Hot damn October, you are starting off the month right in Seattle! This weekend will bring you the best that music can offer—and then some. We got some oldies but goodies and some newbies on the scene in the Emerald City over the next few days.
Friday, 10/5 – The Good Hurt (EP release) at Crocodile | You Are Here, The Good Hurts’ most recent album swells with the alt-rock sounds that send me back to Weezers’ 2001 Green Album. Light guitar melodies stabilize the swift drums that come through the Seattle natives’ music. The Good Hurts’ single “Only in Your Mind” shows the band’s ability to make music that has joyful upbeat sounds, backed by words that actually serve a purpose.
“Only in your Mind” makes references to time passing and the task of moving through the week. At one point in the song, singer James Lanman sings, “Smile, it’s easier said than done,” lyrics that resonate with anyone who’s worked a 9-5 and attempted to live an extraordinary life, as well. Their set at the Crocodile on Friday is sure to make any Seattle music lover feel right at home. Furniture Girls and City Faire open up for the band at the 21+ show. Doors open at 8PM. $10 for advance tickets.
Saturday, 10/6 – The Psychedelic Furs at Showbox at the Market | Three words. Pretty. In. Pink. No, I’m not referring to the 80s’ classic movie that made red heads more popular than ever. I’m speaking of the hit song of the same title by the new wave band, The Psychedelic Furs. The British band crashed through the 1980s with songs that rang of the typical debauchery of the times, but what set them apart was their ability to romanticize listeners with their poetics lyrics and surging mix of saxophone and keyboards.
The British band that brought post-punk to the modern world still packs a tough punch twenty years later and is sure to bring that energy to their show at the Showbox at the Market on Saturday. The Chevin opens for the band at the all-ages show. Doors open at 8PM. $21 for advance tickets, $25 at the door.
Sunday, 10/7 – Thee Oh Sees at Neptune Theater | Thee Oh Sees bring new meaning to garage rock with their most recent album Putrifiers II, of which they are promoting on this tour. While one song brings jarring guitar riffs, another will slow the tempo just enough to smooth the album out and let you take a moment to appreciate the blend. It’s just the right amount of pause to calm you before a sea of fury starts again on the next track.
Thee Oh Sees stage presence is sure to be no different and you’ll likely be swept up in the mix of head thrashing and swaying bodies that will litter The Neptune Theater when the band plays there on Sunday. Thee oh Sees will be supported by Sic Alps and Wimps at the all-ages show. Doors open at 7PM. Advanced tickets are $15.
If these shows don’t satisfy your need for music this weekend, here’s what is going on at other Seattle venues. Hopefully you’ll find something to fill the void!
10/5: Sam Lachow | Raz | Steezie Nasa | Gift Uh Gah. $10. 8P.
10/6: Rock n’ Roll Ping-Pong: Don’t Talk to the Cops | The Maxines | Hardly Art DJs. Free. 10P.
10/5: Walking Papers | A Leaf I Dylan Trees. $8. 7P.
10/6: Alive & Well After Party: Stevie Williams | Keelan Dadd. Passes at Alive & Well In-Store Performance (6PM). 10P.
10/5: Houses of Floyd. $20-$25. 8:30P.
10/6: Reverb Festival: The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band in the World | Sweet Water | Cosmic Panther | Land Band | Wayfinders | The Chasers | Side Saddle | Country Lips | The Foghorn. $10-$15. 5P.
10/7: Fred Eaglesmith | The Ginn Sisters. $20. 7P.
10/5: Kultur Shock | Kinski. $12. 9P.
10/6: Team Dresch | Pny Time | Your Heart Breaks. $10. 8P.
Columbia City Theater:
10/7: Not an Airplane | Zoe Boekbinder. $5. 8P.