Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: New Order – Music Complete

Is there any band that has defined the sounds of early 80s like New Order? From the post-punk roots of “Ceremony” to “Age of Consent”, and the new-wave brilliance of “Blue Monday” to “The Perfect Kiss”, New Order are the figurehead of an era. They extended their reign through 1993’s Republic, where Factory Records cameRead more…

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Live Review: Got a Girl at The Triple Door 9/21/15

Sometimes, random happenstance can lead to wonderful things – the entire existence of Got A Girl exists as a testament to this. While on set during the filming of the Edgar Wright film adaption of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead got a chance to meet Dan The Automator, who helped BeckRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #13, with Neon Indian, Explorer Tapes, and Aqueduct

Starbucks, STG, and KEXP collaborate once again to bring you the next installment in their Little Big Show series. I can’t believe we are already on #13! Every show in this series does the same thing, each time with a different beneficiary. 100% of tickets sales benefit a Seattle area organization dedicated to supporting andRead more…

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Live Video: Beat Connection

We couldn’t be more excited for Seattle electronic group Beat Connection, who’ve seen nothing but forward, progressive growth over the six years of their existence. From the nu-house leanings of their debut EP, Surf Noir, and the massive pop thresholds of Palace Garden, the band has reached a focal point with Product 3, their newRead more…

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Live Preview: Decibel Festival 2015

I have to remind myself every single year, every time I look at the lineup, every time I hit a single event and walk into work dog tired the next day – Seattle is so lucky to play home to the visionaries that put on Decibel Festival year after year. There are so many electronicRead more…

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Album Review: Skylar Spence – Prom King

Self discovery can be euphoric. Finding yourself can lead to a tidal wave of confidence, and that confidence is infectious. This confidence isn’t based in complete knowledge of the future or perfect success without any mistakes – rather, it stems from an overpowering believe that whatever happens, you are going to figure it out. It’sRead more…

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Album Review: Say Hi – Bleeders Digest

If we’ve learned anything from the fact that teen paranormal romance is now a legit genre of modern literature, it’s that we love relating to the unknown. Or, more specifically, the undead. Eric Elbogen, a.k.a. Say Hi has been keen to this fact since the summer of 2006, when dropped Say Hi’s breakthrough LP ImpeccableRead more…

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Live Review: Wavves with Twin Peaks and SWMRS at Neptune Theatre 9/8/15

On October 2nd, Nathan Williams will release V, his fifth full-length effort as Wavves. Five albums deep, Williams finds himself at a bit of a crossroads. His 2013 record, Afraid of Heights, found him on a major label for the first time ever, writing bigger hooks, better sing-a-longs, and cutting the level of fuzz inRead more…

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Album Review: Beach House – Depression Cherry

There’s a highly discernible trajectory between the first four albums by Baltimore dream pop act Beach House, from the bedroom whispers of their debut to the mountaintops of Bloom, the duo have, with each subsequent effort, come a bit more out of their shell, turning up the volume, fleshing out textures, and adding more reverbRead more…

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Album Review: Gardens & Villa – Music For Dogs

The future is cold. It’s a lifeless and impeccably chrome place where imperfection is sought after and annihilated. Evolution has been replaced with a “Refresh” key on your keyboard. The modern world sits still in front of a screen waiting for another notification to pop up, telling us that there is something else out there,Read more…

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