Heading to Portland or Tacoma? Check out EverOut to find things to do there and in Seattle, all in one place.
Jump to: Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Tank and the Bangas, Adia Victoria
Tarriona 'Tank' Ball is the founder and frontwoman of the funky, gospel-inspired hip-hop band Tank and the Bangas, who you may know from their popular NPR Tiny Desk Concert. See them in Seattle on their Green Balloon Tour with Adia Victoria. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Bleached, Dude York, The Fabulous Downey Brothers
Creating from a place of sobriety can be difficult, especially if you’ve told yourself that whatever you’re on—be it the drink or drugs—is what makes your creative impulse thrive. But when sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin (the duo who make up Bleached) decided to sober up and record a new album, they found that, hey, actually, sobriety made their shit better! The Los Angeles–based Bleached released their third record, Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?, to critical acclaim. It’s equal parts disco, pop, and straight-up rock and roll, with a clear-eyedness that deviates from their signature fuzzy sound. “Rebound City” is a thudding breakup anthem while “Somebody Dial 911” is a dreamy cruise through ’80s post-punk. JASMYNE KEIMIG
flor, joan, lostboycrow
Having racked up opening gigs for star-studded headliners like Halsey, COIN, and Colony House, Flor continue to improve upon their R&B-drenched electro-pop perfect for summer parties with their 2017 release come out. you're hiding.
Sofi Tukker, Haiku Hands, LP Giobbi
Sofi Tukker’s debut single “Drinkee” was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 back when they didn’t even have an EP out yet. Since the Grammy nom, the New York duo of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern (hence Sofi Tukker) released the Soft Animals EP, which aptly redefined the dance scene with their deconstructed beats and Brazilian influence. Their live show is full of English and Portuguese, and a giant electronic tree that they use as an instrument. ANNA KAPLAN
Tinariwen have been instrumental in bringing the soulful, trance-inducing sound of the Tuaregs—who hail from the Sahara Desert in northern Mali—to the West. On albums like Aman Iman: Water Is Life, Imidiwan: Companions, Tassili, and Elwan, Tinariwen infuse the blues with rigorous, uplifting rhythms and mesmerizing, cyclical guitar motifs over which Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s spirited vocals (often shadowed by massed chants) flow like medicine for the heart. The music’s essential timeless poignancy remains the engine behind Tinariwen’s caravan of moving, dusty jams. It’s a tribute to Seattle that a group this sublime can play a venue as large as Benaroya Hall. DAVE SEGAL
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Nashville folk-rock songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan, whose songs have been described as "equal parts dreamy and droll" by NPR, will bring his full band back to Seattle.
Logic, J.I.D., YBN Cordae
Young Maryland MC Logic fits easily into the "sensitive guy" rapper lineage, with his hardscrabble origin story buffeted by beats ripped straight from the turn-of-the-century Kanye gospel-soul playbook and rhymes that can achieve the internal fluidity of B-side Kendrick, with sadly little of the unflinching honesty that marked Mr. Lamar as a major new player. Indeed, this (good) kid can flow, and the production glistens expensively, but one finds little substance beyond the artfully flipped syllables and platitudes dressed up as choruses. KYLE FLECK
Stiff Little Fingers, the Avengers
Much-loved 1970s-era punks Stiff Little Fingers are turning up to play, in its entirety and for its 40th anniversary, their debut LP, Inflammable Material. Supporting SLF are one of San Francisco’s original (and frankly best) punk groups, the Avengers. This is a no-brainer, right? Welp, a decade or so ago, the Avengers played the Funhouse opposite a Black Flag COVER BAND at the Comet, and everyone went to see the Black Flag cover band. I still haven’t forgiven you, Crapital Hill coolio punks. That said, don’t fuck this up again. Go see the goddamn Avengers (and SLF), you poseurs. MIKE NIPPER
Cherubs, Low Dose
Texas-brewed trio Cherubs have returned once again with their HEAVY ass, 1990s-spawned noise rock. I’m stoked, too, ’cause they’re better than ever. I remember they sorta turned up just past the pinnacle of noise rock’s late-1980s ascent, and to me they always felt just a little too stock. But their new material, from the recent Immaculada High LP, is WAY better than their ’90s material. Maybe it’s the production, or perhaps two decades of hesher maturation, but they’ve now achieved a blistering atmosphere in their songwriting, which really pushes past typical heavy dirge experimentation expectations. MIKE NIPPER
Clairo, beabadoobee, Hello Yello
Gen Z lo-fi bedroom-pop star Clairo first earned attention for her self-produced song “Pretty Girl,” which went viral on YouTube in 2017. It’s a good song, but it’s also the perfect blend of pared-down ’80s pop and R&B ideal for YouTube’s algorithm to promote it to oblivion. She was swiftly accused of being an “industry plant” because of the connections her father—a marketing executive—had to the music world. Who knows if that’s really true, but Clairo has moved forward into collabs with the likes of pop-music titans Mura Masa and Charli XCX. Former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij produced her debut studio album, Immunity, which is sufficiently sweet easy listening. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Black Joe Lewis, Guests
His wheelhouse is vintage blues dosed with modern guitar-fuzzed grit, swaggering and strutting funk, howling soul, and hard-crashing R&B amped up ever further by some rather tight, Tower-of-Power-meets-Morphine vibing horn work, which adds an urgent, full-bodied brass overtone to his songwriting. Austin’s Black Joe Lewis plays guitar and harmonica, has an old-soul vocal quality, and arrives in town behind the 10th anniversary of his work Tell 'Em What Your Name Is. LEILANI POLK
Mari Boine in Concert
Legendary Norwegian Sámi singer Mari Boine will stop in Seattle with her blend of jazz, rock, folk, and worldly influences on her US tour.
