Hot! Tonight in Seattle: PUSA Fest, Cursive, Damien Jurado, Squalora

Posted by on February 17th, 2012 at 8:35 AM

It’s Friday night, which means it’s time to see some live music! Options include day 1 of the PUSAFest extravaganza  at the showbox, as well as a number of good smaller shows.

The Presidents of The United States of America, John Roderick, Daydream Vacation, No-Fi Soul Rebellion @ Showbox Market | 2/17 | $20-25 (Get Tickets) | All Ages

Photo via Presidents Of The United States of America

Preview by Lindsey Sculley

Nerd-rockers The Presidents Of The United States of America are coming back for another round of PUSAfest this weekend. The PUSA guys have been holding the music fest every year at the Showbox during President’s Day weekend for many years now and typically their shows sell-out. The band had an array of hits in the 90’s with many of the songs still getting air-play today (“Lumps”, “Peaches”.) Despite not releasing a new album since 2008 (These Are The Good Times People) the members all have worked on separate side-projects including lead singer Chris Ballew (The Feelings Hijackers.)

PUSA is known for their highly energetic live shows that showcase the light-hearted relationship between all three band members. Bouncing between Ballew hopping from the right side of the stage to the left, Jason Finn (drums) stopping in mid-drum like a statue, and Andrew McKeag (guitbassist) doing solos on his knees, the group definitely sets the bar for performers and memorable shows including Ballew’s marriage on-stage a couple years back with Mayor McGinn as the officiant.

The Friday show is All Ages while the Saturday show is 21+, folks. Joining PUSA on Friday will be John Roderick (The Long Winters), Daydream Vacation, No-Fi Soul Rebellion.

Cursive, Ume, Virgin Islands @ Neumos | 02/17 | $15 Get Tickets Here | All Ages

photo by Daniel Muller

Preview by Garbriel Arguelles

Just a couple of days ago, SSG Music hosted a link to stream Cursive’s latest opus, the beautifully rendered concept album I am Gemini, in its entirety. This Friday finds the band in town, performing many of those songs (and presumably many of their old songs) live.

The indie rock band continues to grow and change but their roots, those early emo bits, are still there. If they were still together, The Casket Lottery would be a perfect tour-mate still. They’re still aggressive and melodic without ever falling into one my call ‘punk’, but with that straight-ahead appeal. Even the promotional materials for I am Gemini go so far as to claim that it is Cursive’s heaviest album. They don’t shy away from it.

To win Tickets to the big Cursive show, e-mail contests@ssgmusic.com with the phrase “Cursive and friends at Neumos 02/20” in the subject line! Please include your first and last name for the guest list. We’ll holler back if you’re the winner.

In leu of a new video, which hasn’t yet been released, here’s one from The Ugly Organ, arguably the album that broke the band.

Tonight’s punk and metal show at the Colombia City Theater looks to be a blisteringly loud and exciting one.

Squalora, Countdown to ArmageddonCyneraeWilt and Smoke Grower | Columbia City Theater | 2/17 | 9pm | (Get Tickets) | $ 5| 21+

Photo from poisonedcandy.com

Tonight’s punk and metal show at the Colombia City Theater looks to be a blisteringly loud and exciting one. Headlining is Portland’s Squalora. Squalora (AKA Ass-End Offend) originally hail from chilly Missoula, MT. This week they are taking a quick visit to our area, playing in Seattle and Vancouver. They play blistering hardcore with a lot of energy and riffs and tear up the stage when performing live. You can listen to their most recent 4-song EP here.

Photo from facebook

Seattle’s Countdown to Armageddon, are a melodic metal-core band with a really heavy sound, and a touch of psyche in their influences. Head’s should be banging pretty hard during their set.

Additionally, this show gives you a chance to rock out to the intense noisy metal sounds of local Band Wilt, and Cynarae.

For your chance to win tickets to this show,  contests@ssgmusic.com with the phrase “Squalora and  friends at Columbia City/17” in the subject line! Please include your first and last name for the guest list. We’ll holler back if you’re the winner.



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