Category Archives: Live Reviews

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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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival 2016 Day 2, Part 2

The second day of Macefield Music Festival invoked thunderstorms and musical fanfare as dozens of bands faced ecstatic crowds of music lovers at the KEXP Mainstage, Tractor Tavern, Conor Byrne Pub, and The Sunset. Seattle rapper Grynch threw down his approachable, lyrical west coast rhymes for an early group of fans at the Mainstage. Full ofRead more…

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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival 2016 Day 2, Part 1

Day 2 of Macefield Music Festival possessed a nice balance of crisp October weather, jangly jams, electrified éclat, and some bona fide rock ‘n’ roll – such as the rapturous return of Hazel! It’s been a minute since the 90s grunge-era band has reunited to play a festival, possibly since 2012’s MusicfestNW. While it drizzled on KEXPRead more…

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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival 2016, Day 1

And so we witnessed another amazing music festival! This time it was the 4th annual Macefield Music Festival that took place this weekend across Conor Byrne, Tractor Tavern, The Sunset Tavern, and the charmingly bricked streets of Ballard Ave. Macefield Music Festival was named after Edith Macefield, who was the famously strong-willed Ballard tenant whoRead more…

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Live Review: Echo & The Bunnymen with Ester Drang at Moore Theatre 9/32/2016

Photos and review by Alan Lawrence Echo and the Bunnymen have created some of the greatest songs in history. Just ask lead singer, Ian McCulloch who mentioned fan favorite “Killing Moon” as such during their sold-out show at The Moore Theatre on September 24th. Unlike many of their 80’s peers, Echo continue to record andRead more…

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Live Review: Sigur Rós at Paramount Theatre 9/20/2016

The last time they were at the Paramount Theatre, Sigur Rós were touring behind their just-released sixth album Valtari, their final LP with founding member Kjartan Sveinsson, who declined to tour with them that year and would fully quit the band not long after. That album remains the most mellow in their catalog, but itsRead more…

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