We’re not all made of money. And that’s what the host of local music shows are here to help with this weekend. Take advantage of the free cover and get out there.
Flannel Math Animal
Math rock can seem tedious and sometimes boring. But the local instrumental duo Flannel Math Animal are fascinating to listen to. They have an album release party at Hamilton Studio tonight at 9 pm. Read our feature story on the band here.
On their recent Mythos EP, local rockers Dem Empire whet our appetite for their infectious music with just two songs. The relatively new, Spokane-based four-piece is already polished, exciting and best of all, catchy. Their music pulls in influences from new wave and punk, psychedelic grooves and bass-driven funk. Lead singer Will Zobrist confidently sing-yells his way through lyrics about surviving humanity in the information age. This is the kind of loud, in-your-face music you need after a hard week at work. They’re playing Baby Bar tonight at 9 pm along with local acts the Smokes and Cycles.
The Bartlett Awards
Go hang out at the Bartlett Saturday night and find out which bands and artists have won at the first-ever Bartlett Awards. Local bands Loomer, Friends of Mine and Sea Giant offer up entertainment throughout the evening. You can still vote for your favorite acts who played at the Bartlett over the last year here.
Outcold No. 2
The promoters at the Viking realize it’s cold outside. To amp up the heat, a boatload of bands inundate the venue Saturday for the annual Outcold Concert Series. Local and regional (mostly rock) acts Thirion X, Seven Cycles, Death By Pirates, the Broken Thumbs, Beyond Today, Driven In Waves, DIVIDES and Drop Off perform at either the outdoor tent stage (complete with plenty of space heaters), or indoor stage. Get free tickets from any of the bands or the venue prior to the event, otherwise it’s $5. Revolver Bar & Lounge will host the prefunk event Friday night with special performances by Death By Pirates and Banish the Echo.
Underground 15 shows normally don’t have a cover and that trend continues Saturday with its concert featuring talented local metal bands RaisedByWolves, Cold Blooded and Dark White Light. The show starts at 9:30 pm.
Winter Beer Festival
The Lantern Tap House hosts a beer festival all weekend. Not only does the event feature 24 breweries and heated tents, but also three nights of free musical entertainment. Seattle rock act Cloud Person plays Friday, Americana band Marshall McLean Band on Saturday and Irish band Floating Crowbar on Sunday. All music begins at 10 pm.
PAY FOR THESE
— Hell’s Belles at Knitting Factory, at 8:30 pm Saturday. $13.50. Read our preview story here.
— The Bartlett anniversary party features Tango Alpha Tango and Dead Serious Lovers. It stars at 8 pm Friday and is $15 at the door.