Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Iceage with Steal Shit Do Drugs at Neumos 6/29/15

“Good evening” or “we’re Iceage from Copenhagan, Denmark” wasn’t the first thing that Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt said when the Danish four-piece arrived onstage. It wasn’t even a simple “hello”. It was a startling, guttural grunt that soared over the opening chords of “On My Fingers”. That same grunt would punctuate songs throughout theRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 3: clipping., Swans, Lightning Bolt, and more

Saturday wrapped up another year of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland, hosted in Keflavík at Atlantic Studios. Younghusband played their second and original time slot on the main stage. Ought from Canada (who are on the same label as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who played the day before), and HAM, who have become de facto residents atRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 2: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mudhoney, Iceage, and more

Day two of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland was off to a flying start with sets by locals Oyama, NYC’s White Hills, and Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond. Festival attendees crawled out of bed, rubbed sleepy eyes, and stumbled towards Keflavík’s Atlantic Studios in the morning dew. The sky still drizzled, but the rain was slowly clearing, andRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 1: Iggy Pop, Belle and Sebastian, Public Enemy, and more

Now in its third year in Iceland, All Tomorrow’s Parties returned Thursday to the former NATO U.S. Air Base Ásbrú in Keflavík. Music lovers from around the world came for the weekend’s killer lineup, including Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Belle & Sebastian, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and local favorites like Kippi Kaninus and Grísalappalísa. Tons of well dressedRead more…

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Live Review: Purity Ring with BRAIDS and Born Gold at Showbox SoDo & Q Nightclub 6/16/15

Want a great example of how to get hugely popular as a band without losing your soul? Look no further than Alberta electronic duo Purity Ring. The band’s 2012 debut, Shrines, was an instant classic, mixing dark Canadian electronic textures with essences of hip-hop, all graced by the soaring vocal prowess of Megan James. CorinRead more…

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Live Review: John in the Morning at Night with HAERTS, Pickwick, Baby Dayliner and Navvi at Neumos 6/12/15

The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP has come to mean a lot of different things to different people over the years. But the overwhelmingly pervasive theme at Neumos on Friday for the revival of John In The Morning At Night was a whole hell of a lot of fun. The room was packed with jubilantRead more…

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Live Review: Sufjan Stevens with Helado Negro at Paramount Theatre 6/11/15

Sufjan Stevens is an artist who doesn’t make many whimsical steps. Whether it be a proper record or a side project or a live tour or a Christmas album, each time Sufjan steps into the spotlight, you are almost guaranteed a proper glance at the current state of the artist. When we last saw SufjanRead more…

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Live Review: Best Coast with Bully at Showbox at the Market 6/4/15

Last Thursday, Best Coast blasted the Showbox with that effortless cool and garage aesthetic that they have championed throughout the years, giving the audience the best of both worlds. With their latest album, California Nights, the California band marks their third release, but first on a major label. Each previous project (including the EP FadeRead more…

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Live Review: Drenge at Sunset Tavern 6/4/2015

This past Thursday at the Sunset Tavern over in Ballard was blessed to be hosting an intimate showing of some of the most face melting and forward thinking UK indie rock that’s around today. You might think that’s a big statement – and it is. The band, you ask? None other than Drenge. And ifRead more…

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Live Review: Refused with White Lung at The Crocodile 5/30/15

Half an hour into one of Refused‘s first performances of 2015, singer Dennis Lyxzen laid out their current manifesto. “You know how when you’re teenagers playing music and saying you’re revolutionaries everyone just kinda thinks you’ll grow out of it?” He grinned. “This is how you know we’re just fucking crazy.” Sarcasm aside, there’s aRead more…

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