Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Arcade Fire / Phantogram at KeyArena 10/15

Like a kind of watershed moment, there are live show experiences before seeing Arcade Fire and live show experiences after seeing Arcade Fire. They’re really a gauge for everything now. A religious experience whether you’re religious or not. A spiritual “Wake Up” call. A concerted church. An eidetic ecstasy. Call it whatever you want! It’sRead more…

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Live Review: The War on Drugs with Phoebe Bridgers at the Moore Theatre 10/9

Last Monday, at the first of two sold-out shows at The Moore, Philly’s The War on Drugs delivered nothing short of a visually and viscerally stunning display of dream rock dopeness with their cascading waterfall of sound. It’s like multiple shots of Nixon-defying dope coursing through your veins that makes you in-the-moment bliss out, forget your surroundings, cavort inRead more…

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Live Review: Modest Mouse/Built to Spill at the Washington State Fair 9/21

As a born and bred Northwesterner, seeing a dual lineup of my teenage (and adult) favorites Modest Mouse and Built To Spill play at the fair I went to every single year from the time I was a child until I was a pre-teen, the Puyallup Fair (I’m sorry, but it will never be theRead more…

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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at the Tractor Tavern 9/23

It is a treat to review a show at the Tractor Tavern because, at its heart, it has to be a review of listening to music in the neighborhood of Ballard. Ballard Avenue on a September evening is everything that is beautiful in the world. The Prids took the stage. The bassist held everything together.Read more…

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Project Pabst, Day 2: Beck, Spoon, Nas, Noname, Whitney, Frankie Cosmos, San Fermin

Returning to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland for Day 2 of Project Pabst was slated to be warm, in fact, it was going to be hot. Previous attendees of the fest will remember to the second year of the festival, temperatures pushed passed 100 degrees. Sunday’s forecast was expected to be in inRead more…

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Live Review: Feist at The Neptune Theatre 10/4

It’s relatively uncommon for contemporary artists to perform entire albums live from start to finish, and it’s even less common for them to play their new albums in their entirety. It takes a certain kind of audacity, one which Feist embodied wholly Wednesday night, as she played her Pleasure album start to finish (and thenRead more…

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Live Review: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at the Neptune Theatre 10/3

Review by Emily Slider, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 brought the house down at the Neptune Theater on Wednesday, October 3rd. Supporting his latest release, Struggle Sounds (out now on Sony Masterworks), his music burst from the stage painting a picture of the socio-political landscape in Nigeria. EachRead more…

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Live Review: Black Uhuru at Nectar Lounge 9/20

Review by Emily Slider, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP Legendary reggae band Black Uhuru graced the Nectar Lounge with an unforgettable show filled with a genuine connection to their music and to their audience. The night began with Cannon & the Lion of Judah, a local group, lighting the room on fire with theirRead more…

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Live Review: Fleet Foxes at The Paramount Theatre 9/15

As I walked into The Paramount, soft shades of yellow and orange illuminated the stage, as shapes slowly changed and morphed into other forms. The colors reflected off of The Paramount’s chandeliers and ornate decorations, and the crowd stood and stared at various points through the venue that glowed bright gold. Fleet Foxes’ projections beganRead more…

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Project Pabst, Day 1: Iggy Pop, Father John Misty, Filthy Friends, FIDLAR, White Reaper, Pup, Lizzo, The Last Artful Dodgr

The fourth annual Project Pabst descended upon the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland over the last weekend of August. Since its inception, the festival has been set like a variety jukebox arrangement one would listen to over a few cold beers or, in this case, cold PBRs. Yet, the best quality about this festivalRead more…

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