Geoff’s Picks for the Week

Happy October, everyone! Some musical goings-on for the first weekend of the month:

Firstly, of course, is KSUB’s Fresh Fest! Starting at 7pm Saturday on the Lemieux Library Patio, Fresh Fest is our first event of the year, bringing you local acts CHARMS, Tangerine, and Fuzz Alderaan. It’s just a taste of all the great bands playing for us throughout the year, all for free! Check out this lovely preview piece Abigail Franzwa of The Spectator wrote about it!

Now the off-campus stuff:

Tonight at The Josephine in Ballard, the Seattle Passive Aggressive (a pretty sweet local music mag, if you haven’t checked it out yet) presents the record release show for Seattle noise punks Great Falls and their album “Accidents Grotesque” (stream it here from Decibel Magazine). Thickening the ranks are local giants Heiress, Dogs of War and Caligula. It will be cramped and loud in there. Bring your earplugs and wear deodorant.

Saturday, starting at 4pm, the Macefield Music Festival will take place simultaneously at the Sunset Tavern, the Tractor Tavern, and the Conor Byrne Pub (all 21+; sorry, minors). Bringing together 27 different bands in a single day is an impressive endeavor, and I applaud the folks behind the festival for making it happen (see the Seattle Weekly’s article for the origin of Macefield and its importance in regard to local history and music). Each lineup is definitely worth attending, with highlights like Lures at Conor Byrne at 9 and Jarv Dee at 10 at the Sunset, but it should be an extra special evening at the Tractor, with Princess (whose stellar record “Selling Sulphur” currently numbers among our Loud Rock rotations), Constant Lovers and The Intelligence almost all back to back. Check out the entire schedule here.

Finally, if you still have energy Sunday night and quite definitely have no more homework, at 9 o’clock Chop Suey brings you, in conjunction with ‘Mo-Wave, a night of hip hop with New York MC and producer LE1F, supported by Antwon and Lakutis. Equal parts hip hop and electronic with a background in ballet and modern dance, LE1F is a compelling performer and well worth the bucks. See Chop Suey’s pretty new site for details. (Another 21+, unfortunately)

So those are my picks from this weekend, but there’s plenty more going on in Seattle! Get out there and do some exploring!

-Geoff Vincent

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