Live: Music Picks March 12-18 

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Hey Marseilles
To Travels & Trunks, the 2010 debut album from Seattle orchestral-folk group Hey Marseilles, was a musical globetrotting j aunt, featuring wanderlust-fueled songs such as "Rio"—with its clever, eye-catching music video—and "Goodbye Verseilles." But for their latest, 2013's Lines We Trace, the troupe of musicians turned their gaze homeward, literally. Recorded mostly in the band's 100-year-old home, located just south of Seattle in Columbia City, Wash.—or else in nearby locations including a church and even a tunnel in Golden Gardens Park—Lines We Trace is a collection of gorgeous songs that are less folksy than To Travels & Trunks, but are no less poignantly written, about human connections and focusing on what's happening around you, instead of across the world. The album is "about finding and creating home where you're at and as you are," says guitarist and lead vocalist Matt Bishop in Hey Marseilles' online bio. L'anarchiste and Electric Cathedral will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker) Bar Deluxe, 666 S. State, 9 p.m., $10,


Southern California veteran punk band Pennywise has been getting back to its roots lately in more ways than one. Not only has original frontman Jim Lindberg reunited with the band after departing for a spell in 2009, but Pennywise's first project with Lindberg back in the fold is an album that features never-before-recorded songs written by original bassist Jason Thirsk, who passed away in 1996. Aptly titled Yesterdays, the barrage-like album is a rough, raw look at the early days of the band. Before Pennywise took on their angrier, politically minded message, Thirsk was writing hopeful, unity-promoting songs influenced by the idea of PMA, or "positive mental attitude." "Us going back and recording these songs was a huge inspiration because it reminded us of where we were when we started, and why people responded to the band in such a powerful way," Lindberg says in their online bio. A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket will also perform. (Kolbie Stonehocker) In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m., $20 in advance, $20 day of show,


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Broods is the brother/sister duo of Caleb and Georgia Nott, and together, they weave dreamy tunes that often explore that painful stage between childhood and adulthood. Listeners may find some similarities between Broods and fellow New Zealand native Lorde, since the band's debut album, Evergreen—released fall 2014—and Lorde's Pure Heroine were both produced by Joel Little. As heard on Evergreen, Broods' sound is sleek, elegant and a little melancholy, made up of a heart-tugging combination of breathy melodies, shimmering synths and airy atmosphere. For an introduction to Broods, check out the music video for their R&B-tinged beauty "Bridges," which is a sumptuous depiction of the beginning (and ending) of a quirky romance between two young people. Mikky Ekko will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The Complex, 536 W. 100 South, 8 p.m., $16 in advance, $18 day of show,; limited no-fee tickets available at


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Talib Kweli
Brooklyn artist Talib Kweli came into hip-hop from a different background than a lot of rappers. He dropped out of school, but he came from a well-off family of academics. Yet, even with his affluent background, the urban struggle remains one of the recurrent themes in Kweli's masterful lyrics. A social philanthropist, he uses his platform to promote charity and political activism. Radio Silence, his upcoming release, was announced in a January post he wrote on Medium, but he has been talking about the collaboration with Aloe Blacc, Q-Tip, Alchemist and other all-star producers on Twitter since at least September 2014. Immortal Technique is joining him on the People's Champion tour. (Tiffany Frandsen) In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 8 p.m., $22 in advance, $25 day of show,; limited no-fee tickets available at


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Umphrey's McGee
Largely known for their musical versatility and mind-expanding improvisation, Indiana prog-rock band Umphrey's McGee have been continually pushing their own boundaries since they formed in Indiana in 1997. That's especially true for Umphrey's McGee's latest project, a live album recorded at London's famed Abbey Road Studios—specifically Studio 2, haunt of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970—fittingly titled The London Session. Out April 7, The London Session was created during a supercharged 12-hour recordingsession that captures the energy of a live Umphrey's McGee performance as well as some the studio's unique atmosphere and history—for example, the piano the band used was the same Steinway Model D that's been heard on several Beatles records. Musically, it features a mix of old and new material that Umphrey's McGee often perform in concert, as well as a bang-up cover of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"—can you blame them? The Revivalists will open. (Kolbie Stonehocker) The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, 8 p.m., $25,; limited no-fee tickets available at

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