Category Archives: Live Reviews

Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Bob Moses, Snuff Redux, and More Things to Do

Snuff Redux  Following a rainy morning at Seattle Center, Snuff Redux kicked off the local music showcase in KEXP’s Gathering Space on Friday afternoon.  The garage-punk up-and-comers performed to a damp, but enthusiastic crowd that grew steadily throughout the set.  It’s a rare artist that can get an audience dancing at 3 pm, but SnuffRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Jagwar Ma at KEXP

KEXP in-studio performances continue on Day 2 of Bumbershoot with Jagwar Ma. The Sydney psych band may have blown the world away with their 2013 debut Howlin’, but with the first few singles from upcoming album Every Now & Then, it looks like they are bent on maintaining their skyrocket trajectory to the moon. TunesRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Iska Dhaaf, Bob Moses, DoNormaal, Father John Misty, & Michael Franti and Spearhead

Iska Dhaaf: It was going to take something special to get the mainstage started off right on a drizzle dampened afternoon at Bumbershoot. Iska Dhaaf had just the formula. With a drum laced adrenaline shot of up-tempo jams and raucous stage theatrics, the band shook the ever-growing crowd of early attendees and late arrivers intoRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Fly Moon Royalty, St. Lucia, Chastity Belt, Andrew Bird

Fly Moon Royalty lit up the KEXP stage this afternoon with their glorious, funky jams. Originating as a twosome in Seattle in 2011, with the powerful voice of Adra Boo and the rapid rhymes of Mike Illvester, they’ve now grown into a full band, synchronized backup singers and all. Always a crowd favorite, Fly Moon Royalty GetsRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis at KEXP

KEXP begins Day 2 of Bumbershoot in-studios at the new home with Black Joe Lewis and his band the Honeybears. The Austin blues singer is three years deep into a cathartic rampage. With the release of Electric Slave in 2013, Lewis shed all extra weight from his warpath. The band name is slimmer, the arrangementsRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Blind Boys of Alabama, Fetty Wap, Chevy Metal, & Tyler, the Creator

“Discovery and exploration” – that’s what AEGLive’s vice president of Pacific Northwest operations Rob Thomas said was the guiding principle of this year’s Bumbershoot bookings. The long-standing festival has held operations at the heart of Seattle for 46 years, always managing to pull in a diverse crowd of all different age groups for a weekendRead more…

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Live Review: Project Pabst 2016 Day 2: Tame Impala, Drive Like Jehu, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hop Along, Diarrhea Planet, Parquet Courts, and more

Day two of Project Pabst was the blockbuster sequel to Saturday: bigger, dustier, and more lager-fueled. Technically speaking, the attendance was the same – both days were sold out – but the crowd (a seeming third of whom were decked out in Tame Impala shirts) was significantly more energetic on Sunday and from an earlierRead more…

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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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