Yo La Tengo

On January 2, the beloved local music merchandiser Easy Street Records brought down New Years' highs with the news that they would be closing their Queen Anne location after failing to reach a rent agreement with the building's landlord (Easy Street's original West Seattle location will remain safely intact, having signed on for another 15 years in their space). For the past twelve years, Easy Street in Queen Anne has curated the best lineup of in-store performances in the city. The store's tiny raised stage against the back wall has boasted shows by everyone from Jurassic 5 and Robyn to Elvis Costello and Lou Reed. The opportunity to see that caliber of artist in such an intimate and cost-less environment made for a huge number of special, unforgettable moments for Seattle music fans. Given its meaningful place in the city's music scene, it's fitting that the Queen Anne location will say goodbye with a performance by one of the most significant indie rock bands of the era, Yo La Tengo, who play songs from their superb new thirteenth album, Fade. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m., 2013

 
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