It's raining. All the more reason to stay inside and watch music, right?

Silver Jews performing "Random Rules"

Silver Jews, Spiritual Family Reunion, Neumos, 8


Show Recommendations For A Gloomy Thursday

It's raining. All the more reason to stay inside and watch music, right?

Silver Jews performing "Random Rules"

Silver Jews, Spiritual Family Reunion, Neumos, 8 p.m., $15 (adv.)

As I wrote on REVERB two days ago, longtime Silver Jews fans who are on the fence about attending the show because Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea failed to achieve the brilliance of old standbys like American Water and Bright Flight should, by all means, attend. If you really love the Jews (the way I do, that is), you will not care if David Berman fiddles with his earpiece constantly or sings with his back to the audience or even if his keyboard player totally fucks up "Tennessee" again, because you will finally, blissfully witness the band playing their transcendental music live and in person. Unless you went last time, not that it stopped me from going twice.

BONKERS! feat Bonkers! feat. Specs Wizard, Marshall Watson, the Naturebot, Erictronic, Re-bar,

10 p.m., $5

If you're the sort who prefers dance the gray away rather than embrace it by listening to melancholy, stringsy folk bands (those come after the jump), this might be the best place to be (okay, one of the best places to be; Seattle is home to a whole bushelful of bangin' weekly dance parties.)

Brightblack Morning Light, Avocet, Tractor Tavern, 9 p.m., $12

Michael Alan Goldberg wrote this for Short List:

Brightblack Morning Light principals Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes live in teepees, smoke tons of weed, and write anodyne, hypnotizing, soulful songs with titles like "Starblanket River Child." Theirs is a fusion of the spaced-out shoegazer-gospel of Spiritualized, the mellow country-rock of Acetone, and the heavenly vocal harmonies of Mojave 3. Reviewing BBL's show at the Triple Door last year for SW's blog, Reverb, I noted that "the vibe of the set was so mellow, in fact, that the very sporadic moments of aggressiveness in the music - a solid floor-tom smack, a forceful finger on a key, a strongly picked guitar string - were like thunderclaps during a gentle summer rainshower, sudden and fleeting." I suspect tonight's gig, which celebrates the band's new, similarly styled disc Motion to Rejoin, will be more of the laid-back, stoner-rific same.

Horse Feathers, Matt Bauer, Sunset Tavern, 9 p.m., $7

While Matt Bauer's voice sometimes bugs me, I do like some of the tracks from his new record. And Horse Feathers,'s what I have to say about them:

After Horse Feathers released one astounding folk record on Portland label Lucky Madison, Words Are Dead, Kill Rock Stars snatched up the Portland-based trio (founder Justin Ringle and Peter and Heather Broderick) like you'd pounce on a hundred dollar bill abandoned on the street. The label then released Horse Feathers' second record, House With No Home, on September 9. What began as Justin Ringle's sparse songwriting project has now blossomed into a fully realized band, with a rotating cast of members who sometimes chip in on saw, banjo, celesta and additional strings. Though Ringle's quiet, lo-fi sensibility shares much in common with Sam Beam's now-famous project, Iron & Wine, adding more instruments and more sophisticated production didn't really do Iron & Wine any favors. But in Ringle's case, the additional instrumentation is so tastefully done that it augments he heartbreaking melancholy of the gentle vox/guitar combination he started with instead of swallowing it up.

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