Author Archives: Jacob Webb

Live Review: Sigur Rós at Paramount Theatre 9/20/2016

The last time they were at the Paramount Theatre, Sigur Rós were touring behind their just-released sixth album Valtari, their final LP with founding member Kjartan Sveinsson, who declined to tour with them that year and would fully quit the band not long after. That album remains the most mellow in their catalog, but itsRead more…

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Music that Matters: Ready for the Magic

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music that Matters, Vol. 530 – Ready for the Magic In this enchanting mix ofRead more…

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715: How Justin Vernon Walked Away from Bon Iver and Returned with the Stunning 22, A Million

While a room full of journalists listened to 22, A Million, the highly-anticipated third Bon Iver album, in the Oxbow Hotel on a Friday night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Justin Vernon did what anyone else would do before a big interview: he smoked a cigarette. He knew he was maybe twenty minutes away from sittingRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Bumbershoot 2016 at Seattle Center 9/2-9/4

Summer is nearly over but, on the upside, that means Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival is back. Running Friday through Sunday, rather than Saturday through Labor Day Monday, for the first time in its history, Bumbershoot otherwise hasn’t changed much else in their formula: a mixture of music festival staples (as well as someRead more…

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Live Review: Band of Horses at KEXP’s Gathering Space 8/17/16

Throughout Band of Horses‘ intimate semi-acoustic set at the KEXP Gathering Space, frontman Ben Bridwell repeatedly mentioned that the group’s origins were only a few blocks away in a rehearsal space. “This is one of the first songs I wrote for Band of Horses, and I wrote it right down the street in Belltown,” saidRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Project Pabst Portland

Across the last three years, Project Pabst has quietly become one of the more reliably interesting festivals in the Pacific Northwest, which is no small feat considering its large-scale competition to the north of its site in Portland, Oregon. It’s essentially the Room on Fire of Northwestern music festivals – not reinventing the playbook butRead more…

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Live Review: Wolf Parade with Deep Sea Diver at Neptune Theatre 8/8/2016

Wolf Parade were always going to be a band that would age well. With all of the members having hands in other projects at any given time, it wasn’t ever that farfetched of a concept to see them moving away from Wolf Parade, so when it happened in 2011, they did the opposite of whatRead more…

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Live Video: Margaret Glaspy

A native of Red Bluff, California, Margaret Glaspy moved across the country to Boston, where she cut her teeth with master classes at Berklee (regardless of whether or not she was a student at the time) and local gigs. A few years – and one set of studio sessions redoing her original, iPad-recorded version ofRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 3: The Spider Ferns, Laura Gibson, CHVRCHES

The Spider Ferns: If Saturday at the Capitol Hill Block Party was defined by the mountain of local talent that filled the Cha Cha, Sunday could have been most notable for the amount of electronic music that occupied Neumos, including Seattle’s The Spider Ferns, whose blend of jittery and ghost-like elements proved to be anRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 2: Prism Tats, Tangerine, Woods

Prism Tats On record, Prism Tats‘ music can often split the difference between lo-fi garage and bedroom electronics, but in their Vera Stage-opening set on Saturday at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Garett van der Spek and his live band leaned far closer to the former style to excellent results. Bordering on a Dwyer-esque abandonRead more…

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