Live Around Town This Week

The Moondoggies - photo by James Bailey

Monday, December 13

BADLY DRAWN BOY with Justin Jones @ The Triple Door

British songwriter Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy, broke out in 2000 when his album The Hour of Bewilderbeast won the prestigious Mercury Prize as the album of the year in the UK. In 2002 Nick Hornby contracted Gough to write the music for the movie About A Boy, but since then he has mostly flown under the radar despite continuing to release albums. This year he released his seventh studio album It’s What I’m Thinking Part 1: Photographing Snowflakes, which is the first part of a three-part series of albums that will be released over the course of the next year. His intimate acousticisms should be perfectly suited for the Triple Door. (7:30 pm, doors at 5:30, $20 adv / $25 dos, all ages)

Wednesday, December 15

KILLING JOKE with SMP and The Crying Spell @ Showbox at the Market

Though enjoying success in the early 80s, Killing Joke have had a long, tumultuous, and inconsistent career since they formed in the late 70s. They’ve been through several lineup changes over the years, but after attending the funeral of former bassist Paul Raven, the original lineup decided to reconvene in 2007 (before attending the funeral together, frontman Jaz Coleman and original drummer Paul Ferguson hadn’t spoken in 20 years). The reunion has resulted in a world tour and a new album, Absolute Dissent, which was released earlier this year. (8 pm, $20 adv/$22 dos, all ages, bar w/ ID)

Thursday, December 16

THE TRIPWIRES with The Young Evils, John Osebold, DJ Greg Vandy, and John Vanderslice @ Columbia City Theater

The Tripwires and their pleasing, lighthearted pop melodies will headline what should be a delightful evening of local music at the Columbia City Theater for the Three Imaginary Girls Holiday Party. Also featured will be The Young Evils, John Osebold, and KEXP DJ Greg Vandy. Seattle music staple John Roderick of the Long Winters was originally scheduled to make an appearance as well, but will not be able to attend because he’ll be out of town. Fear not, though, as John Vanderslice will be taking his place. Not only that, but all of the night’s proceeds will go to Teen Feed. What’s not to love? (7 pm, $15, 21+)

The Tripwires - Look At It This Way

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The Young Evils - A Just Built Beaming Light

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THE FUZZY BALL @ Neumos

The Fuzzy Ball, not surprisingly, will be a full night of psych-rock and shoegaze goodness. Featured will be The Prids, Pete International Airport, The Purrs, The Upsidedown, This Blinding Light, Dazzling Strangers, C’est La Mort, Rick Bain & The Genius Position, Joy Wants Eternity, Ten Million Lights and KEXP DJ Shani Thunders. (7 pm, $10, 21+)

Friday, December 17

ROMANCE with Night Beats, Fox and the Law, and Royal Bear @ The Crocodile

Local post-punk band Romance formed in 2005 and released an excellent full-length debut in 2008 called The Divide. It will be a diverse night of local music at The Crocodile though, as while Romance plays more streamlined post-punk, opener Fox and the Law specializes in rough-around-the-edges, Nirvana- and White Stripes-influenced garage rock. Even rougher around the edges are lo-fi psych band Night Beats, who aren’t too shabby either. There’s something for everyone! (8 pm, $8 adv, 21+)

Romance - Face On The Sun

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KINSKI with This Blinding Light and Brain Fruit @ Sunset Tavern

If you couldn’t make the Fuzzy Ball on Thursday, instrumental Sub Pop psych-rockers Kinski will more than fill your weekly requirement of fuzz. They are loud, distorted, and sound like a Sub Pop band from 20 years ago. They should blow the doors off The Sunset. This Blinding Light, who are on The Fuzzy Ball lineup, will be opening. (10 pm, doors at 9, $8, 21+)

TRICKY with Truckasaurus @ Neumos

UK Trip-hopper Tricky will be at Neumos on Friday along with Truckasaurus. Here’s a review of a show he played last year at the Showbox. (8 pm, $20 adv, 21+)

Saturday, December 18

THE MALDIVES and THE MOONDOGGIES with Drew Grow and the Pastor’s Wives @ Showbox at the Market

This show shouldn’t need much promoting. The two titans of Seattle folk rock will be headlining a holiday-themed bash at the Showbox on Saturday. Spirits should be high for this one. Get your tickets now. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

BEAT CONNECTION with Yuni in Taxco and PWRFL @ The Crocodile

The Crocodile will host a who’s who of local tropical indie music on Saturday. Beat Connection burst onto the scene this year with their wavy EP Surf Noir, featuring the popular single “In Th Water.” Their MySpace page promises a new single in February, preceded by the phrase “surf no more.” Take that as you will, but it will be interesting to hear what they’re working on. Yuni in Taxco is a bit more low-key and relaxed than Beat Connection, but just as tropical and just as good. This will be a show to escape the winter weather with. (8 pm, $8 adv, 21+)

Yuni in Taxco at the Mural Amphitheater- photo by Dave Lichterman

A HOLIDAY HOWL @ Sunset Tavern

Another collection of local artists will gather at the Sunset on Saturday for a holiday party. On the bill are Hounds of the Wild Hunt (formerly the Whoremoans), Thee Emergency, Strong Killings, and Thomas Hunter of Wild Orchid Children. Side note: check out The Sunset’s re-vamped website. (9:30, $8, 21+)

JOHN GRANT @ The High Dive

Haven’t been to the High Dive in a while? Associative New York songwriter John Grant will be there on Saturday. (6 pm, $10, 21+)

KINDIEPENDENT KIDS ROCK SERIES feat. Caspar Babypants @ Mount Baker Community Club

Caspar Babypants, aka Chris Ballew of The United States of America, is taking the world of toddler folk-rock by storm. His music is fun, simple, sunny, and can be enjoyed by parents and kids alike. I don’t know what kind of crappy kids’ shows your under-ten-year-olds are watching right now (honestly, I’m afraid to know), but Caspar Babypants’ music is something you can actually enjoy with your kid instead of going into a smart phone vortex or throwing up. (10:30 am, all ages, obviously)

BOAT with Exploding High Fives, Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble Starts, and Contours D’Elegance @ Comet Tavern

The Comet will host a CD release party for local indie band BOAT on Saturday. Listen to “We Want It! We Want It!” below, which was KEXP’s Song of the Day on this day last year.

BOAT - We Want It! We Want It!

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COBIRDS UNITE with Goldfinch and Trespassers William @ Columbia City Theater

Cobirds Unite must feel at home playing at the newly-renovated Columbia City Theater. They’ve played a number of shows there in the past few months. Another one will take place on Saturday. Rachel Flotard + holiday cheer = a fun night. (9 pm, $8)

Sunday, December 19

PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT @ The Triple Door

Fans of cello ensembles shouldn’t miss this event. (7:30, $16 adv/$18 dos, all ages)

CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO @ The Tractor Tavern

Charlie Hunter is known for his prowess with the seven- or eight-string guitar. Here’s The Charlie Hunter Trio at the London Jazz Festival:

(8 pm, $15, 21+)

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