June 26, 2009

Nurses and Quasi at the Vera Project

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“Technicolor”

Twice in one month! Who would’ve guessed our new favorite band Nurses would be making up to our fair city so often? Last night they were at the Vera Project supporting fellow Portland act Quasi, who’ve just agreed to release their next album through Kill Rock Stars.


Nurses ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Nurses ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Quasi ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Quasi ::: Photo by Josh Lovseth

Flickr: Quasi and Nurses at the Vera Project

June 16, 2009

Robin Pecknold to play a set for the kids, and by that we mean the VERA Project

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Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes ::: Photo by Josh

Saturday July 11, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes will be taking the Neumos stage as the headliner for this years multi-day A Drink For the Kids fundraiser in support of the VERA Project. The multi-bar event features drink specials for us over-21-ers, and on the final night at Neumos this concert will cap the week, with all the proceeds going to Seattle’s place for all-ages.

A Drink For The Kids, the Vera Project’s annual 21+ benefit, includes six bar nights featuring beer and liquor specials benefiting the Vera Project and a grand finale benefit show. Visit any of the bars below and purchase a Stone Brewing Company beer and ask about liquor specials to support Vera:

July 5th at Cha Cha July 6th at Hazelwood July 7th at West 5 July 8th at Twilight Exit July 9th at Linda’s July 10th at Solo & Funhouse July 11th at Neumos

Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10am at TicketsWest. Unless of course you know the password. Then they are available for you right now. Snap ‘em up because as we know, out of all antelopes, the White Antelope is about as rare as they come.

And if you doubt you should be there… watch a song from one of our favorite sessions of 2008:

January 23, 2009

The Daily Choice: This Weekend’s Cumulus Festival

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Poster by James Key

I love a good festival.  I love a ton of bands all packed in to one place, and I absolutely love the thrill of discovery sure to blindside you at any festival worths it densely powdered elephant ears and cheap, overpriced beer.  Now, I’m not even in Seattle this weekend, but friend and Abandoned Love Records guru Jon Rooney has been plying me with the sweetness that is this weekend’s Cumulus Music Festival for weeks now.

Rooney, he of Virgin of the Birds fame (and a mammoth interview I’ve still yet to muster the cojones to tackle) sent over this description of the event:

“the Cumulus Music Festival is a gathering of largely instrumental noise, drone, and math rock outfits (one might say post-rock) from the greater Pacific Northwest area for three days of intimate performances creating a critical mass of thoughtful, exciting modern electric music”

Oh man, if that doesn’t sound like the perfect accompaniment to the doldrums of grey enveloping our sweet city these moody days of January … I don’t know what is.  You can see the full schedule HERE, but here’s just a taste of some of the drone-tastic bands playing this weekend:

HYPATIA LAKE

BRONZE FAWN

EARTH (!!!)

THE LUNA MOTH

There’s two night shows (at Chop Suey and King Cobra) and an all ages afternoon show at The Vera Project.  I highly recommend getting out to at least one evening.  You will not be disappointed.

December 1, 2008

Our Favorite Photos of 2008

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It’s hard to believe, it’s already time for us to start recapping 2008…but here we go. Every day of December we’ll share with you one of our favorite photos we’ve taken in the past year. Hope you enjoy!

Shane Tutmarc at the VERA Project ::: March 7th, 2008 photo by Abbey 

Simply one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken, of one of my favorite Seattle musicians making music today. For me, it doesn’t get any better than that.

March 9, 2008

Shane Tutmarc & The Traveling Mercies

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It’s official. Those Tutmarc boys are too sweet, talented, and handsome for their own good. The “family act” put on one hell of a show Friday night at The VERA Project, to celebrate their latest record release–Hey Lazarus! I couldn’t have been happier with the guys set, which covered all my favorites from the new record–”Fair Warning” and the title track included–as well as my favorites from their previous release. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos of the night with you, before we get a thorough review up.

Shane Tutmarc and The Traveling Mercies

Shane Tutmarc

Shane Tutmrac

May 7, 2007

Pagliacci’s 2nd Annual Battle of The Bands – Fly Your Cobra Flag High!!

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Tomorrow night Pagliacci’s will host their 2nd annual Battle of the Bands show at Neumo’s, benefiting the fabulous Vera Project. It turns out that a number of Seattle up-and-coming musician’s day job is slinging pie for Pagliacci. To celebrate their talented employee’s, Pagliacci’s is hosting a battle of the bands comprised solely of bands featuring member’s whose paychecks they sign.

