Live Around Town This Week

Old 97's - photo by Christopher Nelson

Monday, January 24

OLD 97’S with Langhorne Slim @ Showbox at the Market

Most of us are familiar with the Old 97’s (if you’re not, here’s a review of their most recent stop by the Showbox last June). Rhett Miller and Co. bring it every single night, never leave anyone disappointed, and are just a plain great band to see live with more hits than they have time to play. But the Old 97’s aren’t even what got me excited about this particular billing…well, they are, but not entirely. Langhorne Slim‘s sweet-sounding folk rock can be tender, can be raucous, and, regardless of a song’s subject matter, is always feel-good. He can go toe-to-toe with the Old 97’s in terms of songwriting chops (maybe) and energy (definitely). I can’t imagine a better pairing. (7 pm, $20-$23, 21+)

Tuesday, January 25

WEEN @ The Paramount

There are people who like Ween, people who hate Ween, and people who are absolutely fanatical about Ween. I nearly got trampled at Sasquatch! last year after lingering too close to the entrance to the area in front of the main stage just before Ween was scheduled to come on. Over the course of the weekend I ran into a number of people who had traveled great distances solely to see Ween; they didn’t even care about the other artists that would be performing. You couldn’t say that about many other bands on the lineup. Now Seattle Ween-enthusiasts can get excited because on Tuesday no road trip will be necessary: Dean, Gene, and company will be playing downtown at the Paramount. (8 pm, $29-$32)

FREE ENERGY with The Postelles @ The Crocodile

Free Energy got their start by sending LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy a demo. Murphy liked what he heard and has played an integral part in the band’s rise. He produced their debut single in 2009, an EP later in the year, as well as their debut full-length, Stuck on Nothing, which was released on Murphy’s DFA label in 2010. Their music is up-beat, feel-good indie rock and roll that is light, carefree, and uncomplicated – a perfect show to enjoy a few drinks to at the Crocodile. (8pm, $10, 21+)

Thursday, January 27

RA RA RIOT with Givers, Pepper Rabbit @ Neumos

Here’s Ra Ra Riot playing “Boy,” the single from their latest release The Orchard, at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge last year:

(8 pm, $18, all ages – bar w/ ID)

Friday, January 28

INTERPOL with School of Seven Bells @ Showbox SODO

This show is not surprisingly sold out. Though their 2010 self-titled release might not have been received much acclaim or appeared on many best of the year lists, Interpol remain a great live act and the SODO is a great place to see them. It will be interesting, however, to see what affect the departure of bassist Carlos D., who left the group after recording Interpol, will have on their show, especially considering his bass was such an integral part of their sound. Regardless, with School of Seven Bells opening this will be a good night of music. Interpol was also Michelle Myers’ Saturday Afternoon Artist last week. Read her great profile of the band here. (8 pm, SOLD OUT – check Craigslist, all ages – bar w/ ID)

SAY HI with The Globes, Cataldo @ Neumos

Eric Elbogen aka Say Hi, will be celebrating the release of his 7th full-length album on Friday (the album comes out Tuesday, the 25th), with a CD release party at Neumos. The Seattle by way of Brooklyn musician has been writing and recording music for the better part of the past decade, handling all the writing and recording duties by himself and only assembling a band to tour. He recently played at the Mural Amphitheater as part of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural Series last August. (8 pm, $12 adv, all ages – bar w/ ID)

Eric Elbogen - photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

JOSHUA MORRISON with Wesafari, Levi Fuller @ The Tractor Tavern

This will serve as the CD release party for Northwest singer songwriter Joshua Morrison’s new album Builder. Here’s what KEXP Music Director Don Yates had to say about the new release:

This Seattle singer-songwriter’s second release is an impressive six-song mini-album of gentle folk-pop featuring smartly crafted, slow-burning songs combining Morrison’s hushed vocals and evocative, emotionally charged lyrics with some gorgeous melodies.

(9:30 pm, $10, 21+)

KARL BLAU with The Pica Beats, The Soft Hills @ The Sunset Tavern – (10 pm, $8, 21+)

Don’t miss this chance to see Karl Blau live! He did an interview with Audioasis the other year that you can read here. Here’s his lovely song “Mockingbird Diet”:

Karl Blau – Mockingbird Diet

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STRIKING BACK with State of the Artist, Gran Rapids @ Hard Rock Café – (9 pm, $7 adv / $10 dos, 21+)

FATAL LUCCIAUNO with Absolute Monarchs, NighTrain, Ripynt @ the Comet Tavern – (9 pm, $8, 21+)

photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

Saturday, January 29

THE PRIMATE 5 with The Fucking Eagles, Pure Country Gold, Thee Manipulators @ Fun House – (9:30 pm, $6)

BEST OF THE NEW, ROUND 2 with The Solvents, Land of Pines, Dyslexic, Rockwell Powers @ Columbia City Theater

You can’t argue with a free night of music at the Columbia City Theater. See the Solvents, Land of Pines, Dyslexic, and Rockwell Powers all for the cost of your beverages. You can read more about The Collective, who is putting the show on, here.

(9pm, FREE)

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