Live Around Town This Week

Macklemore + Ryan Lewis - photo by Nate Watters

Tuesday, February 22

MURS with Tabi Bonney, Whole Wheat Bread, Ab-Soul, DJ Foundation @ El Corazon

Gregarious and haphazardly-dreadlocked Los Angeles MC Murs will be at El Corazon on Tuesday night, exactly two weeks removed from the release of Melrose, his new project with Terrace Martin. Let’s just say that with the new album Murs isn’t exactly going for the “fuck the police” vibe of some of his west coast predecessors. On the teaser, he lets us know that the album “ain’t about no gangbangin’,” instead focusing on “women, and fun, and sex, and shit like that that makes you smile.” Holla, holla, hollllaaah! (7 pm, $15, all ages – bar w/ ID)

CAVE SINGERS @ Easy Street Records

Cave Singers are another local band poised to have a breakout 2011. During their Monday afternoon KEXP in-studio they talked of touring China, their upcoming tour of the US, and some future dates in Europe. It’s all in support of their just-released album No Witch, which is far rock-ier and better captures their live energy than previous releases. Check out this free in-store at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne for now, but they’ll be playing a proper show at the Showbox at the Market on April 23. (7 pm, FREE)

Cave Singers - photo by Kyle Johnson

LEGENDARY OAKS with The Monday Mornings, Buffalo Death Beam @ Tractor Tavern

You may not have heard of Legendary Oaks, but you’ve probably heard of The Moondoggies. If you not only have heard of but enjoy the music of The Moondoggies, there’s a high liklihood you’ll also enjoy Legendary Oaks, a similarly-flavored group of Seattle folk-rockers. If you haven’t heard of The Moondoggies, I don’t know what to tell you. (9 pm, $7, 21+)

Wednesday, February 23

BOB SCHNEIDER @ The Tractor Tavern

I’ve been in denial over country-rock everyman Bob Schneider’s transformation from salacious badass to tender romantic over recent years. Back in the day I wouldn’t leave my girlfriend alone with him for thirty seconds; now I feel like the worst that could happen would be him baking her a cake, and I don’t mean that as a euphemism for something more sinister. I’ve finally moved from denial into acceptance after seeing him perform “40 Dogs” on Rachel Ray. It’s been real Bob. Nevertheless, Schneider continues to be one of the most magnetic personalities you will come across on stage, as well as one of the most under-appreciated songwriters making the rounds today. And I guess you can’t really blame a guy for tenderizing a bit with age. (8 pm, $20, 21+)

BEANS with Suntonio Bandanaz, OC Notes @ Chop Suey

From White Plains, New York, Beans:

MOTOPONY @ High Dive

Tacoma-based songwriter/producer team of Daniel Blue and Buddy Ross are on the verge of releasing their label debut this Spring and will surely be playing songs from it live at the High Dive. (7 pm, $6, 21+)

Thursday, February 24

MAN, OR ASTRO MAN? with The Octopus Project @ The Crocodile

Man or Astro Man?…Good band name, or best band name? (8 pm, $15, 21+)

GIMME SHELTER: A Benefit to End Homelessness @ Showbox at the Market

No, “Gimme Shelter” is not a Rolling Stones cover band. Nor is it a Rolling Stones tribute night. And no, Thursday night at the Showbox will not be a benefit to feed the homeless or cloth the homeless. It will be a benefit to END homelessness. Now that’s the kind of ambition I want to see out of my benefit concerts! Among those performing will be The Dusty 45s, Rachel Flotard & Rusty Willoughby, Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, Star Anna, Tom Bennett & The Rolling Blackouts, Massy Ferguson, Vince Mira, Zoe Muth, Mark Pickerel, and Kristen Ward. (6:30 pm, $15-$18, 21+)

THE BURNING OF ROME with Saything, Snowman Plan, Bone Cave Ballet @ The Josephine

Finally reaching the geographical apex of their West Coast tour, San Diego five-piece The Burning of Rome will bring their perverted mixture of punk, folk, metal, and…showtunes to The Josephine in Ballard (65th and 6th). Known for their out-of-control live performances, which routinely feature costumes, blood, megaphones, and general theatricism, they bring to mind a SoCal hybrid of Wild Orchid Children and Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground. Here’s their video for “Cowboy Death Pop Star”:

JJ GREY with Sunny War @ The Tractor Tavern

JJ Grey is a Southern bar rocker who looks like he just got back from fishing for trout. He has a swampy, Southern swagger that translates perfectly into any setting where alcohol will be served. And though Grey is from the South, his music is not country. He plays contemporary bayou blues that sometimes sounds raucously funky, and sometimes sounds slower and sweeter, like it’s better suited for sweet tea than whiskey. (8 pm, $16 adv/$18 dos, 21+)

