Thursday, January 23, 2014
You may have assumed that the death metal act Exhumed was dead and gone. But nay! The band, formed in 1993 in San Jose, Calif., is still working hard after reforming in 2010. Tonight, the four-piece plays the Hop! along with Rutah, Xingaia and Losing Skin. The all-ages show starts at 7 pm and is $12.
Even though the Hive is a bit of a haul outside of Spokane, fans of that jam band sound may need to check out Moon Taxi. Last year was a huge step forward for Moon Taxi — they released two CDs, one plugged in, one not, and made their TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman. Then last week, the alt-rock five-piece became official members of Team Coco, playing Conan. But it hasn’t been just a walk in the park for the Nashville act; they’ve been working hard at it since 2006. With each record released they’ve built on their jam band sound. In one instance they’re ‘70s rock and the next they’re on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the electronic rock scene. The show starts at 7:30 pm and is $15 at the door.
The usual suspects at the Phat House’s Thursday night shows — Tone Collaborative, Moksha and Bodhi Drip — will be joined by Seattle electronic diva Dionvox tonight at 8 pm. This show will be all-ages as well.
Ying Yang Twins. Stop. Seriously? Yes, the crunk duo straight out of Hotlanta are hitting up Swaxx Friday night to prove they may or may not have what it takes to continue being rappers. If the songs “Get Low” or “Salt Shaker” or "Wait (The Whisper Song)" ever meant anything to you this could be the ridiculously hilarious and sentimental show for you. $20 at 8 pm.
King Washington, the Janks and Flying Mammals play Mootsy’s at 9 pm for a $5 cover tonight. According to Inlander freelancer Leah Sottile, Los Angeles’ King Washington makes beautiful, swelling emotional rock ‘n’ roll — the stuff that, if you close your eyes, makes you think of the wind whipping through an open car window on a blue-skyed summer day. A little bit Beatles, a little bit Grizzly Bear, King Washington is raucous and optimistic: intermingling wailing guitars with sing-a-long harmonies that rise and fall like waves in the ocean. This is a band that will give you the shivers.
Local acts get a crack at the Knitting Factory stage Saturday at the Locals Live show. Persevering Promise, the Ongoing Concept, Skies Burn Black and Cold Blooded will rock the place to the ground. The all-ages concert is $5 for those under 21 and free for those above. It begins at 8 pm. See this week’s feature on Cold Blooded here.
Lovers of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey will understand where the Devil Makes Three are coming from with their song “Old Number Seven.” Here the band pens the perfect ode to the classic beverage. And that theme of drinkin’ and experiencing life to the fullest appears in all of the band’s work. However, the Santa Cruz trio plays a brand of alt-country that almost never strays from a moderate tempo; the music swirls and bumps along but keeps your interest at all times. Sometimes the songs are self-deprecating, other times practically joyful. No matter what tune the Americana act unloads Sunday at Knitting Factory, the Devil Makes Three’s show will make you feel the need to sway your hips and probably toss back a little whiskey. The show starts at 8:30 pm and has a $15 cost.