Live Around Town This Week

The Night Beats

THIS WEEK: More amazing local music than you know what to do with. Here’s a rundown:

Tuesday, January 11

DEAD MEADOW with Sweet Apple (feat. J. Mascis), Blood Red Dancers @ The Tractor Tavern

In what will be a change of pace from the Tractor’s usual lineup of blues, country, folk, or anything else that would bring western shirts to the stage, psychedelic stoner rock band Dead Meadow will be playing beneath the hanging boots on Monday. The LA by way of DC band formed in the late 90s and have since undergone several incarnations, and though their music is most certainly psychedelic, they tend to veer toward heavier, Led-Zeppelin-inspired riffs and jams. Their latest album is 2010’s Three Kings. And you can’t miss Sweet Apple, featuring Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis along with Tim Parnin and John Petkovic of Cobra Verde and Dave Sweetapple of Witch. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Wednesday, January 12

KAY KAY & HIS WEATHERED UNDERGROUND with Ravenna Woods, Exohxo, Let’s Get Lost @ Neumos

Wednesday brings another stacked night of local music to Neumos. Feel-good foot-stomping collective Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground will be the headliners, and their often time tender-hearted, often times carnival- and/or Tom Waits-inspired folk rock is unique more than anything, and has amazing live show written all over it. You’re probably familiar with Ravenna Woods as well. Here they are live from the Caffe Vita Bean Room during CHBP. (7 pm, $8, 21+)

Thursday, January 13

LINDSAY FULLER & THE CHEAP DATES with Casey Neill, The Norway Rats @ High Dive

Impassioned folk rocker Lindsay Fuller and her Cheap Dates play twangy western Americana that falls somewhere in between Mark Twain and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. They’re getting ready to release a new album later in 2011, so expect some new songs and some energy. (9 pm, $7, 21+)

ELBA with Gabriel Mintz, The Quit @ The Crocodile

This show will serve as the release party for local bandElba’s new EP Diplodocus. Elba play indie rock with a unique Western vibe to it, almost like an early-Modest Mouse if they were from the desert, mixed with a more forceful, driving Edward Sharpe. Throw some Pixies in there too, perhaps. Questionable comparisons aside, they rock and I feel like the Diplodocus album cover is a pretty good representation of the EP’s sound. Take that for what you will. (8 pm, $8, 21+)

Friday, January 14

DANEIL G. HARMANN & THE TROUBLE STARTS with Drew Victor, Elk and Boar @ Columbia City Theater

Here’s what KEXP Music Director Don Yates had to say about Daniel G. Harmann’s latest album:

“The 6th album from Daniel G. Harmann & co. is a first-rate set of moody indie-pop with rumbling, atmospheric guitar lines that explode into crunchy, rangy solos combined with soft, wispy vocals and a variety of catchy pop hooks.”

Good stuff. Have a listen for yourself:

Daniel G. Harmann & the Trouble Starts – The Horse & the Sistine Chapelt

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(9pm, $6)

THE HEAD AND THE HEART with Lemolo, Curtains For You @ Neumos

The nice little stretch when HATH were playing around town every other week as an opening act might be done for, or at least close to done for. It comes as no surprise that they finally got the record deal they were bound to get, recently signing with Sub Pop, and now they’re headlining at show at Neumos that quickly sold out. And six months ago? You probably hadn’t even heard of them. (8 pm, SOLD OUT, 21+)

Saturday, January 15

SHIM with Whalebones, Hobosexual, Pipsisewah @ Columbia City Theater

A week stocked full of local music continues Saturday with SHIM at the Columbia City Theater. Their stripped-down arena rock is riff heavy and will most certainly warrant some headbanging. This is the epitome of rocking out and if you’re tired of hearing castrated indie rock everywhere you turn, a SHIM show could be just what the doctor ordered. (9pm, $8)

GRAND ARCHIVES with Feral Children, Astronautilis @ The Crocodile

The uber mellow local indie pop of Grand Archives will fill the Crocodile on Saturday. It’s hard not to keep your mind from drifting away when in the presence of their delicate melodies and singer Mat Brooke’s airy voice. Get there early for Feral Children as well, who treated the Caffe Vita Bean Room to a few songs at this, or I guess last, year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

Grand Archives – Oslo Novelist

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THE NIGHT BEATS with Thee Emergency, Mopper @ Fun House

Yet another great night of local music will be going down at the Fun House on Saturday. Dita Vox and Thee Emergency, the co-stars of the recently premiered MTV $5 Cover: Seattle, will be warming the audience up for the borderline absurdly lo-fi Night Beats, who play twangy and psychedelic garage rock and play it well – think of them as an even rawer version of Thee Oh Sees or Ty Segall, if that’s possible. (9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

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  1. Stephanie
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    The Dead Meadow show will be a great but it will be great on Tuesday, not tonight. The Tractor has square dancing tonight.

  2. Tractor Tavern
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    the Dead Meadow/ Sweet Apple/Blood Red Dancers show at the Tractor is actually tomorrow TUESDAY Jan 11

  3. Neil P Doherty
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    January 11, 2011
    psychedelic pop & stoner rock

    NOT January 10th, 2011

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