Each week, The Morning Show's DJ 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 8/1.


  • WED 8/2 - Violent Femmes / Echo & The Bunnymen - Woodland Park Zoo (Sold Out). The Violent Femmes put out an album last year called "We Can Do Anything." You can catch them at KEXP on Wednesday afternoon. Echo & The Bunnymen are British new wave legends. If you have any way to get in to the zoo show, we highly recommend it.
  • FRI 8/4 - Allen Stone - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery - This Pacific Northwest legend is touring this summer with Tears for Fears and Hall & Oates. His latest album is "Radius."
  • FRI 8/4 - J Mascis - Neumos - J Mascis is the frontman for the rock band Dinosaur Jr. "Tied to a Star" is his second solo album.
  • FRI 8/4 - Steve Gunn - Tractor Tavern - This New York rocker used to be a guitarist for Kurt Vile's The Violators. His new album is "Eyes on the Lines."


  • WED 8/2 - Violent Femmes - This folk rock band will play the KEXP Gathering Space at 1 p.m.
  • THURS 8/3 - Deer Tick - These Rhode Island rockers will play at noon.
  • See the full KEXP schedule here.


  • FRI 8/4 - Concerts at the Mural - KEXP and Seattle Center will put on these free outdoor concerts every Friday evening in August at the Mural Amphitheatre. Helio Sequence will be headlining on Aug. 4. This event is open to all ages, and there will be a beer garden for people ages 21 and older. Folding chairs and blankets are welcome. Seating is on a first-come basis. Gates open at 5 p.m.
  • THURS 8/3 to SUN 8/6 - 2017 Pickathon Music Festival (Oregon) - This music festival will feature more than 60 bands and musicians, including Deer Tick, who will perform at KEXP on Thursday. Weekend admission to Pickathon includes tent camping at Pendarvis Farm.

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