Jimmy Webb weaves miracles of emotion out of melodies. It’s doubtful any American pop composer’s inspired more throat lumps per song than the author of “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” perhaps his greatest compositions. During his ’60s and ’70s prime, Webb had his songs covered by legions of legends and stars, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Glen Campbell, Dennis Brown, and Nick Cave. Despite the ubiquity of these hits, they endure in the memory without annoyance. All that being said, this masterly melody maker is not usually the best person to execute his creations, as his voice lacks the range and soul power to convey their widescreen magnificence. Still, Webb can play a mean piano, and those indelible, heart-shattering ballads should be experienced in the flesh at least once in a lifetime. DAVE SEGAL
Mercury Rev & Beth Orton, Marissa Nadler
Country-pop legend Bobbie Gentry deserves all the shine she can get, as she still isn't as well-known as she should be. A soulful singer who excelled in tender-ballad and libidinous funk modes, Gentry wrote empowering and evocative songs at a time when few women in country were doing so. Her 1968 LP The Delta Sweete—which dramatizes her troubled upbringing in the Mississippi Delta—is ripe for rediscovery. Toward that end, Americana-leaning space-rockers Mercury Rev sagely decided to cover this classic in its entirety, aided by A-list women singers such as Hope Sandoval, Stereolab's Lætitia Sadier, Portishead diva Beth Orton, and goth-rock chanteuse Marissa Nadler. The latter two vocalists join the Rev on this tour. Expect them to flesh out and tastefully update the originals' swampy splendor. Nadler will also perform an opening set. DAVE SEGAL
Paul Cauthen, Kyle Craft
Proud East Texan Paul Cauthen mines from the emotional foundation of his land-locked heritage to form his own kind of Americana country gospel fit for the pines. He'll be joined by Portland-based singer-songwriter Kyle Craft.
Bryce Dessner's Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Composer Bryce Dessner (one of the twins in indie-rock group the National) brings together vocal geniuses Roomful of Teeth, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, and a chamber orchestra to interrogate three of Robert Mapplethorpe's portfolios. Those portfolios—X, Y, Z, which take as their subjects gay S&M figures, flowers, and nude black men, respectively—sparked an obscenity trial in Ohio in the early 1990s, because self-delusion in Ohio runs deep. While you could hardly ask for a more fascinating array of talent here, the New York Times could barely hide its disdain for Dessner's "meager" tribute, calling it "a blandly brooding, affectlessly luminous score." The shade is so thick in that review that this thing might be worth a fact-check, if not a hate-watch. RICH SMITH
Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers
Frank Lopes Jr. is an alternative hip-hop artist out of Sacramento who develops funky song layers with the help of his backing band, the Lovemakers.
British indie arena rockers Bastille will return to SoDo this fall on their first leg of their Doom Days tour.
Twenty-year-old singer-songwriter Gus Dapperton will flex his layered, ambient production style on his Polly People Tour.
