Tonight in Seattle:  

Feeling some Murder Vibes - and liking it

If you are one of those people who secretly spend the summer longing for the return of cloudy skies and drizzly rain, you want to know about the self-titled debut album from local duo Murder Vibes. Vocalist Peter Hanks and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Evans have created a dark, moody soundtrack equally suited to solitary strolls through soggy fallen leaves or dancing with strangers in darkened basements.

Like many debuts, this one wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, and Murder Vibes have drawn from some of the best. Imagine the dark spirit of Depeche Mode combined with M83’s beats and Nick Cave’s drama, all built on a solid foundation of post-millennium U2 and you’ll have a pretty near idea of what Murder Vibes are up to. (And really, it is striking how effectively Hanks evokes Bono - which is about the highest compliment I can give.)

The trick with dark and moody bedroom projects is that they don’t always translate well to the stage. We’ll have a chance to find out how well Murder Vibes does it at their album release show at Fred Wildlife Refuge on November 13 (NOTE: we originally had it as 11/11 - it is actually, for real, on 11/13 - huge apologies). That will be your first chance to buy the album as well, although the single “Not Alone Tonight” is available on bandcamp now.

You can watch the creepy teaser for that song after the cut below, or head over to their web page where the rest of their teasers are pretty funny. 

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Slowdive Returns Next Week with Special Guest Low

Slowdive, courtesy of Slowdive's Facebook Page

{Photo courtesy of Slowdive's Facebook page}

It has been twenty-one years since Slowdive last performed in Seattle in August of 1993, where they were supporting that year's magnificent opus Souvlaki. Within a few years, Slowdive would no longer exist. In early 1995, the band released the equally compelling and experimental Pygmalion before being dropped almost immediately by Creation Records, a move that officially lowered the curtain on the group.

However, in the nineteen years that have passed, the members have remained impressively active. Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell immediately moved on and started the much more organic and primarily acoustic Mojave 3, who released their first album, Ask Me Tomorrow, in 1995, and have been active ever since. Halstead and Goswell have also released solo records and been involved in various side projects over the years. Last year’s Stars Are Our Home by Halstead’s group Black Hearted Brother was the first chance to hear him perform psychedelic electric music since 1995.

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Vök releasing Tension October 21

For the last year or so, Vök have been building more tension in Reykjavík than the Holuhraun Volcano, but they’ve been hard to find Stateside until now. Their debut EP, Tension, is getting a North American release in October, and the band will follow up with a tour (you can be sure we’ll let you know if they make it to Seattle).

Formed only last year, Vök wear their influences on their sleeves; the xx is strong in this one. Comparisons to The Knife, Poliça, and Sóley are not out of place either. But like any talented musicians, Vök make these elements their own. Vök is a trio consisting of guitar, saxophone, and keys. This and precocious songwriting help the final product stand alone as a dark electronic dream - a winning combination of beautiful melodies and eerie atmosphere.

Keep an eye out for their five-song EP on October 21, but in the meantime, enjoy a video of the band performing their single, "Við vökum" at the KEXP Showcase at Airwaves 2013 above.

Watch the whole performance after the jump ...

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Gone Girl

{Gone Girl opens in Seattle on Friday, 10/2 – with some screenings Thursday evening at the Regal Meridian, The Big Picture Seattle, Sundance Cinemas Seattle, and The Majestic Bay}

Firstly: I am one of “those people” who ripped through Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl novel in record time, gasping the entire way and freaking out over every last sordid, surprising detail—so when they announced the Gone Girl movie adaptation was underway and that David Fincher was directing it, I WAS THRILLED. Hell, even when they announced my least favorite actor in the entire world was playing the male lead, I was still pretty thrilled. If anyone can play an unlikeable husband, it’s surely Ben Affleck.

Secondly: I don’t want to ruin anything with those damned spoilers, BUT. I am also one of “those people” who got kind of upset when it was leaked that they had changed the ending, with Flynn reportedly rewriting the whole third act for the screenplay, because I feel like it’s pretty essential to the story. What I will say is: fear not, faithful lovers of the novel, because the film does actually follow the book pretty closely.

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Tusk

Michael Parks as Howard Howe in Kevin Smith's Tusk

{TUSK officially opens in Seattle on Friday, 9/19 – but there are some Thursday night showings starting at 8pm! Screening at Regal Meridian 16 and Oak Tree Cinemas}

A horror movie from Kevin Smith? Based on one of his smodcasts? About a guy who lures unsuspecting victims to his home in order to turn them into … walruses? 

Yup. Tusk is all of those things. And while the premise IS ridiculous, the first two-thirds are actually pretty terrifying, and then it all falls apart thanks to a cameo by a high-profile star who really, really, really loves to wear fake noses and adopt funny accents.

At the start, we meet podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long). Wallace is kind of a douche; his “Not-see Party” podcasts are built around making fun of unfortunate souls on the internet—like a boy who cuts his own leg off with a sword—in which he travels to meet them in person and then comes back home, describing his adventures to his podcasting buddy, Teddy Craft (Haley Joel Osment).

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