Live Around Town This Week

Gold Panda - photo by Dave Lichterman

Wednesday, March 23

GOLD PANDA with Dam Mantle, IG88 @ The Nectar Lounge

British producer Gold Panda was known primarily for his re-mixing skills until he released a number of his own EPs in 2009, all of which were widely acclaimed. Late last year he released his debut full-length album Lucky Shiner on Ghostly International. Wednesday will mark his first time back to Seattle since his stirring performance at the Ghostly International showcase at last year’s Decibel Festival. He will be playing live in-studio on KEXP at noon on the Midday Show, so be sure to tune in Wednesday afternoon before you come out to the Nectar to see him play live. Here’s “Same Dream China” from Lucky Shiner:

Gold Panda – Same Dream China

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(8 pm, $8, 21+)

Thursday, March 24

AKRON/FAMILY with Delicate Steve @ Neumos

Japanese-influenced Midwestern indie rockers Akron/Family don’t seem to operate under the same pretenses as “normal” bands. For one, they presented the concept for their recently released album Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT to their record label in the form of a cryptic diorama on the label’s doorstep. To read more about the new album and the band, and to download the single “So It Goes,” click here. Here’s the recently released video for “Silly Bears.” Watch at your own risk.

(8 pm, $12, all ages – bar w/ ID)

THE INTELLIGENCE with Orca Team, Le Sang Song @ Chop Suey

The Intelligence - photo by John Conner

(8 pm, $8 adv/$10 dos, 21+)

BOBBY BARE JR. with Carey Kotsionis @ The Tractor Tavern

From Tennessee, Bobby Bare Jr., is not surprisingly and quite obviously the son of country musician Bobby Bare, and plays delightfully laid-back alt-country with a voice that is mostly devoid of twang despite his roots. His music comes out of laid back 70s folksy country rock, but there’s no mistaking that Bare Jr.’s music is unique in itself. His most recent album A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head was released last August. (9:30 pm, $15, 21+)

Friday, March 25

BOAT with Pickwick, Concours d’Elegance @ The Tractor Tavern

This will serve as a album release party for BOAT‘s new record Dress Like Your Idols. The album’s cover features a number of classic albums BOAT-a-sized. Check it out:

(9:30 pm, $8, 21+)

GALACTIC with Cyril Neville, Corey Henry, John Brown’s Body @ Showbox at the Market

Veteran New Orleans funk-rock ensemble Galactic are an explosive good time every time they take a stage. In 2011 the band released The Other Side of Midnight, a live album consisting of performances in their home city. They’ll be headlining a distinctly New Orleans-style night of music at the Showbox that will also feature Cyril Neville and Corey Henry of the Rebirth Brass Band. (8 pm, $23-$26, 21+)

ESBEN AND THE WITCH with Juliana Barwick @ Sunset Tavern – (9 pm, $10, 21+)

DYME DEF with Chris and Brantley (of Ravenna Woods) @ Columbia City Theater

Ravenna Woods recently set out on a tour that took them down to Austin for SXSW. Seattle photographer James Bailey went along for the ride and took some pictures and blogged along the way for KEXP. You can read about his travels with the band here: DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4 & 5.

Now the band is back home and Chris and Brantley will be playing with Seattle MC Dyme Def at Columbia City Theater. This should be an interesting show, to say the least. (9 pm, $10, 21+)

Saturday, March 26

THE GROUCH & ZION I with Blu & Jazz Mafia’s Shotgun Wedding Quintet @ The Nectar Lounge

The Grouch & Zion I, the two Bay Area hip hop heavyweights, have teamed up to release a new album, Heroes In The Healing Of The Nation, that will hit shelves Tuesday, March 22. (8 pm, $13.50, 21+)

FOSTER THE PEOPLE with The Steelwells, Bloodgroup @ High Dive

Another band that has made their way up to the Northwest following a showing at SXSW are Foster The People, who will be at the High Dive on Saturday night. Be sure to tune into KEXP at 8 am on Thursday, the 25th to hear the set they played for KEXP at SXSW’s Radio Day Stage. Watch the video for their single “Pumped Up Kicks” here. (SOLD OUT! – check craigslist)


Saturday is the 2nd Annual Team McCready Global Fundraiser, the profits of which will benefit Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness. And yes, McCready refers to Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready; Team McCready is a subdivision of the Wishlist Foundation that is “specifically dedicated to supporting the philanthropic goals and celebrating the achievements of [the] Pearl Jam lead guitarist.” Performing at the event will be Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs and Jodie Watts. (10 pm, $15, 21+)

THE GOLDEN BLONDES with Hounds Of The Wild Hunt, Pipsisewah @ Sunset Tavern

The Golden Blondes EP release party. Hounds of the Wild Hunt and Pipsisewah will be helping out.

(9 pm, $8, 21+)

TELEKINESIS with The Globes, Mal De Mer @ The Crocodile

Fresh off the release of their sophomore album 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Seattle band Telekinesis stopped by KEXP to play an in-studio session on February 16. Below is live action footage of “Country Lane” from that performance. You can view more videos and read about the session here.

(8 pm, $10, 21+)

Sunday, March 27

FERNANDO VICICONTE with Jonathan Kimball @ Sunset Tavern – (9 pm, $8, 21+)

TORO Y MOI with Cloud Nothings, Braids @ The Crocodile

Tune into KEXP Thursday, March 24 at 8 am to hear the set Toro Y Moi played on the 19th for KEXP at SXSW’s Radio Day Stage. This was preceded by “New Beat,” a single from Toro Y Moi’s new album Underneath The Pine, being featured as KEXP’s Song of the Day on Wednesday. Read about it and download the song here. Here’s the video for Underneath The Pine‘s other single, “Still Sound”:

(8 pm, $10, 21+)

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