Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Tacocat, Chastity Belt, S, and Childbirth at the 2015 EMP Pop Conference 4/17/15

The EMP Pop Conference covers a lot of ground in its panels, discussions, and presentations – where else could you find programming covering both a Missy Elliott retrospective and a roundtable seeking to find out what the worst song ever is? – so it only makes sense that for its Seattle artist showcase, it would tryRead more…

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Live Review: Philip Selway with Adem at Columbia City Theater 4/15/15

If there’s a band member sweating on stage during Philip Selway‘s sets, how is it not going to be the drummer? Selway’s work with Radiohead through the late 90s, 2000s, and even the 2010s continuously reinvents how we see and hear the art of drumming in the modern rock and electronic atmosphere. The man paintsRead more…

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Photos: The Sonics at Easy Street Records

Saturday night in West Seattle, history was made… or remade… when Northwest legends The Sonics performed a special set at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The iconic Tacoma band alone were a huge draw to the legion of fans inside and surrounding the store, but dozen or soRead more…

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Live Review: The Replacements with Young Fresh Fellows at the Paramount Theatre 4/9/15

It’s important to note that The Replacements reunion could’ve been a disaster, and not the kind of shambolic splendor that the Minnesota legends used to thrive off of. When they were perpetually drunk underdogs tossing out half-assed covers and barely recognizable versions of their own material, they were confrontational, unpredictable and endearing. It’s what madeRead more…

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Live Review: Ibeyi with Flo Morrissey at Neumos 4/5/15

There was a very distinct moment at the Ibeyi show last Sunday night where the energy for the evening turned from simply good to really, really great. It happened during the duo’s explosive self-titled album single “River“, the song most well known by the world and easily the most far reaching in its execution. AsRead more…

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Live Review: Belle & Sebastian with Perfume Genius at Paramount Theatre 4/7/15

“An encore. How predictable,” said a pre-recorded video of the cover model from Belle & Sebastian’s latest album right before the Glaswegian pop stalwarts returned to the stage. And she was right. Contrary to their historical tradition, encores at modern concerts are almost always planned well in advance. However, that self-effacing moment was the onlyRead more…

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Live Review: The Sonics with Mudhoney and The Intelligence at Moore Theatre 4/4/2015

Last week, three generations of Northwest rock converged to shake the dust off the walls of Seattle’s venerable Moore Theatre. Headlining the night, Tacoma band The Sonics, celebrated the release of their first album in 48 years, which, if you’ve been hearing us spin it regularly on KEXP, sounds like they haven’t lost a step.Read more…

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Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith at Neptune Theatre 3/26/15

It goes without saying that Elliott Smith cannot be replaced. He was a one of a kind talent, a songwriter whose gift for melody often served as the vessel for his often harrowing narratives and disclosures. In the wake of his tragic death at 34, his reputation for intimately capturing deathly stark moments of isolationRead more…

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Live Review: Grand Reopening of Chop Suey with Dead Moon and Girl Trouble 3/13/15

review by Brit Parks and Victoria Holt // photos by Victoria Holt Chop Suey hosted a “soft opening” on Friday, March 6th, but last Friday the real celebration arrived: the grand reopening of Capitol Hill’s local club for dirty, fun punk shows. Tacoma garage rockers Girl Trouble opened Chop Suey’s new stage, cracking a jokeRead more…

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Live Review: Wolf Alice with Branden Daniel & The Chics at Barboza 3/9/2015

In the last few years, there’s been a slew of English, (mostly) London-based bands emerging from basement gigs with world-beating ambitions and the musical elements to make good on them: a heavy dose of pop melody, a balance of snarky storytelling and heartfelt appeal, and most of all, hooks that are specifically designed to beRead more…

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