Hot! Tonight in Seattle: Lydia Loveless, Deer Tick, Mark Kozelek and more

Posted by on November 7th, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Finding a good show to go to on a Monday night can sometimes be challenging, but tonight in Seattle presents the concertgoer with a few very good options.

Lydia Loveless, The Swearengens, and Contraband Country Band @ The Sunset Tavern | 11/07 | Doors at 9m | $7 | 21+

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Hailing from Columbus Ohio, singer/songwriter Lydia Loveless and her band combine a classic “real” country sound with punk-rock energy and a raised-middle-finger attitude. Her 2011 debut, Indestructable Machine, has received enthusiastic reviews from both the mainstream press and the underground country and punk sites. Combine that with a growing reputation for putting on a great live show plus heavy promotion by her label Bloodshot records, and this tour looks like a bit of a break-out for her.

Despite her young age (she’s 21 and has been performing since age 14), you can definitely hear a bit of Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Lucinda Williams in her strong voice. Her hard-living and hard-drinking-and-drugging songs with explicit lyrics sound like they come from an older soul and make you hope that there’s at least a little bit of exageration mixed in with the autobiography.

Deer Tick, Guards and The Barr Brothers @ The Tractor Tavern | 11/07 | 8pm | $15 (buy tickets) | 21+

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Deer Tick, fronted by charismatic, scratchy-voiced singer John McCauley, makes indie-rock music that borrows from many genres including folk, country, and the blues. They also also have a reputation for wild on-stage antics (for instance, their last Seattle visit featured an on-stage pie attack on openers J Roddy Walston and the Business), so expect the unexpected.

Mark Kozeleck (of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon) @ The Neptune Theater | 11/07 | Doors at 7pm | $18-$20 (buy tickets) | all ages

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Thoughout his musical career, including with The Red House Painters and Sun Kill Moon and in his solo efforts, many of Mark Kozeleck‘s standout tracks have been his radical reinterpretations of songs written by others, ranging from Kiss to John Denver. He has even released an entire album of songs by Modest Mouse, and another of AC/DC covers. Here he performs a haunting melancholy cover of the Cars song “All Mixed Up”:

Other options tonight include an all-ages metal show headlined by the The Acacia Strain at El Corazon, and folk-punk from Bigger Than Mountains at the Funhouse.

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