Last week started off slow and gained momentum as we headed into the weekend. This week the exact opposite is the case, so make sure to get your shows in before the holiday weekend. Monday starts off with a couple ass kicking choices; Finish Black Metal from Children of Bodom at the Showbox, or East Coast Celtic Punk legends Dropkick Murphys at the Paramount. Not ready to get that heavy on a Monday night? You’ve got the wonderfully talented folk-duo Two Gallants at Neumos. Wednesday is a busy one with aging pop diva Brittney Spears in town for her “Femme Fatale Tour” at the Tacoma Dome, Lucinda Williams is holding down the Woodland Park Zoo, and there’s a killer KEXP Seek & Destroy sponsored show for Helms Alee’s album release at Neumos. Thursday is the first of two nights at Neumos with Shabazz Palaces and the release of their amazing new album “Black Up”, Tennis Pro has a CD Release show at Chop Suey, and A Perfect Circle plays in Kent? The week ends with barely a whimper; Anya Marina at Chop Suey and Ice Age Cobra at Columbia City Theater on Friday, Steely Dan at Wamu Theater and a Black Whales album release show at the Tractor on Saturday. Enjoy your week and have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Monday, June 27
* Children Of Bodom with Devin Townsend, Obscura, and Septicflesh @ Showbox At The Market ($23.50, 7PM, 21+) (info)
* Dropkick Murphys @ Paramount Theatre ($26.50, 7:30PM, all ages) (info)
Now in their 14th year the Dropkick Murphys have risen from their basic Irish-punk roots to become a rocking & rolling, raging, green-clover machine. Dropkick Murphys are now one of the best-known rock bands in the world, thanks in part to their ability to tap into the working-class and sports fan culture that permeates Boston and the New England area but even more so due to their reputation for phenomenal live shows.
* Two Gallants with The Mumlers and Broken Nobles @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, all ages) (info)
One of their first shows as a group in about 3 years. The San Francisco guitar/drum duo of Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens are ready to throw down some serious folk songs to the unsuspecting. This should be a fantastic start to the week.
Tuesday, June 28
The Gentlemen Gluttons with Kladruby Gold and The Lonely Wild @ Tractor Tavern ($6, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Urban Seeds, J-Pros, 2 Soul, Amsterdam @ Neumos ($7, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Wednesday, June 29
* KEXP Seek and Destroy presents: Helms Alee (Album Release Show), Akimbo, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Norska (ft. members of Yob) @ Neumos ($10, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Britney Spears “Femme Fatale Tour” with Nicki Minaj @ Tacoma Dome (Tacoma) ($29.50 – $350, 5PM, all ages) (info)
The Femme Fatale Tour is Brittney’s sixth concert tour, in support of her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. The tour was initially planned as a co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias, but he canceled shortly after the announcement. Fashion designer Zaldy Goco created the costumes. Yes, it should be interesting.
* Lucinda Williams @ Woodland Park Zoo (info) (SOLD OUT)
One of America’s best songwriters, Lucinda Williams brings her silky smooth country rock & blues to the great outdoors. The animals at Woodland Park Zoo sure get to hear some good music in the Summer. This one is way Sold Out!
* Bare Wires, Night Beats (Vinyl Release show), The First Times @ Chop Suey ($8, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Predictable, yet good, classic Southern California Garage Rock from Oakland band Bare Wires.
The Contraband Countryband with Ole Tinder and Jonathan Kimball @ Tractor Tavern ($6, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Gigs4Good for ArtsCorps with Curtains For You & Kelli Schaefer @ Columbia City Theater ($15-20, 7:30 PM, 21+) (info)
Thursday, June 30
A Perfect Circle @ ShoWare Center (Kent) ($38.50 – $45, 8PM, all ages) (info)
These guys were a pretty big rock band at one point, now they’re playing at a venue in Kent of all places. Still a big draw for fans of their music. Start worrying when they play Amusement Parks.
The Robert Cray Band @ Woodland Park Zoo ($24) (info)
* Sub Pop presents: Two Nights with Shabazz Palaces (“Black Up” Album Release Show), Merm and Mall, OC Notes @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
The first of two nights with Shabazz Palaces at Neumos. Their latest album on Sub Pop (“Black Up”) is quickly being regarded as one of the top albums of 2011. Clearly, you should go to one of these shows. Duh.
* Tennis Pro (CD Release show!) with Thee Emergency, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, and We Wrote The Book On Connectors @ Chop Suey ($10, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Indie Beard Rockers Tennis Pro have their CD release show and some really cool local bands show up to share in the fun. This is one of the best local shows of the week!
Friday, July 1
* Anya Marina with People Eating People plus guests @ Chop Suey ($12, 9PM, 21+) (info)
* Sub Pop presents: Two Nights with Shabazz Palaces ( “Black Up” Album Release Show), Merm and Mall, OC Notes @ Neumos ($15, 8PM, 21+) (info)
Did you miss night one? This is night two.
The Brambles with Jackrabbit and Buffalo Death Beam @ Tractor Tavern ($8, 9:30PM, 21+) (info)
Coolest band name of the week: Buffalo Death Beam
* Sound on the Sound Presents: Ice Age Cobra, Hopscotch Boys, What What Now @ Columbia City Theater ($5, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Local rockers Ice Age Cobra and Hopscotch Boys re-unite for some crazy ass antics at Columbia City Theater. Hope they don’t trash the place too bad. Another great local bill.
Saturday, July 2
* Steely Dan with Sam Yahel @ WaMu Theater ($43-110, 8PM, all ages) (info)
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are what you would call a couple of legends. From the 70’s, but still. You may not remember all the songs, but this is a show that should put a lot of smiles on peoples faces. PS, they will look slightly different than the video below.
The Inciters with Emerald City Soul Club DJ’s @ Chop Suey ($8, 9PM, 21+) (info)
* Black Whales (album release show) with Legendary Oaks and Mal De Mer @ Tractor Tavern ($8, 9:30PM, 21+) (info)
From the band: “Flowers on drugs, warm-hearted spaghetti-westerns, reverb-soaked, tubey riffs in the hay amidst an organized chaos of booming and danceable rhythms, honey-sticky melodics, jangly guitar hooks, tambourines, shaker magic.” — Black Whales just finished their debut LP (the follow up to last year’s smash EP, Origins) and this is their release show. This should be a fun one.
Sunday, July 3
SEATTLE SOUL ON BLAST Vol.2: “The Men of Soul” Featuring: The Goodsin, Nate Vibez, The Arq, Peacemaker Nation, Lurrell Low, and DJ Vitamin D @ Chop Suey ($10, 9PM, 21+) (info)
Cordaviva with The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Trip The Light @ Tractor Tavern ($8, 9PM, 21+) (info)
* KEXP Recommended, mother-approved.