If you've had your ear to Seattle's music pulse over the past year or so, then you might have heard a few albums that sound eerily familiar. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but you may have noticed that wildly popular bands like Fleet Foxes and the Dutchess and the Duke gleefully polish and revive some of the band members' favorite old songs and groups. Whether it be Crosby, Stills, and Nash in the Foxes' case or the Rolling Stones for the Duke, a certain brand of revivalism is huge right now, and Hardly Art's the Moondoggies are doing it as well as anyone.
The lead track, "Ain't No Lord," off of their debut album, Don't Be a Stranger, perfectly demonstrates how the band bring together the best elements of classic Americana to create fiery alt-country and roots rock that thrives in a modern setting while tipping a ten-gallon hat to the forefathers of the genre. A whole lot of tambourine shaking and Rhodes organ are combined with honky-tonk guitar, drums, and impossibly catchy choruses, resulting in a sound that's a little like Let It Be–era Beatles, but even more like a down-home spiritual experience. These barroom doggies don't grace the all-ages scene too often, so be sure to catch them playing a rare free show on the University of Washington's HUB Lawn this Friday, April 17, at 2:00 pm. The show should be a little weird, starting in the middle of a school day, but I can't think of a better way to appreciate the hazy, dazed rock of one of Seattle's finest revival acts than on a sprawling lawn with the sun shining high in the sky.
Wed April 15: Theo Zumm, Your Heart Breaks, Dashel Schueler, Blanket Truth at New Crompton, 7:30 pm, $3–$5.
Thurs April 16: The Helm, Behold, Degania, Brave Young at Fusion Cafe, 8 pm, $5.
Fri April 17: Tiny Vipers, Grouper, Scott Goodwin at the Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $8 ($7 w/club card).
Fri April 17: A Night in Hollywood, Oh Sweet Ransom, at KTUB, 8 pm, $6.
Fri April 17: The Moondoggies at HUB Lawn, 2 pm, free.
Sun April 19: Shotwell, Jack Saints at the Greenhouse, 8 pm, $5 donation.