Category Archives: Live Reviews

Photos: SMooCH 2015 Benefit Brings in Big Bucks

SMooCH was a smashing success. This year the Nordstrom family, with the help of KEXP, Sub Pop Records, and many generous donors, raised nearly $3 million for Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care fund. The money will directly help to pay for critical care for sick kids, regardless of their family’s ability to pay the bill.Read more…

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Live Review: ODESZA w/ Hayden James & Louis Futon @ Paramount Theater 12/6/15

Last week, Seattle sons Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight took their hometown for three straight sold-out nights at the Paramount Theater. It is truly mind-boggling how quickly and how flawlessly ODESZA has skyrocketed over the last three years. The band’s debut album Summer’s Gone came out only three short years ago, and thanks to anRead more…

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Live Review: Ride at Neptune Theatre 11/16

It was a show most of us have been waiting 25 years for. It took the anniversary of their 1990 debut, Nowhere, to get Ride back together, and thankfully the boys made it very worth the wait. Of all the recent shoegaze reunions (i.e. My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Swervedriver, etc.), there’s something about seeing RideRead more…

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Live Review: Leon Bridges with Kali Uchis at Neptune Theatre 11/02/15

It’s not hard to imagine a chandelier once hanging from the gold, grated circle located smack dab in the middle of The Neptune ceiling. What’s considerably tougher is spotting the marks of an elaborate and ornate paint job that once encompassed the gold center’s edge but has now faded into the structure’s surrounding whitewash. ThoughRead more…

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Live Review: KEXP’s New Home Benefit with Lucius and Navvi at Tractor Tavern 11/16/15

The old Ballard clock tower chimed 8 o’clock Monday night and met a persistent and meandering line of excited music fans, waiting to enter the threshold of the Tractor Tavern, for the sold-out show to benefit KEXP’s new home with Lucius and NAVVI. Lagunitas was on tap, with a portion of the proceeds to supportRead more…

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Live Review: Mac DeMarco with Alex Calder and The Courtneys at The Moore 10/29/15

Mac DeMarco is a walking contradiction. He’s a hardworking slacker, a popular outsider, and his newest release Another One is laden with carefree melancholy. His shows have always been a celebration of his refusal to fit any sort of vague mold, and the fans that aspire to do the same. Thursday night at The MooreRead more…

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Live Review: Gardens & Villa with De Lux at The Crocodile 11/16/15

There are lots of reasons for two bands to tour with each other. For example, they might have a similar fanbase. Or, they might have a similar sound, and can cater to a single collaborative night of music fairly easily. Or, in the case of Los Angeles pairing Gardens & Villa and De Lux, theyRead more…

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Live Review: Telekinesis and Say Hi with NAVVI at Neumos 11/7/15

Five and a half weeks and thirty one dates later, Telekinesis and Say Hi return to Seattle. These two local veterans embarked on an epic co-headlining tour back at the beginning of October, and Saturday night, they wrapped it up with an unforgettable stop at Neumos. Both of their new records dropped on the sameRead more…

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Live Review: EL VY with Hibou at Neumos 11/4/15

Among other things, Matt Berninger is known for making a live show count. Whether it’s embodying the introverted distance of his work with The National in straightjacket contortions or diving into furious anger, throwing wine glasses into the air and crushing them under his feet, in all things, Berninger is a vivacious wonder. The bitterRead more…

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Live Review: Deerhunter and Atlas Sound at Showbox at the Market 10/21/15

A Deerhunter show is never just going to be Bradford Cox and company playing songs for two hours. This, as they’ve established in the past decade, is just not how the Atlanta band works. The gig might not always be as chaotic as the now-infamous “My Sharona” show and Cox might not run offstage, leadingRead more…

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