Live Around Town This Week

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Monday, November 15th

CLINIC with The Fresh & Onlys and The Intelligence @ Neumo’s

The surgical mask-wearing UK cult band returns to Seattle following up their sixth album, Bubblegum. Hardly purveyors of candy-coated rock, Clinic sweeten their tunes with more varied instrumentation than you might have heard them play in the past. With them, two fantastic retro-punk bands on the superb In The Red record label: San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys and Northwest favorites The Intelligence. Be prepared to dance… spastically! (8 pm, $15 adv, 21+)

Tuesday, November 16th

TORO Y MOI with Nosaj Thing and Jogger @ Neumo’s

Listening to Toro y Moi’s chilled-out, lo-fi indie pop, it’s hard to believe he hasn’t been getting more attention. Also known as producer Chas Budnick, Toro y Moi’s debut album Causers of This was just released on Carpark Records. The album falls in line with other washed-out, beach indie acts such as Beach Fossils and Wavves, featuring layers of haywire guitars and soothing, stoned-out vocals. Though other similar bands have a certain sameness to a lot of their songs, Toro y Moi are incredibly versatile, sometimes even sounding more like Caribou or other more electronic acts than anything. And setting the electronic tone for the night will be opener Nosaj Thing, who recently played at Decibel Fest. (8 pm, $12 adv, 21+)

DEAN & BRITTA play Galaxie 500 with Case Studies @ The Crocodile

Our recent guests during KEXP’s broadcast from the Ace Hotel NYC during CMJ, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips perform classic songs by Galaxie 500. Go to this show (8 pm, $15 adv, 21+) to hear some of the best songs ever written, like this:

Wednesday, November 17th

TENNIS with The Golden Blondes @ The Crocodile

Tennis are Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, a husband and wife duo from Denver who decided to start playing music together after a seven-month sailing voyage along the East Coast. Unlike many bands preaching the summer-y virtues of the beach and the sea, Tennis’ music is characterized by Moore’s heavenly voice singing of carefree seaside love, rather than the lo-fi, washed-out fuzz of content-to-be-bored stoners. Tennis are simply content to be in love, and it’s not hard to picture them lounging under an umbrella with their toes in the sand, or on the deck of their sailboat with pleasant smiles on their faces, basking in the moments that inspired their music. Their song “Marathon”, released earlier this year as a 7” single, has been a KEXP favorite, and their debut full-length Cape Dory is slated to be released early in 2011. This show should be a pleasant breath of fresh air for anyone trying to forget about the increasingly cold and wet weather we’ve been experiencing lately. (8 pm, $10 adv, 21+)

Tennis – Marathon:

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GRAND HALLWAY with Nick Jaina and Drew Victor @ The Triple Door

Always a great show. The Triple Door should be a perfect venue for Grand Hallway‘s delicate indie pop. (7:30 pm, $10, all ages)

Thursday, November 18th

DAWES with the Romany Rye @ The Tractor Tavern

After hearing the down-home, heartfelt folk of Dawes, it might be safe to assume they’re from Kentucky, Tennessee, or some other country state along the Appalachians that is known for producing soulful country folk. They are, in fact, from a North Hills, California, a northern suburb of LA, and identify heavily with the area, thoroughly tapping into the Laurel Canyon spirit and even naming their 2009 debut LP North Hills. Fronted by singer and songwriter Taylor Goldsmith, the band has been making a name for itself through touring and Goldsmith’s frequent collaborations with Deer Tick front man John McCauley and Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez. The music also might have something to do with their recent success. Their songs are full of beautiful vocal harmonies, oftentimes sparse instrumentation, and Goldsmith’s powerfully affecting songwriting. (9 pm, $12 adv / $14 dos, 21+)

photo by Matt Jacoby

Friday, November 19th

BUILT TO SPILL with Le Fleur and Cober @ Showbox at the Market

This show shouldn’t need much promoting. Ahem…Built to Spill are playing at the Showbox at the Market on Friday and Saturday. There. I think that should do it.

THE INTELLIGENCE with Unnatural Helpers and Partman Parthorse @ The Sunset

A nice collection of local punk-influenced groups will be at The Sunset on Friday. The Intelligence have a lo-fi psychedelic sound and song names such as “Thank You God For Fixing the Tape Machine” and “Universal Babysitter”. Unnatural Helpers, led by singer and drummer Dean Whitmore are amazing live and furiously jam through two-minute song after two-minute song with few or no breaks. Partman Parthorse play trippy songs that mix elements of punk and hip hop. And they’re all playing on one night in one venue, and to benefit a great cause. The night doubles as a benefit for the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation. What’s not to love?

The Intelligence – Sailor Itch:

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WILD ORCHID CHILDREN with See Me River and Magic Mirrors @ Columbia City Theater

Wild Orchid Children have been all over town lately, and with good reason. The local band just released their debut full-length The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp released November 9th . The new album is a high-octane, tripped out tour de force that sounds like everything from The Mars Volta, to Portugal. The Man, to Rage Against the Machine (front man Kirk Huffman’s vocals in particular). The band has an insane amount of energy, are unabashed trippers, and will gladly take you along for the ride. (9 pm, $12)

The Wild Orchid Children are Alexander Supertramp teaser:


Legendary bluesman Taj Majal will be at Demetriou’s Jazz Alley for three nights.. Taj Majal’s musical rap sheet speaks for itself. He plays over twenty different instruments, has worked with everyone, and is still going strong after a nearly 50-year career. Just imagine eating a nice dinner and with Taj Mahal and an acoustic guitar a few feet away from you

MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO’s with Jookabox and Burnt Ones @ The Crocodile

Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos – How can you ignore a name like that? They’re also from Indianapolis. They’re also good at music playing. And no, there is no Margot in the band. (8 pm, $12, 21+)

Saturday, November 20th

BUILT TO SPILL with Le Fleur and Cober @ Showbox at the Market

With two shows, fans have no excuse to miss this trip through town. And also, the Northwest indie rock standard bearers just released their new album There Is No Enemy in early October. Check out some songs on the Built to Spill’s MySpace page.


More Taj.

Sunday, November 21st


Even more Taj.

ROBYN with Natalia Kills and Maluca @ Neumo’s

It has been a big year for Swedish pop sensation Robyn. She released the highly lauded Body Talk Pt. 1 and another LP, Body Talk Part II, and on November 22nd will release a third album, entitled simply Body Talk, which will feature songs from the first two albums as well as some new songs (four of which you can listen to preemptively here). It’s almost hard for me to imagine her arena-ready pop songs being sung in Neumos, but I guess that will just be a treat for whoever was lucky enough to get a ticket (the show is sold out). For a great article on Robyn by Sasha Frere-Jones, click here. Below is a video of a recent performance of her hit “Dancing on My Own” on Jimmy Fallon. (7 pm, sold out – check craigslist, all ages, bar w/ ID)

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