Live Around Town This Week

The Sonics with Kevin Cole - photo by Jim Bennett

Wednesday, December 29

THE BRAMBLES with Buffalo Death Beam, Jack Wilson @ The Tractor Tavern

Local female-led alt-country band The Brambles will headline what will be a full night of good music at the Tractor on Wednesday. Sharing the bill will be Buffalo Death Beam as well as impassioned folk singer Jack Wilson, who released a self-titled full-length earlier this year and will be playing live on KEXP at 9:30 am the day of the show. (9 pm, $6, 21+)

Jack Wilson - photo by Spencer Leamer

Thursday, December 30

STAR ANNA & THE LAUGHING DOGS with Kasey Anderson @ The Tractor Tavern

Star Anna is a singer/songwriter from Ellensburg (that’s right) with an rich, powerful, and incredibly affecting voice that is nothing short of trance-inducing. Along with her band The Laughing Dogs, she plays soulful alt-country with a raw, electrified punch that gives the music an intensity that complements Anna’s slow passion perfectly. (9pm, $10 adv / $12 dos, 21+)

Friday, December 31

X @ The Moore Theater

Though Exene Cervenka announced in 2009 that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, LA punk pioneers X are still going strong after 40 years and will be at the Moore on New Year’s Eve. Not only that, but Exene and frontman John Doe will be playing an acoustic set on KEXP at 4:30 pm the day of the show. (8 pm, $43, 21+)

New Year’s Eve with FRESH ESPRESSO and HEAD LIKE A KITE @ The Crocodile

The show speaks for itself. Combine Fresh Espresso, Head Like A Kite, Friday night, a packed Crocodile, and New Year’s Eve and you could end up with the party of the year. This show will surely sell out, so get your tickets now! (8 pm, $15, 21+)

New Year’s Eve 2010 with THE SONICS with The Dirty Birds @ Capitol Theater (Olympia)

Olympia might be a bit of a drive for some of you, but this show should be well worth it. Tacoma garage rock legends The Sonics will be ringing in the New Year along with The Dirty Birds. The Sonics fizzled out at the tail end of the 60s, but over the next thirty years their music influenced a variety of artists and they became a worldwide cult favorite. In 2007 they re-united and have been playing live shows all over the world ever since. They haven’t been back to the Northwest, however, since 2008 when they played a sold-out show at The Paramount. Leon Berman interviewed them when they stopped by Shake the Shack in November. (doors at 8 pm, show at 9, $25, all ages – bar w/ ID)

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