Author Archives: Katy McCourt-Basham

Live Review: Papercuts with Port O’Brien @ Vera 6/20

review and photos by Katy McCourt-Basham The Vera Project was unusually quiet for a Saturday night when Papercuts and Port O’Brien were slated to play. I walked in just before the show started, and, departing from the usual clamor of the Vera just before a show is going to begin, most were on the fringeRead more…

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Live Review: Iron & Wine @ Vera Project 5/4

review by Katy McCourt-Basham photos by Jessica Carina I arrived to the very packed Vera Project just before the Iron & Wine set began. Sam Beam came onstage to roaring applause and then, all at once, complete silence the moment he picked up his guitar. I, sadly, missed the opening band (Bellingham locals Yogaman BurningRead more…

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Live Review: Hotels, Erik Blood @ Chop Suey 5/7

photos and review by Katy McCourt-Basham Chop Suey was pretty quiet when I arrived last Thursday night. I got there at 9p.m. and was surprised to hear that the first band, Silver Teeth, had already played. It was an early night for Chop Suey (the show was over before midnight). Erik Blood took the stageRead more…

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Live Review: Mirah @ Vera Project 4/2

by Katy McCourt-Basham Last Thursday, a fairly large crowd braved heavy rains to see Olympia’s Mirah play at the Vera Project. I arrived just before Lovers’ set began (I was not aware that there was another opening act, apologies to Whitney Ballen, whose set was probably very good, if the rest of the night wasRead more…

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KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 3: M. Ward

photos by Jim Bennett SXSW is one of the music industry’s biggest events. It’s a week of performances and networking for everyone, from bands struggling to get their big break, to big-name veteran acts like M. Ward. M. Ward (Matt Ward) is well known for his dreamy, old-fashioned folk music, but he is much moreRead more…

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KEXP Live in Austin during SXSW, Day 3: PJ Harvey & John Parish

photos by Jim Bennett PJ Harvey and John Parish are a British duo who have worked together in bands like Parish’s Automatic Dlamini, and then produced highly praised individual work in the 80’s/90’s before joining forces again on PJ Harvey’s 1995 release To Bring You My Love. Harvey and Parish are back with a newRead more…

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Live Review: Dan Auerbach at Showbox at the Market

review by Katy McCourt-Basham photos by Hilary Harris Tuesday night at the Showbox at the Market was a pretty crowded one, with audience members young and old waiting to see the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach play with support from Hacienda. The first band that hit the stage was Those Darlins of Murfreesboro, TN. The bandRead more…

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Album Reviews: War Child, Dark Was the Night & The Redwood Plan

Various Artists – War Child presents Heroes Various Artists – Dark Was The Night February was the month of charity compilations. First, on Feb. 16th, came War Child Presents Heroes, a compilation to benefit War Child. Just one day later, Dark Was The Night was released to benefit the Red Hot Organization. Each has anRead more…

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Album Reviews: Bon Iver & The Banyans

Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has been a force to be reckoned with this last year. Following the acclaimed release of For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar), Bon Iver has become a household name, having had his music featured in a variety of tv shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Chuck.Read more…

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Album Reviews: Beirut & Sleepy Eyes of Death

Beirut/Realpeople – March of the Zapotec/Holland Beirut’s Zach Condon never ceases to outdo himself. His new EP (out February 17th on his own label, Pompeii Records) demonstrates his versatility and talent as a musician. The EP is split into two parts: March of the Zapotec, which is credited to Beirut, and Holland, which is creditedRead more…

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