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Originally published Friday, January 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Little Big Show brings The Walkmen to the Neptune

Concert to benefit Seattle nonprofits.

Special to The Seattle Times

Concert preview

Little Big Show featuring The Walkmen and Father John MIsty

8 p.m. Sunday, the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $15 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).

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Photographers may outnumber musicians at Sunday’s Little Big Show at the Neptune Theatre.

But don’t mistake them for paparazzi. These photographers are teens with a purpose — or at least a focus.

The show by The Walkmen and Father John Misty is a benefit for Youth in Focus, a Seattle nonprofit that offers free, after-school photography training for disadvantaged teens, with a goal of helping them develop “personal voice, positive identity, and social and artistic skills.”

Little Big Show, sponsored by KEXP, Starbucks and the Seattle Theatre Group (operators of the Neptune, Paramount and Moore theaters), is an occasional concert series that supports Seattle’s arts organizations.

The series finds great bands and then donates 100 percent of the proceeds to local nonprofits. Previous concerts by First Aid Kit, Dum Dum Girls, Real Estate and Pickwick have raised more than $40,000 for 826 Seattle, NFFTY, Coyote Central and Arts Corps.

Sunday’s show features a stellar lineup.

New York indie rockers The Walkmen are getting some of the best reviews of their career for “Heaven,” a bright, introspective pop album with a more mature focus.

Father John Misty, aka J. Tillman, is also getting solid reviews for his new album, “Fear Fun,” a bright, sometimes humorous, collection of songs that shakes off the melancholy of previous recordings.

The Walkmen and Father John Misty have strong connections to prominent Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes.

The Walkmen recorded “Heaven” with Fleet Foxes producer Phil Ek at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville.

And Foxes lead singer Robin Pecknold sings harmony vocals on the song “We Can’t Be Beat.”

Father John Misty served as the Fleet Foxes’ drummer (as J. Tillman) before leaving last winter to resume his solo career under a new name.

Gene Stout: gene@genestout.com

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