Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: A Prairie Home Companion with Regina Spektor and The Shins at Paramount Theatre 1/7/2017

On Saturday January 7th, A Prairie Home Companion made its first stop of 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. New host Chris Thile, well known for his brilliance on the mandolin with bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, brought his accompaniment The First Call Radio Players in support and a showcase from two prolificRead more…

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SMooCH 2016 Rocks, Helps Raise $3 Million for Sick and Needy Kids

This year’s SMooCH benefit was a huge success, bringing in more than $3 for uncompensated care. The feel-good fundraising concert also boasted one of the best single-night lineups of the year. A cold, damp Saturday night made the red-lit, warm Showbox at the Market all the more inviting. But the sold-out VIP crowd would certainlyRead more…

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Live Review: D.R.A.M. with Seattle Rock Orchestra & The Flavr Blue at Neumos 12/12/16

When given the chance to introduce himself, Scott Teske of the Seattle Rock Orchestra had a pretty straightforward agenda at Monday night’s Neumos show. “We just like music”, he laughed, jostling his bass, “and we like this crazy collaborations”. Crazy collaboration does not begin to describe the magic that happened tonight thanks to tech godRead more…

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Live Review: Jim James with Twin Limb at Neptune Theatre 12/6/16

Touring heavy records is hard. In today’s day and age, heavy-handed works of staggering genius are hardly appreciated in the album form, let alone trying to communicate that weight in a crowded room facing a loaded bar. But in these heavy times, there are those who brave the difficulties and make it happen, and fewRead more…

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Live Review: Lemolo with Loch Lomond and NAVVI at St. Mark’s Cathedral 12/2/16

If the Fremont Abbey and its team are known for anything, it’s for finding new visions for how we see intimate shows in Seattle. For a singular example, earlier this year, the Abbey hosted Baltimore dream pop band Beach House for the smallest show the band has put on in Seattle almost a decade. ShowsRead more…

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Live Review: Sturgill Simpson at Paramount Theatre 11/11

The increasingly common trend of anniversary tours has further validated a longstanding posit that, for better or for worse, audiences and performers both hold: almost everyone wants to hear your old material more than they want to hear your new material.(There is a reason Paul McCartney closes with “Hey Jude.”) So maybe that’s why SturgillRead more…

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Live Review: Temple of the Dog with Fantastic Negrito at Paramount Theatre 11/20

It’s the quintessential story of grunge, or at least how we’ve come to know the Seattle music scene of the ’80s and ’90s. It involves friends, music, an isolated region, heroin, grief and rampant commercialism. It’s the story of talent lost too soon before its time, and of the musicians who gathered around the memoryRead more…

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Live Review: Ricky Eat Acid with Kitty & Grant at The Sunset 11/14/16

Aside from the table topped with laptops, controllers, and a mixer, there was only one thing adorning the Sunset stage on Monday night, and that was a giant blow-up swan pool float (you can cop your own for a cool $25 over at Amazon). As experimental pop singer Kitty burned through her forty minute set,Read more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #16 with Låpsley, Aquilo & NAVVI 11/13/16

It’s been half a year since the last Little Big Show, which feels like a lifetime considering the streak the series has held in the last couple years. As it always has, the Little Big Show brings together Starbucks, STG, and KEXP to benefit a local youth arts organization through tickets sales. It’s a win-winRead more…

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Live Review: Preoccupations with Methyl Ethel at Neumos 11/2/16

It’s hard enough to make money nowadays as a musician, let alone when you have to ditch all momentum you’ve gained thus far and start again. But watching the bands the make the cut and bottle lightning a second time is like watching a boxer come off a loss stronger than ever. It’s not justRead more…

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