Author Archives: Jeffrey Whitelaw

Live Review: of Montreal with Painted Palms & Beat Connection@ Showbox at the Market 5/11

The Showbox shook Wednesday night. It was to turn out to be a very strange night, but that would have to wait until headliner, of Montreal took the stage. Opening things up were Seattle’s Beat Connection.  An eager crowd gathered around before the two members as they took the stage in a cloud of smoke.Read more…

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Zola Jesus with Naked on the Vague @ The Crocodile 5/6

I had no idea what to expect last Wednesday when I walked into the Crocodile.  Luckily, this was not a night for disappointments. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Naked on the Vague were here supporting their fantastic new EP, Twelve Dark Noons. On record, NOTV sound like a faster, messier Joy Division. Live, their post-rock filteredRead more…

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Phosphorescent with Betsy Olson & Family Band @ Tractor Tavern 4/22

Last Friday night I attended a sold out Phosphorescent show at the Tractor Tavern. I’ve been a fan for at least five years, but I had only seen them once previously, last year at the Crocodile. I left that show feeling a little ambivalent about the band, but at the Tractor the other night myRead more…

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The Rural Alberta Advantage with Lord Huron & Land of Pines @ Tractor Tavern 4/10

Last Sunday night The Rural Alberta Advantage headlined a great  lineup at the Tractor Tavern. RAA have been coming into their own as a band, as the packed house seemed to indicate. When I reviewed their new album Departing for Popwreckoning, I called their music “sad songs sung as anthems,” but there was little evidence ofRead more…

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Live Review: Southeast Engine with Lindsay Fuller & Shannon Stephens @ Sunset Tavern 3/29

I knew it was going to be a good night Tuesday when I walked into the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. I had never been there before, but I was immediately in love with the venue. It’s very intimate, and I knew it would be a great place to see a show. Headlining was Southeast Engine,Read more…

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Live Review: The Builders and the Butchers 2/16 @ The Tractor Tavern

The Builders and the Butchers are one of my favorite live bands. This was the third time I’ve seen them in the last fourteen months, and they always put on a great show. Singer Ryan Sollee called this show (opening for Murder By Death) the “unofficial” release show for their third album, Dead Reckoning. It’sRead more…

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Live Review: Yo La Tengo w/ The Corin Tucker Band @ Showbox at the Market 2/17

I arrived at the Showbox on Thursday night unsure of what to expect. I’ve heard the music, sure. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything in a live setting, so I was a little apprehensive. I’ve been listening to Yo La Tengo records for about as long as I’ve been listening to indie rock, but I’ve neverRead more…

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Song of the Day: Chad Valley – Up And Down

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection is “Up AndRead more…

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