This year, Washington-based indie label Barsuk Records turns 15 years old, and it’s celebrating its adolescence with a series of shows in Seattle, featuring many of its roster acts performing, some of them doing their classic albums in full. The celebration officially begins on Sept. 1, at Bumbershoot, when Death Cab for Cutie will perform their 2003 album Transatlanticism in full. And then, in November, a four-day series of shows will get the Barsuk celebration swinging in full. Several of these shows list “A Very Special Guest,” and knowing Barsuk’s roster over the years, there’s potential for that to be some very cool bands. Death Cab? They Might Be Giants? Rilo Kiley? Dismemberment Plan? You never know, but it’ll probably be someone cool. Check out the schedule below.
Thursday 11/7 – Showbox at the Market:
Nada Surf (playing Let Go), Special Guest, Mates of State, and more
Friday 11/8 – Neptune Theater:
The Long Winters (playing When I Pretend To Fall), David Bazan, Chris Walla, Minor Alps, and more
Saturday 11/9 – Neumos:
Menomena, Maps and Atlases, Yellow Ostrich, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and a very special end of the night guest
Sunday 11/10 – Tractor Tavern:
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter (special anniversary performance with original lineup playing Reckless Burning), Special Guest, Rocky Votolato, Laura Gibson (solo), and more
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.