Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Death Cab for Cutie with Say Hi at The Crocodile 1/20/15

Death Cab for Cutie is a band that embodies change. From the light-hearted melancholy of “Photobooth” to the heavy-handed post-marital blows of “Cath…”, Death Cab have shown us hundreds of ways in which circumstances shift and we find ourselves to be different people when the light changes. We might discover newfound strength through the painsRead more…

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Live Review: Another One Bites The Dust! Chop Suey’s Last Hurrah 1/18/15

As the song goes, the times, they are a-changing. The face of Capitol Hill continues to shift and grow and morph in different ways. And while we aren’t cynics here at KEXP, some of those shifts are very, very sad, the latest of which being the demise of one of our favorite little venues, ChopRead more…

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Live Review: Zola Jesus with Deradoorian at Neptune Theatre 1/8/15

Last year, Zola Jesus returned to the scene with a new look, a new label, and new vastness that she’s never shown off before. Taiga, her first LP on Mute, puts Nika on a new plane of existence, much more natural and much stronger than she’s ever presented herself to be before. And with it,Read more…

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Live Review: Yung Lean & Sad Boys with Gravity Boys at Neumos 12/18/2014

18 year old Swedish rapper Yung Lean (Jonatan Håstad) may be one of the most polarizing, confusing faces on the independent hip-hop scene of the last few years. Pitchfork hates him. Fader loves him. The rest of us find ourselves somewhere in between, trying to balance all of the bizarre parts of the whole thatRead more…

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Live Review: KEXP Yule Benefit with Strand of Oaks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, S and Cabana at Neumos 12/20/2014

It used to be that every year about this time, KEXP would throw the Yule Benefit show, but it’s been five years since our last one. This year, music fans were in for a treat as the show returned to Neumos to raise money for the station’s new home, being built at the Seattle Center.Read more…

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Live Review: Say Hi with Unlikely Friends at Barboza 12/12/14

Holy shit, Say Hi knows how to get the party started on a Friday night at 9PM! I honestly think I saw more empty drink cups and shot glasses lining the Barboza shelf of subwoofers tonight than I’ve ever seen at their weekly Saturday night dance gigs. In a city on a hill where weRead more…

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Live Review: HAERTS & Mikky Ekko at The Crocodile 12/13/14

For all of those in attendance at the Crocodile on Saturday night, rest assured that you got see a show that will never, ever happen again. Tonight, we saw Columbia and RCA’s freshest flagship acts play a co-headlining date showing off records that are only crawling up the charts as we speak, and this willRead more…

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Live Review: Pallbearer with Sólstafir & Mortals at Barboza 12/11/14

It’s not often you get to say you saw a three band gig where all three bands blew you away for completely different reasons. Luckily for those crammed in Neumos basement at the sold out Pallbearer, Sólstafir, and Mortals show Thursday night, that was 100% the case. Each with an entirely different flavor of “I’mRead more…

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Live Review: SMooCH Benefit at Showbox at the Market 12/6/2014

Generous musicians and Seattleites came together on Saturday night for the third year in a row to raise money for sick kids and their families. Health care can be intensely expensive, and no family should have to struggle to pay for the lifesaving care their infants and children need. That’s why there’s the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund,Read more…

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Live Review: Alvvays with Absolutely Free at Barboza 12/2/14

Toronto indie rock band Alvvays introduced themselves to Seattle in quite a dazzling fashion Tuesday night. This was the band’s last US show on the tour supporting their fantastic self-titled debut (out now on Polyvinyl) before heading up across the border to finish things off before the end of the year. The sold out crowdRead more…

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