If you've been catching the growing wave of indie-pop bands coming out of the Northwest right now, it's hard to deny Anacortes band the Lonely Forest's steady rise to the top of the rip curl. Since their victory in 2006's EMP Sound Off! competition, the band have recorded with guru producer Jack Endino, written a wild rock opera about the end of the world, and recently played to a sold-out crowd of insanely loyal fans at the Vera Project for the release of their album We Sing the Body Electric. The album is the band's most comprehensive collection yet, a smooth amalgamation of the piano-driven ballads that typified lead singer John Van Deusen's early solo work and the band's recent turn toward head-bobbing rock-and-roll sing-alongs.
The band will be headlining Kirkland Teen Union Building's Bluefish Festival, a one-day showcase of young local talent, this Saturday, June 13, and their tightly executed new material is sure to electrify some bodies live. If that's not a convincing enough reason to trek through Kirkland's Juggalo-infested transit center to get to KTUB, then consider the hazy dream pop of local boys the Globes. Fellow Sound Off! winners from back in the day, the band subtly contrast loud and quiet, making for carefully crafted guitar rock that's beautiful, but with a bang.
Thurs–Fri June 11–12: Shellac, Arcwelder at the Vera Project, 7:30 pm, $13 ($12 w/ club card).
Fri June 12: Noah Gundersen, Garage Voice, Karli Fairbanks, Tom Rorem at Q Cafe, 8 pm, $8.
Sat June 13: Bluefish day show: EN?G, Bo Tree, Recalson, Rachel Wiegand at KTUB, noon, free.
Sat June 13: Bluefish night show: The Lonely Forest, the Globes, Intimate Hordes at KTUB, 7:30 pm, $6.