Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Laura Marling at Showbox at the Market 4/28/17

For many years, the mantle of “most consistently stellar artist” seemed to be squarely on the shoulders of Spoon, but there’s an argument for it to be moved over, if it hasn’t already shifted, to Laura Marling. Six very good-to-great albums that each built on its predecessor will do that, though. In a live setting,Read more…

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Live Review: U2 at CenturyLink Field 5/14

Amidst massive popularity, U2 has always been a misunderstood band. From theatrical bombast to musical pivots, the band has often followed its own muse as opposed to succumbing to critical constraints, but their artistry may get lost amidst the theatrics. Even now, one may wonder why 30-years later, a band that does not want toRead more…

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Live Review: The xx with Sampha at WaMu Theater 4/24

“I feel like all 4,000 people in this room should hug right now,” the mid-30s woman beside me says to me as the house lights go on after The xx show last Monday night. I nod my head in approval. I understand what she means – not hugs of comfort but hugs of recognition ofRead more…

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Live Review: The New Pornographers at Moore Theatre 4/15

A band is like a marriage; the divorce rate for groups started two decades ago is high. Add in more members, each with significant side projects, and the odds of a split only climb higher. By all estimates then, The New Pornographers, formed twenty years ago in Vancouver, B.C., by players from a handful of then-burgeoning indie bands,Read more…

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Live Review: Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles at Paramount Theatre 4/15/2017

It is a truly beautiful sight to see a swarm of of black t-shirts filling up the halls of an 89-year old theater. A strikingly atypical one, considering the venue’s usual programming, but a beautiful one nonetheless. Mastodon’s return to Seattle coincided not just with the Georgia outfit’s most focused (and perhaps not coincidentally, theirRead more…

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Live Review: The Maldives with Naomi Wachira at The Triple Door 4/1

The Maldives have been through it all. Since 2005, they’ve traversed the Seattle music scene as its continued to evolve, change, and contort itself in new directions. Their steadiness as contemplative folk rockers does not equate to a resistance to change. They still have acoustic guitars, steel guitars, and banjos thrown into the mix, butRead more…

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Live Review: Radiohead at Key Arena 4/8

People travel great distances for love, and perhaps even further for their favorite band. Little else could explain the extreme travel itineraries of visitors to Radiohead‘s sold-out show at KeyArena in Seattle on Saturday, April 8th. After the doors opened at 6PM, I spoke to brothers who split a 13-hour drive from Edmonton, a man whoRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #18 with Mitski, Kadhja Bonet, Steady Holiday, DJ Yung Futon

“How much do you think we’re gonna cry tonight?” I ask my friend as we enter the Neptune for another legendary Little Big Show, this one featuring the incomparable Mitski. The 18th iteration of KEXP, Starbucks, and STG’s Little Big Show series, which donates 100% of the ticket sales a local non-profit, definitely put theRead more…

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Live Review: Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds at the Paramount Theatre 4/9

It’s morbid, but you’re probably thinking it, too: after losing so many musical icons in 2016 (see here and here), I felt it was important to see Brian Wilson in concert. Now 74 years old, the brilliant but troubled songwriter celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds with a massiveRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #17 with Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Sloucher

Every Little Big Show can’t help themselves but get better and better each sold out night, which gives the Mitski, Kadhja Bonet, and Mal Devisa Little Big Show #18 coming up next on April 8 a great head start. What is equally great is the partnership between Starbucks, STG, and KEXP to make these philanthropic benefit shows happenRead more…

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