Category Archives: Live Reviews

Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: Ex Hex

“Wait, they’re here?” That’s how most people reacted when they heard Ex Hex were playing, mishearing their name for that of the nocturnal London trio. But that confusion soon turned to either pleasant surprise or completely expected enjoyment as Mary Timony spent an hour unleashing riff after riff after riff on as she and herRead more…

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Sasquatch 2015, Day 3: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Church took place on Sunday at Sasquatch, and Paul Janeway was the officiant, worship leader, and pastor. St. Paul, as he’s otherwise known, was a man possessed led by the Spirit from the second he set on stage with his equally as fiery bandmates in St. Paul & The Broken Bones. From The City, theRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #12 with Cloud Nothings, Tacocat & Chastity Belt

Little Big Show was back in full force last week, with Cloud Nothings, Tacocat and Chastity Belt all delivering stellar sets. Best of all, Little Big Show #12 raised $11,000 for Teen Tix, a local non-profit empowering young people to take an active role in shaping their arts community as audience members, critics, influencers, advocates,Read more…

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Live Review: Stephin Merritt with Calvin Johnson at Benaroya Hall 5/13/15

There are very few artists who can pull off what Stephin Merritt did this night at Benaroya Hall: a 26-song set with the song titles performed alphabetically, from A (“Andrew in Drag”) to Z (“Zombie Boy”). Songs were culled from his extensive catalog of not only his most well-known project, The Magnetic Fields, but alsoRead more…

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Live Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Nurses at Barboza 5/9/15

For almost five years now as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson has been learning how to give himself away. On his eponymous debut, it was from behind the closed door of a bedroom, where we heard psychedelic funk gems muffled through the wall and wanted to know more. On 2013’s II, the door cracked aRead more…

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Live Review: Dan Deacon with Prince Rama & Ben O’Brien at Neumos 5/8/15

For Friday night’s Neumos crowd, reality became something entirely separate from what we knew it to be. The night’s headliner, Canadian electronic wunderkind Dan Deacon, bends the strings that we dangle by enough on his own, but combined with the dystopian shimmer of New York synth rock act Prince Rama and the 21st century AmericanRead more…

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Live Review: Sleater-Kinney with THEESatisfaction at Showbox at the Market 5/9/15

At every great concert, there’s a moment where everything, for lack of a better word, clicks. When the audience moves from excited to engaged, when “wow” turns “holy shit”. On the closing night of Sleater-Kinney‘s three-night stand at the Showbox at the Market, that moment was two-and-a-half minutes into the first song. It happened duringRead more…

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Live Review: Lady Lamb at Barboza 4/29/15

Although Aly Spaltro’s musical beginnings as Lady Lamb lie in the basement of a video rental store in Maine, she’s got sights on something bigger. Granted, it doesn’t take much to move onto a bigger ambition than playing to yourself at 4 a.m., but Spaltro’s aiming for every heart in the room, and the roomsRead more…

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Live Review: Kathleen Hanna at Neptune Theatre 4/29/15

“Girls to the front!” This was the mantra for feminist artist Kathleen Hanna when she fronted the influential punk band Bikini Kill in the ’90s. Twenty-five years later, Hanna is on tour, presenting the lecture Riot Grrl: Then and Now, and the girls were down in front at the Neptune Theatre, excited to hear fromRead more…

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Live Review: Clark and Nosaj Thing at Neumos 4/25/15

The good folks over at Decibel Festival have made April of this year really special for Seattle. For those of us who are waiting on pins and needles for this year’s lineup to drop, the announcement of DB Micro Fest was a wonderful surprise. All April, we’ve had incredible shows, from John Talabot & MarcRead more…

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