Tonight in Music: Grant Lee Phillips, The Builders and the Butchers, Navigator vs. NavigatorPosted by Suzi Pratt
You may remember Grant Lee Phillips as the lead singer of the early 90′s band Grant Lee Buffalo, or as the town troubadour on the late TV show Gilmore Girls. Phillips employs his rich, haunting voice to tell lyrical narratives accompanied by his acoustic twelve-string guitar. He has released several solo albums, including Nineteeneighties, an acoustic set of cover songs from a host of big name artists The Smiths, Pixies, and R.E.M., to name a few. His most recent album, Little Moon was released in October of last year, and tonight you have the privilege of seeing this alt-country folk singer-songwriter perform live at the Tractor Tavern, with Seattle’s own Downpilot as the opener. Don’t miss them!
Known for their immersive live shows that encourage audience participation and keep all eyes glued to the stage, Portland-based band The Builders and the Butchers are playing their first Seattle show of the new year tonight. Just as their name suggests, their twangy folk, Southern gothic style will build you up while their dark, morbid lyrics butcher you down. This band has captivated local Seattleites during 2008′s Capitol Hill Block Party, and most recently KEXP’s Yule Ball last month. Get ready to party with them tonight!
Prepare to have your socks knocked off. Local Seattle band Navigator vs. Navigator has done a number of rave-reviewed openers for bands such as the aforementioned The Builders and the Butchers. This foursome makes forward-thinking, high-energy rock jams in the spirit of Wolf Parade. They have been blowing up on the local DIY scene for years, and for now, you’ll have to make do with their MySpace and YouTube clips to sample their music, but their live show promises to be one hell of a good time. As a bonus, 100% of tonight’s proceeds will go to UNICEF to help the children of Haiti.