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Local all-stars Hey Marseilles and Fences will be bringing the bliss to the Vera Project this Saturday, November 21st — and you’ll do yourself a big favor to not miss this show. Really, everybody. I can’t think of a better ten dollars you could spend this weekend while you’re out and about in Seattle.

In case you’ve been trapped under a heavy object for the better part of 2009: Hey Marseilles is a rad, rad band. There’s really no other way to put it. This year alone, hey’ve spanned the stages of the Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot, Doe Bay, and Music Fest Northwest with their seven-piece ensemble (yes, I said seven) of earnest young men wielding a veritable slew of stringed instruments. Lyrically, these guys have perfect the art of liquid heartbreak, painting gorgeous pictures with their flawless vocals over a series of full indie-slash-alt.orchestral compositions. They’re smart, catchy, and there’s big things coming down the pike for them in 2010 — mark our words when we say that this will be one of those bands you’ll want to say you were able to catch in a venue like Vera while you had the chance.

Don’t believe me? Have a look at this, live from the CHBP this past summer:


Right? Seriously. But that’s not the only thing on the dance card for tomorrow’s show — another local favorite, Fences, will be playing a full-band second-slot set before HM graces the stage. Fronted by the perpetually broken-in-a-good-way Christopher Mansfield, this is one of those bands that makes you sit up and pay attention — Mansfield’s deep, semi-haunted vocals layer with talented, trained-but-not-wrote guitar playing to create a compelling better-than-singer-songwriter sound you won’t want to miss. As this week’s interview with the Stranger puts it, “…he could be the kind of damaged, bad-for-you heartthrob that the Northwest hasn’t convincingly produced since Elliott Smith (or at the very least, Art Alexakis).Sold.

Let’s top all of this off with the fact that we’re supporting one of our nearest and dearest all-ages venues in town by going to this show — it would just be downright silly at this point if you didn’t attend.

{Catch Hey Marseilles and Fences at the Vera Project on Saturday, November 21st — get your tickets in advance here. We’ll see you at the show!}