Besides the beautiful sunshine that's showering down today, here's another indicator that summer's fast approaching: it's a packed week for quality live music, meaning touring season is picking up and the winter dead zone is over. Should you have the time, desire, and money, you could see a great show every night this week. I may just do so. Here are my suggestions, broken down by day:
Monday, May 7 (today!): If the sun doesn't soak all the energy out of you today, the sassy man pictured above is at Neumos tonight; Father John Misty will be performing in support of his new record Fear Fun, which I've deemed my favorite release of the year so far. Misty's performance on Letterman last week is already legendary. You know you want to see those moves live.
Tuesday, May 8: The last time the Black Keys were in town, they sold out the Paramount on the strength of their massive record, Brothers. They've since released an even more massive record, El Camino, and have graduated to KeyArena. KeyArena is not as great as the Paramount, and the amount of frat bro Black Keys fans has increased exponentially with their mainstream success, but don't be snobby--they still put on a rocking show.
Wednesday, May 9: Back to Neumos--tonight the club's hosting Craft Spells, the 75% local band who just released their Gallery EP, a record that Eric Grandy calls "a huge leap forward for the restless dream pop band." Craft Spells is just finishing up a nationwide tour with Brooklyn's The Drums, who will headline tonight's show.
Thursday, May 10: Tonight's a good night to make your first visit to Barboza. They've got a killer lineup of local rock and roll--one of my favorite Seattle bands, Night Beats, is headlining, and Unnatural Helpers and K Records-signed The Maxines will be opening.
Friday, May 11: If you're an R&B fan and was unable to secure tickets to tonight's The Weeknd show at the Showbox, don't fret--you can still get in to see The-Dream tonight at UW's Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The-Dream is headlining UW's Spring Show along with Kendrick Lamar. Bonus--if you're a current UW student, you'll get in free. Alternate suggestion: the raucous Portland punk trio Mean Jeans are playing a record release at the Funhouse tonight in honor of their new On Mars LP.
Saturday, May 12: Still not ready for a night in? Hit the Crocodile--it's a good opportunity to check out local buzz producer Keyboard Kid, who co-headlines tonight with Neema.
Sunday, May 13: Stay in and sleep, for God's sake.