By Derek York
There are three stand-out choices for your Tuesday night festivities. Grimes will be crossing the boarder again to bring her super-infectious Canadian techno-folk sounds to Neumos. She’s worth all of the $16 cover.
Local country band the Maldives are doing a free show at Easy Street Records Queen Anne for those music lovers on a budget.
And if you want to watch dudes try to remember how to “skank” like they did in the 90’s, get on down to Showbox at the Market with $22.50 in hand and be ready to laugh. Just knowing Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake are back on the road makes me smile.
Man there are a lot of live shows in Seattle this week. More than usual, it seems. The third annual City Arts Fest, a fall festival sponsored by the monthly magazine of the same name, definitely accounts for a lot of them, but other clubs across town seem to have full dockets this week too.
Like all good festivals, City Arts features a mix of familiar names (David Byrne, Devotcha, Ghost Land Observatory) and bands I’ve never heard of (Eoto, Homeboy Sandman, Prism Tats), so there’s a great opportunity to stumble upon some new music. Activities kick off Wednesday night with two cool choices: Byrne, the former Talking Heads frontman, will be at the 5th Ave Theater and so should you. If you’re on a budget, head over to Barboza and check out excellent locals the Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band for $10.
Agnostic Front will share the El Corazon stage with local badass band Deathraid on Thursday night. Bring $10 to have a kick ass night in the pit. On the City Arts side of things, Chop Suey has a great line up with two Northwest bands on Seattle’s Good to Die Records, Absolute Monarchs and Gaytheist, and a third that would fit nicely on that label’s roster, Constant Lovers.
Friday night presents some difficult choices. Omar Rodriguez Lopez, of At the Drive-In and Mars Volta fame, will perform some of his prolific solo work at the Triple Door. It will be amazing. If I can’t find a way into that show, I’m heading down to Barboza for Howlin’ Rain, whose raw, rock-shedding gospel antics are not to be missed at the nice price of $13. Meanwhile, local mainstays Ravenna Woods and Land of Pines play the Crocodile for the same cover.
If you would like to have a truly unique musical experience this week, City Arts brings gives you that opportunity with Seattle Rock Orchestra and Devotcha at the Moore Theater. This should be a pretty amazing performance; Devotcha’s music is already cool, even with without the full sound of Seattle’s most creative orchestra.
If it’s belly laughs you seek, check out Nada Contributor Red Lehman’s band the Sadberries at the Morgue. Comprised of fictional former boybanders Holmes Kewl and Kris P. Kreme, these guys perform songs about musket shootings and the human papillomavirus.
If you choose Maldives, My Goodness, and The Grizzled Mighty at Nuemos for $13 I wouldn’t hold that against you either. Bluesy two-piece My Goodness are worth that cover alone.
The latest band from the formative years for punk, Indie and college rock to reunite are Bitch Magnet. The “post-hardcore” band plays Neumos on Sunday night.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eScNe4p_cSw]