Live Around Town This Week

Yuck at SXSW - photo by Jim Bennett

Tuesday, April 19

MASERATI with Sleepy Eyes of Death @ Sunset Tavern

Maserati - We’ve Got The System To Fight The System

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(9:00 pm, $10, 21+)

GARAGE A TROIS @ Tractor Tavern - (9:30 pm, $15, 21+)

Wednesday, April 20

DARK DARK DARK with Y La Bamba, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship @ Tractor Tavern - (9 pm, $8, 21+)

Thursday, April 21

JOHN VANDERSLICE with Ivan & Alyosha @ The Crocodile

Indie rock veteran John Vanderslice has released a new album in 2011 called White Wilderness. From that album, here’s “Convict Lake”:

John Vanderslice - Convict Lake

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(8 pm, $12, 21+)

DANIEL G. HARMANN & THE TROUBLE STARTS with Binary Market, Spanish for 100, Let’s Get Lost @ Comet Tavern - (9 pm, 21+)

SPECTRUM with Kinski @ Chop Suey - (8 pm, $12 adv/$14 dos, 21+)

MACEO PARKER @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Funky jazz saxaphonist Maceo Parker will be at Dimitriou’s for a four-night tenue. The fun starts on Thursday. (7:30 pm, $35)

Friday, April 22

TAME IMPALA with Yuck @ Neumos

Who doesn’t like the idea of a lo-fi 90s rock revival? ...ok, some people wouldn’t like that idea, but I’m all in favor of it. Fortunately the members of Yuck feel the same way, and even more fortunately, they have the musical chops and vision to make it happen. Read an excellent profile of the band and interview with front man Daniel Blumberg by San Diego City Beat’s Sammi Skolmoski right here. Yuck also performed for KEXP at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin last month during SXSW. You can see some pictures and read about that performance by clicking here.

Oh yeah, and Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala will be headlining this dream of an evening at Neumos. They might have played the best show I saw all of last year in December in this very same venue, and I can’t see why Friday night won’t be just as mind-blowing. Here’s a review of that show, along with some excellent pics by Dave Lichterman.

Tame Impala will also be playing an in-studio set for KEXP at noon, which will be broadcast live on 90.3 FM and streaming at KEXP.org. Be sure to tune in!

(8 pm, $15 adv, all ages - bar w/ ID)

PHOSPHORESCENT with Family Band, Betsy Olson @ Tractor Tavern

Phosphorescent - photo by Brian Cullen

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

PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART with Twin Shadow, Seapony @ The Crocodile

Here’s what KEXP Music Director Don Yates had to say about the Pains of Being Pure at Heart‘s new album Belong:

This Brooklyn band enlisted veteran sound wizards Flood and Alan Moulder to produce and mix their excellent 2nd album, which features a more massive, muscular and aggressive take on their fuzzy noise-pop sound, with the band’s beautifully crafted songs blending trebly, distorted guitars, celestial keyboards, tight rhythms, soft, hazy vocals and an abundance of bright, melodic hooks.

Check them out live on Friday along with Twin Shadow, who will be playing an in-store at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne earlier in the evening at 6 pm.

(8 pm, $13, 21+)

TOKYO POLICE CLUB with Beast Make Bomb @ Showbox at the Market

Feel-good indie rockers Tokyo Police Club have always been favorites around KEXP. Here they are covering Tom Petty’s “American Girl” during an in-studio performance they treated listeners to last year:

(7 pm, $15, all ages - bar w/ ID)

TOBACCO with Beans, Shapers @ Chop Suey - (9 pm, $12 adv/$15 dos, 21+)

MACEO PARKER @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Maceo, night 2! While he’s only playing a 7:30 set on Thursday and Sunday, on Friday and Saturday he’ll be playing two sets, one at 7:30 and one at 10:00. (7:30 + 10 pm, $35)

STEEL TIGERS OF DEATH with Rat City Ruckus, Android Hero, Poop Attack, Warning:Danger! @ Fun House - 9 pm, $7, 21+

SHIM with Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Hobosexual @ High Dive

The High Dive’s 6th Anniversary Party. This is sure to be a good time with SHIM headlining and a celebratory feeling in the air. Prepare to rock! (9:30 pm, $8, 21+)

Saturday, April 23

CAVE SINGERS with The Young Evils @ Showbox at the Market

The Cave Singers have been flying high in 2011, thanks in part - actually, thanks entirely to - the release of their third album No Witch, which has a rockier edge than past albums, allowing earphoned listeners to better experience the heights the folksy threesome is capable of live. See the stage show this Saturday, and if you’ve yet to get your ears on a copy of No Witch, here are some worthwhile reviews from familiar locals:

Jon Harthun for the the KEXP Blog
Hearth Music’ s Devon Ledger for American Standard Time
The Stranger music editor Eric Grandy for Pitchfork

You can also check out some videos of the live in-studio set the Cave Singers recently played for KEXP by clicking here.

(8 pm, $16-$18, 21+)

STARFUCKER with Champagne Champagne, Land of Pines @ Vera Project

Also known as “Star-effer” if you’re listening over the airwaves, the electronic group from Portland are known for their live shows, which often include costumes, sparkling, floor-shaking bass, florescence, energy, and a sweaty, dance-happy fan base. For an even more detailed account, here’s a review of a show they played at Neumos last year. (7:30 pm, $14, all ages)

BOMBA ESTERO @ Tractor Tavern

Youthful Colombia sensations Bomba Estéreo and magnetic lead woman Liliana Saumet had my knees quavering during their performance from KEXP’s Music Lounge at last year’s Bumbershoot. From that performance, here’s “Raza”:

(9:30 pm, $15, 21+)

ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS @ Columbia City Theater

Click here to read a review of Zoe Muth‘s album Starlight Hotel from Hearth Music‘s Devon Ledger for KEXP DJ Greg Vandy’s excellent blog American Standard Time. She’ll be playing two sets at the Columbia City Theater on Saturday in celebration of the new album’s release. (6:30 + 9:30 pm, $10, 21+)

PLAN B with Eliza Doolittle @ Chop Suey - (8 pm, $12 adv/$14 dos, 21+)

THE BLACK WHALES with Chairs Missing, Love Sick @ Comet Tavern

MACEO PARKER @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

More Maceo. (7:30 + 10 pm, $35)

Sunday, April 24

KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATERS with Ema @ Sunset Tavern

Kurt Vile - photo by Morgen Shuler

(9 pm, $12, 21+)

DENGUE FEVER with Maus Haus @ Crocodile - (8 pm, $13, 21+)

MACEO PARKER @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley

Last night to catch Maceo! (7:30 pm, $35)

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2 Comments

  1. Rossyuni
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    That be Adam from War on Drugs in your picture, not Kurt Vile.

  2. Posted April 19, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Fixed. Thanks!

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