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Plants and Animals rock the Croc May 22

Plants and Animals play The Crocodile on May 22. Photo by Caroline Desilets

Montreal-based trio Plants and Animals describe their music as “post-classic rock” which is as good a label as any for an otherwise hard to label band. Warren Spicer, Nic Basque and Matthew Woodley make music that sounds a lot like music you’ve already heard before, only not quite – they definitely put their own unique stamp on their tunes. Plants and Animals manage a surprisingly complex sound for a group their size that starts from a solid melodic base and expands with influences from a variety of genres for an ear-grabbing, often hypnotic result.

They’re currently on tour to support their latest album La La Land and they’ll be here in Seattle on Saturday, May 22 at the Croc along with Frog Eyes and Lost in the Trees.
8pm
21+

Win tix for Landon Pigg at Triple Door

Like a good number of his fans, I first heard Landon Pigg while I was watching TV. One of his songs was played on Grey’s Anatomy and another on One Tree Hill but the song I first noticed was “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” which was first featured in a De Beers commercial and then in a commercial for AT&T.

As anyone who has ever gone to see a performer based on a single song know, you never really know what you’re going to get. When Pigg came to Seattle last fall, I found him to be a warm, engaging performer whose style encompasses a number of different influences and ranges; plus, I really liked that he had enough confidence in his material to open with his “hit”.

He’ll be back in Seattle on Saturday, May 22 at the Triple Door and you do not want to miss this show. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door, but one lucky Metblogs reader will get to go for free.

E-mail your name to seattle.metblogs@gmail.com no later than noon on Tuesday, May 18 and you could win a pair of tickets for the show. Make sure to put “Landon Pigg tickets” in your subject line, winner will be drawn at random.

Annuals, The Most Serene Republic Tuesday @ The Croc

If you’re looking for a way to shake off the doldrums of another boring Tuesday, head down to the Croc for Raleigh, NC’s The Annuals, sharing the bill with The Most Serene Republic.

The Annuals blend everything from soft, almost twee melodies to soaring sonics into a pop eclecticism that carefully navigates the line between multi-genred and mishmashed. Sometimes jangly, sometimes gentle, sometimes raucous, The Annuals are easy on the ears.

$12 at the Crocodile Cafe; doors at 8, 21+.

Love The End? Join their Online Music Panel

Radio station 107.7 KNDD – better known as The End – wants its loyal readers to stay loyal, so they’re reaching out to their audience and inviting listeners to join their Online Music Panel. Give them your name, e-mail and some basic demographic detail and then you’re off to answer a series of questions aimed at making sure that what gets on the air is what people really want to hear.

As an added incentive, sign up soon for a chance to win tickets to see Sublime play Marymoor Park on July 7th.

Zoo Tunes Line-up Announced

I admit, I was a little worried that Zoo Tunes would go the way of the Lake Union Fireworks show this year. After all, in past years they have been sponsored by the now defunct WaMu. But thanks to BECU, they are back again this year and the lineup was just announced last week.

Tickets go on sale on May 3rd, at all Metropolitan Market locations. Individual artists may have tickets on sale already through fan sites, so if you are worried about a particular date selling out, check the band’s site now. Great Big Sea (one of my personal favorites) for example, just had a pre-sale of tickets for fans last week. Lineup after the jump.
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Ducati All Stars Saturday in Seattle

The Ducati All Stars is a group consisting of legendary Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, guitarist Billy Duffy from The Cult, guitarist and vocalist Billy Morrison (of Camp Freddy and Circus Diablo) and Scars on Broadway vocalist Franky Perez. Celebrating their mutual love of both music and motorcycles, the group set out from Santa Barbara, California for a tour of the West coast on their bikes that includes stops along the way to perform their music.

The tour wraps up Saturday night in Seattle at a free show at Ducati Seattle at 711 – 9th Ave N. The show kicks off at 8 pm. Audience members get a chance to enter a drawing for the Gibson JT45 Gold Top Acoustic guitar that Jones has been playing on the tour.

Flight to Mars and Sweet Water benefit at the Showbox tonight

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American (CCFA) provides education about and support to living with those chronic diseases and funding for research to find a cure. The CCFA Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential camp whose mission is to enrich the lives of kids living with those conditions. Advocacy for Patients is an organization that provides free information, advice, and advocacy services to any patient living with chronic disease in the US in areas of need like health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, school-based accommodations, resource location.