There will be 8 bands competing, ranging from bluegrass outfits to punk rockers. The bands will be critiqued by a panel of judges as they perform. And no offense to the other bands, but the winner of this contest is a no brainer – Ice Age Cobra is entered and thus, Ice Age Cobra should win. Because, if you’re not aware, no one rocks like The Cobra. No one.

But for the sake of some semblance of objectivity, the full line up includes:

                 -Change Vs. Comfort with Josh Thomas from Sand Point                  -Grieves and Type with Jeff Tune from Stone Way                  -Iceage Cobra with Brad Kaufmann and Jordan West from University                  -Murder Dice & The Rodeo with John Drake from 85th Street                  -No Violet No with Joshua Parrott from West Seattle                  -Old Thunder with Jeff Kirby from Sand Point                  -People We Hate with Ben McIsaac and Jake Nickerson from Miller                  -The People Now with Tim Karman from Sand Point

The show is all ages and only 5$, all proceeds go towards The Vera Project. So come on out to Neumo’s tomorrow night and fly your cobra flag high!

February 23, 2007

Late Week NW News

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Vera Project Grand Opening! The Vera Project will be hosting free shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday in honor of their new space at Seattle Center. Tonight their hosting one of the best hip hop acts in town, Common Market.

Music of Nirvana, The Thermals to appear in video game. A number of other recent indie it bands are also featured including Tapes n’ Tapes, the Pixies and Wolfmother. Pitchfork has the goods. The Thermals have turned down $50,000 before for a song to appear in a Hummer commercial describing such a move as “evil.” I guess this isn’t. I’m sure Krist would disagree though.

KEXP begins their pledge drive tonight. Kick down a few bucks for the best radio station in the world, so they can keep introducing us to some of the best independent music out there.

January 30, 2007

today’s local news

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The Shins will debut at #2 on tommorow’s Billboard charts. With over 100,000 units sold it’s been a good week for Sub Pop. Will anyone even remember who Little Ricky is six months from now? American Idol Daughtry came in at #3. (Hat tip to LineOut.)

Band of Horses annouce show at the Showbox. They’ll be playing with one of my new favorite local’s Sera Cahoone on Monday February 26th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10am. I should also let you know that the Bright Eyes show on the 11th of March is sold out.

The Vera Project auction was a success! So far the tally is over $200,000 and it all goes to finish funding the all-ages venue’s new space in Seattle Center.

January 11, 2007

todays local music news

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Unbenknownst to me before I posted my short gushing review of the Hands album last night, the Seattle Weekly had a feature on them this week in their music section. In fact, who would have guessed (certainly not the Sloggers) it but the Weekly music section was on fire this week. They had their front page devoted to a picture of James Mercer of the Shins, and did a long feature on their label Sub Pop and the events surrounding the build up to Wincing the Night Away’s release. It’s more about Sub Pop’s history and such than the album itself, but it is very interesting and in depth about the Seattle music scene. The Weekly also has a feature on Talkdemonic’s female half, Lisa Molinaro, who toured as a multi-instrumentalist with the Decemberists last year. Talkdemonic is playing tonight at the Croc and I highly recommend going. I am going to try and make it myself.

Ari Spool, a board member of the Vera Project, and a staffer for the Stranger talks about what the Vera Project is and what it isn’t and why things have been happening the way they have.

Jay of The Sea Navy just let me know that they will be playing at the Comet on February 3. February and March are shaking out to be amazing months for live music around here.

Courtesy of Pitchfork we learn about a Decemberists European tour in February and that they are auctioning off a bunch of items on Ebay for charity, including Chris Funk’s “guitarmageddon” guitar.

Update: Just saw this over at Slog. Apparently tommorow is the Elvis impersonator invitational at the EMP. So if you see lots of Elvis tommorow at least you know your not hallucinating and the King hasn’t returned.

January 8, 2007

Mondays NW News

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Adopted northwest artist Dave Matthews will be appearing as a character in the FOX hospital drama ‘House.’ Not really from the northwest, Dave’s wife was a medical student at UW for a time. Not sure if they still maintain a residence in Wallingford, but we have seen Dave taking out his recycling a time or two in previous years.

Sonic Boom in Fremont is expanding. Curiously, the author notes, that as a result of the Tower closings:

… excluding Northgate and Southcenter and Borders and Barnes and Noble, I am now pretty darn sure there are no non-independent record stores in Seattle-proper. If I am wrong, I want to know, so tell me!

I’m thinking hard. She might be right. Go Seattle!

Shins tickets go on sale this Friday at noon.

All Ages Venue Vera Project has announced that they will be opening February 23 and 24. Its new location at Seattle Center should be a nice home. They still need to raise  $600,000 to complete the move and are having a “black-tie and fancy-pants” auction on January 27 to account for some of the balance.