A trip to Seattle is incomplete without some kind of live music performance. The city is known for its excellent indie venues, like The Neptune Theater, and The Paramount. Here are just a few of the shows we’re most looking forward to this summer.


Yo La Tengo at The Neptune Theater – May 31 and June 1

Yo La Tengo is an indie-rock group from Hoboken, New Jersey, that formed in 1984. While the band has achieved very little mainstream success, it’s always been a critics’ darling. The group’s latest album, There’s a Riot Going On, is characterized by cool, calm vocals, and a kind of comforting innocence.

Minus The Bear at Showbox Theater – June 13

This indie band formed in Seattle in 2001, and is known for its melancholic prog-pop. Their most recent release, Voids, combines pared-down vocals with somewhat avant-garde instrumentals.

The Decemberists at Paramount Theater – June 21

This beloved, intellectual, indie-rock band from Portland, Oregon, just released their 10th studio album, I’ll Be Your Girl. If you’re a fan of their 2006 album, The Crane Wife, featuring hit, Oh! Valencia, this album will feel like quite a homecoming.

Animal Collective at The Neptune – July 29

An experimental pop group from Baltimore, Maryland, Animal Collective explores musical genres like freak folk, noise rock, ambient drone, and psychedelia. They released their 9th EP, Meeting of the Waters, in Spring 2017. Expect heavy synthesizer, percussion, and intricate light effects.

Seattle Concerts and more…

Heading to Seattle this summer? Check out our blog for more tips on what to see, where to eat, and more.