Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Diarrhea Planet with Hounds of the Wild Hunt at Tractor Tavern 8/27/16

“We’re here for a rock n roll good time”, Ryan Devlin chuckles as Hounds of the Wild Hunt finish another total jam. He points to the Tractor Tavern door. “If you aren’t here for a rock n roll good time, you best just turn right around.” Tonight, the Hounds open up for the infamous NashvilleRead more…

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Live Review: Project Pabst 2016 Day 1: Duran Duran, Ice Cube, STRFKR, Andrew W.K., Kyle Craft, and more

The MusicfestNW / Project Pabst teamup makes plenty of sense on paper – one had a great location on the Portland Waterfront last year, and one had a truly unique, interesting lineup – and at the end of day one of the newly-combined fests, it turns out it works in practice too. Despite being soldRead more…

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Live Review: Brandi Carlile with Secret Sisters at ZooTunes 8/24/2016

Review by Alan Lawrence: On a clear and warm Wednesday night at Woodland Park Zoo, avid KEXP supporter Brandi Carlile played before her second sold-out crowd in as many nights. Obviously energized by performing in her home town, she wowed the audience while moving between stomping Americana and bluesy ballads with ease.

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Live Review: Band of Horses at KEXP’s Gathering Space 8/17/16

Throughout Band of Horses‘ intimate semi-acoustic set at the KEXP Gathering Space, frontman Ben Bridwell repeatedly mentioned that the group’s origins were only a few blocks away in a rehearsal space. “This is one of the first songs I wrote for Band of Horses, and I wrote it right down the street in Belltown,” saidRead more…

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Live Review: Wolf Parade with Deep Sea Diver at Neptune Theatre 8/8/2016

Wolf Parade were always going to be a band that would age well. With all of the members having hands in other projects at any given time, it wasn’t ever that farfetched of a concept to see them moving away from Wolf Parade, so when it happened in 2011, they did the opposite of whatRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 3

Reviews written by Isaac Kaplan-Woolner [IKW], Victoria Holt [VH], and Morgen Schuler [MS]. Find Morgen Schuler’s complete photo coverage of day 3 here, and Victoria Holt’s complete photo coverage of day 3 here. Kamasi Washington Everyone says that Outside Lands in cold. Everyone was proven wrong on Sunday. Sure, it’s San Francisco in the summer, soRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 2

Everyone says that Outside Lands is cold. Well, it turns out that everyone is right. Today temperatures peaked at 56 degrees, a difficult temperature to adjust to in early August. But Saturday’s crowd was out earlier and in fuller force than the previous day. The merch booth did a steady business selling festival blankets, whichRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Sunday

With one more day of paradise ahead of them, Pickathon attendees spend the day diversifying their interests. Sure, there is plenty of incredible music to take part in later on, but throughout the experience, it’s the culture of Pickathon that dominates, winning over those who don’t regularly participate in music festivals or anything of theRead more…

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 1

Cool, cloudy. Evening rain giving way to a damp smell of eucalyptus, wood chips, cigarettes, weed, and fried foods. The crowd at Golden Gate Park’s polo field is sparse in the early afternoon. But this lush green space is going to swell with some 70,000 music fans by days end. The ninth annual Outside LandsRead more…

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Pickathon 2016: Saturday

Friday evening brought plenty of good sleep. For those at Pickathon who were sung to sweet dreams by Yo La Tengo’s intimate stripped down set the night before, or for those who danced themselves to exhaustion at Ty Segall, a few hours of rest were well appreciated. After all, there is very little on SaturdayRead more…

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