The Moondoggies and The Maldives Annual Family Christmas Show
Washingtonbased alt-country bands The Moondoggies and the Maldives have been friends, collaborators, and are bearded, flannel-wearing staples in the Seattle music scene for half a decade. Both bands are intoxicating, musically and physically—they encourage large helpings of whiskey to wash down their Laurel Canyon-esque alternative indie rock. That intoxication is compounded by the holiday season, and by Portland up-and-comers, Denver, a sloppy, hip bunch hot on the heels of Blitzen Trapper. 8 pm. Neumos. $15.
Blending R&B, Motown and gospel, and with a deeply riveting candor and a dancing falsetto that mirrors Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers, it's safe to say that Allen Stone—a mere twenty-six-year-old Washington native—is the reincarnation of some forgotten old soul singer. Ambient electro-rockers The Helio Sequence and slightly grungy pop rock group The Lonely Forest open this fundraiser for Seattle's Children's Hospitals. 7 pm. Showbox at the Market. Tickets include catered dinner, $60.
King Krule embodies the type of lo-fi, basement post rock that has been getting attention abroad for years. Sludgy, overproduced, but clear vocals and simplistic solo line guitar playing is catching on in the US, starting with bands like The XX and Unknown Mortal Orchestra (the former are technically from Australia and transplanted to Oregon). Add KK to the list of foreign up-and-comers and don't miss a rare opportunity to see the 19-year-old perform on this side of the pond. 9 pm. Doug Fir. $12-14.
Third Eye Blind
It might sound crazy to see a band that hasn't been heard from in a decade and has a higher turnover rate than Karl Malone (fifteen members in ten years), but Third Eye Blind is still a well-loved, pop-rock machine. Singer Stephan Jenkins, the only constant member of the band, is still just as cocky and ego-driven as he was when the band was on top of the world in 1997, making for a whirlwind performance of old hits and songs from the band's new record (due out in 2014). 8 pm. Crystal Ballroom. $30.