Live Around Town This Week

The Kills - photo by Hillary Harris

Monday, May 9

THE KILLS with Cold Cave, The Entrance Band @ Showbox at the Market

After a stint as the lead vocalist for Jack White’s The Dead Weather, Allison Mosshart has once again teamed up with her Kills cohort Jamie Hince. In April, the duo release Blood Pressures, their fourth full-length album and first since 2008’s Midnight Bloom. For no real reason at all I wasn’t expecting much from the album, but standout track after standout track of The Kills’ signature gritty garage rock has left me pleasantly surprised. Now for the live show! For a sense of Allison Mosshart’s magnetic stage presence, read this review of The Dead Weather’s performance at the 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party. And to hear a few tracks from Blood Pressures, tune into KEXP at 1:00 PM on Monday when The Kills will be playing a live, in-studio set. (7 pm, SOLD OUT – check Craigslist, all ages – bar w/ ID)


Sultry Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele will be at the Triple Door on Monday on the heels of the release of his fourth album Berlin 13. Aubele’s music is hard to categorize as it spans a number of genres, but seeing as Berlin 13 is heavily influenced by the time Aubele spent living in the German capitol, expect a more electronic edge to the new material. If you can’t make the show, he’ll be playing live, in-studio on KEXP Tuesday at 6 pm. (7:30 pm, $16 adv/$18 dos, all ages)

MIDDAY VEIL with Cloudland Canyon, Mag Nog, Fruiting Bodies, DJ Veins, DJ Explorateur @ Comet Tavern – (9 pm, $8, 21+)


Grammy-winning blues guitarist Joe Lewis Walker and his band will be at Jazz Alley for two nights. (show at 7:30 pm, $20.50, all ages)

JOAN OF ARC with Air Waves, Themes @ Vera Project – (7:30 pm, $11, all ages)

Tuesday, May 10

THE BLACK ANGELS with Sleepy Sun @ Showbox at the Market

This will be The Black Angels’ second trip through Seattle since the release of their 2010 album Phosphene Dream (for a review of their first, click here). The Austin band’s droning psychedelic sound has always been a favorite of KEXP DJs, so much so that a cattle skull signed by the band hangs in the lobby of the station. On Phosphene Dream, the Angels’ hone the drone into a more easily-digestible collection of psychedelic garage rock that is by most accounts their best release to date. (8 pm, $19-$21, 21+)

PETER BJORN AND JOHN with Bachelorette @ Neumos

Here’s PB&J’s video for “Second Chance,” the single from their latest release Gimme Some:

(8 pm, $20, 21+)


Joe Lewis, day 2. (show at 7:30 pm, $20.50, all ages)

THE DONKEYS with Social Studies, The Quiet Ones @ Sunset Tavern – (9 pm, $7, 21+)

Wednesday, May 11

CRYSTAL STILTS with Case Studies @ The Crocodile

Tune into KEXP at 3 pm on the day of the show, when Crystal Stilts will be playing a live, in-studio set. (8 pm, $10, 21+)

OF MONTREAL with Painted Palms, Beat Connection @ Showbox at the Market

Of Montreal - photo by Hillary Harris

(8 pm, $23.50-$26, all ages – bar w/ ID)

Thursday, May 12

TAMPLED BY TURTLES with Larry and His Flask @ The Tractor Tavern – (9 pm, SOLD OUT, 21+)

YACHT with Light Asylum, Jeffrey Jerusalem @ Neumos – (8 pm, $13, all ages – bar w/ ID)

Friday, May 13

THE RAVEONETTES with Tamaryn @ Neumos

The Raveonettes and their reverberating indie pop have been favorites around KEXP for years. We had them perform at last year’s Bumbershoot Music Lounge, and they always treat us with an in-studio performance whenever they come through town (you can hear them live on the air at 3 pm the day of the show). The Danish duo recently released a new album, Raven In The Grave, and one of its songs, “Forget That You’re Young,” was one of our Songs of the Day in March. Listen below:

The Raveonettes – Forget That You’re Young

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(8 pm, $16, 21+)

MY GOODNESS @ Easy Street Records (West Seattle)

I saw these guys’ show at the Tractor Tavern last week and they effing rock. This will be a later-than-usual in-store with a $5 cover, but believe me, it will be worth it. Think Black Keys meets Seattle punk. (9 pm, $5, all ages)

THE FUCKING EAGLES with Virgin Islands, Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Sugar Sugar Sugar @ Columbia City Theater – (9 pm, $8)

KINSKI with Broken Water, Mopper, Strong Killings @ Comet Tavern – (9 pm, $7, 21+)

Saturday, May 14


Austin-based electro- dance duo Ghostland Observatory are no strangers to Seattle; they seem to play a show or two here every few months. There’s no reason not to, as they never seem to have any trouble packing the Showbox SoDo. For a review of their last stop through town in November, click here. (8 pm, $22.50-$25, all ages – bar w/ ID)

HOUSES with One AM Radio, Viper Creek Club @ Comet Tavern

One AM Radio will be playing live, in-studio Friday at 9:30 am. (9 pm, $8, 21+)

STARKEY with Mux Mool, Potatofinger, Suttikeeree @ Chop Suey – (9 pm, $10 adv/$15 dos, 21+)

CURTAIN FOR YOU with Shelby Earl, Derby, Ghosts I’ve Met @ Columbia City Theater

YELLE with French Horn Rebellion @ Neumos – (8 pm, $15, 21+)

Sunday, May 15

FEMI KUTI with The Positive Force, SunTzu Sound @ Neumos

(8 pm, $25, 21+)

SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALLSTARS with Cascadia ’10, DJ Jigsy @ Nectar Lounge – (8 pm, $20, 21+)

LAKE with Ages and Ages, Catalado @ Tractor Tavern – (9 pm, $8, 21+)

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One Comment

  1. Chris "Seth" Jackson
    Posted May 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the list, Ryan! There’s also an extremely, excellent show at the Funhouse this Friday. The Bad Things, Mark Growdan, and Bat Country. Check brownpapertickets because the show is likely to sell out. Alt-americana, gothic cabaret, and just all-around dark, traditional, soulful fun.

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