weekend ageda : hello, october

For some among us, the thing that marks Autumn’s arrival even more than changing leaves or drizzly weather is the ever-complicated and unhealthily-packed show calendars that arrive annually, in force, when the calendar page turns to October. Probably a result of biggish bands making their fall tours before driving gets to dangerous, it never fails to keep you busy reigniting your showgoing impulses. Last night Jamie Lidell faced off against John in the Morning at Night and Why?. But never fear, aside from ReverbFest taking over Ballard there’s far too much to do this weekend:

  • Santogold and Mates of State are at the Showbox SoDo. A kind of surprising pairing, until you think about how both are busy producing such entirely askew looks at what pop music means. The easy comparison from a sense of fashion and influences for Santogold is M.I.A., but with less aggression, more sweetness, rock touches, and dancy friendly rhythms. Mates of State, among the cutest and married-couple dueling vocal acts out there, have brought in occasional support to fill out their keyboards versus drums with strings and horns. Both of these acts are melt-worthy. Saturday, $25, 7pm [showbox ]
  • It’s simultaneiously hard to believe that Grand Archives haven’t been around forever and have been around as long as they have. Less than two years ago, with their soaring four-part harmonies, (almost) everybody singing in rounds, swelling choruses, and dusty road songs. they seemed to appear, fully formed and ready for fame. Since those first small shows, they’ve put out one of the year’s prettiest records, toured widely, developed into an even tighter group, and are already starting to debut and record a new album’s worth of great new songs. Saturday, $12, 8pm. With Arthur (of “& Yu) and Ships. [neumos]
  • Sigur Rós released Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust this spring. The first few tracks, in particular, find them happier than ever. Manic marches and gleeful choruses cast a new light a long history of somber, glorious, and evocative nature anthems. By the end, though, it wraps into itself with a tear-worthy stripped down English language confession song. Although I’m sure none of their songs are about glaciers or sheep, their recent documentary featured many of both. Live, they use bold but simple effects of strobes, shadows, and scrim to great effect. It is like church for the non-religious. Sold out, but worth the craigslist trolling. [benaroya]

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