Play It by Ear

What’s a show-goer to do when the Croc rests in peace and you can’t toss a beanie on the Hill without hitting an ex? Try venturing down an unbeaten path for a fortnight of music.

El Corazón

Who: Today!
Why: Happy sad pop.
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: 109 Eastlake Ave. E. (206-381-3094).

Cafe Venus/MarsBar
Husbands, Love Your Wives
Why: Whimsical girlish folk.
When: Fri., 9 p.m.
Where: 609 Eastlake Ave. E. (206-624-4516).

The Coup
Why: Funky beats and lyrical feats.
When: Fri., 9 p.m.
Where: 412 N. 36th St. (206-632-2020). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com.

The Triple Door
Mono in VCF
Why: Tacoma psych rock.
When: Sat., Feb. 9, 10 p.m.
Where: 216 Union St. (206-838-4333).

Who: Keren Ann/Dean & Britta
Why: She’s gorgeous and French; they’re former Luna bandmates.
When: Fri., Feb. 15, 7 & 10 p.m.
Where: 216 Union St. (206-838-4333).

Sunset Tavern
Six Organs of Admittance
Why: Acoustic wondrousness.
When: Fri., Feb. 15, 10 p.m.
Where: 5433 Ballard Ave. NW (206-784-4880). Tickets online at ticketweb.com.

Tractor Tavern
Who: The Maldives
Why: New country done right.
When: Sat., Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m.
Where: 5213 Ballard Ave. NW (206-789-3599). Tickets online at ticketweb.com.

See? It’s not so hard to take your shows off the road.

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5433 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
216 Union St
@ 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
5213 Ballard Ave NW
@ 20th Ave
Seattle, WA 98107