Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Sassyblack, NAVVI, Absolute Monarchs, & Sashay

While the Saturday lineup of Capitol Hill Block Party leaned heavily on Seattle’s DIY punk and electronic strengths, Sunday was where got to see the city’s pop strengths shine through. And truly, our fair city is not lacking in this department. On the Vera stage, Sassyblack put her incredible voice and production techniques on displayRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: ODESZA, Pure Bathing Culture, Tourist, Porter Ray

Much talk surrounding Capitol Hill Block Party‘s 2016 notes the intentionally electronic turn that the festival made this year with its headlining choices. Of those, the crowning evening of the weekend had to go to Saturday night, where hometown heroes ODESZA played to maybe the biggest crowd ever at the Block Party. The band’s mixtureRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 2: Dude York, Lisa Prank, SSDD, Boyfriends

There was only one line longer than the Big Mario’s line on Saturday at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016. In the middle of the day, with the sun out and shining down, keeping everyone warm, the line to get out of it and down into the basement shelter of Cha Cha was stacked fifty deepRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 1 – Head Wound City, DJDS, Zoolab, DoNormaal, & Nail Polish

Twenty freaking years. That’s how long this ridiculous party has been going on in Capitol Hill. Every July, we all march up the hill and pack out the block for a madcap weekend of music and festivities at the Capitol Hill Block Party. $1 Rainiers at Sam’s, free snacks everywhere, the Bus trying to getRead more…

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Album Review: Clams Casino – 32 Levels

There are few producers on the scene today with as much silent sway as Clams Casino. Over the last six years especially, the New Jersey beat-maker has completely changed the approach to emotion and empathy in beat-making. Artists like A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and Vince Staples have been able to thrive thanks to his uniqueRead more…

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Album Review: The Avalanches – Wildflower

“It’s so fuckin’ party you will die.” That was The Avalanches self-endorsement of Wildflower from back in January 2007. It had been a long wait for a new Avalanches record (seven years), but the boys were getting it together. They just needed nine more to make it perfect. Back in 2000, the Australian electronic groupRead more…

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Live Review: Holy Fuck and Suuns with DOOMSQUAD at Crocodile 6/18/16

Congrats is one of the most aptly titled records to come out in the past few years. Truly, Toronto electronic band Holy Fuck face a very welcome return to the scene with this year’s record. Given the strength of the band’s discography and the influence they’ve held on the Toronto electronic scene, the time awayRead more…

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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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