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Seattle Theatre Group Announces Upcoming Events On Sale

Seattle Theatre Group (STG) announces the following concerts going on sale this week.

St. Vincent

Date: October 13, 2011 @ 8:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (1303 NE 45th St)

Price: $16.00 in advance, $19.00 day of show, not including applicable fees

Seating: General Admission (All Ages / Bar w/ ID)

On Sale: Friday, July 22nd @ 10am

Ticketing Information: Available online atTickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online atSTGPresents.org.

 

Strange Mercy, the beguiling new album from St. Vincent, is an unsparing examination of personal catharsis cloaked in some of the most sublime music of Annie Clark's career.  "Many of the songs are about wanting relief from pain, and searching high and low for release," attests Clark.  Such powerful emotions prompted - demanded, really - not just a bracingly candid lyrical style but a new musical approach.  St. Vincent's acclaimed 2007 debut album Marry Me was created almost entirely on a laptop; the exquisite follow-up, 2009's Actor, was a collection of arrangements fashioned into ornately structured songs.  Strange Mercy, she says, is different.  "I just wrote the songs first and didn't worry about the embellishments.  On the last album, I could play about three songs by myself on guitar.  On this album, I can play every song that way."  Strange Mercy features very little of the baroque strings, woodwinds, and reeds that marked Actor, and the grooves are sturdy, deep and beguiling.  "I wanted to make things direct and immediate," Clark says.  "I didn't tinker.  I tried to keep the arrangements pretty simple and use just enough instrumentation to get the point across.  I didn't want anything to get in the way."  Consequently, it's a much more guitar-oriented album than Clark has ever made.  Clark is one of the most gifted guitarists to come along in the new millennium, and Strange Mercy is filigreed with indelible hooklines and ingenious rhythm parts.  Strange Mercy is what happens when the very picture of elegance and poise confronts turmoil and grief: You can either gaze in mute despair at those pieces lying on the floor, or you can make something beautiful, even transcendent out of them, but only by confronting yourself.  "Marry Me is very cute - it's funny and sarcastic, and that's fine, I was 22 and that's who I was," Clark says.  "And Actor was cerebral - not that I would have known how to do it any differently - but I've grown beyond that now.  I want to make a record that's more human every time."


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Date: Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 9:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (1303 NE 45th St)

Price: $16.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show, not including applicable fees

Seating: General Admission (All Ages / Bar w/ ID)

On Sale: Friday, July 22nd @ 10am

Ticketing Information: Available online atTickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online atSTGPresents.org.

 

It would take too long to cite all of his credits, but here's a small sampling: He has his own documentary called Super High Me based on a joke from his standup act. It's available on DVD!  How does a little show called NBC's Last Comic Standing grab you?  Fact: he finished top six in the 2007 season, no big deal.  Doug was a series regular on four seasons of VH-1'sBest Week Ever.  He makes recurring appearances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.  His second Comedy Central Presents half-hour special premiered in January '09.  He had the nerve to hit on Jennifer Aniston on the classic sitcom Friends, is a character on The Sarah Silverman Program, and oops, almost forgot, got Larry David in a headlock on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.  If that's not enough for you, he's a creator/writer/star ofThe Marijuana-Logues, a show that's been a hit (small pun intended) in clubs and theatres from Los Angeles to New York - and drew a bongload of rave reviews.  Now there's a CD, also called The Marijuana-Logues, and a book, "The Marijuana-Logues: Everything About Pot That We Could Remember".  In 2006, High Times Magazine named him Stoner of the Year, and in 2009, he successfully made it to all the shows in his thirteen-day Medical Marijuana Tour.  Now Doug has one CD out, Unbalanced Load and another on the way, Doug Benson: Hypocritical Oaf, both on Comedy Central Records.  He continues to express his love of movies on his Doug Loves Movies podcasts (available on iTunes).  And very soon The Benson Interruption will be a series broadcast on Comedy Central.   Enough about Doug Benson already!

