If you can’t see Radiohead, check out Young the Giant

  • Wed Apr 4th, 2012 3:43pm
  • Life

By Jackson Holtz Herald Writer

Young the Giant kicks off a week of incredible acts coming to the region.

This L.A.-band is enjoying sweeping popularity, even landing one of their songs on the hit TV show, “Glee.”

The band includes singer Sameer Gadhia, Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata on guitar, Payam Doostzadeh playing bass, and Fran├žois Comtois behind the drums.

“Glee” is just one of many television programs to feature the band’s songs. They’ve landed in the top 50 on Billboard’s charts, and watch for them to continue to climb.

Catch the act at 8 p.m. Saturday, The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $20 at www.stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

They’ve been called one of the best bands of the ’90s and the 2000s.

Given the passion and creativity behind Radiohead, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them rated in this young decade too.

Perhaps, as some people have claimed, history will rank Radiohead along with fellow British musical giants like the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Certainly, Thom Yorke, the lead singer and driving force behind the band, has redefined what a rock band can sound like. Using complex rhythms and his signature voice, the music is ethereal, eerie and bold. With each album during the band’s 15-year history, they’ve redefined their sound, bringing it to bigger and wilder places.

Their live show is among the best in rock ‘n’ roll today.

Catch the band during their first U.S. tour is four years at 7:30 p.m. Monday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle.

Tickets, if you can still get one, are $69.50. Check with ticketmaster.com to see if last minute seats are opened up. The show has been sold out for weeks.

If you can’t get tickets for Radiohead, there’s another great act playing the same night.

Watching Andrew Bird perform is like seeing a musical kaleidoscope being constructed in real time.

With taps of a foot, a click on a computer, Bird lays down tracks live, building a changing soundtrack that he deftly plays along to, singing his sweet voice and showing that he’s one of the best songwriters and whistlers around.

By performing as a one-man wunderband, he’s slowly and steadily built a cult following. Today, he’s risen above the noise and is being recognized for great indie-folk melodies, rocking ballads and genuine pop musicianship.

He’s just released his newest album, “Break It Yourself.”

Each ticket to the show, comes with two five-song EPs.

Laura Marling is opening.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $27.50 to $37.50 at www.stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Combine the “Wheel of Fortune” with the song catalogue of one of the best living pop stars and what you get is Elvis Costello and The Imposters: The Revolver Tour.

A big contest-style wheel emblazoned with Costello’s entire songbook serves as backdrop for the band. Several times during the show, the wheel is spun and wherever the wheel stops, that’s the song the band plays: “Allison,” “Everyday I Write the Book,” “Watching the Detectives,” or many more.

The big musical wheel starts spinning at 8 p.m. Thursday, The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $35.75 to $75.75 at www.stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Jackson Holtz: 425-339-3447; jholtz@heraldnet.com.