It's a bold statement, I know, but Goldfinch, Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives and Kelli Schaefer are some of the finest folk artists the Northwest has to offer right now, and none of them have scheduled Seattle shows anytime soon; well, Kelli Schaefer will be releasing a new single in Seattle at the High Dive November 12, but the show is already sold out (she's performing with Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss' new band Wild Flag).
The point is, for the very first time since I moved to Seattle over two years ago, I finally have a good enough reason to brave I-5's lamentable southbound rush hour traffic and make the trek to Tacoma for the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Beyond The Bridge Cafe. Drew Grow's unhymns are what it might sound like if Neil Young took on gospel music: his are punk rock hymns for people who grew up with God but found faith at the altar of my own personal Holy Trinity: sex, drugs and rock and roll (just kidding, Mom and Dad! I mean...kinda. We'll talk about it later.) Well, Amigo/Amiga label (and house) -mate Kelli Schaefer's jazzy, powerful gospel trill is the moody little sister to Drew Grow's brooding, gritty rock and roll aesthetic.
Meanwhile, Tacoma's Goldfinch recently recorded a brand-new song called "Elephant," and made this live video of the song in advance of the band's Bumbershoot performance. It appears the band wasn't too worried about the guitar getting wet...
And what the hell: Here's Drew Grow's Doe Bay Sessions video.