Category Archives: Live Reviews

Project Pabst, Day 1: Against Me!, TV On The Radio, Blondie

For years, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace stood in center stage at raged away, sometimes at others, sometimes at herself. When she came out as transgender in 2012, that fury subsequently turned to a newfound onstage fire, transforming the flagging band from an increasingly cult concern to one of the most important bands ofRead more…

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Capitol Block Party 2015, Day 3: The Julie Ruin, Ratatat

Playing while it’s raining at a festival is always a gamble. Lots of people who would have otherwise wandered over out of curiosity are hiding out in every covered nook and cranny imaginable, so it was only the diehards waiting in the drizzle for The Julie Ruin‘s mid-afternoon set. But, to be honest, it wasRead more…

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Live Review: Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Hits Its Stride In Third Year

It’s a bit difficult to accurately convey in words the many factors big and small that contribute to making Timber! Outdoor Music Festival a weekend unlike any other. As cliche as it might seem, Timber really is one of those things that has to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. Now in itsRead more…

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Live Review: Heems with Spank Rock at Sunset Tavern 7/20/15

It’s only the end of July, but it’s already been an eventful year for Heems. The New York rapper dropped his first proper solo LP, Eat Pray Thug back in March, an excellent record that tells a heavy-handed story of what it’s like to like in a perpetually post-9/11 New York as a person ofRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 2: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Com Truise, The Physics, and Snuff Redux

More clouds? More rain? When have these things ever mattered to Seattle? Capitol Hill Block Party 2015 ventured onwards with nothing but smiles as time for Day 2 arose. Between Jamie xx and Built to Spill yesterday, Saturday had a high bar to clamber over. But the festivities got underway very quickly, with early mainRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 2: Kinski, Giraffage, Zoolab, Toro y Moi

Day 2 of Capitol Hill Block Party started with more gray clouds and drizzling rain. But a packed lineup full of variety kept all gloomy feelings at bay. Local band Kinski kicked off the day with a birthday celebration and beat smiths Giraffage and Zoolab upped the energy in the late afternoon before Toro yRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Jamie xx, Deafheaven, Shabazz Palaces, Broods, and BADBADNOTGOOD

Pike is out between Broadway and 12th, the whole block is in a frenzy, and the noise level has almost reached normal weekend levels – it must be time for Capitol Hill Block Party 2015! The layout has adjusted slightly – both Big Mario’s Pizza and Vita Coffee sit outside the grounds, making it harderRead more…

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015, Day 1: Acid Tongue, Black Whales, Yumi Zouma

Barboza has served as the launch band for many Seattle Band’s careers throughout the years. It was only fitting then that on Friday at Capitol Hill Block Party, local bands dominated the Barboza stage. Sets from Acid Tongue and Black Whales showed the strength of Seattle’s music scene, and left all who ventured down theRead more…

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Project Pabst Day 2: Wild Ones, Terry & Louie, Alvvays and more

Portland awoke to the resounding hiss-and-crack of PBR tallboys and the camp-tastic house party vibes of local band Wampire Sunday afternoon at Project Pabst. Their hazy psych rock medley was followed by charmingly twee local pop group Wild Ones, who delivered meticulously jammy indie pop. Lead singer Danielle Sullivan supplemented her precise lilt with aRead more…

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Live Review: Project Pabst, Day 1 – Hustle and Drone, Run the Jewels

Under the watchful (and still proud) eye of Captain Pabst, steadfast day drinkers with koozies in hand turned out to hear PDX electro-darlings Hustle and Drone open day one of Project Pabst. The trio’s fresh synth pop cut through the 97 degree weather. With just as much sweat and half as many keyboards featured in the video for theirRead more…

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