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Sunset Tavern to Celebrate 10 years!

Ballard’s rockin’est venue, The Sunset Tavern, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this June. Back in 2000 when it opened, Ballard Ave was much a quieter place flanked by tiny fishing houses rather than Condo-maximums.  The Sunset was actually one of my first 2 stops when arriving in Seattle, the other being the Tractor, and they’re still my favorites. It’s a small space with big sound and bigger bands.  Since it’s inception The Sunset stage has been graced by amazing acts such as The Fleet Foxes, Camper Van Beethoven, Of Montreal, The Cave Singers… I even saw The Rebirth Brass Band squish their 9-piece band up on that little platform – eventually we all found it ridiculous and proceeded to march our asses “second-line-style” out into the street to get some breathing room, might be the best show ever.
You don’t have to be a big name to play the Sunset, however. They are launchpad for many an upstart no matter what the genre INCLUDING the Subsonic 1st Birthday Party. Not many rock clubs can stake claim to surviving this long, and doing it so well… All while having the cleanest bathrooms in rock n’ roll. (Not to mention my favorite “puzzles…”)
Come celebrate the 10-Year anniversary and The Year of The Tiger with 3 nights and one afternoon of performances from some of the Northwest’s best talents, including Red Fang, special reunited performances by The Cops and The Catheters, Jason Dodson of The Maldives, Kinski, The Tripwires and more. We’ll have live music, DJ’s, treats and charity raffles hosted by The Benevolent Fez & Mask Society each night. We hope you’ll join us for the fun and surprises during our special weekend!
Details for each night after the jump:
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Posted by Kevin leDoux | Filed in Music, Seattle Music Scene, Venues on May 19th, 2010| 1 Comment »


Audioasis Show Tonight @ Sunset Tavern (May 1)

AudioasisShort and sweet; I expect this show will be intensely fun, from start to finish. Plus, it benefits the Seattle Tilth.

The local bands have all had a lot of buzz recently (and thru Subsonic):

9:45pm – 10:15pm Butts (read the Subsonic post here)
10:30pm – 11:15pm Thunder Buffalo (recently signed with our friends @ Sarathan Records. Heard they play a fast furious set.)
11:30pm – 12:15am The Lights (Subsonic post applauding their latest album)
Hosted by Hannah Levin.

Sunset Tavern in Ballard
Doors: 8:30pm Show: 9:45pm Age: 21+
Tickets @ the door $8 day of show

Posted by Tom.Blodgett | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on May 1st, 2010| Comment now »


Lots Of Free Stuff At Neumos Tonight

Including one of the most perfect foods ever created: FRENCH FRIES. All day, even. If you don’t like french fried potatoes, you’re in a SERIOUS MINORITY. Sorry to say it, but it’s true. Damn true.


Oh, and there’s also a free show: Wet Paint, Haunted Horses, Eel Eater (are they sustainable??), and Broken Nobles. Also, I think that might be an Abominable Snowman. Get on with it.

Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on April 28th, 2010| Comment now »


Greg Attonito et al @ Healthy Times Fun Club

It seems of late that it has been all the rage for rock artists to pick up an acoustic guitar and tour small DIY spaces and venues. While not everyone can pull it off, there are a select few who have flourished at it. And, somehow, we are lucky enough to get three artists of that ilk on one bill this coming Thursday.


Thursday, April 1
Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers)
Greg Attonito (of the Bouncing Souls) w/ Shanti Wintergate
Kepi Ghoulie (of the Groovie Ghoulies)
Jefferson Deathstar (Ryan from the Damage Done)
$5, 8pm, at Healthy Times Fun Club on Capitol Hill! ALL AGES!


You’ll notice that Vic Ruggiero wasn’t on the flier, but he has been added to the group of touring bands, so we get the opportunity to see another great artists on what was already a great bill!

