Here in Seattle, November weather is in full swing, with the relentless rainy grey skies and quickly-dimming daylight punctuated by bright blasts of pigment in the stunning red, rust, gold, and orange leaves seen clinging to trees or artfully resting on the pavement. There is something quite perfect, then, about power pop band the Posies returning to their native Northwest this week, as their music has always combined the melancholic with the beautiful, thoughtful yet playful, complex and pretty, color against darkness.

The Posies’ career has definitely taken the long and winding road since the band’s formation in Seattle in the late ‘80s: members have come and gone, labels changed, the group disbanded and dispersed across the globe, and gathered together again. Core songwriters Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow’s gifts for combining hooks and harmonies have earned the Posies a permanent place in the hearts of rock fans raised on the Beatles, Big Star, and the Raspberries, and who appreciate the growth seen in the duo’s efforts as the band’s music deepens and draws from eclectic, fresh sources.

Their seventh and latest album on Ryko is the well-received  “Blood/Candy,” and will be featured along with an entire performance of 1993's "Frosting On The Beater" album as the Posies perform TONIGHT at 8PM at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR. ($15, 21+) and this Saturday night, November 19th, at Seattle’s Neptune Theater ($20, all ages), coincidentally and rather sweetly located in the bands’ original stomping grounds, the U-District. 

Don’t miss them, but do wear your raincoat.

The Posies, "Solar Sister," live on KEXP, Seattle WA, 4/16/10

(photo by Julian Ochoa, courtesy Ryko)