Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: José González with yMusic at Moore Theatre 3/6/16

A quick glance at the stage set up for Sunday evening’s show might’ve tipped one off as to the type of music they’d hear for the night. With no drums, no amps, and mostly classical instruments surrounding chairs and music stands neatly arranged in a semi circle across the stage, a rock show was clearlyRead more…

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Live Review: Vince Staples at Neptune Theatre 3/2/16

While he may not have enjoyed the widespread attention that Kendrick Lamar received last year for his fantastic To Pimp A Butterfly, rising Oakland rapper Vince Staples deserves just as much credit for pushing the culture in new directions with his own 2015 LP, Summertime ’06. Staples’ first full-length outing was a double album conceptRead more…

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Live Review: Animal Collective with Ratking at Neptune Theatre 3/4/16

The deeper we get into Animal Collective‘s Painting With chapter, the more it feels like a real renaissance for the band. As the band themselves described it, the process for the new record felt natural and fun – a far cry for the laborious process it took to put forth Centipede Hz. Spending time inRead more…

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Live Review: American Football with David Bazan at Neptune Theatre 2/26/16

Halfway through the American Football show at Neptune Theatre, the band is tuning up guitars and getting ready to launch into another number, and there’s a small, singular moment of silence. Then, from somewhere in the throng of voices, someone yells out, “I still can’t believe this is even happening!”. The crowd laughs, as doesRead more…

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Live Review: Parquet Courts with SSDD at Neumos 2/23/16

“Sweep” – that’s the command that Parquet Courts give us over and over again on their new single “Dust”. In the context of the tune, it’s about the dust that accumulates, sitting on everything that doesn’t move, marking the time we’ve spent without motion, watching the wheels go round. The irony of the matter is,Read more…

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Live Review: Wet with Kelsey Lu at Barboza 2/9/2016

Like many of the buzzy debut albums in a post-xx world, Wet’s Don’t You lives in a quiet, emotionally-focused space, so it was fitting that they played in one of the city’s more intimate rooms for their debut headline gig in Seattle. But as far as debut gigs go, Wet’s was anything but a smallRead more…

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Live Review: Dr. Dog with Hop Along at Neptune Theatre 2/5/2016

Even for a band that’s made a career out of reinterpreting styles from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond, Dr. Dog’s latest release, Psychedelic Swamp, (ANTI- Records), is more meta you might think. The album is a rehashing of their first unreleased demo, originally recorded in 2000, and as such, it makes the band firstRead more…

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Live Review: Charlie Hilton with Phaedra at Barboza 2/11/16

Portland singer Charlie Hilton and her band Blouse have consistently found themselves in KEXP’s watch list for rising talent. Blouse played Iceland Airwaves back in 2012 behind their first record, then toured extensively behind Imperium, their second, including a great stint with Dum Dum Girls. This year, Charlie branches out for her first solo record,Read more…

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Live Review: Super Furry Animals, Dead Meadow at the Neptune Theatre 2/6

When it comes to Britpop, Super Furry Animals are truly a whole ‘nother beast. Though they tend to get lumped in with bands like Pulp (who were an early champion of SFA) and Blur, the Furries are a unique animal, bending genres and breaking boundaries throughout their 20 year career. The band went on hiatusRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #14, with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lower Dens, and Hibou 1/29

Every time a Little Big Show happens, our accomplishments seem to get bigger and better. Our must recent show, at Neptune Theatre last Friday, marks the fourteenth occasion on which Starbucks, STG, and KEXP have put their heads together to line up a crazy good show. And not only that – like all other LittleRead more…

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