Live Around Town This Week

Ghostland Observatory - photo by Christopher Nelson

Monday, November 8th

DOOMTREE feat. P.O.S. and Dessa @ Neumo’s

For the first time ever, all seven members of Minneapolis’ Doomtree collective -- including KEXP favorites P.O.S. and Dessa -- are touring... and performing... together. Expect solo sets and group jams. (8 pm, $13.50 adv, All Ages, Bar w/ID)

Dessa - Children’s Work:

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Tuesday, November 9th

FISTFUL OF MERCY with Alain Johannes @ Showbox at the Market

Fistful of Mercy are a new super-group that consists of Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison, and Joseph Arthur. The group came together early in 2010, and quickly recorded an album of mellow, heartfelt folk in which all three members share vocal duties, harmonizing often. As I Call You Down was released later in the year and touring has ensued. In fact, the band’s third live performance ever took place in-studio and on the air for KEXP, a video of which can be seen below, and all of which can be seen here and here. (8 pm, sold out, but check craigslist, 21+)

Wednesday, November 10th

JUNIP with Sharon Von Etten and Joshua Morrison @ Neumos

Before Jose Gonzalez was Jose Gonzalez, he fronted a Swedish band called Junip along with drummer Elias Aryan and keyboardist Tobia Winterkorn. After forming in the late 90s and releasing a 7”, Junip’s members separated to pursue their own endeavors, with Gonzalez of course crossing over and establishing himself as a successful, sweet-singing acoustic solo artist. He brought the band back together in 2006 to record an EP, but it wasn’t until Gonzalez finished touring for his last solo album, In Our Nature, that the band began seriously recording. The result is their first full-length album, which was released earlier this month and sounds just as good as you would hope Jose Gonzalez with a band could sound. His distinctive, soothing voice is still there, as is his beautiful acoustic guitar plucking, but this time it’s enriched and complemented beautifully by the work of Aryan and Winterkorn. Though elements of Gonzalez’s solo work are evident, Junip definitely has a different energy to it that should make for an amazing live show. (8 pm, $15 adv, 21+)

Thursday, November 11th

THE LONELY FOREST with Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Neumos

From Anacortes, The Lonely Forest formed in 2005 and were quickly noticed by Jack Endino, with whom they recorded an EP in 2006. A pair of full-lengths followed in 2007 and 2009, and they just released a new EP in September. Led by keyboard player John Van Deusen and his incredible voice, the band plays a kind of indie rock that is sometimes forceful and sometimes sentimental, but always sounds like it could have come out of nowhere other than the Northwest. This will be their first show in Seattle since the new EP was released, so expect an impassioned performance. You can listen to “Live There”, an ode to the Northwest from their new EP, right here: (8 pm, $15 adv)

The Lonely Forest - Live There:

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FREE ENERGY with Foxy Shazaam and Hollerado @ The Crocodile

Free Energy got their start by sending LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy a demo. Murphy liked what he heard and has played an integral part in the band’s rise. He produced their debut single in 2009, an EP later in the year, as well as their debut full-length, Stuck on Nothing, which was released on Murphy’s DFA label in 2010. The band plays up-beat rock that at times sound like a less “indie”, more “rock and roll” version of Pavement, if that makes sense. Their music is light, carefree, and uncomplicated, and should make for a high-spirited experience at The Crocodile. Make sure to get out early for Canadian rockers Hollerado, who are more wheels-off and shout-y in their brand of rabble-rousing bar rock. Good stuff all the way around. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

Friday, November 12th

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY with DJ Jack @ Showbox SoDo

Austin-based producer/singer duo Ghostland Observatory play funky electro dance highlighted by Indian-braided frontman Aaron Behrens’ piercing wail. Their first album, Paparazzi Lightning was top-to-bottom amazing, and though the three albums that followed, including the recently released Codename Rondo, have not received as much acclaim, one thing that’s for certain is that they put on an unbelievable live show; there is a reason they seem to play two nights every time they come to Seattle. I saw some pictures one of my friends put up of a show earlier in the tour, and their laser set up is unlike anything I have ever seen. Fog will be plentiful as well, and Behrens’ stage presence will take care of the rest. It’s also hard for me to imagine them playing anywhere but the Showbox SoDo, probably the best venue in the city for massive moving dance parties. This should be a good one to get down to. (8 pm, $22.50 adv / $25 dos, 21+)

DELOREAN with Lemonade and Noddy @ Neumos

Sunny and Spanish, four-piece electro-rockers Delorean will be at Neumos on Friday. I heard from several different people that the show they put on at Bumbershoot a few months ago was the best performance of the festival, and I can’t even imagine the energy they will bring to Neumos. The entire band has an infectious energy, jumping around and pumping their fists on stage, that the crowd can’t help but adopt. Their music is comprised of synthy, floating, extended dance jams and on their new album Subiza, they might be at their best yet. Also of note on the bill is Noddy, the project of local musician Jared Mills. Noddy plays dark but energetic pop laden with throwback beats, synths, and video game effects. All in all, this is going to be a night of continuous dancing. For an excellent recap and pictures from Delorean’s perforamnce at Bumbershoot, click here. (8 pm, $13, 21+)

Noddy - photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

Saturday, November 13th

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY with DJ Jack @ Showbox SoDo

This should be highly similar to their show on Friday night. Come all ye underage fans! (8 pm, $22.50 adv / $25 dos, all ages)

BOBBY BARE JR. with Blue Giant @ The Tractor Tavern

From Tennessee, Bobby Bare Jr., is not surprisingly and quite obviously the son of country musician Bobby Bare, and plays delightfully laid-back alt-country with a voice that is mostly devoid of twang despite his roots. His music comes out of laid back 70s folksy country rock, but there’s no mistaking that Bare Jr.’s music is unique in itself. It’s no surprise that he’s been a recent favorite of around KEXP. His most recent album A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head was released in August. And there’s no place better to see him around Seattle than The Tractor, a venue that was basically built to house country-folk acts like Bare Jr. If you order your tickets in advance online, you can get a free download of the acoustic demos of A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head (9:30 pm, $15, 21+)

photo by Kyle Johnson

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