Posted by Grendel | Filed in Recommended Events, Seattle Music Scene, Venues on March 30th, 2010| Comment now »


Sasquatch! Lineup Is Nice, But Maybe Not For The Price

Sasquatch! Festival 2010

In case you missed it, the lineup for the 2010 Sasquatch! Festival was released Monday night during a concert at the Crocodile (I was unsuccessful in my attempts for those coveted free tickets). Here’s the day-by-day schedule:

Saturday, May 29th
My Morning Jacket / Vampire Weekend / The National / Deadmau5 / Broken Social Scene / OK Go / Wale / Public Enemy / The Hold Steady / Miike Snow / Z-Trip / Brother Ali / Minus The Bear / WHY? / The Very Best / Portugal. The Man / Mumford & Sons / The Lonely Forest / Nurses / The Middle East / Patrick Watson / Morning Teleportation / Laura Marling / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Fool’s Gold / Garfunkel & Oates / Dam-Funk / Shabazz Palaces

Sunday, May 30th
Massive Attack / Pavement / LCD Soundsystem / Tegan and Sara / Kid Cudi / Nada Surf / Dirty Projectors / The xx / The Long Winters / Simian Mobile Disco / Midlake / Girls / Vetiver / The Tallest Man On Earth / YACHT / Booka Shade / Caribou / Avi Buffalo / City and Colour / Cymbals Eat Guitars / A-Trak / Fruit Bats / tUnE-yArDs / Local Natives / Freelance Whales / Jets Overhead / Rob Riggle / Luke Burbank

Monday, May 31st
Ween / MGMT / Band of Horses / She & Him / Passion Pit / The New Pornographers / Drive-By Truckers / Boys Noize / Camera Obscura / The Temper Trap / Dr. Dog / Neon Indian / No Age / The Mountain Goats / Phantogram / Quasi / Japandroids / Mayer Hawthorne & The County / The Low Anthem / Fresh Espresso / Hudson Mohawke / Telekinesis / Past Lives / Yes Giantess / Craig Robinson

Pretty solid, no? Yes, I agree; but while this is certainly a better than average group of bands, musicians, and comedians, it doesn’t set my heart aflutter like in years past. Personally, I’d say Sunday is the best mix (mostly due to the headliners) but I see how any random person might prefer any of those three days. But here’s my deal: it’s difficult to not view the price of this thing as somewhat of a rip-off. It seems to get pricier and pricier every year and is the biggest reason I haven’t attended in a long time (well, that and the state of the “campground”).


Let’s do some math: $170 3-day pass + $15 (estimated) ticket fees + $99 for all-weekend camping (no single day campground prices) + $100 for food/drink/water + $50 for gas = $434! Good lord, that’s a lotta dough. Sure you can maybe split the camping, sustenance and gas amongst friends, but that $100 for food and drink could easily be $150, and if you only want a single day ticket, that’s $80 a day ($70 if you buy early, $86 if you buy late). Now, I’m no miser, but I do prefer to spend my money wisely. Is $300-400 worth it? I dunno, but if the prices keep going up, how can this be A) sustainable and B) desirable?


I also forgot to mention that the 3-day passes are only available for 2 days starting Feb. 20th. Geez louise.

Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on February 17th, 2010| 14 Comments »


Piecora's Pizza Is Now A Music Venue, Too

Raise your hand if your favorite memory of Piecora’s Pizza on E. Madison St. is post-grade school soccer game grub fests. Yep, me too. CYO, BABY! The long-standing New York-style pizzeria has decided recently (I think) to get into the music biz. Why not? Everyone else is doing it. It’s not like there’s a dearth of bands out there to occupy your calendar with. Chop Suey is just a few blocks down the hill and makes for some nice competition.


It’s called Piecora’s Back Room and shows are presented by Radio Free Seattle. Here’s the current schedule:


12th – Sue Quigley, Trevor Lee Ridge
13th – Manooghi Hi, Deseo Carmin
19th – The Glass Notes (Robb Benson’s new project), Sean P. Bates
26th – Ghost Lobby, Osaka Explosion
27th – Astronomer Royal, The High End

5th- Ryan Looman of Smile for Diamonds, Whitney Ballen, Peter Hanks
12th – theZim & ARock, Mesa & Ari, Hannalee w/Matt Knotter of Shim
13th – Conservative Dad, Shining Skulls
19th – Tamara Power-Drutis, Aliya Hashemi, Scott Weltzer

Do I know who any of these bands are? No, not really. I’ve heard Smile For Diamonds. But who cares. Great pizza and another opportunity to use your ears for good. Instead of that darned evil.

Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on February 12th, 2010| Comment now »


Sasquatch Launch Party At The Croc: w/ Fresh Espresso, Atlas Sound, and Surfer Blood

Just saw this on the Crocodile‘s facebook page. Sounds pretty cool and it looks like you can pick up free passes at both Easy Street locations. Or by listening to The End; which…why would you do that, again? The 2009 records from both Atlas Sound (about who I’m genuinely surprised at his inclusion here) and Fresh Espresso made my Favorites lists of last year. They good. More recently, I’ve been pleasantly pleased with Surfer Blood‘s Astro Coast. It’s high-energy Floridian power-rock with brit-pop and pop-punk tendencies that recalls both Weezer and the Smiths in careful doses, but with enough weird and woozy moments to keep it interesting.


Goes down on a Monday, February 15th, with tickets available on the 12th. Press release from Live Nation after the jump/cut/fold/whatever.


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Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on February 8th, 2010| Comment now »


Intelligence Fans: Trainwreck! At The Orient Express Starts Tomorrow!

It wasn’t too long ago when I first stepped foot into the Orient Express down in SODO near the Spokane Street Bridge. I gazed upon the huge fish tanks with a childlike wonder. I roamed the tiny halls with a childlike curiosity. Then I drank shots of tequila like an old fashioned a-dult. Formerly Andy’s Diner, the place is now a kitschy Chinese restaurant and lounge constructed (most awesomely) from several old train cars and home to a myriad of banquet, bar, restaurant and, yes, karaoke rooms. In short, it’s a one stop shop for dive bar fun.


Well, as luck would have it—and oh does it have it—there’s a new night there and one of my favorite bands, the Intelligence, has its grubby little paws all over it. Lars Finberg and his woman Susanna Welbourne formed a band, named it Puberty, and invited some dudes from the Old Haunts, the Shins, and the Cops to play with ‘em as the house band. Curtis James, Drew Church and Dave Hernandez play in a newish band called Little Cuts and will be joining Finberg and Welbourne in what looks to be a debaucherously wacky time. The Facebook page says Mike Jaworski (Virgin Islands, the Cops, Mt. Fuji Records) is in the mix, too. Yowza.


A DJ, drag queen, and signature drink will all play host to the catatonically zany tunes of Puberty. If you like the Intelligence, you’ll no doubt enjoy this offshoot. You can listen to some demos on that aforementioned FB page (I wouldn’t worry about their sluggish nature, the band will surely rip the roof off the place). The inaugural “Trainwreck!” goes down tomorrow night (2/4) at 10 pm, and looks to be setting up shop for the next two first Thursdays as well. Press release (copped from Line Out) after the jump/cut/fold/whatever.


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Posted by LB | Filed in Music, Seattle Music Scene, Venues on February 3rd, 2010| 3 Comments »


Mad Rad Returns to Neumos, And It's Free


You’ll recall an altercation local hip-hypers Mad Rad were part of at Neumos one year and one week ago today: they got in a scuffle with security and were subsequently banned from most venues on Capitol Hill, the center of Seattle’s music universe. Well, through a rad and rabid thirst for stardom, playing shows as *far out* as Kirkland and as *dubious* as the Comet, and a court acquittal to boot, the group returns riding high. All is now apparently well between the esteemed venue and the fervid foursome. They’ll be celebrating this Thursday the 21st with a free show, and Breakfast Mountain (PDX) and Macklemore (whose free downloadable EP VS. is quite good) are coming along for the festivities. Arrive early and stay late.

Posted by LB | Filed in Seattle Music Scene, Venues on January 17th, 2010| Comment now »


Del tha Funky Homosapien @ Neumos w/ Bukue One, Yirim Seck, and Life Cycle

DelYou know Del.
Even if you haven’t heard his solo albums, futuristic concept album with Dan the Automator (and Kid Koala), or any work from the super indie rap collective, Hieroglyphics; Del tha Funky Homosapien has been in your head before before.
There are few emcees with as distinct a voice and style, as Del’s. In the mainstream, he should be recognized from the 2001 Gorillaz hit, “Clint Eastwood”, which still sounds fresh every time I hear it getting air play. Or, if you’ve played the classic PS2 game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, Del’s funky song, “If you must” stood out on a killer compilation.
I recommend going to the Neumos show, Sunday Dec 6th!!!
Del tha Funky Homosapien
w/ Bukue One (fellow Oakland emcee and DJ)
Yirim Seck (from Seattle)
Life Cycle (from Tacoma)
Sun-Dec 6-Doors@8pm
21+/ $20 adv.

Posted by Tom.Blodgett | Filed in Recommended Events, Seattle Music Scene, Venues on December 2nd, 2009| Comment now »