Category Archives: Live Reviews

Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Jamie xx, Deafheaven, Shabazz Palaces, Broods, and BADBADNOTGOOD

Pike is out between Broadway and 12th, the whole block is in a frenzy, and the noise level has almost reached normal weekend levels – it must be time for Capitol Hill Block Party 2015! The layout has adjusted slightly – both Big Mario’s Pizza and Vita Coffee sit outside the grounds, making it harderRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Acid Tongue, Black Whales, Yumi Zouma

Barboza has served as the launch band for many Seattle Band’s careers throughout the years. It was only fitting then that on Friday at Capitol Hill Block Party, local bands dominated the Barboza stage. Sets from Acid Tongue and Black Whales showed the strength of Seattle’s music scene, and left all who ventured down theRead more…

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Project Pabst Day 2: Wild Ones, Terry & Louie, Alvvays and more

Portland awoke to the resounding hiss-and-crack of PBR tallboys and the camp-tastic house party vibes of local band Wampire Sunday afternoon at Project Pabst. Their hazy psych rock medley was followed by charmingly twee local pop group Wild Ones, who delivered meticulously jammy indie pop. Lead singer Danielle Sullivan supplemented her precise lilt with aRead more…

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Live Review: Project Pabst, Day 1 – Hustle and Drone, Run the Jewels

Under the watchful (and still proud) eye of Captain Pabst, steadfast day drinkers with koozies in hand turned out to hear PDX electro-darlings Hustle and Drone open day one of Project Pabst. The trio’s fresh synth pop cut through the 97 degree weather. With just as much sweat and half as many keyboards featured in the video for theirRead more…

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Live Review: The Spits with Wimps and Gazebos at Chop Suey 7/16/15

A full bill of local punk rocked Chop Suey Thursday night in a debaucherous whirlwind of moshing bodies. Presented by Sonic Reducer, KEXP’s Saturday night punk and hardcore show, the evening was sure to exhibit all the gems Brian Foss brings to any event: great music, great people, and great attitudes. An expert curator, FossRead more…

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Live Review: Tanlines with Mas Ysa at Neumos 7/8/15

After showing off one of the most refreshing album rollouts in recent history (see: fake websites, conference calls, and blockbuster billboards), synth pop duo Tanlines don’t seem to be running out of ways to up the ante on tour. Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen brought a rock-heavy four piece setup to Neumos on Tuesday night,Read more…

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Live Review: Andrew W.K. with The Fabulous Downey Brothers at Barboza 6/29/15

Andrew W.K. is a brilliant capitalist. Need proof? Here’s one: he’s still a cultural zeitgeist even now in 2015. Generations have come to Andrew through a stunning variety of mediums. You may know him from his now-classic 2001 party soundtrack to end all party soundtracks I Get Wet, or from his contemplative Village Voice columnRead more…

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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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