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KEXP Mural Concerts Start Tonight!

This year's edition of KEXP's awesome free concert series Concerts at the Mural kicks off tonight at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre.  The show features local actsThe Maldives, Black Whales, and Hey Marseilles.  The series continues all month with shows every Friday, plus tomorrow's 9th Annual KEXP BBQ.  The BBQ starts at 3 pm, all other shows start at 6pm.  Get there early and eat something from Skillet Streetfood.  Below we've got the lineups and the video for Hey Marseilles hit "Rio."

 

Friday 8/5, Doors at 5pm, Bands at 6pm 
Hosted by DJ El Toro
The Maldives
Hey Marseilles
Black Whales

Saturday 8/6, The 9th Annual KEXP BBQ! Doors at 2pm, Bands at 3pm
Hosted by Larry Mizell Jr., Troy Nelson, John Richards and Kevin Cole
Fool’s Gold
Rainbow Arabia
Capsula
School of Rock
Virgin Islands
Mad Rad

Friday 8/12, Doors at 5pm, Bands at 6pm
Hosted by Troy Nelson
Seapony
Gold Leaves
Math and Physics Club

Friday 8/19, Doors at 5pm, Bands at 6pm
Hosted by Hannah Levin
Black Mountain
My Goodness
Whalebones [Record Release]

Friday 8/26, No Depression Night, Doors at 5pm, Bands at 6pm
Hosted by DJ El Toro
Shane Tutmarc
Ravenna Woods
Pickwick
Drew Grow & the Pastors’ Wives

 

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Carissa's Wierd- New Songs and even . . . A Tour?

Carissa's Wierd, one of the seminal indie rock outfits of Seattle through the 90s and early 'oughts, have released a b-side track from a batch of new recordings they have reportedly been working on.  The band, which formed in 1995, broke up in 2003, with many of its members being disseminated into current chamber-pop and folky groups- including Band of Horses and Grand Archives.  Mat Brooke, lead singer of both Carissa's Wierd and Grand Archives, also went on to found the Redwood bar, which is very noteworthy to me because while living in Capitol Hill I drank many beers and tossed many peanut shells onto their floor (Thank you, Mat).

The band is playing a show August 24 at Neumos, and the rumors about a tour, may or may not be true.  Possibly, I would just like to start a rumor that they're touring, so as to incite a riotous demand for them to tour.     

Carissa's Wierd - Meredith & Iris by hardlyartrecords

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Sleepy Eyes of Death: FINAL SHOW!

It's always sad to see a mainstay band in your city decide to call it quits (RIP, These Arms are Snakes- I'll never forget the boozy, dangerous swagger of your sweaty live shows).  Six years and several albums later, the electronic shoegazers of Sleepy Eyes of Death are burying themselves.  "We've been planning our final show for awhile," the band said in a press release, "and are beyond excited about it.  This will definitely be it.  We've got a set we're really psyched to play and we will also be upgrading the light show to something entirely new and retina-crushing for this last performance." 

The band will be playing material from their latest album, Toward a Damaged Horizon, and, if you're quick, you can get a vinyl, super deluxe release of both Toward a Damaged Horizon and previous album Dark Signals.  The vinyl is limited to only 300 copies.  Check it out and support them via Kickstarter

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Blue Scholars Tour Dates Announced

The illustrious Blue Scholars have announced a new, extensive tour.  It's their longest headlining extravaganza to date with a whopping 29 dates across the West, Midwest and Northeast.  

09/14 – Vancouver, BC – 560 Nightclub
09/17 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Market
09/20 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
09/21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
09/22 – Olympia, WA – The Royal Lounge
09/23 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
09/24 – Belllingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
10/12 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
10/13 – Santa Cruz, CA – Atrium @ Catalyst
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
10/16 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
10/18 – Scottsdale, AZ – Chasers
10/19 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
10/20 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
10/21 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
10/22 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
10/23 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
10/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court (early) & Urban Lounge (late)
10/26 – Boise, ID – Reef
10/27 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat
10/28 – Spokane, WA – A Club
11/03 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
11/04 – Madison, WI – Frequency
11/05 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
11/06 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig
11/07 – Toronto, ON – WrongBar
11/08 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
11/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise
11/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Blue Scholars - Lumiere by geeksmakebeats

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Fruit Bats Release New Album

August 2nd will mark the release of Tripper, the fifth studio album from the Fruit Bats.  Since 2001's Echolocation, Eric D. Johnson and his ever-changing gang of cronies have continued to make excellent folk rock albums; Tripper should be no different.  This will be the band's fourth release on Sub Pop.  The guys have some local shows coming up, including an in-store at the Queen Anne Easy Street shop on the album's relase day, before heading out for a 15 date tour with Sub Pop labelmates Vetiver in September.  Check out the 80's backlighting and Johnson's Miami Vice look in the video for "You're Too Weird" below.  

 

Fruit Bats - "You're Too Weird" from Townhall on Vimeo.

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