The Emerald City is busting at its seams with music as spring rolls into town. The city is not only know for its coffee and gray skies, but the town has produced some viable musical talents. So dust off those dancing shoes and get some sunglasses as these musical acts are going to be too bright for your own good.

Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(877) 784-4849

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Price: $36-76
Date: April 12, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.

Elvis Costello had his first album released in 1977 and has just produced his most recent record this year, making music for more 30 years, he doesn’t seem to have any interest in slowing down. Backed by The Imposters, this show is sure to be a great treat for die-hard and casual fans alike. Elvis Costello is one of the most prolific artists in music history so don’t miss this chance to see him live in Seattle.

Death Cab For Cutie
Price: $32-62
Date: May 13, 2012
Time: 8 p.m. show

With the release of their latest album, Death Cab for Cutie is also coming to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre to show off their new work in textural and lyrical construction. Ben Gibbard brings his trademark moodiness and soul searching lyrics to the forefront a show that is sure to delight fans of the Bellingham-born group. Also performing are members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, whose work can be heard on the latest Death Cab album.

ShoWare Center
625 W James St
Kent, WA 98032
(866) 973-9613

Rise Against 
Price: $36-76
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.

Intensely political and ideological, Rise Against is a band that wears their opinions on their sleeves. Punk-rock in nature, yet highly elevated and mature, Rise Against’s songs paint pictures for their listener. Illustrations, stories, and points come vividly to life in vocalist Tim McIlrath’s gravelly, sometimes haunting lyrics.

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Key Arena
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109

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Price: $30-35
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Radiohead will play Key Arena as one of their handful of U.S. shows this year. Formed in 1985, the band was fairly quiet until they began to grow in popularity in the mid-1990s. Since then, Radiohead has been widely regarded as a highly influential band and is often cited as being one of the greatest musical acts of all time. With a musical style spanning many different genres, Radiohead is a band that is hard to pin down as any one entity; they just simply have something for everyone.

Price: $60-$125
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: April 25, 2012

After a leave of absence from touring the United States, Coldplay will land on Key Arena in the middle of the week for a show in support of their recent Mylo Xyloto album, which has already been certified Platinum and topped the charts in over thirty countries. Melodic, alternative music sweeps up their audience and keeps Coldplay churning away to create new experiences and material for their fans, and themselves. After exploding onto the scene in 2000, Coldplay hasn’t slowed, continuing to top the charts, and themselves, with every release.

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Jason Sipe is a freelance writer in Tacoma, Washington. He is covering Nightlife & Music. His work can be found at