At the Fremont Abbey Arts Center tonight, Karl Blau, Jason Webley and Led To Sea will play a special show.  It begins at 8 p.m.


Tonight's Show Suggestions

At the Fremont Abbey Arts Center tonight, Karl Blau, Jason Webley and Led To Sea will play a special show.  It begins at 8 p.m., and costs $7-$10.  From what I understand, the bands will be onstage together in sort of a round robin fashion, if the information on Seattle DIY is to be believed. 

Though my love for Karl Blau's music is well-documented on this blog, I am particularly enamored with Led To Sea, the solo project of L. Alex Guy. She generally composes her songs with violin, viola and percussion (courtesy of sometimes-bandmate Saba Angel); sometimes, the songs seem to function as a mere outline of a ditty, with only vocals and plucked strings to carry the tune; on other tracks, she simultaneously invokes klezmer, what sounds like traditional Chinese music, and Mirah's pretty pop vocals in a more fleshed-out showcase of her formidable skills as a composer.

Also, Juana Molina and Laura Gibson play the Triple Door tonight, which you can read about below. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $18.

Laura Gibson's smoky warble and elegant, jazzy phrasing will probably have you thinking Feist in fairly short order, but the Oregon indie-folk singer-songwriter has her own mesmerizing vibe going on - more the soundtrack to a sepia-toned Dust Bowl documentary than a contemporary Parisian café (or iPod commercial). Her unruffled songs - typically fashioned out of gently picked nylon-string guitar, dollops of piano, vibraphone, saw, and strings, and the occasional shuffling percussion - have a simultaneously soothing and mournful quality, like lullabies for the dying or peaceful transmissions from the afterlife. Gibson's collaborated with the Decemberists' Colin Meloy in the past, and she's got a who's who of Pacific Northwest musicians - Laura Veirs, Eyvind Kang, Menomena's Danny Seim, ex-Decemberist Rachel Blumberg, and many more - guesting on her quite stunning forthcoming album, Beasts of Seasons. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Mose Allison starts a two-day run at Dimitriou's today. Today and tomorrow's shows start at 7:30 p.m. and cost $24.50.

Mose Allison's voice is as cool and sweet as a tall glass of iced tea on a blistering-hot summer day. But with that sweetness comes a satirical bite, at times obvious and at others subtle, giving his songs a depth unusual to many nightclub singers. In 50+ years of performing, his casually barbed lyrics and delta blues piano have inspired many, in the US and Britain. The Who's Pete Townshend once said of Allison: "The man's voice was heaven. So cool, so decisively hip... I felt him to be the epitome of restrained, screaming power." Other genre-bending artists to cite his influence include Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, who in 1996 released an entire album of Allison's songs. ERIK NEUMANN

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