Peter Frampton, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening
One of the early users of the talk box in rock is also the man behind one of the US’s best-selling live albums. I’m talking about Peter Frampton, of course, and 1976’s Frampton Comes Alive!, of which a surprising three singles hit high on the charts (“Show Me the Way,” “Baby, I Love Your Way,” and 14-minute scorcher “Do You Feel Like We Do”) and still get frequent classic-rock radio play. Frampton is hanging up his ax for good after more than 20 albums, including this year’s All Blues (which debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart), because he has a progressive muscle disorder, inclusion body myositis (IBM); $1 of every ticket from his Farewell Tour benefits the Peter Frampton Myositis Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. He’ll be joined by son Julian on this night, with warm-up from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. LEILANI POLK
An Evening with Gaelic Storm
For over 20 years, the Celtic music sensation Gaelic Storm has mixed traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a surprisingly wide-ranging sound. They'll return to Seattle to suit your autumnal mood.
Claiming the identity of a "modern-era Wanda Jackson," Nikki Lane has been busy crafting neu-country out of trademark sass. She'll spice up your Tuesday at this Tacoma stop.
A DJ with fantastic, eclectic taste, Four Tet (aka Englishman Kieran Hebden) uses his unerring instincts to create brilliantly hybridized music. Early recordings such as Thirtysixtwentyfive and “Glasshead” revealed Hebden’s interest in soul-jazz questing and krautrock propulsion. But he’s largely left those styles behind for a sleek, cerebral brand of dance music that weaves in intriguing ambient, minimalist, and folk passages along with uplifting vocal samples. The tracks on There Is Love in You, Morning/Evening, New Energy, and Anna Painting aren’t functional DJ tools so much as they’re intricately stitched compositions in which a panoply of organic-seeming synthetic elements cohere into kaleidoscopic tapestries of ecstatic sound. Hebden isn’t afraid to go on extended journeys that will transport you to sublime headspaces. DAVE SEGAL
KEXP Presents: Hiss Golden Messenger, Erin Rae
Folk artist Hiss Golden Messenger will grace the Seattle stage with local singer-songwriter and pun lover Erin Rae.
Molly Sarlé, Night Hikes
Records show that when members of Appalachian-style folk trio Mountain Man embark on solo projects, good things happen (see: Sylvan Esso). Hear the angel-voiced Molly Sarlé play songs from her new LP at this all-ages show with Seattle dream-pop outfit Night Hikes.
Cathedrals XXVI: Choir! Choir! Choir!
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a collective of talented singers from around Toronto who have a knack for creating expansive new arrangements of pop songs. They've performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and many others. Tonight, they'll invite the audience into their process by giving each person who shows up a lyric sheet, teaching the arrangement, and recording the process.
London duo Maribou State capture that seductive, classy vibe that inhabited the Boulevard and Tourist LPs by St Germain, a French downtempo electronic artist who achieved popularity in the '90s and '00s for his sophisticated blend of house, soul, jazz, blues, and funk. On their 2015 album, Portraits, Maribou State use fx'd, soulful James Blake-ian vocals (with cameos by pleasant guest singer Holly Walker) over tracks that brood yet exult, seamlessly combining electronic and organic elements. It's a deft trick that few pull off well, but Maribou State nail that paradox with flair. DAVE SEGAL
50th! Great Records of 1969: The Tony Williams Lifetime's 'Emergency!'
Along with Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Birds of Fire and Love Cry Want’s self-titled LP, the Tony Williams Lifetime's Emergency! ranks among the best records to convince jazz-rock haters that the genre is not only worth your time, it’s a goddamn mind-bomb. Finally taking up the role of band leader after years of incredibly dexterous drumming for one of Miles Davis’s hottest groups, Tony Williams enlisted fellow Miles sidemen John McLaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ for Emergency!. Together, the trio fused fiery instrumental interplay with precision riffing and rhythming. It’s as if peak-years Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James formed a basketball team and decided to unleash all of their most athletic moves for one game. For this tribute, local greats D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Joe Doria (organ), and Cole Schuster (guitar) will put this explosive, inspirational LP through its paces. DAVE SEGAL
Jónsi & Alex Somers
As the lead singer of Sigur Rós, Jon Thor Birgisson mewls epics in a made-up elfin language (called, with impossible preciousness, Hopelandic) over glacially moving orchestral passages and rock rendered as ambient whale song. For his solo project Jónsi, Birgisson often ups the tempos and even tasks his tongue with singing in English, and the results are surprising and immensely satisfying, whatever your attachment to his main gig. "Animal Arithmetic" is a thrilling charge, percussion thundering like a stampeding herd, Birgisson running down a litany of vivid sensations, concluding, "We should all be (oh!) alive!" Elsewhere, his debut album, Go, approaches the grander sweep and slower pace of Sigur Rós, but it's fair to say this is his "pop" record, and it's an absolutely outstanding one. ERIC GRANDY
