Category Archives: Live Reviews

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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Live Review: She Wants Revenge Debut Album 10 Year Anniversary at Showbox 10/21/16

“How much is your 15 year old self flipping out right now?” That’s the text I got from Brittany right after we saw the date go up. She Wants Revenge, celebrating the 10th birthday of their 2006 debut by playing the album in its entirety at the Showbox. Wait, 10 years? Has it already beenRead more…

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Live Review: James Blake with Moses Sumney at Moore Theatre 10/12/16

Nine decades deep into the electronic music genre, and the most startling and effective instrument it uses is still the human voice. From the earliest days of sampling and vocal splicing to the revolutionary vocal manipulations of Bruce Haack and Kraftwerk up through the live vocal looping we’ve enjoyed so deeply for the last fifteenRead more…

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Live Review: Phantogram with The Range at Paramount Theatre 10/7/16

At the Paramount Theatre last week, Phantogram opened their set without even being on stage. After they performed two songs obscured from the audience, a screen fell shortly thereafter, revealing the New York duo behind the fourth wall to fervently shake the physical walls of the venue. Going from playing Chop Suey the first timeRead more…

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Live Review: The Zombie Apocalypse Tour featuring Fabio Frizzi at Neumos 10/4/16

When you have nearly half a century of film scores to choose from and you don the Neumos stage on a Tuesday night, which one do you play first? These are the types of questions you would ask yourself if you were master Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Frizzi is the second four-decades-deep horror soundtrack godRead more…

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Live Review: Foals with Bear Hands at Paramount Theatre 9/23/2016

The last time Foals were in town, frontman Yannis Philipakkis jumped off the Neptune Theatre’s balcony into the crowd. It was, quite frankly, as thrilling as it was dangerous. On the band’s return trip to Seattle three years later, he (wisely) did not jump from the Paramount Theatre’s balcony. Personal safety aside, Philipakkis can’t reallyRead more…

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