All three groups do great work for the people they serve and are getting a boost tonight from the eighth annual Flight to Mars benefit concert at the Showbox at the Market.

Headliners Flight to Mars are a tribute to the great 70s and 80s rock band UFO formed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready who knows first hand what it’s like to live with Crohn’s and features friends and local musicians Tim DiJulio (guitar), Gary Westlake (bass), Kelly Van Camp (drums) and Paul Passereli (vocals). Opening the show are Seattle band Sweet Water.

Doors are at 8 pm, tickets are $20 each with all proceeds going to the CCFA, Camp Oasis and Advocacy for Patients.

K Records introduces the Singles Zip-Pak

Olympia’s K Records has been around since 1982 spreading DIY and truly indie music to the world – artists like Love as Laughter, Anna Oxygen, Girl Trouble, Built to Spill, Beat Happening, Steve Fisk, Thee Headcoats, Mirah, and Bikini Kill have released albums through K and that’s just the very short list – and now their using today’s advanced modern technology to further their mission by introducing the K Singles Zip-Pak.

It works just like music singles clubs of the past: subscribers pay a fee and get new songs delivered to them on a regular basis. As always, K represents established artists as well as new musicians you don’t yet know you love; the difference this time is that it’s all delivered electronically.

K Singles Zip-Pak subscribers can look forward to new songs by Mirah, Chain & the Gang, LAKE, Karl Blau and many others and get introduced to word by artists like City Center, Joey Casio, Rainbow Bridge and more. As a bonus, they’re offering credits towards other digital downloads, apps like photos, custom wallpapers, screensavers and behind the scenes images from their studio.

I’ve long since lost count of the huge number of musicians I’ve become a fan of via K; if you’re looking to expand your own musical horizons, the Zip-Pak’s actually a really good deal. The first Zip-Pak goes out July 1; an annual subscription gets you two songs a week for the next year. Even minus the two weeks they skip, that’s over a hundred songs for a mere $50. Better yet, save $5 by signing up by May 31 for $45. For more info or to subscribe, visit the K Singles Zip-Pak page.

Avant MUTEK tour tonight at Nectar

MUTEK is a festival of electronic music in Montreal celebrating its tenth anniversary this June. MUTEK’s sharing the love (and getting the word out on a grand scale) by sending a sample of the festival to cities across America.

Here in Seattle we’re getting un petit morceau de festival with a Thursday night show at Nectar Lounge featuring Akufen, a Montreal native whose “utterly distinct, a cut-up, micro-sampled approach to house music” gained him a respectable following of fans. After releasing an experimental album in 2005, Akufen scaled back his involvement in the electronic scene but now he’s back and ready to rip it up.

Also on the bill: Stephen Beaupré who blends complex rhythms into abstract and organic textures to produce a mélange of house, techno, and funk.

Seattle’s own Nordic Soul kicks the whole night off.

21+, doors at 9

Princeton, Love Is All @ The High Dive

Los Angeles-based indie pop band Princeton count among their influences New Order (and also Something Else-era Kinks, Serge Gainsbourg, Arthur Russell, Scott Walker, Yo La Tengo and Gilberto Gil) which no doubt accounts for my being reminded of a certain type of New Wave band upon hearing them for the first time. I’d be more likely to class them with a pre-Top 40 success Spandau Ballet, but you’re free to judge for yourself when the band comes to Seattle for a show at the High Dive on Wednesday, April 14 with Swedish indie punk band Love Is All.

Touring to support their debut album Cocoon of Love, Princeton consists of twin brothers Jesse & Matt Kivel, Ben Usen and David Kitz. The band is named after Princeton Street in Santa Monica, where they grew up. Check them out ahead of time by viewing the video for “Calypso Gold”

Love Is All is ex-Girlfriendo members Josephine Olausson, Nicholaus Sparding, and Markus Görsch plus Johan Lindwall and Fredrik Eriksson. To get a taste of their work see the video for their charming song “Kungen”.

Show time is 8pm, 21+, $10 at the door or in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.

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