Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Decibel Festival 2014: Sines of Life, featuring El Ten Eleven, Yppah, Blue Hawaii, and Vox Mod

Both Friday and Saturday’s Decibel Festival festivities were stacked top to bottom with incredibly good sets, at pretty much every venue in the greater Seattle area. And somehow this year, the festival organizers have done an incredible job at giving each set an incredible sense of creative continuity from beginning to end. But out ofRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Dance Nostalgic, featuring Com Truise, Lindstrøm, Midnight Magic, and Avalon Emerson

Saturday night is the night for dancing - Decibel Festival fans have known that for 10 years. You’ll dance every other night of the festival too, no doubt. But Saturday is where you can bank on the fact that you will work up a sweat on the dance floor and at one point consider buyingRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Rhythm & Bass, featuring TOKiMONSTA & Baths

Rhythm and bass: perhaps the only two places of common space in the Venn diagram between electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA and dark synth pop wunderkind Baths – well, those and Los Angeles, I suppose. Both Jennifer Lee and Will Weisenfeld bend and break the pop skeleton and reshape it into something you would have neverRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Resident Advisor Showcase, featuring Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and Jusmoni

Well, Day 1 of Decibel Festival was just about spectacular. The festival has never been short on prestige, but this year, festival organizers have really put time and effort into carefully crafting some brilliant programs for each venue each night. Each night, Decibel fest attendees can hit their favorite Seattle haunts - the EMP, Neumos,Read more...

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Album Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Tyranny

If solo records are truly artists giving in fully to self-indulgence, Julian Casablancas has a pretty bizarre way of indulging. Some chose to pack on a slough of bloated guest appearances that ended up making it even less of a solo record than their normal band’s material. Others have created a whole new character forRead more...

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Live Review: Interpol with Rey Pila at Paramount Theatre 9/16/14

Indie rock stalwarts Interpol returned to the scene earlier this year with a fantastic new LP, El Pintor, ten tracks of ageless Interpol mastery, heavy on the guitar hooks and light on filler. After a brief foray on a major label with 2007′s impossibly underrated Our Love To Admire, tumultuous band relations led to aRead more...

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Album Review: Redinho - Redinho

The UK electronic dance music scene is just divine this fall. I know, I know, you can pretty much say that year round any year and it would be at least partially true, but this is especially true right now. Just last month, we got a full length masterpiece by up-and-coming Glasgow pioneer Rustie. ThenRead more...

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Preview: Decibel Festival 2014

For Seattle electronic music fans, Decibel Festival has spent the last 11 years working its way from mythical creature to household name. The festival has hosted some of the best electronic music in the Emerald city since 2003, and in the last couple years, has expanded into an year-round sponsor to bring more brilliant internationalRead more...

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Live Review: Lykke Li with Mapei at Moore Theatre 9/17/14

Perspective is a powerful tool to have in your pocket as an individual. It can make even the worst situation a blessing in disguise, as learned strength can produce a rose from the thorn patch, and doors unlocked and opened where others closed. This perspective is even more valuable when you manage to find aRead more...

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Album Review: The Juan MacLean - In A Dream

Listening to In A Dream, the new LP from DFA powerhouse The Juan MacLean, we’re reminded that it’s been a long five years since John MacLean dropped his last proper record, The Future Will Come, back in 2009. That fantastic dance record was laden with Human League-esque back and forth narration between John and longRead more...

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