The Maldives

Saturday, January 12

Few other Seattle rock bands are putting on live shows with as much homespun, earthy energy as the Maldives are conjuring right now. Jason Dodson and his well-populated band of merry makers (roll call usually involves at least nine members, including pedal steel, fiddle, banjo and accordion players), seem to be on a roll, winning new fans every time they hit the stage, sounding like the one local band who would truly deserve an opening slot on a Drive-By Truckers tour. Some of this electricity is no doubt being channeled by all the time they’ve spent in the studio recently; their Tim Seely-produced sophomore effort is in the works and the boys are aiming for a late spring release. With North Twin and the Tripwires. HANNAH LEVIN

Listen to a sample of The Maldives' "Whidbey Island Blues."

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Sat., Jan. 12, 9 p.m., 2008

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