Live Around Town This Week

The Duchess & the Duke - photo by Kyle Johnson

Tuesday, November 23rd

FREELANCE WHALES with Miniature Tigers @ The Crocodile

The last time Freelance Whales were in Seattle they were opening for Tokyo Police Club. Now they’re headlining their own show with fellow New York band Miniature Tigers helping out. Their quirky indie pop is led by Judah Dadone’s tender, emotional vocals that sound like they could have been perfected in the Northwest just as easily as in Queens. To complement Dadone’s voice are layers of unconventional instrumentation (glockenspiels and waterphones, for instance) that are delicately woven into quaint little indie-pop gems, 13 of which are featured on their debut album Weathervanes, which was released earlier this year on Frenchkiss. (8 pm, $12, 21+)


The Taj Majal Trio’s November residency at Dimitriou’s continues. For a complete list of dates and times, click here. (7:30 pm, $28.50)

Wednesday, November 24th

BLONDE REDHEAD with Ólöf Arnalds @ Showbox at the Market

Veteran New York indie rockers Blonde Redhead released Penny Sparkle, their first album since 2007’s 23, earlier this year. The new record is slow, chilled-out, and sounds like every song is floating through space. If this sounds like your bag, head out to the Showbox on Wednesday for a relaxing evening before you have to deal with the family on Thursday. Also, Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds will be LIVE on KEXP today at 3pm, so you can get an early preview of the opening act. (8 pm, $20 adv / $23 dos, all ages – bar w/ ID)

TRUCKASAURUS with Thee Satisfaction and Sister Crayon @ Chop Suey

Truckasaurus are an electronic group, but their live shows go far beyond guys standing behind laptops. Situated behind a table full of gear and effects boxes and God knows what else, they twist and turn and move around excitedly as they crank out high-powered jams that sound like they’re part of the soundtrack to the most badass video game of all time. Their whole act is an ironic celebration of over-the-top American jingoism, from the monster truck-themed name, to their wearing American flags as capes, to the looped video clips they show during performances, which include everything from repeating slowed-down scenes of Jean Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport to Hulk Hogan riding a jet-ski with a machine gun – “Hell yeah!” is all you can really say. This show will serve as the vinyl release party for their recently-released second album Quarters. THEESatisfaction will be there as well, so this should be a good one. (9 pm, $8 adv / $10 dos, 21+)

photo by Caitlyn Mirete


…and continues

(7:30 & 10:00, $28.50)

Thursday, November 25th

Not even Taj Majal is playing on Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 26th

THE DUCHESS & THE DUKE with Ziskis and Yukon Blonde @ The Tractor Tavern

If you haven’t heard already, The Dutchess & the Duke are unfortunately calling it quits. They had released two excellent album of indie folk-rock since 2008, and “Reservoir Park,” off She’s The Duchess, He’s The Duke is one of the better songs to come out of Seattle in recent memory. This show will be their last go-round, their farewell, so it will be a special night to say the least. Get tickets now, because this will likely sell out. (9:30 pm, $12, 21+)

The Duchess & the Duke – Reservoir Park

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NO AGE with White Boss and HPP @ Neumos

Lo-fi indie rock duo No Age just released a Everything in Between in September, a stellar album to follow up the critically-acclaimed Nouns. They came out of the LA art rock scene, and their sound revolves around the youthfully exuberant drumming and vocals of Dean Spunt, as well as Randy Randall’s experimentally distorted and fuzzed-out guitar, which can conjures reminiscences of Sonic Youth. Look for No Age to leave it all on stage in what should be a HIGHLY energetic show. (8 pm, $12, all ages – bar w/ ID)

photo by Kyle Johnson

MT. ST. HELEN’S VIETNAM BAND with Young Evils and Cat from Hue @ The Crocodile

Local rockers Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have 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. (8 pm, $10, 21+)


…and continues

(7:30 & 10:00, $28.50)

Saturday, November 27th

GRINDERMAN @ King Cat Theater

Although Grinderman is comprised of members of The Bad Seeds, Nick Cave’s new sound is more than decidedly different, featuring heavy, dark, distorted and guttural guitar tones and Cave writing songs like he has a chip on his shoulder. He is angry and ferocious and savagely prowling for any women willing to oblige him. It sounds like he’s been repressing his primal urges all these years with the soft crooning of The Bad Seeds’ albums, and it’s all being unleashed in the form of Grinderman. Grinderman’s debut came out in 2007, and the follow-up Grinderman II was released a few months ago. Hide the women and children before you come out to the King Cat Theater on Saturday. And women, leave the man at home.

OS MUTANTES with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti @ Neumos

Tropicali band Os Mutantes started playing their psychedelic and distorted brand of Brazilian pop in the 60s, played into the 70s, took, oh, a few years off, and decided to reunite in 2006. In 2009 they released Haih…Ou Amortecedor…, their first album in over 30 years. You might remember them from their performance at Bumbershoot in 2009, during which they also performed an intimate set at the KEXP music lounge. I think they’ve proved that after all these years they’ve still got it. Opening for them on Saturday will be Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, who should be an interesting complement and will make it an all-around great night of music at Neumos. (8 pm, $18 adv, 21+)

DAVID BAZAN (w/ band) with The Head and the Heart @ Showbox at the Market

Former Pedro the Lion front man David Bazan has been playing and touring under his own name for the past few years, and released his solo debut Curse Your Branches in 2009. He’ll be playing with a full band on Saturday, however, as he was when he gave an exclusive performance for KEXP at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge in September. Here is “Bless This Mess:”

(8 pm, $15 adv / $18 dos, all ages – bar w/ ID)


…and continues

(7:30 & 10:00, $28.50)

Sunday, November 28th


…and will wrap up with a single Sunday evening performance.

(7:30, $28.50)

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  1. Jill Rachel
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget on Friday, The Frames are playing at The Showbox at the Market. Show starts at 8, Tickets are $25.

  2. vocal nerd rodeo
    Posted November 23, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    dang…this just makes me want to live in Seattle! thanks to the interwebs, i can at least listen from Chicago…thanks!

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