Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: Say Hi with Unlikely Friends at Barboza 12/12/14

Holy shit, Say Hi knows how to get the party started on a Friday night at 9PM! I honestly think I saw more empty drink cups and shot glasses lining the Barboza shelf of subwoofers tonight than I’ve ever seen at their weekly Saturday night dance gigs. In a city on a hill where weRead more…

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Live Review: HAERTS & Mikky Ekko at The Crocodile 12/13/14

For all of those in attendance at the Crocodile on Saturday night, rest assured that you got see a show that will never, ever happen again. Tonight, we saw Columbia and RCA’s freshest flagship acts play a co-headlining date showing off records that are only crawling up the charts as we speak, and this willRead more…

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Live Review: Pallbearer with Sólstafir & Mortals at Barboza 12/11/14

It’s not often you get to say you saw a three band gig where all three bands blew you away for completely different reasons. Luckily for those crammed in Neumos basement at the sold out Pallbearer, Sólstafir, and Mortals show Thursday night, that was 100% the case. Each with an entirely different flavor of “I’mRead more…

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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: The Best in Free

As another year of declining CD sales hits us, music distribution continues to move in a progressively liberal direction. Sure, vinyl might be making a temporary comeback in sales, but for the most part, what little is left of the intake for small artists in terms of direct music sales is taken from streaming servicesRead more…

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Album Review: Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy

Love him or hate him, you simply cannot call the Billy Corgan of 2014 predictable. For the dedicated Smashing Pumpkins out there, this fact is a wonderful, rewarding thing. Sure, Billy is currently rolling out an extensive set of rereleases and remasters of the classic Pumpkins years, each complete with an elaborate collection of rareRead more…

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Live Review: Alvvays with Absolutely Free at Barboza 12/2/14

Toronto indie rock band Alvvays introduced themselves to Seattle in quite a dazzling fashion Tuesday night. This was the band’s last US show on the tour supporting their fantastic self-titled debut (out now on Polyvinyl) before heading up across the border to finish things off before the end of the year. The sold out crowdRead more…

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Live Review: Death From Above 1979 with Biblical at Neumos 11/19/14

Well, that was a long time coming, but I’ll be damned if that could have been any better than it was. Death From Above 1979 made a great record back in 2004 – like a really great record. You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine put DFA 1979 on the map like clockwork, feeding the bandRead more…

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Live Review: FKA Twigs with BOOTS at Showbox at the Market 11/18/14

Before the Fallon performance, FKA Twigs was a pervasive mystery – a voice and an image spun together in perfect unity to create something entirely other worldly that you felt both drawn to and intimidated by. Maybe it was fear, or maybe it was just mystery, but either way, FKA Twigs was impossible to lookRead more…

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Album Review: NAVVI – // EP

Seattle electronic duo NAVVI have enjoyed a steady climb towards full scene integration over the past year, and with the band’s first EP out this week to plenty of web hype, it looks like nothing is set to slow it moving forward. Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry introduced NAVVI to the world in October ofRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #10 feat. Ben Gibbard & Eric Anderson of Cataldo @ Neptune Theatre 11/15/14

Little Big Shows tend to sell out – that much is true. But with Little Big Show #10, Seattle broke a ground speed record, as tickets were gone almost before they even appeared. Every few months, KEXP joins Starbucks Seattle Theater Group to spotlight a Seattle charity with a show at the Neptune Theatre soRead more…

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