Karl Blau

It's hard to name a Seattle or Olympia-based artist who hasn't worked with K Records stalwart Karl Blau in some capacity -- whether as sound engineer, producer or musical co-conspirator. He plays with the Microphones' Phil Elverum and Beat Happening's Bret Lunsford in D+, has recorded with Laura Veirs and Calvin Johnson, plays bass in Earth...it's harder to think of a band Blau hasn't worked with in some way than to list those he has. Kimya Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis even wound up promoting Blau from sound engineer to band member of their long-dormant side project the Bundles during the recording of the band's first album. And through all this, Blau has managed to release his own excellent solo records with remarkable consistency. With The Soft Hills, James Apollo, Brain Fruit. SARA BRICKNER

Sun., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 2010

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