Live Around Town This Week

Fleet Foxes - photo by Christopher Nelson

Monday, May 2


The shows everyone has been waiting for are finally here. Local and now national indie folk darlings Fleet Foxes will celebrate the release of their sophomore LP Helplessness Blues with two sold out shows at The Moore. The album will be officially released on Tuesday, but most have already had a chance to at least hear a few songs if not the whole thing, and most everybody has been raving (including Pitchfork). It’s a safe bet that these two shows will be amongst most memorable of the year, so already having secured admission for yourself is tantamount to holding one of Willy Wonka’s golden tickets. There do, however, seem to be a few floating around on Craigslist, so if you’re desperate enough you might be able to score one. (7:30 pm, SOLD OUT – check Craigslist)

JUNIP with Acrylics @ Neumos

If you missed out on the internet stampede for Fleet Foxes tickets, Junip at Neumos will be a worthy alternative. Also known as acoustic troubadour Jose Gonzalez’s first and now re-united band, Junip play lush, melodious indie rock highlighted by Gonzalez’ lullaby-smooth vocals and the band’s dynamic and spot-on instrumentation. They released their first LP, Fields, late last year and came by Neumos in November. For a review of that show, click here. (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Tuesday, May 3


Night 2. (7:30 pm, SOLD OUT – check Craigslist)

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD with Nathanial Rateliff @ Tractor Tavern

Since the release of her most recent album Tell Me earlier this year, Ohio-native Jessica Lea Mayfield has been a favorite amongst KEXP DJs and listeners alike. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Tell Me is full of Mayfield’s heartfelt, oftentimes melancholy meditations on love, and along with some effective slide and pedal steel guitar, her voice is able to beautifully express any emotions her words can’t. Be mesmerized at the Tractor before going home to look deep into the eyes of your partner in romance or forlornly out the window wondering where they are. To view some videos of her set for KEXP at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin during SXSW, click here. (9 pm, $12, 21+)

Wednesday, May 4

ZOLA JESUS with Naked On The Vague, Crypts @ The Crocodile

Here Zola Jesus’ videos for “Sea Talk” from her most recent album, 2010’s Stridulum II:

(8 pm, $10, 21+)

Thursday, May 5

BATTLES @ The Crocodile – (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Friday, May 6

WANDA JACKSON with Red Meat, The Billy Joe Show @ Neumos

Wanda Jackson is back! For a great piece on the 73-year-old singer by KEXP DJ and author Kurt Reighley, aka DJ El Toro, click here. (8 pm, $20, 21+)

RAVENNA WOODS with Weinland, Fort Union @ Columbia City Theater

This will serve as an EP release party for local guitar-plucking indie rockers Ravenna Woods. (9 pm, $8 adv/$10 dos)

Ravenna Woods - photo by Steven Dewall

VIVIAN GIRLS with No Joy, Unnatural Helpers, Witch Garden @ Vera Project – (7:30 pm, $11, all ages)

Saturday, May 7

MOGWAI with Errors @ Showbox at the Market

Here’s Mogwai’s video for “Mexican Grand Prix,” from their 2011 album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will:

(8 pm, $22.50-$25, all ages – bar w/ ID)

BEACH FOSSILS with Craft Spells, Sea Pony @ Chop Suey

2010 saw an explosion of fuzzed-out, beach-y, slacker rock and Brooklyn four-piece Beach Fossils were at the forefront of the movement. The band of youngsters played in Neumos for last year’s Capitol Hill Block Party at the height of summer, just when their sun-washed music was most appropros, and although an outdoor set would have been fitting, they still played an amazing set after which instruments were exuberantly smashed. They’ve released an EP since then, so expect a good deal of new material at Chop Suey on Saturday. (9 pm, $10 adv/$12 dos, 21+)


Another night of Audioasis action at the Sunset Tavern, and, as always, it’s good stuff from top to bottom, so much so that I decided to write every band’s name in all caps. High praise. For only $7, what’s not to love. You can’t even buy two PBRs at Neumos for that much. (8:30 pm, $7/$8, 21+)

STEVE EARLE @ Silver Platters

Come see the legend that spawned Justin Townes Earle play FOR FREE at Silver Platters in Queen Anne. Show starts at 4 pm.

THAO & MIRAH with Led To Sea, Marissa Anderson @ The Crocodile – (8 pm, $16, 21+)

HELLADOPE with Boomzilla, City Hall @ High Dive

Helladope - photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

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

Sunday, May 8

RAEKWON with Fatal Lucciano, Havi Blaze, DJ Swervewon @ Nectar Lounge – (8 pm, $15, 21+)

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS @ Showbox at the Market

Veteran rockers the Psychedelic Furs will be performing their album Talk Talk Talk in its entirety before rounding off the set with some of their greatest hits. (7 pm, $20-$25, 21+)

CASS MCCOMBS with Frank Fairfield @ The Tractor Tavern

Here’s the trailer to a new, Greg Vandy-produced short documentary on Frank Fairfield, which will be part of this year’s Seattle International Film Festival:

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