Just because Sasquatch! is just around the bend doesn't mean there's any shortage of local music to catch in town. From this week's Short List:
Piecing her name together from words meaning social unrest and a beautiful and charming woman, Seattle trip-hopper Anomie Belle has lofty aims echoing her view of music as a more powerful vehicle for education and enlightenment than classroom teachings. She's not one to sit still either; after beginning her musical training as a violinist in Portland, the woman born Toby Campbell traveled throughout the US, Europe and South America before returning to the Pacific Northwest to focus on her downtempo persona. Meshing sultry vocals and moody instrumental programming, with a healthy amount of layering added to both, Anomie Belle tackles spectacle and alienation both lyrically and sonically. Following the selection of her song "How Can I Be Sure" for Xbox video game Alan Wake and HBO dramedy United States of Tara, Belle is celebrating the release of an EP by the same name--set to be quickly followed by her sophomore full-length The Crush this summer.
Tickets are $10 at the door, which opens at 8, and support comes from Cars and Trains and Hi-Life Soundsystem. Luckily, another great event is just down the street--the "One Night Relief Aid Benefit for Japan" at Neumos features State of the Artist, Truckasauras and Metal Chocolates. Those tickets are around the same price and kick off around the same time, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.