Author Archives: Dan Digs

Live Review: Arctic Monkeys with The Vaccines @ Showbox SoDo 8/10

I can’t tell you how big the Arctic Monkeys were in England in 2005. They were everyone’s new favorite band. They grabbed the attention of the country almost overnight through this thing called MySpace and were legitimately hyped to be the “next big thing.” And it really felt like they were. They were young, too.Read more...

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Live Review: Raphael Saadiq with Quadron @ Showbox at the Market 4/13

Raphael Saadiq‘s energy is so infectious that when he shouts “Seattle put your hands together!” to clap along to his warm and celebratory brand of vintage soul and r’n’b, absolutely no-one in the audience self-consciously looks around or stares down at their shoes or pretends to tweet. Instead everyone does in fact put their handsRead more...

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Live Review: Jubilee, Artis the Spoonman @ The Triple Door 1/31

Tonight’s entertainment in the palatial, opulent, and downright smart and swanky Triple Door quietly begins when local legend Artis the Spoonman unassumingly strolls onto the candlelit venue’s dark stage and squats on his haunches, barefoot, and arranges his spoons in a cloth carrying case in front of him. He starts to chat with the audienceRead more...

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Live Review: Mark de Clive-Lowe, Sy Smith, SunTzu Sound @ Nectar Lounge 1/20

On a strangely mild January Thursday, my friend Kyle and I are propping up the low lit Nectar Lounge bar having an animated discussion about how the giants of jazz used to play live. “John Coltrane would come on stage and inform the audience that this wasn’t going to be a regular show,” he says.Read more...

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Live Review: Bonobo, Tokimonsta @ Showbox at the Market 11/30

You’d never guess how much fun it is to constantly repeat the “nobo” in Bonobo while you mentally beatbox along to it. Such was how I spent the majority of my Tuesday prior to Ninja Tune songsmith and production wizard Simon Green’s Seattle performance at Showbox at the Market that night. Orchestral swells fill theRead more...

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Live Review: Mayer Hawthorne, Gordon Voidwell @ Neumos 11/7

I’ll tell you this much about Mayer Hawthorne and his 2010-update-of-1960s-Motown-soul shtick: he’s certainly done his homework. Not just content with delivering stone cold classic musical gems that Berry Gordy would be falling over himself to sign, tonight it’s clear that Mayer has a Mad Men-like attention to historical detail in recreating the golden eraRead more...

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Live Review: Jay Electronica @ Bumbershoot 9/5

Sunday 5.45pm Fisher Green Stage It’s funny that the widely-hailed hip hop visionary and emcee’s emcee Jay Electronica is credited for revolutionizing rap music by being best known for completely removing one of the central ingredients of rap music: the beat. Jay’s penchant for beatless spoken word/rap poetry is clear during his Bumbershoot set; almostRead more...

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Live Review: Garotas Suecas @ Bumbershoot 9/6

Monday 2.15pm Fisher Green Stage With a name that sounds like but definitely does not mean “Garroting Suckers,” Sao Paulo’s finest Swedish Girls (that’s their name in Portuguese) could easily be mistaken for a nihilistic hardcore band. But once the five-guys-and-one-girl six-piece take to the stage, there’s absolutely no way of mistaking them for anyRead more...

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Live Review: JEFF The Brotherhood @ Bumbershoot 9/6

Monday 1.15pm Center Square Stage Nashville, Tennessee’s finest psychedelic garage rock double act JEFF (all caps no less!) The Brotherhood (they’re literally brothers) begin their Bumbershoot set with electronic pulses arpeggiating up and down in tone faster and faster and eventually settling into a melody and rhythm to which lead singer and guitarist Jake OrrallRead more...

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Live Review: Fences @ Bumbershoot 9/5

Sunday 6.45pm EMP Sky Church The quote “Forever Bummed” on Fences’ MySpace page may give you some clue as to what to expect from local singer-songwriter Chris Mansfield and his musical leanings. His songs probably aren’t going to be used to sell candy or chocolate milk anytime soon; instead they’re jaded, melancholy, intensely personal affairs.Read more...

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