Each week, The Morning Show's D.J. John Richards from KEXP 90.3 FM makes recommendations to help us sort through the many incredible options for live music in Seattle's music scene.

This is KEXP's list of the Music that Matters for the week of 7/5.


  • THURS 7/6 - Zen Mother - Chop Suey, This avant-rock duo is kicking off a major tour that will take them across the continent and through most of the summer.
  • FRI 7/7 - The Districts - Tractor Tavern, These Pennsylvania indie rockers' new album is called "Popular Manipulations."
  • FRI 7/7 - Warren G - Nectar Lounge, This artist is known as a godfather of G-funk. Warren G is the stepbrother of rapper and producer Dr. Dre. He assisted with production on Dre's 1992 solo debut "The Chronic" by providing samples and beats.
  • FRI 7/7 - SassyBlack - Neumos, This self-proclaimed "goddess of electronic psychedelic soul" was half of the duo THEESatisfaction. Her new solo album is "New Black Swing." The other half of the duo, Stas THEE Boss, hosts KEXP's hip-hop show, "Street Sounds," every Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


  • FRI 7/7 - SUN 7/9 Ballard SeafoodFest - This weekend, the Ballard Seafood Fest will include free live performances from great bands including Hobosexual (SAT 7/8 4 p.m.), Seattle's Dude York (SAT 7/8 5:30 p.m.), La Luz (SAT 7/8 7 p.m.), Strand of Oaks (SAT 7/8 8:30 p.m.) and more. So get outside and watch some music!