 

 

 

 

Lotus

Special Guest: Keys N Krates 

Date: November 10, 2011 @ 9:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (1303 NE 45th St)

Price: $17.00 in advance, $20.00 day of show, not including applicable fees

Seating: General Admission (All Ages / Bar w/ ID)

On Sale: Friday, July 22nd @ 10am

Ticketing Information: Available online atTickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online atSTGPresents.org.

 

Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival and then the next night crash a traditional rock festival with their dance heavy beats, synths and samples. Equal parts instrumental post-rock and electronic dance, the band's distinguishing feature is the ability to maintain a decidedly unique musical voice and remain current while bucking passing trends.  No matter what the venue, the energetic joy and catharsis of a Lotus show is infectious. The band slowly built a devoted fan base through steady touring and the crowds have grown at an increasing pace. This grassroots growth has made the band in high demand for festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Ultra, and Rothbury and earned the band sold out shows at the country's premier theatres and clubs. Lotus's new self-titled album moves in a decidedly more electronic direction than their previous two releases - Hammerstrike (2008) and Oil on Glass/Feather on Wood (2009). Analog synthesizers, manipulated sounds, dub effects and heavy bass are complemented by horn and string arrangements in addition to Lotus's standard guitar/bass/drums instrumentation. Grooves move from slinky funk and gritty half-time on the first half of the album to the beautiful and expansive closing track "Orchids". Similar to their music, the recording process for the album looked in multiple directions in order to achieve a distinct style. Using traditional recording methods to track live to analog tape and then editing and mixing using modern techniques created an expanded musical space filled with uniquely crafted sounds. The band road tested and tweaked these tracks for the better part of two years. The result is an album worthy of the self-titled status - the band's singular sound and spirit runs through every track. 

 

 

 

 

 

tUnE-yArDs

Special Guest: Pat Jordache 

Date: November 20, 2011 @ 8:00pm

Venue: The Neptune (1303 NE 45th St)

Price: $16.00 in advance, $18.00 day of show, not including applicable fees

Seating: General Admission (All Ages / Bar w/ ID)

On Sale: On Sale Now! 

Ticketing Information: Available online atTickets.com, in person at the Paramount Theatre box office (M-F 10am-6pm), 24-hour kiosks located outside the Paramount & Moore Theatres, charge by phone at (877) 784-4849, or online atSTGPresents.org.

 

The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs began life as dictaphone recordings which were then painstakingly mixed down on GarageBand to create the opening gambit, her debut albumBiRd-BrAiNs. Initially released on a limited LP run through Marriage records with screenprinted sleeves recycled from thrift store bargain bins, it wasn't long until others took notice and she soon signed a worldwide deal with 4AD. The album was formally released in late-2009, having been remastered and with four more tracks added. The Guardian, whilst awarding it 5/5, called her "the find of the year." In 2011, that rings as true. Alongside the record, she also started to build quite a reputation for her live performances. Using loop pedals, two mics, a snare drum, a ukelele, her distinctive voice (she's spent time teaching singing in Kenya) and crucially, a second band member, Nate Brenner on bass. Together, things started to happen when they took to the road with kindred spirits, the Dirty Projectors, on both their US and European tours. As word of mouth spread, the venues they were playing in were filling up earlier than usual as people heard of their genius. Anyone who has seen them live will attest to them being nothing short of incredible live. It comes as no surprise then that at this year's SXSW, they were one of the biggest draws. The new album, w h o k i l l, was released on April 18th on 4AD and marks a time when everything came together in to one cohesive whole. Recorded in a studio and influenced heavily by her moving to Oakland, California, she and Nate have made an album that delivers on her early promise. Lyrically Garbus explores constructs of femininity and sexuality with the threat of violence that lurks on the streets where she now lives, while the energy of their show has been translated perfectly to record.

 



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