Gentle folkie not your thing? Try thrash metal

  • By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:20pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

The Paramount Theatre in Seattle will host an indie rock darling on Monday.

Iron and Wine, the musical project of Samuel Beam, will play the venue at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The acclaimed indie singer has made a name for himself with his gentle take on folk pop.

Beam started his slow rise about a decade ago, after his hushed vocals started popping up on movie soundtracks like “Garden State.”

His albums reached a possible commercial peak in 2011, with the release of “Kiss Each Other Clean,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

That album was notable for featuring its slicker production. Beam took a step away from that, though, for his new album, “Ghost on Ghost,” which was greeted with warm praise this April.

Tickets are $29.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Slayer is also heading back to the area for a show at WaMu Theater at 7:30 Friday night.

The long-running thrash metal act is working on a new album now. That record will be its first without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who helped found the group back in 1982 but died earlier this year.

More than 30 years after it began, Slayer still has a loyal following. Fans pushed the group’s last studio album, “World Painted Blood,” to No. 12 on the Billboard 200.

Tickets are $52.55 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Nada Surf, meanwhile, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its seminal album “Let Go” by playing the record in its entirety.

The group will hit the Showbox at the Market at 8 p.m. Thursday, and run through the entire album, which helped redefine the group.

Nada Surf almost got stuck in one-hit-wonder land, after its 1996 single “Popular” seemingly pigeonholed the group.

But the capable songwriters left the mainstream labels behind for Seattle’s own Barsuk Records, which released “Let Go,” a strong collection of melodic indie pop that has become a minor classic.

Tickets are $15 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Mazzy Star will play a show at the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Monday.

The dreamy alt-rock act put out three albums in the 1990s, earning a loyal following thanks to the group’s blend of psychedelic and shoegaze music. But then they went on a long hiatus.

The band returned this September with its first new studio album in 17 years. “Seasons of Your Day” was praised for showing the group had seemingly not missed a beat during their long absence.

Tickets are $35 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Finally, the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates is headed to the Neptune Theatre at 9 p.m. Friday night.

Garfunkel and Oates have won a following for its raunchy humor and playful hooks. The group features Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, two comics who, like Flight of the Conchords, know how to write a funny song. Examples include “My Apartment’s Very Clean Without You” and “Pregnant Women are Smug.”

Tickets are $25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

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