The weather may not totally agree yet, but Tuesday is actually the first day of Summer. Can you believe it? As is typically the case, the week of music starts fairly slow and then gains momentum as we head into the weekend. Tuesday is your first day of tough decisions with highly anticipated shows from Puro Instinct, Meat Puppets, and Times New Viking to choose from. Wednesday marks the first of two nights with …and you will know us by the trail of dead & The Civil Wars, and even the animals get in on the fun with Taj Mahal and Joan Osborne at the Zoo. Gene and Shannon are going thru a rough patch right now, but KISS is still expected to make their way to Comcast Arena on Thursday for a big time Rock show. If you can’t make it there, we’ve got the Pollens CD Release show at the quaint Columbia City Theater. Friday you can go in completely opposite directions with Grunge legends Mudhoney at the Tractor Tavern or Emo legends Panic! At The Disco at Showbox Sodo. The weekend is of course filled with big shows; Saturday sees Marc Broussard at the Showbox, Sondre Lerche at the Crocodile, Christina Marrs (of Asylum Street Spankers) at Sunset Tavern, and another Album Release Party at Columbia City Theater, this time with local band Hobosexual. Sunday has Blonde Redhead at Neumos, My Morning Jacket plays at the Paramount, and the animals get more tunes from Mary Chapin Carpenter and Marc Cohn at the Zoo. Enjoy your week and let us know what you heard!
Monday, June 20
The Official ‘Together/Apart‘ Album Release Party featuring Grieves & Budo, Mr. Lif, Type, Sapient @ Neumos ($12, 8PM, all ages) (info)
‘Together/Apart’ is the highly anticipated Rhymesayers debut album from Grieves coming June 21st. Teaming up with longtime friend and producer Budo, ‘Together/Apart’ is an album infused with soulful horns, keys, and guitar.
Tuesday, June 21
Cibo Matto with The Chain Gang of 1974 @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
*Meat Puppets with with Bad Weather California and Black Box Revelation @ The Crocodile ($14, 8PM 21+) (info)
Old-school SST legends Meat Puppets bring their own blend of punk rock grunge back to the Northwest.
*Puro Instinct with John Maus and Geneva Jacuzzi @ Chop Suey ($8, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Much anticipated show by L.A. sisters Piper and Skylar Kaplan (formerly of Pearl Harbor). Puro Instinct shares a label with another L.A. band – Best Coast and hang out with the likes of Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti. They play a similar twist of wickedly addictive sun-drenched California beach pop.
*Times New Viking @ Sunset Tavern ($12, 9:30PM, 21+) (info)
Columbus Ohio 3-piece noise-pop unit Times New Viking bring their lo-fi fuzz to Seattle in support of their fifth Studio album ‘Dancer Equired’. This is a must see act.
The BellRays plus Hounds Of The Wild Hunt and Blood Hot Beat @ Tractor Tavern ($10, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Wednesday, June 22
* …and you will know us by the trail of dead with Ringo Deathstarr and Follow That Bird @ Capitol Theater (Olympia) ($10, 8PM) (info)
The first of two nights in the NW. Formed in late 1994 by singers/guitarists/drummers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, Trail of the Dead has evolved over the years, expanding their line-up while still being creatively driven by the core founding members. Friends since childhood, Keely and Reece started playing music in Olympia, WA and eventually relocated to Austin, TX where they started And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead. The band just released their new album ‘Tao of the Dead’. Supporting the night are Austin bands Follow That Bird and Ringo Deathstarr and local band Broken Water.
Bill Callahan with Michael Chapman @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Smog’s Bill Callahan, who has been recording under his own name lately brings new songs and an old artist to Neumos. While Bill’s latest, Apocalypse, is more sparse on record than the dark, sexy, if not perverted, songs of Smog, you can expect a brilliant show nonetheless. Joining him is English folk legend Michael Chapman, whose 1970’s seminal album, Fully Qualified Survivor, has just been re-released by Seattle’s Light In The Attic. Michael Chapman, by the way, will also be live on KEXP on The Roadhouse at 7:30PM before the show.
*The Civil Wars with James Vincent McMorrow @ The Triple Door ($15, 7:30PM, all ages) (info)
In some ways, music doesn’t get much more modest or minimalist than it is in the hands of The Civil Wars, a duo comprised of California-to-Nashville transplant Joy Williams and her Alabaman partner, John Paul White. They travel without a backup band, and on their first full-length album, Barton Hollow, the bare-bones live arrangements that fans hear on the road are fleshed out with just the barest of acoustic accoutrements. Each song is an intimate conversation, and no third wheels or dinner-party chatter are going to interrupt that gorgeous, haunting hush. First of two nights at The Triple Door.
