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posted Friday, May 21, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 21

Where It's At: COMING TO SEATTLE - Sedaris, Eagles, Lady Antebellum
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Rain or shine, May brings an interesting plate of live performances to the Emerald City. From Gay comedy acts to legendary rockers to electro-industrial newbies, here's what I recommend going to in the coming weeks.

David Sedaris
May 9, Benaroya Hall

Gay funnyman David Sedaris returns to Seattle for a sold-out performance at Benaroya Hall, likely to re-boost last year's release When You Are Engulfed in Flames, as his forthcoming book Beastiology isn't hitting store shelves until this fall. Throughout the years, the American author's previous titles - including Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and my personal favorite, Naked - have sold nearly 10 million copies collectively. If you've never witnessed David Sedaris in person, brace yourself, and don't go on a full stomach - he's as hilarious live as he is on paper.

Eagles
May 13, Key Arena

Raise your hand if you grew up in a household with vinyl or 8-track copies of Hotel California and The Long Run. Our older brothers, maybe even parents, were proud listeners of the pop-country group, responsible for some of the biggest and best singles of the '70s, including "One of These Nights," "New Kid in Town," "I Can't Tell You Why," "Witchy Woman," "Take It Easy," and "Hotel California," which landed at #49 on Rolling Stone's "Greatest Songs of All Time." The band member lineup is Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit - this spells "classic." Unfortunately, the Dixie Chicks aren't scheduled to open for the Eagles here in Seattle, though they are listed as a supporting act for a string of shows in June.

Frightened Rabbit
May 16, Neumos

Scottish indie quartet Frightened Rabbit is one of the most underrated bands around, although with upcoming showings at Lollapalooza and the Glastonbury Festival they'll likely appear on more peoples' radar. The group's latest album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, picks up marvelously where 2008's Midnight Organ Fight left off - it's another set of greatly written, well-arranged folkish rock numbers, like "The Wrestler" and "Nothing Like You." Still, my favorite FB song is "Old Old Fashioned," which they'll hopefully play to a crowd of happily drunk Scots at Neumos. Look for an interview with Frightened Rabbit on May 14 in "The Music Lounge."

Fuck Buttons
May 16, Chop Suey

If you've been following the electronic scene, then you definitely know about Fuck Buttons. The Bristol, England duo (Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power) fuses an array of sounds into their industrial-dance style of music, including the occasional use of a Fisher-Price karaoke machine. Tarot Sport, the pair's U.S. debut that was chosen for SGN's 10 best albums list of 2009, features two intense tracks that are gonna blow up inside Chop Suey, "Surf Solar" and "Space Mountain." They're headed to Chicago this summer for Lollapalooza, so catch them in an intimate space months before.

Tim McGraw w/ Lady Antebellum
May 21, Key Arena

Not that Tim McGraw is chump change, but red-hot Lady Antebellum has the potential to steal the spotlight completely away from him when the two acts, plus a relatively unheard-of third act, play at Key Arena in May. The country trio nabbed three ACM Awards a few weeks ago, including statues for Single/Record and Song of the Year for their megahit "Need You Now," preceded by their first Grammy win in January for an earlier smash, "I Run to You". Appearing on my list of "10 Musical Acts Set to Explode in 2010," Lady Antebellum seems to not only have exploded, they've ballooned to superstardom - which is why anyone going to see McGraw, who we love for being consistently listenable and hunky, should arrive in time to check them out.



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