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Shirley Manson Brings Her Garbage to the Showbox Sodo this September


There are many things you could call Shirley Manson. Alt-pop diva. Rock icon. Scottish sex symbol. Futuristic time-traveling robot.

One of the things you can’t call her, however, is garbage.

Manson has been fronting the band Garbage for almost twenty years now, and while they’ve only just recorded their sixth studio album they’ve already achieved indie god-like status. Perhaps their appeal lies in Butch Vig’s undeniable musical nous, or the string of guitar-pop hits they’ve had over the years – but it seems just as likely that their fame rests upon Manson’s flamboyant dynamism. If you’ve ever seen her in person it’s undeniable that she radiates energy, and it has nothing to do with being a T-1001 Terminator.

Their return from a two-year hiatus was good news for indie fans everywhere, and there’s some extra good news for Seattle music lovers – Garbage will be returning to the Emerald City to play the Showbox Sodo on September 26th. It’s a ticket that would be worth buying to see Manson alone, but with the parade of hits under their belt – including ‘Stupid Girl’, ‘Only Happy When It Rains’, and ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ – an evening with Garbage seems like any music lover’s wet dream.

Just don’t expect it to be garbage… this is one band that doesn’t live up to its name.

Tickets for the Showbox Sodo show are available now from the Showbox website, priced $35 plus fees. Tickets on the night of the show are scheduled to cost $40, but don’t expect there to be many left – this should be a sellout, so book your tickets early.

For a preview of what to expect, check out this video of them live at Webster Hall, NY, earlier this year: