Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Conor Oberst with Jonathan Wilson at Showbox at the Market 9/30/2014

Conor Oberst has spent an entire career fighting against expectations. Even if he wasn’t saddled with the “new Dylan” tags upon his emergence in the early 2000s, there undoubtedly still would have been a focus on his age (20 at the release of Bright Eyes’ 2000 breakthrough Fevers and Mirrors), his roots (his involvement withRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Friends of Friends Showcase, featuring Salva, Nadastrom, Groundislava, and Deru + Effixx

Closing up Decibel Festival is no small task, but if anyone is up to the task and still ready to party after four previous nights of madness, it’s LA hip hop collective Friends of Friends. The group houses a brilliant group of young musicians, specializing in electronic, trap, hip-hop, and experimental music, all finding waysRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 3 – Playful Dischord with Kangding Ray and Oneohetrix Point Never

During Decibel Festival, Optical 3: Playful Dischord took place at the Sky Church, this time featuring Berlin’s Kangding Ray, Atom™ HD/AV and ending with Oneohetrix Point Never with visual artist Nate Boyce. This stacked line-up explored everything from dance to deep space. Kangding Ray, a former architect and experimenter on label Raster-Noton, brought dance-acceptable but stillRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 2 – Huminary, feat. Max Cooper, Survive, and Alice Boman

Year in and year out, Optical showcases provide a great many of Decibel Festival’s highlights, and Thursday’s showcase, Optical 2, proved an especially diverse and engaging evening of music as Alice Boman, Survive and Max Cooper offered up compelling sets over the program’s three hour runtime. Swedish artist Alice Boman and her band, fresh offRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Sines of Life, featuring El Ten Eleven, Yppah, Blue Hawaii, and Vox Mod

Both Friday and Saturday’s Decibel Festival festivities were stacked top to bottom with incredibly good sets, at pretty much every venue in the greater Seattle area. And somehow this year, the festival organizers have done an incredible job at giving each set an incredible sense of creative continuity from beginning to end. But out ofRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Modern Love with Demdike Stare, Andy Stott, and Millie + Andrea

As audiences are prone to reflect the shows they are attending, the Decibel Festival crowd at Demdike Stare and Andy Stott was filled with the more experimental seeking fans, those in all black or all white, eyes wide, hair cut expressively in abstract shapes. Demdike Stare, a.k.a. Miles Whittaker, was a satisfying onslaught of noiseRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Dance Nostalgic, featuring Com Truise, Lindstrøm, Midnight Magic, and Avalon Emerson

Saturday night is the night for dancing – Decibel Festival fans have known that for 10 years. You’ll dance every other night of the festival too, no doubt. But Saturday is where you can bank on the fact that you will work up a sweat on the dance floor and at one point consider buyingRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Opening Gala with Sabota, Natasha Kmeto, and Lusine

2014’s Decibel Festival opening gala focused on bringing three of the PNW’s finest electronic acts to the most central space of this year’s festival, the EMP’s Sky Church. The massive iconic space felt hallowed as excited people filled in. Opening the showcase was Vancouver’s Sabota – with smooth live vocals and multi-layered visuals. Natasha KmetoRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Rhythm & Bass, featuring TOKiMONSTA & Baths

Rhythm and bass: perhaps the only two places of common space in the Venn diagram between electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA and dark synth pop wunderkind Baths – well, those and Los Angeles, I suppose. Both Jennifer Lee and Will Weisenfeld bend and break the pop skeleton and reshape it into something you would have neverRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 1 – Kinesthesia

The first of six Optical showcases at this year’s Decibel Festival, Kinesthesia (“awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs”) proved to be an apt title for Wednesday’s event. A musically and visually diverse presentation, the parts of which created something large than the sum ofRead more…

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