This Week in Concerts: Cults, Sleigh Bells, Andrew Bird, and more!

This week is a big week for Seattle shows, and thankfully, a handful of the best ones aren’t sold out yet! Here is a list of some you might not want to miss!

Saturday, April 7, Manhattan indie pop duo Cults will be playing at the Neptune. Cults has a pop sound all unto themselves, sounding distant yet relatable all the time. Their catchy and relaxing vibe found them to be one of the breakout indie pop acts of 2011. Now, they are here playing in support of their hauntingly beautiful self-titled debut album. Check out their tune “Abducted” below:

Sunday, April 8, Sleigh Bells return to Seattle after only two months of absence for a gig at Showbox Sodo. Sleigh Bells melds hip hop and electronic noise with classic metal to make an all-round good time of an album. Their February show was one for the books (check out our review and photos here), and the band themselves listed the date as one of the best shows they’ve ever played. Now, they are back for a second date in support of Reign of Terror, and ready to headbang. Hopefully, you are ready too. Here’s the video for their tune “Comeback Kid”:

Monday, April 9, Andrew Bird will be playing at the Paramount Theater. Bird’s new album Break It Yourself has received great reviews and is another great addition to his dizzyingly diverse catalogue. In addition, he did all the whistling work for the new Muppets movie – how about that! Bird draws on folk music, jazz, pop, and americana to create a unique and rewarding experience. His live show is known for its brillance, and Monday’s show will no doubt be a testament to that. Listen to Break It Yourself track “Danse Caribe” below:

Tuesday, April 10, Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow will also play at the Paramount. They found mainstream success in the United States with the 2009 hit “Animal”. Since then, they’ve been all over the place, doing production work for pop stars, and writing more material for 2012’s Happy To You. These three guys put on a fantastic dance show, and there’s no doubt the Paramount will be bouncing up and down on Tuesday. Check out the video for “Paddling Out” below:

Wednesday, April 11, the west coast rap train-wreck Odd Future will play at Showbox Sodo. Since their last Seattle date in October, they’ve released an album as a collective (Odd Future Tape Vol. 2), recorded a handful individual EPs, and filmed a TV show for Adult Swim. Odd Future shows are known for their chaos – usually, one or two members are rapping, while an additional four or five are running around, stage diving, echoing lines, and creating ridiculous amounts of hype. Listen to Odd Future Tape Vol. 2 track “Oldie” below, featuring most members of the collective:

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