Category Archives: Live Reviews

Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Moon Duo

Portland’s Moon Duo made maybe one of their most surprising moves yet: showing up and playing a set as a trio. Alright, that’s not totally true. They did play with a third member on the KEXP Stage at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, but the band is constantly taking surprising new avenues for theirRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Dude York

Punk trio Dude York has made a name for themselves in Seattle for being a guarantee for at least a half hour of overflowing joy. As “America’s Band,” they cannot tell a lie and totally followed through on the promise on Day One of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Even when they had technicalRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Acapulco Lips

“This is an instrumental about weed,” Acapulco Lips bassist Maria-Elena Juarez said pointedly as the band started their set at the KEXP stage. It got giggles at first, but the second they started leaning into their psych-meets-surf jam, the laughter turned into dancing and some serious vibing. It was hard not to be enamored byRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: J GRGRY

Covered in pink and gold paint, J GRGRY took the Mural Amphitheatre stage in Seattle Center. Under the gaze of the Space Needle with the sun beaming down on the band, it made for an electric opening for the first day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Lead vocalist, Joe Gregory, moved across the stageRead more…

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Live Review: Amadou & Mariam at The Triple Door 8/10

Review by Clare McGrane, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP The Triple Door is a beautiful venue, but with its fixed private booths and elegant dining service, it isn’t really designed for dancing. Thankfully that didn’t get in the way of the packed house that showed up to see Malian Afrobeat legends Amadou and Mariam.Read more…

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Live Review: John Maus w/ Gary War at Monty Hall in Jersey City 8/17

All photos and review by Bebe Besch (view set) Five years. John Maus has remained silent for five years, despite some intermittent tweets that could have easily been handled by management. A couple of weeks ago, Maus released a teaser video, hinting at the possibility that new music might be coming. He released this videoRead more…

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Live Review: Sylvan Esso with Dana Buoy at The Neptune Theatre 8/19

The last time I saw Sylvan Esso was over two years ago, in a much smaller room about 2,500 miles away. It was a cold January night in Charlotte, North Carolina (my hometown), about three hours outside of Sylvan Esso’s hometown of Durham. It was just a few months after the release of their debutRead more…

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Live Review: A-Wa at The Crocodile 8/9

Review by Clare McGrane, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP At an A-Wa show, audience participation is not optional. From the moment the trio of Israeli sisters took to the stage at their recent show at the Crocodile, it was clear they weren’t performing for an audience — they were throwing a jubilant party, oneRead more…

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Live Review: Portugal. The Man, Crater, Sloucher at The Paramount 7/20

Tonight The Paramount is filled with Northwest pride, a sense of growing up, and “WOOOOOO”s. Seattle band Sloucher is first to take the stage. They are quite the classic take on a Northwest pastime of mixing grunge with alternative rock and singer-songwriter vibes. Sparklehorse, Ben Kweller, and Swervedriver all come to mind (not that anyRead more…

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Live Review: Waxahatchee at the Neptune Theater 7/24

The night after the end of this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, Waxahatchee played the Neptune Theater, joined by Cayetana and Snail Mail. This timing dig beg the question of why the Block Party bookers did not snag Crutchfield & co. Either way, the bands played spirited sets, filling the thousand-capacity theater. Snail Mail led off the bill.Read more…

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