Knick Knack Picks week of August 24 - 30

Knick Knack Picks...your ear to the underground.  

Are you visiting Seattle and want to know where and when to see the best live music and bands?   Which bands are the real deal and which ones are all hype?  Do you live in Seattle and want to support local independent bands and music?  We've got the exact details on which bands to see, when and where without all the snarky commentary.


Wednesday August 26 at Chop Suey - Brite Lines, Mise, Pocket Panda
1325 E Madison St, Seattle, Washington 98122

Tickets $8 - doors at 8pm, 21+  full event details here:

 about Brite Lines:

"…They span such a wide array of adjectives from song to song (as evidenced on this year’s EP Make Shift) that they’re hard to sum up in a few short sentences. The music is earnest, rooted in New America; part haunted songwriter; broken-hearted and hopeful, with an all-encompassing catchy post-indie rock folk vibe."
- Victoria VanBruinisse,

about Mise:

Hailing from the deep PNW, C. L. Trail and Nevada Sowle of Misé strive to combine the various elements of their inspiration: folk, rock & roll, and psychedelia. Live sets include everything from Simon & Garfunkel-esque crooners to violently joyous rock anthems - the goal is to make at least one person cry and at least one person dance at every show. In order to enjoy a Misé set: be ready for yelling and for poetry; be ready for sweat and laughter; ready for silence, and ready for absolute noise. August 2015 marks the release of Misé’s debut LP, “Arts & Crafts,” which will be followed by a West Coast tour.é/119967978046391

 about Pocket Panda:

Pocket Panda delivers orchestrated indie music that encompasses the complexities of the human spirit; laughter, loathing, strife and liberation (oh, and LOVE). Based in Seattle, we have been giving the northwest an ever evolving sound comparable to; Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, The Decemberists and Dolly Parton.


Friday August 28 at The Tractor Tavern - The Blackberry Bushes Stringband (album release show), Casey Ruff and The Mayors of Ballard, The Warren G. Hardings  
5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98107

Tickets $10 - doors at 9pm, 21+  full event details here:

We haven't had a chance to check out The Blackberry Bushes Stringband yet, so we're not sure what to say about them.  However, any lineup with Casey Ruff and The Mayors of Ballard is a no-brainer.  Casey Ruff is an amazing songwriter, showman and artist and his band has some of the best musicians in Seattle.  One of my personal favorite bass players around, Caleb Blue will blow your mind with the deep grooves.  They are working on a new album with Brian Nelson at Elliot Bay Recording Company (who also worked with GravelRoad on their 2013 and 2014 albums) and we can't wait to hear the results.


Saturday August 29 at Substation - Princess, Skies Below (album release show), SwampheavY  
645 NW 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98107

Tickets $8 - doors at 8pm, 21+  full event details here:

Princess features one of our favorite screamers in town Andrew Chapman on vocals.  The guy is an absolute beast and he's fronting one of the tightest heavy metal bands around. 

Skies Below have an excellent new record coming out that was engineered and mixed by Tad Doyle at Witch Ape Studio in Seattle.  It was mastered by Chris Hanszek.  Be sure to buy a copy of their new record at the show.  This is the reason for the show and these hardworking independent musicians deserve our support. 


Sunday August 30 at Lo-Fi Performance Gallery - Hot Lunch, Banquet, Pushy, Coyote
645 NW 45th St, Seattle, Washington 98107

Tickets $8 - doors at 8pm, 21+  full event details here:

 An evening of psych-rock, sleazy boogie and soul.  Come see four unique west coast bands do their thing.

Hot Lunch (SF - Tee Pee Records) 
Hot Lunch is a punk ‘n’ roll band from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area that specializes in getting loud, getting weird and getting rad.
 "A blast of 60's acid rock seemingly unearthed after decades of rock 'n' roll mediocrity necessitated its rebirth" – Thrasher Magazine

Banquet (SF)
"The once fruitful rock n' roll city of San Francisco is now a barren womb, fraught with the lasting effects of technological herpes. Thankfully a polyp known as Banquet has formed and is screeching for freedom from the womb's clutches. With dual ripping lead guitars, howling vocals and a rhythm section that can make a pregnant woman's water break."

PUSHY started as a long-fantasized side project for Travis Clow of Crag Dweller and Adam Burke of Fellwoods. They wanted a band that'd make you want to light your bushes on fire/take your pants off/stop showering/give up on Dry January/put off your taxes/kiss random people/dig holes/throw away all your post punk records. Ron Wesley of Hosmanek, known throughout the land as the one and only love child of Peter Green and Billy Gibbons was destined to add his prowess and charm to the project, and Hamburger Chubbs of Bison Bison finally provided the low-end hump-thump to make it all grind. Please crack open a cold one... well, several cold ones, and get down.

Coyote (Seattle)
Aun "Ronnie" Backstrom (Bad Love) and Josh Kupferschmid (Mystery Ship) shared a house by the freeway just outside Seattle's University District where loud wild parties and raucous rock and roll was the norm. After a few years they decided to collaborate on a project that represented who they are now... Veteran musicians and strong songwriters. What you'll hear are organic originals with emotional depth that'll hook and move you. Guitar-driven "heavy feeling" rock & soul that transports the listener into an Americana melting pot. The full band is anchored by Aaron Semer (The Plains, Marmot Vs. Mammoth) on bass and Travis Curry (Mystery Ship) behind the kit.