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Cheap Week: March 27–April 2

APRIL Festival bookishly says farewell, Allison Crutchfield and Vagabon bring their sweet songs to Vera Project, and Alex Cameron hauntingly shimmies at Tractor Tavern.

By Kelli Kauakanilehua Adams Edited by Seth Sommerfeld March 27, 2017

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Get down with Aussie Alex Cameron at the Tractor.

Mon, Mar 27
Allison Crutchfield and the Fizz and Vagabon
While her sister Katie (aka Waxahatchee) has already established herself as a solo force in indie singer-songwriter field, Allison Crutchfield seems on her way to staking her own claim. Allison Crutchfield and the Fizz  craft dreamy and light pop tunes on her solo debut album, Tourist in This Town. The tunes aren’t doused in Waxahatchee’s southern melancholy, allowing Allison to carve out her own voice. She shares the stage with the most distinctive voice to emerge from the realm of indie rock so far in 2017—Vagabon (aka Lætitia Tamko). Her wonderful new album Infinite Worlds dwells on the challenges of finding community and spaces she can comfortably share as a Cameroon-raised New Yorker while the soft sincerity of the music brightens all corners of any room she inhabits. Fresh off SXSW, the pair of emerging voices come together for an excellent Monday night Vera Project gig. Vera Project, $12

Tue, Mar 28
Alex Cameron
If you vaguely described Brandon Flowers of the Killers to David Lynch, the resulting character he’d dream up would probably be Alex Cameron. The Aussie singer carries that Lynchian sense of mystery, possessing a haunted distance in his eyes while delivering shimmying on stage and delivering sleek dark poetry about love and toxic masculinity. After a scorching stint at SXSW, Cameron travels to the Pacific Northwest to serve as the opening act for Delicate Steve. Tractor Tavern, $12

Wed, Mar 29
Since first emerging in the L.A. music scene in 2015, electropop singer Elohim has worked hard to keep her identity shrouded in mystery, never revealing her name, face, or even her speaking voice. Performing under the ancient name for God used frequently in the Hebrew Bible, she's gained the devotion of fans with her relatable and catchy songs that often touch on the singer's struggle with anxiety. Recently, in a small step towards the spotlight, she started taking to the stage to perform live. Her next destination: Chop Suey, where she'll sing favorites such as "Xanax" and "She Talks to Much." Chop Suey, $15–$18

Thur, Mar 30 
Jess Thomson
Seattle freelance food writer and cookbook author Jess Thomson knows the flavors of the Northwest. She dives into all the fresh ingredients the region has to offer in the culinary memoir, A Year Right Here. The tome's documented trials and tribulations of Jess and her family include dealing with picky eaters, foraging for dinner, and backyard chicken coop adventures. University Bookstore, Free

Sat, Apr 1
APRIL Festival
APRIL—Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature—has manifested each spring since 2012 as a weeklong celebration of all things small press: myriad readings like the literary pub crawl and a storytelling competition titled, “A Poet, a Playwright, a Novelist, and a Drag Queen,” all capped off by a Sunday book fair. Alas, 2017 marks APRIL Festival's final chapter. The party may be ending this year with a send-off event, but it leaves having made its mark on the local literary scene having exposed audiences to a whole new caliber of writers. For the last hurrah, readers, writers, and independent literature appreciators of all kinds will gather to browse the book expo, enjoy performances from Seattle poets like Quenton Baker, Elissa Washuta and Sarah Galvin, watch competitive storytelling events, and revel in one final dance party to celebrate APRIL's goodbye. Hugo House First Hill, Free

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