Kithkin press photo.jpg
Kithkin play Columbia City Theater October 27th.
By Andrew Gospe.

Wondering what's on tap for live music in Seattle in October? Look no further. We've


30 Shows to See in October!

Kithkin press photo.jpg
Kithkin play Columbia City Theater October 27th.
By Andrew Gospe.

Wondering what's on tap for live music in Seattle in October? Look no further. We've got recommendations from electronica to hip-hop to plain old rock, starting with:

October 3

Six Organs of Admittance

The latest from songwriter and guitarist Ben Chasny is August's Ascent, which expands on his mixture of folk, psych, and ambient music. With Master Musicians of Bukkake, Low Hums.

The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416, 8 p.m. $12. All ages.

Thee Oh Sees play the Neptune October 7th.
October 4

Steve Vai

A former protégé of Frank Zappa, Vai has built a career out of sheer technical prowess on guitar, and he founded the Favored Nations record label for artists who "have attained the highest performance level" at their craft. With Beverly McClellan. Moore Theatre, 1931 Second Ave., 467-5510, 7:30 p.m. $27-$57. All ages.

October 5

Grizzly Bear

Three years after the massively successful Veckatimest, which had a No. 8 Billboard debut and featured the Super Bowl commercial-scoring single "Two Weeks," these Brooklynites released Shields, their dense and proggy fourth album, last month. With Lower Dens.

Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 467-5520, 8 p.m. $29.50 adv./$31.25 DOS. All ages.

October 6

Carrie Underwood

Billboard proclaimed this multi-platinum selling artist "country's reigning queen" earlier this year, and with the success of May's Blown Away (267,000 copies sold its first week) and this tour of the same name (her show at London's Royal Albert hall sold out in 90 minutes), it's not hard to see why.

Key Arena, 305 Harrison St., 684 7200, 7:30 p.m. $55-$85. All ages.

October 7

Thee Oh Sees

The ever-prolific John Dwyer has released three albums with his primary garage-rock project in the past year and a half, the most recent of which is September's Putrifiers II. With Sic Alps, Wimps.

Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 784-4849, 8 p.m. $15. All ages.

Hospitality play Barboza October 9th.
October 8

The Orchestrion

This local trio's spacey guitar rock bears a clear influence from Built to Spill. With Blue Tracks, Rock and Roll Suicides, Posse Impossible.

Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 322-9272, 9 p.m. $6.

October 9


This rising New York trio released its self-titled debut on Merge this past January. With TEEN, Detective Agency.

Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9951, 8 p.m. $12 adv.

October 10


Though her songs with Cumulus are fuzzy and abrasive, Alexandra Niedzialkowski recently played a stripped-down solo set while opening for British songstress Laura Marling. With Little Penguins, Torches, Sundries.

Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 324-8005, 7 p.m. $8.

October 11

Leela James

The latest effort from Los Angeles singer is Loving You More ... In the Spirit of Etta James, which offers a contemporary take on nine songs associated with the iconic soul artist.

Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 441-9729, 7:30 p.m. $30.50. Through Oct. 14.

October 12

Macklemore &Ryan Lewis

The meteoric rise of Ben Haggerty will continue this month with the Oct. 9 release of The Heist, which already looks like the biggest Seattle album of the year. With DEE-1, Xperience.

WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 381-7555, 7 p.m. $29.50 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.

Drew Grow plays the Comet Tavern October 13th.
October 13

Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives

Portland songwriter Grow and his backing band play a rootsy blend of folk, gospel, and country. With Fort Union, Ole Tinder.

Comet Tavern. 9 p.m. $10.

October 14

Kendrick Lamar

This Compton, Calif., rapper will be playing the U-District for the second time in six months at this show; he opened for The-Dream at the UW's "Spring Fling" concert in May. With Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Fly Union.

Neptune Theatre. 9 p.m. $36. All ages.

October 15

Frightened Rabbit

On last month's State Hospital EP, this Scottish five-piece continues its trajectory of brooding, melodramatic indie rock. With Arc in Round.

Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, 7:30 p.m. $20. All ages.

October 16


One of 2012's breakout artists, Canadian Claire Boucher's solo project, featuring looped electronics and Boucher's pixie-ish vocals, was included alongside EDM acts like Pretty Lights and Diplo on Skrillex's Full Flex Express summer tour. With Elite Gymnastics.

Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, 8 p.m. $16 adv.

October 17

Brother Ali

Seattle's Jake One has produced tracks for local rappers like Sol and Grynch this year, but he also worked on this Minnesota MC's fifth full-length, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. With Blank Tape Beloved.

Neumos. 7 p.m. $15 adv.

Annalee Harkin
Lost in the Trees play the Crocodile October 20th.
October 18

The Jesus Rehab

Brothers Jared and Dominic Cortese craft ragged, muscular power-pop tunes. With The Great Um, Roaming Herds of Buffalo.

Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 784-4880, 9 p.m. $6.

October 19

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

A versatile guitarist whose career has spanned post-hardcore (At The Drive-In), reggae (De Facto), and progressive rock (The Mars Volta), Rodriguez-Lopez has released 22 albums as a solo artist since 2004. With Crypts.

Triple Door. $15 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.

October 20

Lost in the Trees

This North Carolina band plays folk-inflected tunes with orchestral instrumentation. With Horse Feathers, Midtown Dickens, Dana Buoy.

The Crocodile. 7 p.m. $13.

October 21

A$AP Rocky

On the heels of last year's LiveLoveA$AP mixtape and August's Lord$ Never Worry by his A$AP Mob collective, this Brooklyn MC will release his major label debut on Halloween. With A$AP Mob, ScHoolboy Q, Danny Brown.

Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 652-0444, 8 p.m. $27.50 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.

October 22

Wolfgang Gartner

This Southern California house DJ's resume includes recent collaborations with, Skrillex, Tiësto, and Deadma5. With Pierce Fulton, Popeska.

Showbox SoDo. 7 p.m. $25 adv./$30 DOS. All ages.

The Whigs play the Tractor Tavern October 24th.
October 23

Flying Lotus

Melding house, drum-and-bass, hip-hop, and jazz (he's the nephew of Alice Coltrane), Steve Ellison's productions as Flying Lotus are some of the headiest in modern electronica.

Neptune Theatre. 8 p.m. $24. All ages.

October 24

The Whigs

This Athens, Ga., garage-rock group is touring behind September's rollicking Enjoy the Company. With The Record Company, Transfer.

Tractor Tavern, 5231 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 DOS.

October 25

Other Lives

On the strength of the cinematic Tamer Animals, this five-piece earned opening gigs last year for Bon Iver and Radiohead. With Indians.

Neptune Theatre. 8 p.m. $15. All ages.

October 26


Now a two-piece after keyboardist and guitarist Brent Knopf left the band last year, this Portland group's latest is the heavy, transitory fifth record Moms.

Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, 8 p.m. $18 adv./$20 DOS. All ages.

October 27


This local quartet's beat-centric, tribal pop would be as appropriate for a drum circle as it would a house party--or in this case, an early Halloween show. With Tea Cozies, Erik Blood, Charms.

Columbia City Theater, 4918 Rainier Ave. S., 723-0088, 9 p.m. $7 adv./$10 DOS.

Crypts play Chop Suey October 31st.
October 28

Waka Flocka Flame

One of gangsta rap's most bankable acts, Flocka recently dropped the Salute Me Or Shoot Me Vol. 4, a trap rap mixtape featuring the likes of Gucci Mane and Wale. With Reema Major and Wooh Da Kid.

Showbox SoDo. 7 p.m. $30 adv./$35 DOS. All ages.

October 29


This German-Nigerian soul and hip-hop artist sings in both English and Nigeria's Igbo language; March's Soul Is Heavy was released to modest success in Europe.

Tractor Tavern. 9 p.m. $13 adv./$15 DOS.

October 30

I-Taweh and the Reggae Lions

Veteran reggae singer and guitarist I-Taweh (aka Donovan Cunningham) and his 10-piece band released the full-length Overload last year. With Nambo Robinson. Jagga Culture.

Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St., 632-2020, 8 p.m. $5 adv./$8 DOS.

October 31


Whether in name or in sound, it's hard to think of a more appropriate headliner for a Halloween show than this noise trio, and the undercard--especially goth rockers Haunted Horses--is equally spooky. With Ononos, Battle Stations.

Chop Suey. 8 p.m. $7.

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