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The Mountain Goats

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, hopefully for good.

Kings of Leon, We Are Scientists, the Stills, Paramount Theatre, 7

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It's Monday Night. But Still, A Few Shows!

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The Mountain Goats

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, hopefully for good.

Kings of Leon, We Are Scientists, the Stills, Paramount Theatre, 7 p.m., $32, all ages

Chris Kornelis' take on the Kings of Leon, which is American, yet is still more famous in the UK than it is here:

When the Kings of Leon released Because Of The Times in 2007, the receptive narrative went two directions: they'd either jumped the shark, or they'd grown up. I received the album with a mix of the two and an understanding that the band members—who’d been consuming rock 'n' roll for barely a decade—were evolving. After a few listens, they'd caught me good. Meandering red herrings like "Knocked Up" distracted from the voluptuous guitars and raw emotion that spilled out of the bottom half of the record, which contains some of the most well-written songs of their career (“Fans,” “The Runner,” “Arizona”). But on Only By The Night, released last month, the Followill family manifests everything that went awry on their last fan-splitting effort, washing out provocative vulnerabilities in favor of flat-falling appeals for arena-sized stardom (something they've attained abroad). This worked last time, but Only By The Night is hollow, with nary a scrap of the grit of their first two efforts. Gentlemen, please get where you're going. And get there fast!

Jolie Holland, Herman Dune, Triple Door Mainstage, $22, 7:30 p.m., all ages (I THINK.)

I know, I know, it's a little steep. But Herman Dune has not been to Seattle in SIX YEARS. And Jolie Holland sings very nice country songs. And the Triple Door is a nice place to hear music. If you wanna read more about Herman Dune, go check out the feature I wrote.

The Mountain Goats, Kaki King, Showbox at the Market, 8 p.m., $20, all ages

I'm pretty surprised this show isn't sold out yet. Damon Agnos, a diehard fan, says this about the Goats:

Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle is a lyrical master, able to offer a comparison like, "Our love is like the border between Greece and Albania" and follow it up with a few lines that make the affair feel sad, dangerous, exhilarating, likely doomed, and intensely real. And for a guy who frequently tours without a drummer, he can really fire up a crowd. Just watch him get a room full of people to chant "Hail Satan"--less out of hipster irony or childish contrarianism than out of empathy for a couple of imaginary, mistreated West Texas kids. Similarly, a broken string is an opportunity for an impassioned a capella rendition of "I Will Survive."

Oh, and The Crying Shame plays with Jack Wilson & the Wife Stealers at the Sunset tonight at 9 p.m., for $6.

 
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