Whether it’s metal or electro-pop, Seattle’s venues are hosting a variety of top notch shows this week. Here are just a few to take into consideration:
Chromeo with Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Sammy Bananas
Showbox SODO | 7 p.m. |All Ages| Tickets: $27.50 – $30
The danceable grooves and sensual topics of Chromeo may be a bit out of the ordinary from the typical folk rock scene of Seattle, but that’s not a bad thing. With piano stands designed to look like women’s legs and lead singer David Macklovitch confident swagger, the duo is not likely to disappoint for putting on an entertaining show.
Gardens & Villa with Young Man
Sunset Tavern | 9 p.m. | 21+ | Tickets: $10
Taking notes from their contemporaries Beach House and Yeasayer, Gardens & Villa fuse minimalistic synth lines and drum loops with high swooping vocal melodies. The band’s songs are obscure yet approachable and catchy. It would be best to catch them now before they get too big for these smaller venues.
The Drums with Veronica Falls, io echo
The Crocodile | 8 p.m. | 21+ | Tickets: $12
It would be easy to dismiss The Drums as just another in vogue surf rock band, but there’s something special about these guys. Maybe it’s that lead singer Jonathan Pierce practically channels Morrisey a la The Smiths era with his tonality or the slightly electronic lo-fi vibe. Regardless, The Drums have an “it factor” going for them that should translate to a laid back yet danceable live show.
St. Vincent with Cate Le bon
Neptune Theater | 8 p.m. | All Ages | Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show
Fresh out with her new album “Strange Mercy,” St. Vincent is taking her stand as the reigning queen of indie rock. Sometimes her songs will feel folksy or other times they are psychotic electronic anthems. Her stage personality is very theatrical and her music takes a strong poetic influence.
Pica Beats with Cumulus, Matt Badger & His Flock of Knives, Ole Tinder
Comet Tavern | 9 p.m. | 21+ | Tickets: $7
This shared bill of buzzworthy bands should be both eclectic and a perfect time to get to know some of Seattle’s up and comers. Pica Beats with their psychedelic indie rock contrasting Matt Badger (who also plays drums with Ravenna Woods) and Cumulus’ stripped down performances.
Opeth with Katatonia
Showbox SODO | 7 p.m. | All Ages | Tickets: $25-$28
For those opting for a bit harder scene, metal revivalists Opeth might be the best Saturday night option. The group’s work ranges from face-melters to 1970’s classic rock ballads. With the metal scene dwindling in the mainstream, this is a good chance to let loose the inner head banger without going to an underground show.
Priscilla Ahn with Lydia Ramsey
The Triple Door | 8 p.m. | All Ages | Tickets: $15
Priscilla Ahn is about as distant you can get from Opeth without venturing in to the Disney genre. Ahn’s hypnotic, wandering voice and subtle guitar playing will be a soothing way to end the weekend before the work week. Her songs are simple and make for easy listening but without the stigma of the “easy listening” genre.