Category Archives: Live Performances

Live Review: Twin Peaks with Meatbodies at Vera Project 11/19/14

All photos by Brittany Brassell This past Wednesday at The Vera Project felt more like an awesome house party with all your friends – somewhere sunny and warm, and where a bunch of grimy dudes are taking turns playing songs in said party house’s dad’s garage – people chilling on the driveway, dancing or thrashingRead more…

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Live at Project Pabst 2014, Day 2: The Thermals, Shabazz Palaces, Lord Huron, GZA, Modest Mouse and more

Day two of Portland’s first ever Project Pabst began with Portland psych-pop band Grandparents, then a Heart-meets-Led Zeppelin performance from 2014’s Thelma & Louise, a.k.a. rock band Deap Vally, as well as a set from Massachusetts indie rock band Speedy Ortiz. The beer was once again aflowin’ and the venue even sunnier than the previousRead more…

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Live at Project Pabst 2014, Day 1: Violent Femmes, Red Fang, Phosphorescent, Rocket From the Crypt, Tears for Fears and more

History was made (and relived) this weekend in Portland with the first ever Project Pabst. The festival, a testament to the PDX+PBR love affair, tossed Portland into a beer-fueled time warp. Along with newer acts, Zidell Yards hosted some 80s and 90s greats like Tears for Fears, Violent Femmes, GZA, Modest Mouse and Rocket from the Crypt. While some festival-goers may have describedRead more…

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Live Review: St. Vincent with Noveller at Moore Theater 3/26/14

On a rainy Wednesday evening, Annie Clark brought wonder and beauty to Seattle and to the Moore Theater with her St. Vincent return to our fair city. Both of the last times we’ve had the chance to see clark, it was alongside David Byrne, playing some original material, but mostly cuts from their collaborative recordRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Ásgeir

Concluding the KEXP broadcast live at KEX Hostel for Iceland Airwaves 2013 is Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir. His father is a poet and his brother a musician (in another Icelandic favorite, Hjatalin). He’s not short on any of the family talent, and lucky for his listeners, an adolescent injury caused him to put down his athleticRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Moses Hightower

The penultimate act of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was Icelandic yacht rock band Moses Hightower. Named for the character played by the late Bubba Smith in the Police Academy movie series, the band draws from a lot of influences, including funk, jazz, and psych. The bar KEX Hostel wasRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Grísalappalísa

Next on KEXP live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was an insane set from Icelandic band Grísalappalísa. The band, whose name means “pig-legged Lisa,” plays raucus music that genre-jumps like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Vocalists Gunnar Ragnarsson and Baldur Baldursson scream and grunt, with accompaniment ranging from punk, to psychadelic, to Kraut Rock–anRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: Vök

Next on KEXP’s broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves was a stellar set from Icelandic band Vök. The band was formed just this year to compete in (and then win) the Icelandic Music Experiments, a competition focusing on helping young and emerging bands advance their careers, much like Seattle’s Sound Off! Their musicRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 3: John Grant

Opening our final day of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is singer-songwriter John Grant. Though he is currently based in Iceland, he is one of only two American acts featured on this year’s broadcast. Grant first gained notoriety as the lead singer of Denver-based shoegaze/alt-country band The Czars. When theRead more…

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KEXP at Iceland Airwaves 2013, Day 2: Boogie Trouble

Closing out day two of the KEXP broadcast live from KEX Hostel at Iceland Airwaves is dancetastic Icelandic disco band Boogie Trouble. The population may be small, but Iceland leaves no stone unturned when it comes to exploring genres. Tonight’s closing act is a great example. Fronted by sweet-voiced Klara Arnalds (sister of Ólöf Arnalds),Read more…

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