Tonight in Seattle:  

Welcome back, Comet!

{The Comet / by Victoria VanBruinisse's iPhone}

As much of the ongoing conversation is centered around these days, the times are indeed a-changin' up on Capitol Hill. Not the least of which, this week anyway, is being marked by the formal reopening of a longstanding staple on Pike, our beloved Comet Tavern.

New owners Dave Meinert and Jason Lajeunesse were the perfect people to take on the job: during a press event last Friday, we got ourselves a look at the place, and it's about as sweet of a combination as you can get of old-blood Comet feel and an acknowledgement of the evolution of the surrounding neighborhood. In addition to a big bar and (seemingly? literally?) taller ceilings, there's oversized tables with access to outlets, a rebuilt upstairs loft, skee-ball and a basic menu round out a most excellent vibe. And before everyone laments the absence of a permanent raised stage, the venue will still host shows from time to time, clearing out some of the movable tables and setting up bands on the floor.

{The Comet / by Victoria VanBruinisse's iPhone}

All in all, a full-force success -- but don't just take our word for it, come and see for yourself tonight at the public grand opening! Seattle’s "best and longest happy hour" kicks off this week with forty-five cent Ed and Ethyl’s Ales, and lives on forever every week (Monday through Friday) with pitchers of beer for $4 at 4pm, $5 at 5 pm, $6 at 6pm, $7 at 7pm, and $8 at 8pm. There's even free pool from 4-6pm and, according to the newly revamped website, never a cover. See for yourself and get the details on upcoming events here.

Sold! We'll see you on the Hill tonight, friends.

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Let your Brit-Pop flag fly!!! {with a dance party, brit-pop karaoke, unibrows and more...}

Britpop Seattle!

Britpop runs in my veins.  For the anglophile music geeks amongst us, there is no greater way to electrify the room than to say words like Pulp, Supergrass, Lush, Suede, Elastica, James, Ride, Charlatans, Ash, Blur … oh yeah, and Oasis.

Finally there is way for us to celebrate our love of the parklife.  Mark your calendars for:

The Good Mixer: a britpop dance party
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Lo-Fi | 21+ | $8

The evening marks the 20 year anniversary of two very important britpop albums: Blur's Parklife + Pulp's His-n-Hers with a  dance party hosted by Marco Collins with DJ sets by Erik Blood, DJ Shannon (KEXP), Kurt Bloch and more!

Also of very important note, there will be BRITPOP KARAOKE!  I feel like I've waited my whole life for this. Finally, we can have a sing along to Lush's "Ladykillers" and do our best Jarvis impression as we sing, "I said I'll see what I can do."  Imaginary Dana and I will be hosting this karaoke portion and we are ready to cheer on all your Stone Roses / La's / Adorable / Happy Mondays dreams. (I know we have a lot of them!)

Speaking of sweet Jarvis, there's going to be a Jarvis Cocker dance-off (judged by Imaginary Amie, Imaginary Dana, and myself). And if you don't feel like dancing, there will be giveaways for the most surly Oasis unibrows and you can power up with fish-n-chips from Nosh Food Truck or one of the themed drinks:  “Common Peeber” (PBR + shot of whiskey), “Beetlerum” (rum + coca-cola)... AND there will also be a photo booth complete with 90’s gear (accessories provided by Red Light Vintage)!

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Is it summer yet? Pickathon 2014 lineup announced {8/1-3}

Hoo-wee, friends! Adding Pickathon to our summer festival circuit schedule two years ago might have been the best, sunniest, dusty-boots-est move we've ever made, having spent long hot weekends steeped in performances by Andrew Bird, Dr. Dog, Langhorne Slim, the Mynabirds, Neko Case, Sharon van Etten, Thee Oh Sees, King Tuff, Phosphorescent -- just to name a few. And looking at this year's lineup, our time spent at Pickathon 2014 is going to be no exception.

In case you're not familiar, Pickathon is an intimate, homegrown, multi-stage festival out on a farm (Pendarvis Farm, to be exact) in Happy Valley, Oregon that takes place every year in August. But contrary to popular belief, it's not all banjos and stardust -- although there are a little bit of both, in good and appropriate amounts. Pickathon showcases a wide spectrum of bands, with this year's lineup hosting gems like X and Blind Pilot next to indie bands Warpaint and Courtney Barnett. There really is something for everyone, and with each band playing multiple performances on different stages over the weekend, your chances are better-than-good to get a glimpse of all the music you'd like to take in.

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Better Living Through Chemistry

{Better Living Through Chemistry opens in Seattle on Friday, 3/14, and is screening at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Sundance Cinemas Seattle}

The title says it all, even though it’s kind of messed up: take drugs, let loose, and your life will vastly improve … okay, it’s not exactly like that, but Better Living Through Chemistry does feature a protagonist that experiences a (mostly) positive life change after taking a crap-load of drugs.

Douglas Varney (Sam Rockwell) is a meek pharmacist who’s just taken over his father-in-law’s business in a small, picturesque town. Varney is clearly dissatisfied with his home life. His wife treats him like shit, his son prefers to call him by his first name, and his FIL can’t be bothered to change the name of the pharmacy from Bishop’s to Varney’s—even though Douglas is now the legal owner.

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Recommended Show: The Sounds at Neumos {3/19}

You guys! One of my favorite Swedish Bands, The Sounds, are coming to Seattle soon!!!

This fun indie rock band has had my attention since their 2003 debut album, Living in America, and 10 years later, they’re still making me “Shake Shake Shake” with their newest release, Weekend. And as if their awesome blend of rock, new wave, and pop wasn’t enough to make me love them, lead singer Maja Ivarsson also participated in a hilarious song and video for Snakes on a Plane … which still makes me laugh every single time I watch it.

They’re playing Neumos on Wednesday, March 19 with LA-pop band Blondfire, and I’m betting this will be one of the only shows in Seattle where the whole room will be dancing (For real. EVERYONE will dance. They won't have any other choice). Come with me and dust off your best moves!!



{The Sounds with Blondfire | Wednesday, 3/19 | Neumos | $20 advance | Doors at 7 | all ages}