Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Portugal. The Man, Crater, Sloucher at The Paramount 7/20

Tonight The Paramount is filled with Northwest pride, a sense of growing up, and “WOOOOOO”s. Seattle band Sloucher is first to take the stage. They are quite the classic take on a Northwest pastime of mixing grunge with alternative rock and singer-songwriter vibes. Sparklehorse, Ben Kweller, and Swervedriver all come to mind (not that anyRead more…

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Live Review: Waxahatchee at the Neptune Theater 7/24

The night after the end of this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, Waxahatchee played the Neptune Theater, joined by Cayetana and Snail Mail. This timing dig beg the question of why the Block Party bookers did not snag Crutchfield & co. Either way, the bands played spirited sets, filling the thousand-capacity theater. Snail Mail led off the bill.Read more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: Cosmos, Prom Queen, Manatee Commune, Whitney

BSH. BSH. BSH. BSH. The sound of four defiant cymbal crashes spreads out across Pike Street. It’s Seattle band COSMOS’ turn at the main stage. Melding hip hop, jazz, and funk in a high-energy set, the Seattle band proves yet again why they won last year’s Sound Off! contest, an annual battle of the bandsRead more…

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Live at FYF Fest, Day 3: Iggy Pop, Nine Inch Nails, Blonde Redhead, Ty Segall and more

review by Charlie Zaillian After Missy Elliott and Frank Ocean’s triumphs the first two nights of FYF ’17, and an impressively self-choreographed main stage set by the author of one of last year’s most buzzed about albums (Solange‘s A Seat at the Table), rock music — that old bedrock of the annual L.A. event informally knownRead more…

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Live at FYF Fest, Day 2: Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Cap’n Jazz and more

review by Charlie Zaillian Saturday sold out far quicker than the other two days of FYF ’17, with much of the credit going to Frank Ocean. The L.A. festival was abuzz all afternoon with excitement about the reclusive R&B heartthrob’s headlining appearance — crossing fingers, of course, that he’d show up. Not that Ocean wasRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Diet Cig, Diplo

Energy. That’s what a good live performance boils down to, and that’s what both Diet Cig and Diplo (who have little more than the letter “D” in common) delivered at the Capitol Hill Block Party on Sunday night. Performing in completely different genres to completely different audiences, they both put on thrilling performances to closeRead more…

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Live Review: Aimee Mann w/ Rhiannon Giddens at the Woodland Park Zoo 7/18

For her latest album Mental Illness, Aimee Mann stripped her music down to the bare essentials and created a collection of music that hides seriously mournful themes behind agrarian harmonies. It’s a beautiful combination and, once you scratch below the surface, you realize that Aimee is struggling with her own demons. During the introduction toRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 3: Remember Face, Sashay, Charms, Ravenna Woods

After three days of drunken fun in the streets and more tank tops than you’ve ever seen in one place, Capitol Hill Block Party came through with one last hurrah. Sunday was non-stop for exceptional local music from the opening sets to the last minutes of Perfume Genius‘ set on the Vera stage. From screechingRead more…

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Live at FYF Fest, Day 1: Angel Olsen, Björk, Anderson .Paak, Missy Elliott, Thee Oh Sees and more

review by Charlie Zaillian For three nights this past weekend, a remarkable, almost hard-to-believe array of talent — and 40,000 fans ready to take it all in — converged on the grounds surrounding the Los Angeles Coliseum. They call it FYF Fest, but more out of habit than defiance, locals of a certain age stillRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 1: Haunted Horses, Gifted Gab, Constant Lovers, My Goodness

In its 21st year, Capitol Hill Block Party feels more like a party than ever. The first day alone proved that people were willing to forgo their post-work tiredness and rage in the streets to Run The Jewels, Wolf Parade, and Mura Masa. CHBP may have the budget to keep bringing in larger and larger nationalRead more…

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