Friday, February 25

Macklemore + Ryan Lewis in studio at KEXP - photo by Nate Watters

MACKLEMORE with RYAN LEWIS, Grieves w/ Budo, The Physics, Sol @ Showbox at the Market

If Macklemore was a fashion designer instead of a rapper, Maury Ballstein would say he is “so hot right now he could take a crap, wrap it in tinfoil, put a couple of fishhooks in it and sell it to Queen Elizabeth.” …Macklemore, so hot right now. How hot is Macklemore in more practical terms? He sold out THREE nights at the Showbox well in advance, and each night he’ll be supported by a different cast of Seattle hip hop’s finest. Macklemore, so hot right now indeed. (8 pm, SOLD OUT; check craigslist, all ages – bar w/ ID)

DEERHOOF with Ben Butler and Mousepad, Special Explosion @ Neumos

Deerhoof are best known for noisy, experimental, dream-like, art-school indie rock, revolving around heavy avant-garde guitar work and the sugary, childlike voice of singer Satomi Matsuzaki. In recent years, however, their albums have contained more traditionally structured and easily digestible tracks. This isn’t’ to say they’ve abandoned the rawness and unpredictability of their roots, they just seem to want more people to be aware of their music, which is a good thing. Their live shows have always been known for making evident a genius that might be a little slippery to grasp through listening to their albums. Personally, I can hardly even picture what Deerhoof might look and sound like live, but that’s probably a better reason than any to check them out. Their recently-released 11th full-length is Deerhoof vs. Evil. Here’s “Behold A Marvel In The Darkness”:

Deerhoof – Behold A Marvel In The Darkness

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(8 pm, $15, all ages – bar / ID)

THE LIGHTS with Unnatural Helpers, Partman Parthorse @ Fun House

It would be hard to assemble a sweatier, more adrenaline-charged night of bare-bones indie rock than this 1-2-3 of The Lights, Unnatural Helpers, and Partman Parthorse. And even better, they’re all locally grown right here in Seattle! (9:30 pm, $7, 21+)

SCOTT H. BIRAM with Ralph White, The Brothers Comatose @ Tractor Tavern

(9:30 pm, $12, 21+)

TED LEO @ Henry Art Gallery

Ted Leo will be putting on a special solo show at the UW’s Henry Art Gallery, of all places (thanks Rainy Dog Radio!). Ted Leo has entertaining intimate solo performer written all over him, and I’m sure the night will be full of plenty of regaling, storytelling, and between-song banter. For only $12 ($8 if you’re a UW student or Henry Gallery member), you can’t go wrong. The night will also wrap up at 10, so you’ll still have plenty of time to hit the town after Mr. Leo finishes up. (8-10 pm, $8-$12, all ages)

Saturday, February 26

SWANS with Wooden Hand @ Neumos

“THIS IS NOT A REUNION. It’s not some dumb-ass nostalgia act. It is not repeating the past. After 5 Angels Of Light albums, I needed a way to move FORWARD, in a new direction, and it just so happens that revivifying the idea of Swans is allowing me to do that.” -Michael Gira

In other words, if you plan on drunkenly yelling requests for old favorites from the 80s during song breaks, be prepared for the possibility of Michael Gira’s sure-to-be-formidable boot kicking you in the face. (8 pm, $25 adv, 21+)

HOTELS with Royal Bear, The Devils Whale, DJ Marco Collins @ Columbia City Theater

Surf-punk Seattleites Hotels will be celebrating the release of their new album On the Casino Floor Saturday night at the Columbia City Theater. Get there early to hear KEXP’s own Marco Collins spin some tunes. (9 pm, $10 adv/$12 dos)

BALKAN BEAT BOX with Soulica @ Showbox at the Market

If you’re not familiar with Balkan Beat Box, listen to “War Again” (below) from their 2010 album Blue Eyed Black Boy so you know what you’re getting into. (8 pm, $20-$22, 21+)

Balkan Beat Box – War Again

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VERSUS with Sister Wife @ Sunset Tavern

Versus and Sister Wife will star in what will be a Merge Records showcase of sorts Saturday night at the Sunset. (9 pm, $12, 21+)


Sunday, February 27

MACKLEMORE with RYAN LEWIS, Fresh Espresso, Helladope, Canary Sing @ Showbox at the Market

Macklemore + Ryan Lewis, night 2. (7 pm, SOLD OUT; check craigslist, all ages – bar w/ ID)

WILD NOTHING with Abe Vigoda, M. Women @ Vera Project

Don’t let their name color your judgments (no offense to Abe Vigoda the actor). Abe Vigoda (the band) effing rock.

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