Saturday, January 31, 2015

Barsuk's B-Day

Step aside, Sub Pop, this teenager is ready to party


What had you accomplished by your 15th birthday? A few sprigs of chest hair? A driver's permit?

That's impressive and all, but Seattle’s Barsuk Records turns 15 this year, and in that time they've become Seattle's stalwart indie label by representing everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to Say Hi to Ra Ra Riot. So yeah, let's honor 'em.

They're celebrating their quinceñero with a four-day showcase at venues across the city. And unlike at your own 15th birthday party, nobody's getting grounded for boozing or coed mischief.

Up first, Nada Surf and Mates of State will play Showbox at the Market.

Next it's The Long Winters at the Neptune Theatre, with opening sets from Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, a band Barsuk wisely signed in the late ‘90s after hearing a demo tape.

More recent Barsuk bands will take the stage at Neumo’s on the third night, including Menomena and Maps and Atlases.

The whole shebang wraps at Ballard’s Tractor Tavern with a singer-songwriter showcase featuring Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson, and Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter.

Best of all, each show is just $15. 

What a magic number.

Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary
Thursday-Sunday, November 7-10
Various locations
(206) 322-7785

Price: $15 here

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