By Derek York
The great thing about living in Seattle is that, even in a comparatively slow week for live music, like this one, there’s at least one really good show each night of the week.
Kaylee Cole only learned to play piano three years ago. Since then she’s bounced around friends’ places between Seattle and Mount Vernon (she even pulled a Jewel and lived in her car) while quickly gaining the attention of Seattle’s musical tastemakers with songs like this one.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DEUqyuXPMc]
Another great option Thursday night is Champagne Champagne at Neumos. DJ and MC skills notwithstanding, calling these guys a “hip-hop” act is a bit limiting since new wave, disco and art rock all inform the music on their debut album. The group, which features vocalists Pearl Dragon and Thomas Gray with percussionist/DJ Mark Gadjahar (an alumni of Northwest hardcore legends the Blood Brothers) are known for lively performances rooted in equal parts punk rock attitude and a love of a good party.
Austra, an electronic band from Toronto, has been performing non-stop around the globe since late 2011 winning critical accolades but falling under the shadows of more poppy Canadian acts like Arcade Fire. Austra’s guttural beats are have been described as dark and witchy by those who are uncomfortable with pervasive tones; those who get dancy at the shows are moved by to their core.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1b3fCr8Co0]
Minneapolis MC Atmosphere should receive a warm welcome from Seattle crowds on this, his first return to Seattle since he performed at the popular and well-attended Capitol Hill Block Party in summer 2011. The show is sold out, so hopefully you already got your tickets.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8N4WHiNC7o]
If you feel like giving a little something back with your rock and roll dollar then head to West Seattle, where the Benbow Room is hosting a benefit for Amnesty International featuring five emerging local bands,including one we really like, the Springboards.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VClNQAF7dY&feature=plcp]
When it comes to adult-oriented soft rock made in the 1980s that prominently features the alto saxophone you could do a lot worse that San Francisco’s Huey Lewis & the News….aw fuck it, we aren’t going, we just wanted an excuse to post this video.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaTQAaJWW54]