This week, the Ready Room makes its big debut in the Grove with Of Montreal. Meanwhile, plenty of other big names take over stages all across town. Check out Earth, Alejandro Escovedo, Oneohtrix Point Never, St. Paul and the Broken Bones and more this week. Get the info on these shows and more after the jump.
Earth Monday, March 31, 9 p.m. @ The Firebird - $15-$17 w/ Dibiase By Mabel Suen Formed in 1990, Seattle's Earth plays primarily instrumental songs said to pave the way for the genre of "drone doom." Minimal and repetitive in nature, Earth's creeping, languid tracks can find themselves at home in the heads of any metalheads -- particularly Melvins fans. Check them out for a heavy set of slow-tempo jams.
Decide Today Tuesday, April 1, 7 p.m. w/ Divtech, The Nightgrinder, Willis, Catholic Guilt @ Livery Company - $5 By Joseph Hess In an alternate future Decide Today is the direct result of punk rockers and poets surviving a '80s sci-fi nuclear holocaust. Beats come by way of dated drum machines and dented laptops. Realicide Youth Records founder Robert Inhuman spits the gospel of noise while digital hardcore warps through a pair of loudspeakers. While there's a discernible depth to the lyrics therein, you'll have a hard time hearing them -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Decide Today delivers an intensity that outweighs the pursuit of perfection, and uses the rough edges to create a distinct brand of electronica.
Of Montreal Wednesday, April 2, 8:30 p.m. w/ Ortolan, Middle Class Fashion @ The Ready Room - $18 By Tara Mahadevan Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Of Montreal's aesthetic embraces both American and British rock aesthetics -- a healthy mix of David Bowie glam-rock, the 1980s UK indie twee-pop movement and the psychedelic American awesomeness that was the '60s and '70s. Discovered by the famed Elephant 6 Recording Company -- which has spawned a few noteworthy indie bands, such as the Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel and Beulah -- Of Montreal's sound spans a variety of genres, including funk-rock, glam-rock, art-pop, indie-pop, electronica and PBR&B, which is actually a thing now, believe it or not.
Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys Thursday, April 3, 8 p.m. @ Old Rock House - $15 By Jaime Lees Though he's never quite reached mainstream success, Alejandro Escovedo has long been underground famous -- pleasing audiences across the planet with his unique sound. A shining soul with a punk rock past (via the Nuns), Escovedo now plays No Depression-approved, churning alt-country with a rock foundation and a chicano veneer. But it's not just his ability to incorporate different genres that makes him so well-loved: Escovedo also has charisma and stage-presence to spare. He's basically Bruce Springsteen, if the Boss was raised in Texas and had the advantage of some Southern charm. Escovedo is a tour-hound, seemingly addicted to the stage, and when he's at the microphone the room belongs to him. Witness it.