Category Archives: Live Reviews

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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Live Video: Local Natives

Local Natives might as well be full-time residents at KEXP. With their sunny indie rock melodies and radiant vocal harmonies, the LA-based quintet have cranked out three amazing albums since 2009, including their joyous 2016 release, Sunlit Youth, which finds the band taking their expansive folk-pop in a more synth-oriented direction. Recently, Local Natives returned toRead more…

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Live Review: Gallant with Eryn Allen Kane at Crocodile 10/25/16

It’s a fact proven time and time again by the emerging stars of our time – if you pay close enough attention to the masters, eventually, their greatness will rub off on you. Tonight at the Crocodile, the two stars of the evening had, at the very least, one master in common: Prince. Tributes toRead more…

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Live Review: Christine and the Queens with Lemolo at Showbox at the Market 10/19/16

“You’re born naked and the rest is drag.” That’s one of several RuPaul quotes that Héloïse Letissier has written on her wall, and it encapsulates, in such fitting form, the spirit of her musical identity as Christine and the Queens. A stage identity apart from herself, Christine is a reflection of Letissier with unshakeable confidence,Read more…

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Live Review: Kanye West at Key Arena 10/19/16

To know Kanye West is to love him, but to be in an endless mosh pit fifteen feet under him is something even more. It’s limitless devotion to the church of Yeezus. It’s agreeing wholeheartedly when Ye compares himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, or, most notably, God. And in turn, much like I AmRead more…

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Live Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above 1979 with Deap Vally at Showbox SoDo 10/20/16

“How about this?” Julie Edwards screamed from the drum set halfway through Deap Vally’s set, “Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and DFA 1979! This is the friggin’ rock n roll circus man!”. Edwards remark couldn’t be more true – truly, tonight’s sinfully good double feature is a match made in heaven. At first, the combination mightRead more…

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