Live Around Town This Week


Tuesday, February 1

TENNIS with Lord Huron, Airwaves @ The Crocodile

Tennis made a splash with last year’s single “Marathon,” and in the wake of it’s warm reception, the husband and wife duo announced an upcoming full-length release in 2011. Cape Dory came out January 11 and is full of more sweet-sounding surf-pop gems highlighted by Alaina Moore’s heavenly voice. The duo, though native to Denver, composed most of Cape Dory during an inspirational sailing voyage along the East Coast, explaining the band’s nautical and beach-y aspects. (8 pm, $12, 21+)

Tennis – Marathon

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Thursday, February 3

TEA COZIES with Finn Riggins, World’s Greatest Ghosts @ Sunset Tavern

In addition to, and perhaps because of being awesome, the Tea Cozies were featured in the recently released MTV $5 Cover: Seattle, which included a video of the Tea Cozies performing a mock KEXP in-studio. Pretty cool. Here it is:

MTV $5 Cover – Tea Cozies “Pretty Pages” from KEXP RADIO on Vimeo.

And somehow I was not aware tea cozies were actual things. Here is one:

(9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

BETTYE LAVETTE with John Cleary @ Jazz Alley

Soul icon Bettye LaVette will be at Dimitriou’s for four nights starting on Thursday and ending Sunday. Last year LaVette released an album titled Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, on which she puts her own spin on songs by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and more. The album’s concept could have been inspired her rousing performance of The Who’s “Love Reighn O’er” me at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008, which appears on Interpretations as a bonus track. For more on Bettye, read Michele Myers’ recent “Saturday Afternoon Artist” piece here. And remember, LaVette will be at Jazz Alley for four nights, so if you miss the Thursday show you still have three chances to see her. (7:30 pm, $26.50, all ages)

Friday, February 4

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE with j.wong, Jefferson Death Star @ El Corazon

Singer/songwriter William Elliott Whitmore, the pride of Montrose, Iowa, will be by El Corazon on Friday. Here he is performing for KEXP:

For more videos of William Elliott Whitmore, click here.

(8 pm, $10, all ages – bar w/ ID)

APEX MANOR with Red Jacket Mine, Spanish for 100 @ The Tractor Tavern

Apex Manor‘s debut album, The Year of Magical Drinking was released earlier this month, and contains “Under the Gun,” which was lead man Ross Flournoy’s response to a challenge Carrie Brownstein made to readers of her NPR Blog to write, record, and submit a song in a single weekend. (9:30 pm, $8, 21+)

Apex Manor – Under the Gun

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NOBUNNY with Dreadmate, Dawn, The Apollos @ the Fun House

NoBunny‘s Goner Records debut First Blood was released last fall. Here’s a great review by Melissa Knudsen. (9 pm, $8, 21+)

MOTORHEAD with Clutch, Valient Thorr @ Showbox SoDo

A Motorhead show certainly needs no promoting; you either know what’s going down or you don’t. (7 pm, $32-$35, all ages – bar w/ ID)

BETTYE LAVETTE with John Cleary @ Jazz Alley

Bettye, part II. (7:30 pm, $26.50, all ages)

Saturday, February 5

BASSNECTAR with Filastine, SuperDre @ The Paramount

They’ll clear out the seats of the Paramount for the adrenaline-charged electronica/hip hop/dubstep of Bassnectar. If you aren’t sweating your ass off by the time the show’s over, you haven’t had a good time. (8 pm, $25 adv/$27 dos)

MAL DE MER with Jen Wood, Hallways, DJ Hannah Levin @ Sunset Tavern

Audioasis will be broadcasting a great night of live local music from The Sunset Tavern. The night’s net proceeds will go to the National Eating Disorders Association. For more event info, click here. (8:30 pm, $7 adv/$8 dos, 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)

THEE EMERGENCY with NighTrain, Doctor & The Bird @ the Blue Moon Tavern

Thee Emergency at the Blue Moon? What’s not to love? (10 pm, $5, 21+)

GRAND HALLWAY with Birds & Batteries, Kimo Muraki @ Chop Suey

Grand Hallway have been making their mark around Seattle wherever they can for the past few years, and it hasn’t been hard to make an impression with their lush and emotionally rich indie pop. You need to see Grand Hallway live to truly appreciate what the band is all about. Led by the prolific Tomo Nakayama on guitar and piano, the band features and eclectic mix of influences, instruments, and personalities, usually featuring over ten members on stage. (8 pm, $8 adv/$10 dos, 21+)

BETTYE LAVETTE with John Cleary @ Jazz Alley

Bettye, part III. (7:30 pm, $26.50, all ages)

VIRGIN ISLANDS with Blind Shake, Battle Hymns, What What Now @ The Comet

Virgin Islands playing at the Comet as part of last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party:

photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

(9 pm, $8, 21+)

KOOL KEITH with Ra Scion @ Neumos

Hip hop veteran and pioneer Kool Keith will be performing all of Black Elvis Lost In Space at Neumos on Saturday. Common Market’s Ra Scion (aka Viktor Shade), will adding a little local flavor. (8 pm, $13 adv, 21+)

Sunday, February 6

BETTYE LAVETTE with John Cleary @ Jazz Alley

Bettye, part IV. (7:30 pm, $26.50, all ages)

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