Three venues. A handful of bands. And it’s literally impossible to enjoy all the potential music you could be enjoying in one night.
Do you want to try to find out everyone’s stage time (because you know…rock and roll is like clockwork) and calculate how many songs you can see being performed by the bands you prefer the best? Do you have friends in the transportation industry that can turn all those red traffic lights into a friendly shade of green, so that you may move swiftly from one show to the other? Maybe you can dig a tunnel from my window to yours and travel like a mole that has been blessed with the problem solving ability of a human? Is there any creature on this Earth that is more hideous than a mole? By the end of the night, all these questions (and more) will be answered.
Curtains For You, Pica Beats and Tomten at Neumos – Tomten has been receiving lots of love from Sound on the Sound over the last few weeks. If my memory serves me correctly, other staff writers have been comparing this band to The Kinks. I would love to corroborate these claims but I never listen to The Kinks (I’m not sure why). In the interest of remaining genuine, I’m going to tell you to check Tomten for yourself. Curtains for You (who put out an album last year that I really enjoyed) are headlining this bill. Check out the video for their new song “Tear and A Smile”. Is this one of the best, most underrated pop bands honing their craft in Seattle? I certainly think so. Last but certainly not least are the Pica Beats. I’ve never seen them for myself but I know of others in this community who co-sign think this band is pretty fantastic. Doors open at 8pm. The show starts promptly at 9pm. Tickets are $8. SRG Presents: Absolute Monarchs, Strong Killings, Swayze and White Coward at the Highline – Absolute Monarchs have a long anticipated album coming out in April. Finally I can stop listening to “Killing the Old” on their Myspace. I’d give a link to their bandcamp but there is nothing there but an awesome press photo and the track-listing. How about you just go that extra step and come to the Highline tonight? Hear their songs with your own ears. It’s also their guitarist (Miki Sodos) birthday, congratulate her on riffage well done by buying her a new car. That’s the best way to listen to music, right? Buying your favorite bands’ new cars? If you’ve read this website at all, then you’ve read about Strong Killings. I suppose I could beat a dead horse and tell you about how awesome they are. How they write insanely catchy songs that I want the entire world to hear. Maybe I could talk about how come we don’t have local bands jumping on the Strong Killings inspired punk rock wave instead of this indie folk snooze-fest? Admittedly, the first time I saw the name “Swayze,” I thought it was in reference to some garbage pop act that existed for a few minutes a couple of years ago. Then I saw the name again and thought, “Maybe those dudes live in Seattle now and are trying to work their way back to the top?” Then I saw the name again and realized this group consisted of members of the bands Mico De Noche and Sugar Sugar Sugar. I can get down with tunes from those bands, you can too…right? White Coward are a “unicorn” to me. I only hear and see them on my computer but have yet to see them with my own two eyes. I’ve been admiring them from afar, hearing more and more locals gush about them as the weeks go by. With a name so cool and a pedal board I have wet dreams about, will this be the band I can’t stop talking about in 2012 (ala Mercy Ties in 2011)? Probs. Doors are at 8pm. Show starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are $7
Lowlands Album Release Show with John Heart Jackie and Ghosts I’ve Met at the Columbia City Theater – Lowlands are putting an album out. Click on their name and decide if you want to download their track “Give Me Love” for absolutely free. When was the last time you turned down something that didn’t cost you a penny? OK, besides those crappy “sample” cups you get from the food court in Southcenter Mall? Exactly. I haven’t seen Ghosts I’ve Met in more than a year and the last time I saw him (them), it was on this very same stage. The whole night consisted of local folk acts and I thought they stole the show. Would I be surprised if this happened again? Not really. If you’re friends with me (and you probably aren’t) then you’ve seen me wear my John Heart Jackie shirt on a fairly regular basis. It’s one of the most comfortable t-shirts that I own. Besides being a grown man that wears t-shirts too often, “You’ve Been On My Mind” and “Deep As Whales” are incredible songs. I’ve spoke about this band before, walking a very thin line between hyperbole and fanaticism. They tend to write somber songs that make a broken heart feel whole again. Check out the remix for “Deep As Whales,” and the rest of their tunes while you’re at it. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $6.