You, and I, and most regular people know Nick Cave from the Bad Seeds. (For a frame of reference, the slinky, spooky “Red Right Hand” is the opening theme to the BBC period crime drama Peaky Blinders.) Some of us also know him for his early tenure as frontman of influential 1970s-era band the Birthday Party (see: “Release the Bats,” “Mr. Clarinet”). Cave's style has always been deep, dark, and gothic, like his baritone vocals and looks (ink-black hair, pale skin, well-cut black suits, fathomless eyes). He reflects on this, his music, his life, and anything else the fans who attend his current “Conversations with Nick Cave” tour stop in Seattle want to ask him about. It’s billed as an intimate mix of talk and music that will be “humble, personal, pure, with an open dialogue between Nick and the audience.” (During his debut in Australia, after an 11-year-old girl asked, “What’s the hardest thing about what you do?” he replied, “With live performance, the terror of standing in front of people… is incredibly addictive. But I grew to have a certain control over the outcome… these conversation events have brought back the terror. Because I don’t really know what I’m doing. And here I am answering the questions of a child.”) LEILANI POLK
Prom Queen, Von Wildenhaus
Seattle “doom-wop” band Prom Queen’s sophomore album Midnight Veil is a trip. The record is mystical and dreamy, a swirling romp of retro-pop fun. Instead of following the model of making music videos for just the singles, Prom Queen made an entire video album for the record. It’s a campy, glittery, and sexy 58 minutes. In honor of the record’s fifth anniversary, Prom Queen will be screening the video album in its entirety. In addition to performing live, the event will also serve as Midnight Veil’s vinyl launch party. New York “guitar noir” band Von Wildenhaus will open. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Street Sounds Live
DJs Stas thee Boss and Mike Ramos will host the first installment of this new KEXP concert series with live performances from major Seattle players Parisalexa, J'von, and Soultanz.
JJ Grey: Front Porch Sessions
Southern soul-rocker JJ Grey and his band Mofro will play an intimate show in Seattle.
Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, Maxwell Friedman Group, Joytribe
The many-membered funk party band Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme will spice things up in Fremont after opening sets from Maxwell Friedman Group and Joytribe.
Rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time—rap loves acronyms) puts on proudly for his native Mississippi. Melding thoughtful consciousness with the comin’-down, candy-paint belligerence of Pimp C (around the time of his 2011 debut, sounding like a straight homage to the late, great Chad Butler), K.R.I.T. presents a complex narration of being a black man in America’s Deep South. LARRY MIZELL JR.
Afro-Electric: Val Jeanty / Ravish Momin // Fay Victor / Myra Melford
This Afro-Electric evening will feature two duo performances. Vocalist Fay Victor and pianist Myra Melford will perform pieces inspired by genre greats Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman. "Vodou electronica" percussionist Val Jeanty will join up with jazz drummer and producer Ravish Momin for a wild jaunt through jazz, electronic improvisations, and body music.
An Evening with The Julian Lage Trio
Virtuosic instrumentalist Julian Lage bends the borders of folk, bluegrass, and jazz. He'll be joined in his efforts by his trio.
This booking of the great Chicago drummer/composer/improviser Makaya McCraven proves that Earshot Jazz Festival's organizers know what's happening with younger musicians in the game, as well as with its elders. Along with Ben LaMar Gay, Jeff Parker, Damon Locks, and jaimie branch, McCraven is part of the International Anthem label's bold roster of exceptional fusionists. On his latest album, 2018's critically acclaimed Universal Beings, McCraven achieves a deft balance between earthy and astral jazz-funk. Using vibes, harps, and strings to augment a restlessly inventive rhythm section, McCraven generates a rich, spiritual sound that bears a passport to many far-flung spots on the musical map. DAVE SEGAL
The Goddamn Gallows, Scott H. Biram, The Bridge City Sinners, Urban Pioneers
Get down and dirty at the proverbial crossroads with the Goddamn Gallows' self-described brand of "twanged-out punk rock gutterbilly." They'll be joined by Scott H. Biram, the Bridge City Sinners, and Urban Pioneers.
Off With Their Heads, Slingshot Dakota
Midwestern punks (and noted Nirvana stans) Off With Their Heads, who feature a rotating lineup of players due to their commitment to life on the road, will come to Seattle with additional support from Pennsylvania rockers Slingshot Dakota.
Ingrid Michaelson, Maddie Poppe
Sassy bespectacled singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will show her piano chops and decades of charting experience on her Dramatic Tour.
