Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Live Review: METZ with Nail Polish at Barboza 6/17/16

Theoretically, if you asked me what show would constitute my ultimate pipedream throwdown in a basement by an active, living band, I think I’d pick METZ. The Ontario group signed to Sub Pop in 2012 and immediately took throneroom space aside some of North America’s finest punk names. Two albums deep and primed for aRead more…

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Live Review: The Growlers with DJ Johnny Basil at Crocodile 6/16/16

There’s very little surprise in seeing a two night Growlers stint at the Crocodile sold out as can be. The California surf rock band has seen some pretty stellar years of growth as of late, culminating in their excellent latest LP Chinese Fountain, seeing the band at their strongest and cleanest yet. Housing a trulyRead more…

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Live Review: John Carpenter at Paramount Theatre 6/14/16

At a particularly triumphant moment in his Paramount debut, John Carpenter looks out at the crowd and smiles. “All my career I’ve made horror movies”, he laughs, while the crowd, obviously, shouts and cheers and screams in acknowledgement. “I love horror movies”, he smiles, “and horror movies will last forever”. The cheers go up asRead more…

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Album Review: The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos

Every great comic book hero has a memorable arc or story where they team up with an unlikely ally – maybe even a former archrival – for some exciting hijinks towards a common goal. That’s a bit how it feels with The Claypool Lennon Delirium. Bass wizard Les Claypool and wizard-looking guitar virtuoso Sean LennonRead more…

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Album Review: NAVVI – Omni

Hardly anyone on the Seattle electronic scene does intimacy quite like NAVVI does. In the two and a half years since they started asking about our weekend plans, the duo of Brad Boettger and Kristin Henry has worked slowly and steadily on perfecting the tug of war that makes their vision of relationship so convincing.Read more…

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Live Review: Moderat with Telefon Tel Aviv at Showbox 5/24/16

When a supergroup becomes a band, magic happens. For German electronic figureheads Modeselektor and Apparat, their work together as Moderat qualifies as a full time gig. Now that they’re three albums deep, it’s no secret that these three gentlemen enjoy working together and challenging each other creatively. But with this year’s third Moderat record andRead more…

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Album Review: Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

These days, it’s a lot easier to sell headlines than it is to sell records. If you write a great pop song, your best bets to sell are either to stack it so chock full of name-drops that you hardly see your own, or to dial the clickbait schtick meter up as high as itRead more…

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Live Review: Nada Surf w/ Prism Tats at The Neptune 5/18/16

Next month we celebrate the 20th birthday of High/Low, the timeless full-length debut from New York indie rock stalwarts Nada Surf. The band celebrated the milestone in great fashion, reissuing the record on beautiful orange vinyl through Vinyl Me Please and giving it a fantastic packaging makeover. But High/Low’s 20th year was much sweeter forRead more…

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Album Review: Wolf Parade – EP 4

Oh man, oh man. Last week, Sub Pop released the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the full-length debut of Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on lush triple disc vinyl, pulling together all three of Wolf Parade’s lead-up EPs and packaging it all in a glorious tri-fold of awesome. The same week, secret WolfRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #15, with Santigold, Kilo Kish, and DoNormaal 5/14/16

If Little Big Show has done anything consistently in its four years and fifteen shows, it’s that it has sold out one incredibly stacked lineup after another at the Neptune and raised a ton of money for local youth-oriented arts programs. There’s probably not a more Seattle way to do it either – to haveRead more…

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