Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: The Maldives with Naomi Wachira at The Triple Door 4/1

The Maldives have been through it all. Since 2005, they’ve traversed the Seattle music scene as its continued to evolve, change, and contort itself in new directions. Their steadiness as contemplative folk rockers does not equate to a resistance to change. They still have acoustic guitars, steel guitars, and banjos thrown into the mix, butRead more…

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Live Review: Radiohead at Key Arena 4/8

People travel great distances for love, and perhaps even further for their favorite band. Little else could explain the extreme travel itineraries of visitors to Radiohead‘s sold-out show at KeyArena in Seattle on Saturday, April 8th. After the doors opened at 6PM, I spoke to brothers who split a 13-hour drive from Edmonton, a man whoRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #18 with Mitski, Kadhja Bonet, Steady Holiday, DJ Yung Futon

“How much do you think we’re gonna cry tonight?” I ask my friend as we enter the Neptune for another legendary Little Big Show, this one featuring the incomparable Mitski. The 18th iteration of KEXP, Starbucks, and STG’s Little Big Show series, which donates 100% of the ticket sales a local non-profit, definitely put theRead more…

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Live Review: Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds at the Paramount Theatre 4/9

It’s morbid, but you’re probably thinking it, too: after losing so many musical icons in 2016 (see here and here), I felt it was important to see Brian Wilson in concert. Now 74 years old, the brilliant but troubled songwriter celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ landmark album Pet Sounds with a massiveRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #17 with Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Sloucher

Every Little Big Show can’t help themselves but get better and better each sold out night, which gives the Mitski, Kadhja Bonet, and Mal Devisa Little Big Show #18 coming up next on April 8 a great head start. What is equally great is the partnership between Starbucks, STG, and KEXP to make these philanthropic benefit shows happenRead more…

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Live Review: Run the Jewels with The Gaslamp Killer, Nick Hook, Gangsta Boo, and CUZ at The Showbox SoDo

Capturing the energy in The Showbox SoDo is a difficult task. The venue’s high ceiling stretches for a great distance overhead, and without the proper performance, momentum can dissipate from front to back. Luckily, Run the Jewels are nothing if not seasoned performers. From El-P’s first project, Company Flow, to Killer Mike’s earliest Outkast features,Read more…

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Live Review: Lucinda Williams at Neptune Theatre 1/25

A nuanced singer-songwriter and old-soul Americana-ist as demonstrably badass as Lucinda Williams is automatically going to yield a badass night, and that’s just what the southern Stevie Nicks of tumbleweed-twang gave us. Sam Cooke once commented after being told he had a beautiful voice by saying, “Well that’s very kind of you, but voices ought not to be measuredRead more…

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Live Review: Devendra Banhart at Showbox at the Market 1/23

Last week, the Houston-born, Venezuelan debonair Devendra Banhart graced Showbox at the Market’s sold-out crowd with his charismatic charm, knee-weakening vibrato, and sultrily multicultural freak pop – or as his bandmate Josiah Steinbrick (one of the openers) put it, “all the best of unpopular pop music.” Along with Banhart was his just-as-urbane backing band comprised of Gregory Rogove,Read more…

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Live Review: Hamilton Leithauser at Tractor Tavern 1/21

You know when Hamilton Leithauser is about to hit a key vocal line. Like Arjen Robben dropping his shoulder before shooting on goal or Michael Jordan sticking his tongue out before driving to the hoop, Leithauser pulls the mic away from his face, tightens his shoulders, and then nails it – whether its a borderline-spokenRead more…

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Live Review: A Prairie Home Companion with Regina Spektor and The Shins at Paramount Theatre 1/7/2017

On Saturday January 7th, A Prairie Home Companion made its first stop of 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. New host Chris Thile, well known for his brilliance on the mandolin with bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, brought his accompaniment The First Call Radio Players in support and a showcase from two prolificRead more…

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