Hunx And His Punx with Shannon & The Clams and Special Guests @ The Crocodile ($10, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Nettle Honey plus The Warren G. Hardings and Blvd Park @ Tractor Tavern ($6, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Taj Mahal with Joan Osborne @ Woodland Park Zoo (info) (SOLD OUT)
Animals and music, what a great combination and a perfect excuse to get outdoors and enjoy the (hopefully) warm weather. This is a big time show for the Zoo. In fact, composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Grammy winner Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Also, we can’t hep but wonder how the animals will react when they hear Joan Osborne sing “What if God was one of us?”
Thursday, June 23
…and you will know us by the trail of dead with Ringo Deathstarr and Follow That Bird @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
KISS with Bad City and The Envy @ Comcast Arena At Everett (Everett) ($51, $71, $95, 7:30PM) (info)
Sure, we could have shown you a cool video with explosions, elaborate stage set-ups, fire-breathing, and Gene Simmons spitting blood. Instead, we’ll leave you with this awkward little piece of footage making its rounds from last week:
*The Civil Wars with Rayland Baxter @The Triple Door ($15, 7:30PM, all ages) (info)
Aqueduct with Wonderful (CD Release) and The Lumineers @ The Crocodile ($10, 8PM, 21+) (info)
The Wooden Birds with Pearly Gate Music & Chris Staples @ Sunset Tavern ($10, 9:30PM, 21+) (info)
* Pollens (CD Release Show) with Western Haunts, Sebastian and the Deep Blue @ Columbia City Theater ($6, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Local afro-pop lo-fi bedroom sounds from 6-piece band Pollens as they celebrate the release of their promising new EP.
The Washover Fans plus Tomten, Handsome And Gretyl @ Tractor Tavern ($6, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Friday, June 24
Mickey Avalon with The Devine and Lisa Dank @ Showbox At The Market ($16-20, 8PM, all ages) (info)
California rapper Mickey Avalon brings his own tumultuous blend of Rap to the Showbox. Local weed diva Lisa Dank gets things started. Avalon and Dank on the same stage? This could be trouble.
Panic! At The Disco with Fun. and Funeral Party @ Showbox SoDo (info)
We’re not ones to judge musical genres. If this is your guilty pleasure, you’re likely already ahead of us on this one. The kids will be going crazy here.
*Mudhoney with Unnatural Helpers, NON!, and The Tom Price Desert Classic @ Tractor Tavern (9:30PM, 21+) (info) (SOLD OUT!)
Easily the coolest local show of the week. The last time we saw Mudhoney at KEXP they played in our parking lot, blew up the PA, and melted all the wires. In other words, they play loud and we love them. Also, a band called Tom Price Desert Classic has to be worth the price of admission alone.
Saturday, June 25
Marc Broussard with Matt Hires and Chic Gamine @ Showbox At The Market ($18-20, 8PM, all ages) (info)
Do you like Citizen Cope? Do you like Louisiana Bayou music that makes you wanna jump around? You’ll love this guy.
Spellbinder with David Grisman @ Moore Theatre
* Sondre Lerche with Nightlands and Kishi Bashi @ The Crocodile ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Clumsy Lovers plus The Good Hurt @ Tractor Tavern ($10, 9:30PM, 21+) (info)
Christina Marrs (of Asylum Street Spankers) with Graham Reynolds and The Golden Arm Trio and guests @ Sunset Tavern ($10, 9PM, 21+) (info)
* Hobosexual (Live Album Release Party) with Whalebones and This Bitch Don’t Fall Off @ Columbia City Theater ($7, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Another great record release party at the always lovely Columbia City Theater. Unfortunately, it won’t seem too quaint in there when Hobosexual turns it up to 11 and blow the doors off the joint. Loud and Local. Also, This Bitch Don’t Fall Off, 2nd best band name this week.
Sunday, June 26
Blonde Redhead with Nosaj Thing @ Neumos ($20, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Marc Cohn and Mary Chapin Carpenter @ Woodland Park Zoo (info)
More Grammy-Award winning artists for the animals to enjoy. We hear the Giraffes love Marc Cohn.
My Morning Jacket @ Paramount Theatre ($40, 7PM, all ages) (info)
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky My Morning Jacket are a highly respected and widely regarded band with a huge following. The band is touring in support of ‘Circuital’, their sixth studio album.
* Natasha Bedingfield with Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer @ Showbox At The Market ($20-25, 6:30PM, all ages) (info)
Did you miss the Adele concert? So did everyone silly, but until she re-schedules, this may be your next best bet. With a number 1 single in America, and a number 1 UK debut album, Natasha Bedingfield is one of the UK’s biggest female pop stars.
Hedwig & the Angry Inch-The Stage Musical-A Benefit for The It Gets Better Project @ The Crocodile ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
* KEXP recommended, mother approved.