Tomorrow night, KEXP, Starbucks, and STG are proud to present Little Big Show #3, featuring not one, but two Californian dream-pop bands with enough atmosphere to shield our summery city for an evening. Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Little Big Show #3 at the Neptune Theatre, featuring Dum Dum Girls and Craft Spells with 100% of ticket sales benefiting local non-profit NFFTY, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Every spring NFFTY holds a film festival in Seattle showcasing some of the best work from directors 22 and younger from around the world.
Sub Pop’s Dum Dum Girls combine their punk influences and energy with plenty of reverb and jangling guitars to create a clean sound that bridges a variety of genres while smoothing out the gaps in between. Dum Dum Girls embrace the sounds of a romanticized past, creating music that would sound relevant in any of the past six decades with songs about love, self destruction, and of course, Italian prisons, all buried under a sunny exterior.
Craft Spells’ lead singer and songwriter Justin Vallesteros sounds like a teenage Morrissey, using his deep and commanding voice to guide the light and playful bedroom shoegaze he sings over. He’s probably a lot less of a jerk than Morrissey though, which makes Craft Spells all the more charming. Combining shy synthesizers and distant guitars, Craft Spells quickly grew from a bedroom side project to a blogosphere darling, coyly winning the hearts of listeners everywhere.
Don’t miss these two great bands performing together tomorrow night at the Neptune Theater. Be sure to pick up your tickets for this absolutely dreamy show now!