Jonas Brothers, Bebe Rexha, Jordan McGraw
Purity ring powerhouse crew the Jonas Brothers reunited over the last year to release a new album (Happiness Begins) and launch a huge cross-country tour, sailing by on the hype of a boy band glow-up made visible over the last decade. They'll be joined by Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw.
Mike Doughty Plays Soul Coughing’s "Ruby Vroom"
When I talked to Mike Doughty seven years ago, the ornery, deep-croaking singer-songwriter was pretty emphatic that he'd never feel good about Soul Coughing, that he just had no positive relationship with the music he wrote with his first band, and the notion of being proud of it, or even being neutral about it, "is something I can't comprehend. But who knows what the future will be like?" At least he admitted to the possibility of changing his mind. Because Soul Coughing were way ahead of their time, their brand of alt rock more like dark, reflective post-jazz with hiphop and electro production qualities and surprising moments of catchiness. It's nice to see that Doughty has finally come to appreciate the work he did with them—his own fucking work. Because 1994's Ruby Vroom (which he now calls "the sonic embodiment of lower Manhattan in the early 1990s") is perfect, fan-fucking-tastic from start to finish, confident, loose, grooving, and just plain fun. Excited that Doughty is playing the entirety of it for its 25th anniversary, and with a full band in tow. Also, I feel old. LEILANI POLK
Pampa, Caitlin Sherman, Hotel Vignette
Seattle-based Pampa craft a mix of down-tempo guitar pop, dusty 1970s-vintage-tinged indie folk rock, and neo psychedelia dosed heavily with Latino influences, all of it finished with a layer of gray PNW moodiness. Buenos Aires native singer-songwriter-guitarist Moon Baillie helms the quartet, and his bilingual lyrics are often abstract and delivered in poetic streams-of-consciousness, reflecting on the sun, moon, sky, sand, the idea of home, open land and wilderness versus city, love and life and the passage of time… This is a release party celebrating sophomore full-length La Contumacia (“The contumacy,” meaning “a stubborn refusal to obey or comply with authority”), and the album ranges from the bouncy yet haunted set opener “When the Dawn Is Gone,” to the darkly urgent Crazy Horse–vibing rock of “Maniobrando (Con La Llama),” to the expansive, windswept luster of “So Far (Yes, So Far),” which features guest vocals by the Black Tones’ Eva Walker. LEILANI POLK
Cathedrals XXVII: Lemolo, Galen Disston, Brenda Xu
Cathedrals is a performance series put on by KEXP, KUOW, and the Abbey Arts crew that pairs the heaven-reaching acoustics of Saint Mark's Cathedral with the smooth sounds of local musicians. This iteration of the series will feature the Swansea album release performance by local dream-pop group Lemolo with a backing string ensemble, a solo set by Galen Disston of Pickwick, and opening strings by Brenda Xu.
DJ J-Justice, Afrocop
This Earshot Jazz Festival billing stretches well past the usual constraints of the genre into exploratory terrain, if you couldn’t tell by venue or the artists involved. DJ J-Justice is a founding member of well-regarded West London–influenced DJ/production/promotions crew SunTzu Sound. He is also the cohost of KBCS’s Friday night program City Soul, where he deals in dance music with soul but not necessarily soul music—boogie, disco, jazz, R&B, Afro, techno, hip-hop, house, and more. Improv is a given with Afrocop, a spectral jazz trio whose sounds go into outer space, with moods and styles varying greatly, from cuts that feel like they should be scoring the chase scenes in the original (1980s-era) Terminator (like “Sci-Tropics”), to “Upward Bound,” which starts out with vague NOLA jazz vibes before venturing into cosmic grooveland. LEILANI POLK
In a reimagining of contemporary pop hits in the styles of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the '20s through the '50s, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox busts genres with a rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who attempt to cross all musical boundaries and generations.
Youn Sun Nah
Vocal giant Youn Sun Nah lends her delicate vibrato to classics and originals alike with a set showing off her multi-instrumentalist prowess. She'll be joined by Tomek Miernowski (guitars, piano, synthesizer) and Rémi Vignolo (drums, bass).
Blood Moon Orchestra, Bad Saint, Housekeys
All-female improv band the Blood Moon Orchestra will sync up their talent for a night of audience-inspired songs on the night of the full moon after opening sets from pop-rockers Bad Saint and local shoegaze outfit Housekeys.
Sum 41, The Amity Affliction, The Plot In You
Pop-punk hold-outs Sum 41 will resurrect themselves and hit the ground running on their Order In Decline Tour, with support from the Amity Affliction and the Plot In You.