Live Around Town This Week

Foals - photo by James Bailey

Like the weather overhead, the local live calendar hasn’t given Seattleites much of a reason to leave the confines of their homes as of late. There has, of course, still been a ton of good live music to see, but there haven’t been too many star-studded weeks as of late. That’s changing this week, as Seattle will experience a robust seven days of live music, capped off by Record Store Day on Saturday, during which Easy Street Records will host and The Moondoggies and The Head and the Heart to go along with several other city-wide festivities. I love springtime. For more info on Record Store Day, check the blog later this week for a KEXP user’s guide. Also, don’t forget that down in Portland you can catch the Soul’D Out Music Festival all week long. Check KEXP’s Events page for more details. On to this week’s shows…

Monday, April 11

FOALS with Freelance Whales, The Naked & The Famous @ Showbox at the Market

One of the major shows through town this week is Foals, the British indie rockers whose 2010 album Total Life Forever wound up on the “Top 10 Albums of the Year” list of more KEXP DJs than maybe any other album. This will mark their first trip back to Seattle since their performance at last year’s City Arts Festival in October. Read a review of that show here. For more on Foals, check out Michelle Myers’ profile of the band. (7 pm, SOLD OUT - check Craigslist, all ages - bar w/ ID)

CULTS with Magic Kids, White Arrows @ The Crocodile - (8 pm, $10, 21+)

FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS with Oh Land @ Chop Suey - (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Tuesday, April 12

THE JOY FORMIDABLE with The Lonely Forest @ The Crocodile

The Joy Formidable were just starting to gain some buzz when they played at the Mural Amphitheater as part of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural Series last August. The female-fronted power trio from across the pond blew the crowd at the Seattle Center away, and my friend and I headed over to the merch table and split the cost of their EP A Baloon Called Moaning almost immediately after their set wrapped up. Fast forward a few months and their debut full-length The Big Roar has been released and the small “Who are these guys?” buzz they carried last August has swollen to the point where they have become one of KEXP’s favorite bands of the new year, so much so that they were invited to play the KEXP Showcase at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin for SXSW last month. Here is some video from that performance (you can view more here):

(8 pm, $10/$12, 21+)

CUT COPY with Holy Ghost @ Showbox SoDo

Just like Foals’ Total Life Forever was all over the Best of 2010 year-end lists, Aussie band Cut Copy‘s recent release Zonoscope will surely make more than a few 2011 versions of the year’s “best of” lists. It’s certainly seen a lot of airplay on KEXP, as well as having received near universal acclaim nationally; even the usually harsh Pitchfork reviewers lauded the album’s “euphoric, starry-eyed dance rock.” Should be a perfect night to get down at the Showbox SoDo (Holy Ghost are great as well), but you’re going to have to resort to Craigslist or other means for tickets as the show is sold out. (8 pm, SOLD OUT - check Craigslist, all ages - bar w/ ID)

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB with The Globes and Work Drugs @ Showbox at the Market - (7 pm, $19.50-$21, all ages - bar w/ ID)

THE LONELY FOREST @ Easy Street Records (Queen Anne)

The Lonely Forest for Free at Easy Street? Can’t argue with that. Just get out early because viewing space will probably be limited. (6 pm, FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, April 13

WIRE @ Neumos

This week just keeps getting better and better. Punk - if you have to put a label on them - band Wire started in 1977 with their legendary debut album Pink Flag and have been at it ever since, save for a decade-long hiatus in the 90s. Their most recent album is Red Barked Tree, which was released earlier this year on the band’s on Pink Flag record label. (8 pm, $17, 21+)

MARY ANNE HOBBS with Gonjasufi, Lorn, Take @ Baltic Room

Great night of electronic music at the Baltic Room (as always).

Lorn - photo by Dave Lichterman

(9 pm, $12, 21+)

BEAT CONNECTION + USF @ Pacific Science Center Laser Dome

Beat Connection and U.S.F. are teaming up for one-night only, hour-long collaboration... set to lasers!!! And the price is right for this unique event! (9pm, $5, All Ages)

RAFAEL SAADIQ @ Showbox at the Market - (8 pm, $22-$25, 21+)

OLOF ARNALDS with Sergius Gregory, Gregory Paul @ The Tractor Tavern

One thing KEXP knows are their Icelandic bands and singers-songwriters. Here’s Olof Arnalds playing an in-studio:

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

BRAKESTRA with DJ Funkscribe @ The Crocodile - (8 pm, $12, 21+)

Thursday, April 14

FERAL CHILDREN with Absolute Monarchs, Lozen @ The Crocodile

Whether the Feral Children were actually raised by wolves or not is unclear. (8 pm, $8, 21+)

GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV with Fairchildren @ The Tractor Tavern - (9 pm, $10/$12, 21+)

TRENTEMOLLER with Nordic Soul @ Neumos - (9 pm, $16, 21+)

Friday, April 15

PAUL SIMON @ WaMu Theater

Who doesn’t love Paul Simon?

(8 pm, $55)

THE MALDIVES with The Horde and the Harem, Lemolo @ Neumos

Maldives at Neumos. Can’t go wrong. And since SIFF season is close to being upon us, here’s a review of the band scoring the silent film Riders of the Purple Sage for last year’s festival. (8 pm, $12, 21+)

JOESEPH GIANT with Low Hums @ The Blue Moon - (10 pm, $5, 21+)

EL TEN ELEVEN with Lynx, Girlfriend @ Chop Suey - 8 pm, $10/$12, all ages - bar w/ ID)

Saturday, April 16

FENCES with Campfire OK, Greylag @ Neumos

Fences - photo by Matthew Thompson

(8 pm, $12, all ages - bar w/ ID)

SPORTS with Strength, Beacon Etching, Beat Connection (DJ set) @ Rendezvous

The Rendezvous will host local electro band Sports CD release party on Saturday night. Their song “To Catch A Thief” was one of KEXP’s Songs of the Day in Janurary. To listen to the song, learn more about the band, and read an interview with Sports’ Whitney Gould, click here. (10 pm, $8, 21+)

SPILLWAY @ Cafe Racer

I saw Spillway live not too long ago at The Josephine and they blew me away. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a band with more raw energy playing around Seattle. Singer Doug Barber’s quavering but concerted vocals and some of their guitar lines bring to mind Modest Mouse, but after listening to their recently-released album PAM LADN it seems they’ve carved out their own niche of primal indie rock to explore for themselves. Steam the entire thing here.

THE REDWOOD PLAN with Sex With Strangers, Club Douglass @ Comet Tavern

MASSY FERGUSON @ The Treehouse Café (Bainbridge Island)

What’s a better idea than taking the ferry out to Bainbridge for the night, getting some dinner and sitting in on Massy Ferguson at the Treehouse Cafe? Sounds like a lovely Saturday evening to me.

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