Editor’s Note + Shows Around Seattle 10/26-11/1

Dear readers,

KXSU is currently undergoing a lot of transitions. Especially the blog – our goal for this year is to put ourselves in a position where we can become a resource for music and events for Seattle University and the greater community. To do this, we are working towards creating quality content on a consistent basis for all our readers.

This year, we are introducing specialized reporter columns, which you will all (hopefully!) enjoy reading! For example, on Sundays, we will be posting “Shows Around Seattle,” which will give a you an overview and our personal recommendations of live shows happening during the week.

We hope you enjoy the new KXSU, and we thank you for your constant support.

Bella Pham

Chances are, if you’re reading this right now, you’re not seeing either Marina and the Diamonds, Albert Hammond Jr., or YACHT tonight. If you are in those crowds and reading this post, then I applaud your dedication to this station’s blog.

Here’s a quick roundup of our recs for the week:

MONDAY, 10/26
The Spider Ferns & MRCH (Special Guests: CAARGO, Beatrix Sky)
Spider Ferns are self-described as “electronic trip-rock,” but what that really means is, if you want to be able to zone out but also be able to bob your head to a hypnotic beat and sway to some jazzy guitar riffs, this show is definitely for you. // 21+. 8PM at The Crocodile. Tickets available here.

TUESDAY, 10/27
Florence + The Machine (Special Guest: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger)
Since the early 2000s Florence Welch has been captivating crowds with her distinct, haunting voice all around the world. The group released their third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful earlier this year which was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize. This is definitely not a show to miss if you’re not dissuaded by the fact it’s being held at KeyArena (hmm), especially with Sean Lennon’s group GOASTT opening. This’ll be a winner for sure. // All Ages. 8PM at KeyArena. Tickets available here.

Grimes (Special Guest: Nicole Dollanganger)
Grimes is one of my all time favorite artists, and not just because of her quirky personality, unique artistry, or her ethereal voice. Her live performances are incredible. Claire also just performed a few new, darker songs at Beach Goth Festival from her upcoming album Art Angels, so she might perform those at this performance as well. Get a first look! // All ages. 8PM at Showbox Market.  Tickets available here.

Joyce Manor (Special Guests: Girlpool, DogBreth)
You can’t really think about pop punk and not also think about Joyce Manor as well. They’ve cemented themselves (and pride themselves) on being rule-breakers in their genre, and have collected a wide fan following since emerging on the scene in 2008. Their last release Never Hungover Again is reminiscent of Ovens’ lyricism and Toys That Kill’s beats. // All ages. 8PM at Neumos. Tickets available here.

S (Jenn Champion), Gazebos, Seaside Tryst
We here at KXSU love the Vera Project not only for bringing great artists to their venue but also providing all-ages access to all their shows. This time round it’s S (Jenn Champion). Formerly known as S (Jenn Ghetto), this act is not one to miss. Typically intimate and confessional,  S’s newest release Cool Choices is surprisingly more poppy than usual, with her vocals cutting clear through a full band’s instrumentation this time round. Let’s see how it sounds live. //  All ages. 7:30PM at The Vera Project. Tickets available here.

Shannon and the Clams (Special Guests: Shopping, Gazebos, Nail Polish, Underworld Scum)
There’s no doubt that in the studio, Shannon and the Clams sound absolutely excellent. But if you’ve ever had the chance to catch them live, you’ll know that the performances are insane. Everyone is on the same page as the band and with Shannon’s incredibly versatile and dynamic voice breeds a sort of magnetic energy reverberating about the room. Their album Gone by the Dawn was just released last month on Hardly Art. You know how we love dat local flavor.  //  21+. 8PM at Neumos. Tickets available here.

of Montreal (Special Guest: Diane Coffee, Aqueduct, Holy Komodo)
If you’re not at Freaknight waggin’ your lil’ tail off, Shannon and the Clams over at Neumos, some sweaty club somewhere God-knows-where, or trick-or-treating, you better be in the U-District gettin’ down to of Montreal.  It’s gonna be crazy, full of glitz and glam and lots and lots of style. If you like dance parties without the rave flave (lookin’ at you, Freaknight), I highly recommend this show, and especially with the folks from Foxygen stopping by, it’s going to be a Halloween party for the ages. // All ages. 8PM at Neptune Theatre. Tickets available here.

SUNDAY, 11/1
The Internet (Special Guests: Nicky Davey, Stas Thee Boss)
Hopefully you were lucky enough to snag tickets to this show before it sold out, or maybe someone will be selling tix to the show after realizing they’re still crashing  from all that Halloween candy. Consisting of Odd Future members Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians + others, The Internet have crafted their sound to be fundamentally anchored in hip-hop with other influences of funk and jazz and rock and soul, with conversational lyrics and a straight-shooting artistry. // All Ages. 8PM at Neumos. SOLD OUT.

Bella Pham | Evil Overlord of Capitol Hill | KXSU Social Media Director

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