Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Run the Jewels with The Gaslamp Killer, Nick Hook, Gangsta Boo, and CUZ at The Showbox SoDo

Capturing the energy in The Showbox SoDo is a difficult task. The venue’s high ceiling stretches for a great distance overhead, and without the proper performance, momentum can dissipate from front to back. Luckily, Run the Jewels are nothing if not seasoned performers. From El-P’s first project, Company Flow, to Killer Mike’s earliest Outkast features,Read more…

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Live Review: Lucinda Williams at Neptune Theatre 1/25

A nuanced singer-songwriter and old-soul Americana-ist as demonstrably badass as Lucinda Williams is automatically going to yield a badass night, and that’s just what the southern Stevie Nicks of tumbleweed-twang gave us. Sam Cooke once commented after being told he had a beautiful voice by saying, “Well that’s very kind of you, but voices ought not to be measuredRead more…

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Live Review: Devendra Banhart at Showbox at the Market 1/23

Last week, the Houston-born, Venezuelan debonair Devendra Banhart graced Showbox at the Market’s sold-out crowd with his charismatic charm, knee-weakening vibrato, and sultrily multicultural freak pop – or as his bandmate Josiah Steinbrick (one of the openers) put it, “all the best of unpopular pop music.” Along with Banhart was his just-as-urbane backing band comprised of Gregory Rogove,Read more…

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Live Review: Hamilton Leithauser at Tractor Tavern 1/21

You know when Hamilton Leithauser is about to hit a key vocal line. Like Arjen Robben dropping his shoulder before shooting on goal or Michael Jordan sticking his tongue out before driving to the hoop, Leithauser pulls the mic away from his face, tightens his shoulders, and then nails it – whether its a borderline-spokenRead more…

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Live Review: A Prairie Home Companion with Regina Spektor and The Shins at Paramount Theatre 1/7/2017

On Saturday January 7th, A Prairie Home Companion made its first stop of 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. New host Chris Thile, well known for his brilliance on the mandolin with bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, brought his accompaniment The First Call Radio Players in support and a showcase from two prolificRead more…

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SMooCH 2016 Rocks, Helps Raise $3 Million for Sick and Needy Kids

This year’s SMooCH benefit was a huge success, bringing in more than $3 for uncompensated care. The feel-good fundraising concert also boasted one of the best single-night lineups of the year. A cold, damp Saturday night made the red-lit, warm Showbox at the Market all the more inviting. But the sold-out VIP crowd would certainlyRead more…

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Live Review: D.R.A.M. with Seattle Rock Orchestra & The Flavr Blue at Neumos 12/12/16

When given the chance to introduce himself, Scott Teske of the Seattle Rock Orchestra had a pretty straightforward agenda at Monday night’s Neumos show. “We just like music”, he laughed, jostling his bass, “and we like this crazy collaborations”. Crazy collaboration does not begin to describe the magic that happened tonight thanks to tech godRead more…

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Live Review: Jim James with Twin Limb at Neptune Theatre 12/6/16

Touring heavy records is hard. In today’s day and age, heavy-handed works of staggering genius are hardly appreciated in the album form, let alone trying to communicate that weight in a crowded room facing a loaded bar. But in these heavy times, there are those who brave the difficulties and make it happen, and fewRead more…

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Live Review: Lemolo with Loch Lomond and NAVVI at St. Mark’s Cathedral 12/2/16

If the Fremont Abbey and its team are known for anything, it’s for finding new visions for how we see intimate shows in Seattle. For a singular example, earlier this year, the Abbey hosted Baltimore dream pop band Beach House for the smallest show the band has put on in Seattle almost a decade. ShowsRead more…

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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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