Category Archives: Live Reviews

Decibel Festival 2014: Modern Love with Demdike Stare, Andy Stott, and Millie + Andrea

As audiences are prone to reflect the shows they are attending, the Decibel Festival crowd at Demdike Stare and Andy Stott was filled with the more experimental seeking fans, those in all black or all white, eyes wide, hair cut expressively in abstract shapes. Demdike Stare, a.k.a. Miles Whittaker, was a satisfying onslaught of noiseRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Dance Nostalgic, featuring Com Truise, Lindstrøm, Midnight Magic, and Avalon Emerson

Saturday night is the night for dancing - Decibel Festival fans have known that for 10 years. You’ll dance every other night of the festival too, no doubt. But Saturday is where you can bank on the fact that you will work up a sweat on the dance floor and at one point consider buyingRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Opening Gala with Sabota, Natasha Kmeto, and Lusine

2014′s Decibel Festival opening gala focused on bringing three of the PNW’s finest electronic acts to the most central space of this year’s festival, the EMP’s Sky Church. The massive iconic space felt hallowed as excited people filled in. Opening the showcase was Vancouver’s Sabota - with smooth live vocals and multi-layered visuals. Natasha KmetoRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Rhythm & Bass, featuring TOKiMONSTA & Baths

Rhythm and bass: perhaps the only two places of common space in the Venn diagram between electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA and dark synth pop wunderkind Baths – well, those and Los Angeles, I suppose. Both Jennifer Lee and Will Weisenfeld bend and break the pop skeleton and reshape it into something you would have neverRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 1 - Kinesthesia

The first of six Optical showcases at this year’s Decibel Festival, Kinesthesia (“awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs”) proved to be an apt title for Wednesday’s event. A musically and visually diverse presentation, the parts of which created something large than the sum ofRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2014: Resident Advisor Showcase, featuring Kaytranada, Lunice, DJAO, and Jusmoni

Well, Day 1 of Decibel Festival was just about spectacular. The festival has never been short on prestige, but this year, festival organizers have really put time and effort into carefully crafting some brilliant programs for each venue each night. Each night, Decibel fest attendees can hit their favorite Seattle haunts - the EMP, Neumos,Read more...

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Live Review: Interpol with Rey Pila at Paramount Theatre 9/16/14

Indie rock stalwarts Interpol returned to the scene earlier this year with a fantastic new LP, El Pintor, ten tracks of ageless Interpol mastery, heavy on the guitar hooks and light on filler. After a brief foray on a major label with 2007′s impossibly underrated Our Love To Admire, tumultuous band relations led to aRead more...

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Live Review: Lykke Li with Mapei at Moore Theatre 9/17/14

Perspective is a powerful tool to have in your pocket as an individual. It can make even the worst situation a blessing in disguise, as learned strength can produce a rose from the thorn patch, and doors unlocked and opened where others closed. This perspective is even more valuable when you manage to find aRead more...

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Live Review: Slint at The Showbox at the Market 8/27/14

Slint frontman Brian McMahan stared out across the audience, stone-faced. “The last time we were here, you guys were so much rowdier...” he noted in his infamous monotone drawl. “You guys are so... calm. It’s unsettling.” The last time the legendary Louisville band were in Seattle, it was 2005, and the band had just reunitedRead more...

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Live Review: Deep Sea Diver at Fremont Abbey 9/5/14

Anyone who’s ever seen a show at Fremont Abbey could tell you that it’s a beautiful, intimate setting; it’s one of a handful of music venues in Seattle that is available to rent for wedding receptions, and when it does host gigs, they’re primarily acoustic shows and songwriter showcases. But Deep Sea Diver hasn’t beenRead more...

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