Ravenna Woods will not bring a cheetah to Carousel Fest, but they will bring their acoustic guitar and drum ruckus, Sunday at 7 p.m. at
Okay. So I missed the boat on the early stuff, but it just started a few minutes ago and some of the best bands are yet to come. This weekend's Carousel Festival is will showcase some of the region's best local performers in the coolest of Seattle's always intimate, always friendly DIY spaces. The Redwood Plan, Shenandoah Davis (who also plays in Grand Hallway), Ravenna Woods, Cold Lake--I see lots of names from last month's Capitol Hill Block Party lineup at a fraction of Block Party's single-day ticket price.
Ravenna Woods will not bring a cheetah to Carousel Fest, but they will bring their acoustic guitar and drum ruckus, Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Black Lodge
For the full lineup (sans some surprise guests) with more recommendations, look after the jump. Information on the venues is available at Seattle DIY.
Friday, 3 p.m. at the Josephine
World History - This is their last show in-town before an absurdly lengthy three-month cross-country tour. What's also absurd and lengthy is their catalogue of history-inspired songs, including a catchy little ditty about the first president of Turkey.
My Printer Broke
Friday, 7 p.m. at the Ballard Mine
The Redwood Plan
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Hollow Earth Radio
Dylan Carlson (of Earth) - Carlson is the core member of the drone metal group Earth, a key figure in Seattle/Olympia's '90s rock scene. His performances these days are as rare and sporadic as his recordings, and his sound is as eerie as his persona.
Hooves & Beak - This EMP Sound Off! finalist's harp folk is as magical and mythical as her stage name, which is probably going to feel that much sweeter next to Earth.
Ilo Mar (CA)
Saturday, 7 p.m. at Greenhouse
Witch Gardens - Music Editor Chris Kornelis and I raved about this young trio when they opened for Deerhoof. He called it summery "milkshake pop," I called it ballsy "vintage garage jangle" and Deerhoof visibly liked it too.
Wet Paint DMM
Arrington De Dionyso
Hounds of the Wild Hunt (formerly The Whore Moans)
Sunday, 1 p.m. at Cairo Gallery
Carousel Film Fest - These actually are films. Music isn't the only thing going on at Carousel.
Kids & Animals - Remember when Weezer used to be good? Kids & Animals seem to, but with vocals and lyricism that's a lot less party and a lot more lazy Sunday.
Sunday, 7 p.m. at Black Lodge
Constant Lovers - If grindcore were ever meant to be catchy, this could be it. If they just replaced the rip-apart vocals and took out the gothic spider scratch guitar work, I wouldn't be as bashful about hearing elements of surf rock and desert road rockabilly.
XDS (formerly Experimental Dental School)
The B-Boys On Acid
Sandra Bollocks & Her Black Baby