sound like they’re ready to fill arena with a far more epic, almost U2-like sound. Opener Plants + Animals are certainly no slouches either. They played an amazing set to lead off the performances from KEXP’s Music Lounge at Bumbershoot this year, and their mellow, but high-spirited indie rock seems to be coming into it’s own on their 2010 sophomore release La La Land. This will be a diverse, but incredibly solid night of music at the Showbox, and you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. Like The Drums and Surfer Blood, this is another interesting pairing that’s will end up being nothing other than a solid all around night of live music. (8 pm, $17.50 adv/$20 dos)

Friday, October 8th

THE CORIN TUCKER BAND with The Golden Bears and The Redwood Plan @ Showbox at the Market

You know Corin Tucker as one of the founding members and singer of Sleater-Kinney, and after playing a few solo shows for a benefit in Portland the other year, she recruited Sara Lound from Unwound and drummer Seth Lorinczi from the Golden Bears to record an album. 1000 Miles was released earlier this year and if Friday’s KEXP Song of the Day “Doubt” is any indication, it seems that Tucker has picked up right where Sleater-Kinney left off. While the heavy guitar riffs and Tucker’s distinctive yelping vocals are still there, expect the new mom to be a little more scaled-back than from her riot grrrl days. This should be a great show though, and a can’t-miss for anyone still suffering from Sleater-Kinney withdrawals. (8 pm, $15)

photo by John Clark

Saturday, October 9th

GUIDED BY VOICES with Times New Viking @ Showbox SoDo

Guided By Voices are back! Yes, THE Guided By Voices, and with the entire original lineup from 1992-1996. They’ll also only be playing classics from that time period off albums like Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes. Shouldn’t really have to say too much more about this show. (8 pm, $25, 21+)

THE MOONDOGGIES with Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ Pyramid Brewery

At the Pyramid Brewery it’s the 13th Annual Snow Cap Party. There will be music, a photo booth, a snowboarding video screening, and, I’m guessing, plenty of Pyramid beer. The party will also double as a CD release party for The Moondoggies, whose 2010 album Tideland was just released. (doors at 7 pm, music at 9, $18 adv/$21 dos, 21+)


If you’re wondering why there are a ridiculous number of bands playing at all of Ballard’s fine venues Saturday night, it’s because it’s Seattle Weekly’s annual Reverb Festival. Over 60 bands will be contained within only a few blocks on Ballard Ave. and 11 hours, from 3 pm to 2 am. Among those playing will be Feral Children, Helladope, Lisa Dank, The Fucking Eagles, Ravenna Woods, Whalesbones, Wild Orchid Children, Yuni in Taxco, Watch It Sparkle, Victor Shade, and plenty more. And, here’s the best part, it’s only $10 for an all-access wrist band, and $5 for a wrist band that gets you into all of the all ages venues. Schwow! Talk about bang for your buck! For more information, click here. (3 pm-2 am, $10/$5)

Sunday, October 10th

TY SEGALL with The Girls, Basemint, and Diver Down @ Chop Suey

The lo-fi garage psychedelia of Ty Segall sounds like it could have come out of nowhere other than the Bay Area, falling right in line with bands such as Thee Oh Sees. Ty Segall’s music is wild, raw, and fucking awesome. It’s the kind of live show, however, that might not be too polished, and might in fact be a drunken mess. Think of it as drunken, sloppy, and ultimately disappointing sex. It could be a let down if it’s been something you’ve looking forward to, that’s been built-up to, and that’s taking place on your queen-sized bed, but if it’s a spur-of-the-moment decision taking place in the back of your Subaru, then that’s kind of how it’s supposed to go down anyway, and you’re not going to be too worried about it. If you were paying $25 to see Ty Segall at a queen-sized bed like the Showbox and all hell broke loose, maybe you’d be prone to criticize, but since it’s at Chop Suey and you’re only paying $10, it might just be perfect, and you might just be inclined to not give a shit and give into the thrashing mentality that is sure to be radiating from the stage on outward (Then again, I’ve never seen Ty Segall live, and their live show might be a bit more prim and proper than I’m giving it credit for, but I do know that when you mix booze with their brand of wheels-off psychedelia, crazy things can happen). I will say that I’ve been listening to their 2010 album Melted on repeat for a good while now, and that this show should be most enjoyable regardless of what transpires. Just liquor up heavily and let the good times roll. (8 pm, $10 adv, 21+)

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