By Derek York
The Old 97s bring the good feelings tunes of their classic album Too Far to Care to Seattle this week. I get tired of hearing how beautiful Rhett Miller’s eyes are, so I’m skipping this show to rest up for the coming days, but half of the Nada team will be there, including superfan Sarah Volpone.
I’m really fired up for this one on Wednesday night, when Beirut bring their unique version of indie chamber music to the beautiful Moore Theater. A night of music this warm and rich can’t help but feel wonderful.
Also, did you know Linkin Park is playing the Tacoma Dome? I thought that band died along with their fratboy following in the mid 90’s?
Against Me! are four super fun dudes from Florida playing basement punk. Seeing them at El Corazon sounds like the most fun you could have on a Thursday night, especially if you enjoy yelling along to revolutionist lyrics and haven’t caught them yet, because this is a great chance to see them in a club instead of on the bigger stages they play these days.
Curious Mystery and Crystal Antlers would normally be my pick of the day, but Curious Mystery are local so I have more chances to catch them than Against Me!. That means I just need to figure out how to see Against Me! in Eastlake and be in Capitol Hill for the Crystal Antlers set too. Hmmmm.
I also love me some Melvins, who play downtown at the original Showbox, but the whole notion of “Melvins Lite” seems odd. I certainly don’t dig their music because it’s “lite.”
I would love to see Willie Nelson but that would require I do the “Yallup”, and that is not going to happen, even for a personal hero. Maybe instead I will head to the Vera Project to speak with a great musician who once kicked me in the ass because he hates stage diving, Ian Mackaye. Perhaps I’ll even let him give me some advance kicks for the stage diving I’ll be doing at the Fucked Up show on Saturday.
This Showbox show is easily my pick of the week. All three of these bands bring a stage presence to match their musical ingenuity. It will be a fantastic night of new era punk, so get on down to the Showbox and join the rest of the sweaty, shirtless dudes in the pit.
You’ll also have an epic time at the Comet on Saturday night, even if you only have half as much fun as Big Wheel Stunt Show does on stage. This Tacoma band brings a level of enthusiasm that is unequaled in the small venue, rock and roll scene. It may even seem over the top, but they truly want to ROCK and their music is good enough to support their energy.[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEg-aZxDwFk]
Sweden’s version of an indie Bob Dylan will soothe your sore ears with some folky storyteller tunes to round out your week of music.