Tonight in Seattle:  

Matt Bishop

Recommended show: Seattle Rock Orchestra performs the Beatles {5/12 & 5/13}

Sure, you've got a lot on your dance card already this weekend -- date night, Mother's Day, Allo Darlin's show at the Vera -- but we'd like to take a moment to remind you about two shows full of amazing going on this Saturday and Sunday at the Moore Theater: on Saturday at 8pm, and on Sunday at 2pm, the Seattle Rock Orchestra will be performing songs from the Beatles catalog. And not just any songs, either -- we're talking the entirety of Rubber Soul and Revolver, back-to-back, with a little help from some friends around town. (See what we did there?)

Taking the stage with the SRO for this double-decker of Beatles goodness will be none other than John Roderick {The Long Winters}, Sean Nelson {Harvey Danger, Sounds Major}, Matt Bishop {Hey Marseilles}, and a peppering of local talent that you can learn more about at STG's event page here. Conveniently enough, it's also where you can get yourself (or you + your mom!) some tickets. Both performances are all ages and seats are $18.00.


Share the love around Seattle tonight: recommended shows for 2/14

{I drew them a heart}

Done with your crafts? Ready to hit the town tonight? Us too! We thought we'd take a moment to hip you to a few things going on in our fair city, in case you're out and about with your sweetie, friends or bandmates:

Sean Nelson, Alex from Cumulus and Eric from Cataldo at Fremont Abbey {Facebook} {Brown Paper Tickets}
Matt Bishop, Tim from Ivan & Alyosha and Kaylee Cole at Columbia City Theater {Facebook} {Brown Paper Tickets}
Whether you're in the mood for love or in the mood for loathing, these artists will make your heart alternately soar and seize with their brilliant respective brands of wordsmithing. Take a ride out to the Fremont Abbey for a night with Sean Nelson, Alexandra Niedzialkowski {of Cumulus}, and Eric Anderson {of Cataldo}, along with poets, painters, wines and desserts -- or spend an evening at Columbia City's finest theater under the spell of Matt Bishop {of Hey Marseilles}, Tim Wilson {of Ivan & Alyosha}, and Kaylee Cole.

Love Equally: a marriage equality benefit and love song cover night at Chop Suey {info}
Chop Suey
is going to be full to the seams with some great musicians tonight at their love song cover night / marriage equality benefit: stop by and catch songs from the likes of Ian Moore, The Juliettes, Ghosts I've Met, Vibragun, Kimo Muraki, Like Lightning, Jon Garcia, Dan Leary, The Horse You Rode In On, Kasey Anderson, Downpilot, and more. For a mere seven dollars, this might be the best bang for whatever bucks you have left over after that fancy dinner tonight on the hill!


Imaginary interview: Matt Bishop and Loryn Kezer

[Keys to Africa]

This Sunday night at the Sunset, our favorite septet's frontman Matt Bishop will be headlining a benefit show with Carrie Biell -- and you have simply got to be there. It'll be the best ten dollars you'll spend, like, ever. Because the proceeds from the night will be going to send local humanitarianismist (and the show's opener) Loryn Kezer to Africa, where she's heading to do volunteer work in rural areas of Tanzania. Locals doing good + sweet indie-pop playing a role in helping to heal world? We were so impressed by the whole effort that we just had to know more -- so we sat the two of them down last week to talk about it.

Imaginary Victoria: So, who hatched this plan? Tell me how everything came about.

Loryn Kezer: I hatched it, with great encouragement from friends. Apparently, when one is planning a self-funded humanitarian mission, it's ridiculous not to do some fundraising. But I'm terrible at out-and-out asking for help -- so I figured I'd try to provide a little entertainment in exchange for people's dollars. Carrie and Matt are both incredible musicians and really good friends of mine who generously agreed to play the show pro bono.

IV: And when's the trip?  How much are you trying to raise?

LK: The end of March -- less than five months away! I've been pinching pennies for a year, so I'm prepared to pay my way and cover my ass while I'm in Africa. But beyond that, I'd like to be able to purchase what medical and educational supplies are needed at the places I'll be working. Bascially, I'm hoping to raise any amount of money I can. An extra fifty, hundred, five hundred bucks can (and will) go a long way.


Tonight's recommended second-of-three: Matt Bishop at the Tractor

[Matt Bishop / by Victoria VanBruinisse]

Dear Seattle: You do not want to miss Matt Bishop's set at the Tractor tonight. The end.

If you were fortunate enough to see our favorite local seven-piece indie.orchestra-pop band's frontman go solo at the last City Arts Song Show, you are familiar with the awesomeness of which we speak. Matt Bishop, of the highly-esteemed, new vinyl-releasin', fresh-off-still-kinda-mid-tour Hey Marseilles, puts on a solo show that does not dissapoint -- the City Arts set was full of stripped down full-band favorites and a few new takes on some sweet old covers. All that and a choice set of interview questions for a lovely evening did make.

Drooling yet? Well, fret not: if you missed Matt's last showcase showdown, you've got yourself a second chance. Perched in the opening spot for Peasant tonight sits HM's lead songsterer, doing a full solo set for the proverbial cause. He's been dropping love notes via Facebook invites that direct the masses to his newly ressurected MySpace page -- where four previously unreleased solo tracks have been put forth for our listening pleasure. And really good ones, at that: one of our new non-negotiable, can't-live-without tracks is Matt's gorgeous, sparse cover of "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS.