Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz with Mac DeMarco at Showbox 11/13/14

Julian Casablancas kicked off his Showbox set Thursday night with an eleven minute experimental track about the corruption of the music industry and the doom of creativity called “Human Sadness”. It is truly a new era for one of our generation’s best songwriters, personally coming full circle with the highs and lows of indie rockRead more…

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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from theRead more…

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Live Review: The Black Keys with Jake Bugg at Key Arena 11/1/2014

“The Black Keys performing live on stage.” That’s one of a handful of statements on the Akron, Ohio duo’s line of exaggeratedly plain tour merchandise, but it’s also an unintentionally spot-on statement about the Black Keys’ shows. Not only are their performances built around straightforward versions of their eight-album-deep recorded catalog, they know it. EverRead more…

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Live Review: Nils Frahm with Dawn of Midi at Neumos 11/06/2014

When I’ve seen Nils Frahm in the past, it’s been during Decibel Festival, an annual electronic music and visuals festival in Seattle which KEXP covers every year. Because of the event’s interest in creative collaborations, Frahm has been given ample attention to look and sound his best, often paired with projections from visual artists. TheRead more…

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El Sonido: Five Artists from MUTEK MX Festival to Watch

by Gloria Mayne Davó Not only is our southern neighbor a hub for design, social innovation and media arts,it’s on the cutting edge of the electronic music scene. More than 50 electronic artists from around the world joined together in Mexico City last week for MUTEK MX, an annual international festival for digital creativity. MUTEKRead more…

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Live Review: MØ with HOLYCHILD at Neptune Theatre 10/20/2014

Everything I’ve ever thought about MØ is wrong. Well, maybe not all of it – I think she put together an incredible debut LP this year with No Mythologies To Follow, and I think that hard work has put her in league with the leaders of the new wave of indie pop like Grimes, CharliRead more…

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Live Review: BADBADNOTGOOD with OCnotes and UGLYFRANK at Neumos 10/14/14

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD’s first headlining show in Seattle proved that they have come a long way from their viral-video rap-cover roots, as the three-piece made some serious noise tearing through several familiar covers and even more originals from their debut album, III. With only a drum kit, electric bass and two keyboards, the trio played theirRead more…

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Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Milo Green at Showbox at the Market 10/7/14

A good way to see how far a band has come is to look at where they began. Case in point, one of 2013’s more enjoyable internet moments was when someone unearthed an old image of Radiohead during their college days. Thom Yorke and co. look goofy, amiable, and exactly the sort of people thatRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Richie Hawtin and Friends Showcase

There’s an exterior section of the EMP where, when there’s an ongoing performance in the Sky Church, the blue aluminum panels rattle and reflect the street lighting in a way that makes it seem like a small light show of its own. Of course, the more interesting light show is always inside the EMP, andRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 4 – Static Memory with WIFE, Alessandro Cortini, and 1979 feat. Deru + Effixx

In the Nordstrom Recital Hall during Decibel Festival‘s Optical 4 showcase, the sound of WIFE was equal parts exciting and heavy – the sound was swelling with an emotional intensity unparalleled, and the room felt thick with listening. Visuals tracked through architectural yet emotive abstractions while the Republic of Ireland played through his surprisingly pop-soundingRead more…

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