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After years of building buzz locally with its fresh soul sound, Pickwick is ready to break out big. The group just landed the gig as the musical act for the Seattle Mariners' Opening Day festivities on April 8, a spot filled in recent years by heavy hitters like Death Cab for Cutie and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. More importantly, the band's first full-length album—Can’t Talk Medicine—finally arrives on March 12. (Spoiler alert: We’ve been listening to it for a month and it’s exactly the razor-sharp neosoul record fans have been waiting for.) Pickwick kicks off a West Coast/Southwest tour next Thursday and won’t be home until the end of March—which means Can’t Talk Medicine won’t have a hometown album release show.

But fear not, Pickwick devotees. The band is making up for it by playing two free in-store shows early next week. First stop is Easy Street Records in West Seattle on Monday; the following day Pickwick will play Sonic Boom Records in Ballard. Get there early: The stores will assuredly be packed with people looking to groove.

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Mar 4 at 7, Easy Street Records, free
Mar 5 at 6, Sonic Boom Records, free