Tomorrow evening, Concerts at the Mural continue! Every Friday in August, KEXP and Seattle Center present a free concert at the Mural Amphitheater, featuring different bands and artists that frequent the KEXP airwaves. Each week, doors open at 5PM, with music starting at 6PM. The events are all-ages, with a 21+ beer garden and street food provided by Skillet. This Friday, the festivities continue with Black Mountain, My Goodness, and Whalebones.
Vancouver, B.C.’s psychedelic rockers Black Mountain seem to be everywhere lately, whether they’re storming the Bigfoot Stage at Sasquatch!, shredding amongst the trees at Pickathon, or even embarking on a massive European tour that included stops in Berlin, Manchester, London, and Paris. Their newest album, 2011’s Wilderness Heart, was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. But all the accolades and touring hasn’t come at the expense of the music. Black Mountain is still one of the most blistering acts in today’s rock n’ roll scene, as the five Canadians rip and tear through chord after chord in their relentless sonic conquest.
My Goodness has been called “Seattle’s answer to The Black Keys,” but the duo of Joel Schneider and Ethan Jacobson has no such lofty ambitions. The pair is content to provide their own spin on the bluesy roots rock of their forebears, with just enough of an injection of punk to make the whole mix go down harsh. The band lacks the polished sheen of high-produced and budgeted acts, which makes them even more appealing; blues and punk should come from the down and the dirty.
Rounding out Friday’s lineup, and kicking off the night, is the Seattle trio Whalebones, a deathly hallowed group who demonize their guitars and unleash grimy, sludgy horrors from the deepest, darkest depths of their amps. The band’s been out of the spotlight for some time, but now they’ve returned with a self-titled album that’s part blues, part country, and all heavy.