Attempting to make it in a creative realm where your sibling is already a proven commodity is a loaded proposition, the worst-case scenario perfectly epitomized in the Seattle-based film Georgia. There, Jennifer Jason Leigh plays a sexually promiscuous inebriate who insists upon following in her successful folk-singer sister’s footsteps, much to the chagrin of her successful folk-singer sister. Pillowfighter’s Joe Seely, Seattle native and brother of Tim (as well as yours truly), is no Leigh, but he’s taken a lot longer to ripen than his baby bro. Previously prone to over-emotive lyrics and stage presence, Pillowfighter’s new album, Grow Slow With Me, shows unprecedented restraint and shrewdly features Joe’s partner in music and life, Margaret White, a vocalist and violinist from North Carolina who’s toured with the likes of Cat Power, Belle & Sebastian and Sparklehorse. The Ballard show represents a holiday homecoming for the Brooklyn-based duo, so expect plenty of chummy warmth in the room. With Jon Waters, Dan Yost. MIKE SEELY

Thu., Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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