From their first, sloppy shows at the Old Fire House in 2007 to the first time they destroyed a party at now-defunct Central District DIY house the Ark, Issaquah's Seahouse have always been something very special, as evidenced by the unanimously stoked crowds that meet them everywhere they go. Their simple, lo-fi sing-alongs encompass all that it is to be a suburban teenager—but on their first full-length album, PNW, they elevate their poppy basement jams to full-on summer-soundtrack material. The inhuman beat of Nick Leumpert, flat-out the city's best young drummer, lays the groundwork for the band's grimy guitars and the blooming teenage lyrical prowess of vocalist and frontman Max Smith-Holmes. Whether being hopelessly lost in love, anticipating the end of school, or welling up with hometown pride, PNW is a raw and honest trip through Smith-Holmes's hang-ups and enthusiasms. The album's release party is this Thursday, July 9, at the Greenhouse. Also playing are Underage favorites Masters and Johnson and the Last Slice of Butter, and make sure to show up early for Secret Colors. The Spokane transplant wields electronic loops and guitar to create huge, atmospheric sounds that evoke the depths of outer space. His experimental suites will start the night off slowly, but by the time the boys of Seahouse take to playing, this show should be the party of the season.
Fri July 10: Off with Their Heads, Dear Landlord at Squid & Ink, 7 pm, $5.
Fri July 10: Chris Wise and the Glory Glory, Moon Pulls the Ocean, Spencer Abbott, Tim Wilson at Q Cafe, 8 pm, $7.
Fri July 10: Schoolyard Heroes, the Pharmacy, the Whore Moans, Black Houses, Keg at the Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $11 ($10 w/ club card).
Sat July 11: James Miska, Chaz Prymek at the Honeybucket, 8 pm, donations.
Sun July 12: Punch, the Separation, Dichotomy, On, Sojourner at Fusion Cafe, 7 pm, $6.
Wed July 15: Universal Soul, Max Smith-Holmes, Kaitlin Saunders at the Old Fire House, 6:30 pm, free.