Culture Dose: Joseph Recap & Arts to Come

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We couldn’t be happier for Joseph, the uber-talented sister trio from Oregon who recently dropped a brand-new album Good Luck, Kid. We were lucky enough to see them Friday as they excitedly graced the stage at The Showbox, the historic venue across from Pike Place that happens to be one of our favorite Seattle spots for live music. The three talents delighted the (extremely polite and good-vibed) crowd with their beautiful harmonizing, powerful lyrics and magnetic energy that lit up the room and emanated throughout the entire space.

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Here’s what you can expect from their new album: “The sophomore effort from Oregon-bred trio Joseph, Good Luck, Kid, is a road movie in album form, an odyssey at turns emotional, existential and entirely literal. With their intimate storytelling and restless intensity, Natalie Schepman and her sisters Allison and Meegan Closner detail that journey in songs that careen and sprawl and often soar, ultimately spinning a narrative of life-changing transformation.”

Speaking of The Showbox, the special venue’s future remains up in the air, and we’re rooting incredibly hard for it to stick around. You too can help Save the Showbox by buying a T-shirt from Historic Seattle, who advocates for endangered “places that matter.” (100% of proceeds fund their advocacy work.) You can also pick up hats at Easy Street Records in West Seattle, Sonic Boom Records in Ballard or at the SubPop airport store.

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Other shows and events on our fall radar:

Steely Dan returns after a four-year hiatus, playing three shows at The Triple Door on September 26 and 27.

National Taco Day (October 4) can be enjoyed at spots like Poquitos Seattle and Bothell, where hungry guests savor half-price feasts (think three tacos, rice and beans).

On October 8, indie sensation Yoke Lore headlines at Neumos. The night promises to be “filled with Adrian’s idyllic vocals, infectious melodies and heartfelt anthems.”

Uber-talented duo Shovels & Rope comes to Neptune Theatre on October 26 in support of their new album By Blood (April 12, Dualtone Music). “Known for their honest, literate and narrative-driven songwriting, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent (aka Shovels & Rope) inject raw and fiercely passionate emotion into the 10 new tracks on By Blood. The husband and wife team have built a reputation as boldly honest, heart-on-sleeve artists who put everything into their craft and their incendiary live performances.”

From October 11 through 20, Taste of Iceland Festival returns to Seattle for a full week of food, culture, music and knitting. The extravaganza features many free events, and highlights range from an Icelandic takeover of Tom Douglas’ restaurant Cuoco and two panels discussing Gender Equality and KidsRights at the National Nordic Museum to the return of Reykjavik Calling at KEXP and a special literature presentation by Eliza Reid, Iceland’s First Lady. (Added bonus: Icelandair, celebrating 10 years of non-stop flights, offers one lucky traveler the chance to win a 10-day trip to Iceland.)

Super-funny guy Nick Kroll (comedian, writer, actor and producer) brings his “Middle-Aged Boy Tour” to The Moore Theatre on Friday, October 25.

Courtesy Shovels & Rope