First, the bad news: The Fall of Troy have announced they're breaking up after their current national tour—the last Seattle show will be Wednesday, March 31, at El Corazón (the tour wraps up almost a month later on the East Coast). In eight years, the band has released four full-lengths and an EP, but my favorite album is still the Fall of Troy's self-titled debut—a menagerie of monstrous vocals and piercing guitar. It's as wicked today as it was in 2003. RIP, FOT.
Now, some completely unrelated good news: The Seattle Rock Orchestra are returning to the stage this weekend to pay tribute to one of my first childhood crushes (pre–New Kids on the Block, even)—David Bowie.
Last year the SRO, now over 50 musicians strong, did their first performance of this kind by interpreting Arcade Fire's acclaimed album Funeral with guests Exohxo, Alessandra Rose of the Kindness Kind, Shenandoah Davis, Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles, and others. It was one of the best shows I saw all year.
This time around, instead of the set list being centered on one album, SRO will play favorites from a number of records in Bowie's discography, according to founder Scott Teske. Special guests Alessandra Rose (who stole the show last time), John Roderick of the Long Winters, Jon Auer of the Posies, and Nouela Johnston of People Eating People will take turns singing favorites from Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Diamond Dogs.
Unfortunately, I don't think the song list will feature any of Bowie's magical contributions to the beloved (by me, at least) Labyrinth soundtrack. But I suppose the man's catalog is impressive enough without that—and who knows, there's always room for surprises.
Fri March 26: The Seattle Rock Orchestra: A Tribute to David Bowie at the Moore, 8 pm, $15 adv/$18 DOS.
Sat March 27: Blue Scholars, Macklemore, Das Racist, the Physics, DV One at Showbox at the Market, 8 pm, $16 adv/$21 DOS.
Wed March 31: The Fall of Troy, Envy on the Coast, Twin Atlantic at El Corazón, 7:30 pm, $13 adv/$15 DOS.