Category Archives: Live Reviews

Bumbershoot 2015, Day 1: Babes in Toyland and Fitz and the Tantrums

Despite the surprise appearance of (perennial Bumbershoot headliner) rain on Satuday evening, the dedicated crowd of Babes in Toyland fans seemed completely indifferent to the downpur. And from Kat Bjelland’s first snarling guitar chord, it was clear that she was too. In a set front-loaded with one sneering, jagged tune after another – “He’s MyRead more…

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Live Review: Modest Mouse with Mimicking Birds at the Paramount Theatre 8/25

For longtime followers of the band, it’s a little strange that Modest Mouse has now spent more time as a big-name ticket than a scrappy indie rock band from Issaquah, but in retrospect, the band’s current status goes along with Modest Mouse’s singular trajectory. Although many would label them with the “indie rock” tag, they’veRead more…

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Live Review: The Tallest Man on Earth with Lady Lamb at Moore Theatre 8/21/15

Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth, doesn’t need much for an introduction. The Swedish born singer-songwriter rocks a style so unique and unmatchable that most who’ve heard him once could recognize his sound anywhere. Blogs often attribute that unmistakable quality to his voice, for which enough treatises exist that I’ll saveRead more…

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Live Review: Alabama Shakes at Marymoor Park 8/8

At the end of Alabama Shakes‘ set at Marymoor Park, there was a conspicuous absence: their biggest hit. “Hold On” just isn’t the song that introduced the band to a wider audience, it’s still one of their greatest moments. On paper, its omission is bewilidering to say the least. (Hell, even the notoriously mercurial IsaacRead more…

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Photo Gallery: Concerts at the Mural with Justin Chan, Sassy Black, Pillar Point & The Coup 8/21

For the third Friday evening in our free Concerts at the Mural series, on Donor Appreciation Night, clear sunny skies and sweet tunes beckoned fans to fill the Seattle Center lawn. KEXP truly is a community effort, and Friday night showed what the community is all about. Justin Chan won a chance to play forRead more…

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Live Review: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar at Hilliard’s Brewery 8/15

“It’s been about 15 years since I last played in Ballard,” Dan Bejar of Destroyer reminisced, pushing back his signature crown of curls with his hand. “It’s still a very interesting place to play…” Tonight’s show was very interesting in particular: Dan was in town as part of the JanSport Bonfire Sessions, a series ofRead more…

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Live Review: Wilco with Jenny Lewis at Marymoor Park 8/11

This year is Wilco‘s twentieth anniversary, but the posit of Wilco merely being a band for two decades is a somewhat reductive statement – across their career, they’ve covered as much musical ground (and employed as many personnel) as three or four bands. They started out as alt-country lifers trying to keep at the forefrontRead more…

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Live Review: Jason Isbell with Damien Jurado at The Moore Theatre 8/7

If there’s another performer who has received two standing ovations for a single song at the Moore, Jason Isbell should call them and see if they’ll go for best two out of three, because chances are that he’ll win. The revitalized Southern songwriter is at a career high at the moment, and no other songRead more…

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 4, Part 2 – Summer nights at the Festival: FOOD! BEER! Where is the vodka?

After an exhausting day shooting four bands at the Porcelain Factory, we piled into our transport vans our sponsors provided, which were a lifesaver, and hit the hotel to clean the dust off our bodies. It was time to hit the OFF Festival! It was our second night so we all felt a little surerRead more…

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Live Review: Of Monsters and Men with Pure Bathing Culture at Marymoor Park 8/9/15

Of Monsters and Men are no longer the undiscovered artists who charmed audiences across the web back in 2010 with their intimate, stripped back living room performance, recorded by KEXP, of “Little Talks”. Since signing to a major label subsidiary, Republic Records, for their debut album in 2011, the Icelandic folk rockers have journeyed upwardsRead more…

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