The Moondoggies

At first blush, booking the Moondoggies to play a brew pub chain restaurant frequented by Mariners and Seahawks fans makes little sense, since the MoondoggiesÂ’ sprawling, harmonic rock hits the sweet spot for fans of folk and country. One part Grateful Dead, one part Flying Burritos Brothers, the Seattle four-piece combined organs, intricate guitars, and pitch-perfect vocals in nearly every song on their 2008 debut Don't Be A Stranger; they've even turned up the volume on soaring harmonies on the upcoming Tidelands (which hits stores October 12). Plus, frontman Kevin Murphy and his bandmates aren't much for stage banter, so it's hard to imagine them keeping a bunch of potentially drunk sports fans happy. But this is part of the Moondoggies' easy appeal: their melodies are lovely, their jams effortless. Their songs are the ideal backing music for any party. PAIGE RICHMOND

Sat., Oct. 9, 9 p.m., 2010

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