Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: Modern Sky Festival 2015, Part 1 – Miserable Faith, Ariel Pink and Mirel Wagner

It’s been an exciting couple years for Chinese record label Modern Sky. Not only did they just sign rock stalwarts Miserable Faith for their first ever U.S. tour – they’ve also expanded their hugely successful music festival into two U.S. cities in the span of just as many years. While Modern Sky has been happeningRead more…

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Live Review: Hinds with Public Access TV at The Vera Project 10/11/15

Some gigs feel like a secret you have all to yourself. The first time Savages played in Seattle, the band had released one song and the room was half full. Half a year later, they sold out Neumos months in advance of the date. The first time HAIM played Seattle, their Neumos date sold outRead more…

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Live Review: My Morning Jacket with Strand of Oaks at The Moore 10/3/15

Describing My Morning Jacket’s live show is almost as difficult as describing their music. While tagging it with a reductive broad stroke isn’t that hard (“rock music”), listing out the individual elements that play into the band’s style can come off as too disparate to make it their music seem comprehensible, much less good. OccasionallyRead more…

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Live Review: Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and The Felice Brothers at the Moore Theatre 9/29/15

You’d be forgiven for asking why Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and the Felice Brothers were playing the Moore this September. They were on a brief, West Coast-only jaunt, none of them have records out this year, and because of it, there was barely any publicity for the show. But even for those who walked byRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 5: Thievery Corporation at the Showbox SoDo

With a festival as genre specific as Decibel, it might be easy to assume that once you’ve seen a few shows, you’ve seen them all. But it stands as a testament to both the influence of electronic music and the diversity of Decibel’s showcases that from night to night the variety can feel endless. NoRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 4: Optical 1: Dark Overtones at The Triple Door

Avant-garde electronic music is probably the last thing people think of when they hear “dinner theater”, but that’s exactly what Decibel Festival attendees got if they were lucky enough to snag a spot at the sold out Optical 1 showcase. After fine dining courtesy of the famed Wild Ginger kitchen, audience members at The TripleRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 3: MOTOR at The Crocodile

Excuse the bad pun, but the MOTOR showcase on Friday night of Decibel Festival is where the rubber hit the road. From Pharmakon’s primal yells to Shifted’s asymmetrical time signatures, the noise and industrial leanings of the evening’s artists were not for the faint of heart. Show attendees had the look of more serious musicalRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 1: Nicolas Jaar, IG88 and Stimmhalt at Showbox at the Market

Decibel Festival has spent the last 11 years building a movement. This is no run of the mill, mindless EDM party. Instead, Decibel is a unique multi venue music, arts, and lecture series that brings some of the best, brightest, and most interesting to the Emerald City. And night one at Showbox at the MarketRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 2: Subversion at Showbox at the Market

One prominent feature of Decibel Festival is the way its schedule breaks down into rather meticulously set showcases. Unlike most other festivals, in which entry to one location likely grants access to every stage, Decibel also sells individual tickets to each show as an alternative to more expensive weekend passes. That means a good portionRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 4: Sublime at Showbox at the Market

When attempting to describe electronic music, natural and organic are usually quite far down on the list of adjectives used. But Saturday’s Decibel Fest 2015 Sublime Showcase showed Seattle how the natural and organic can be beautifully integrated into cold and computing machines to make captivating music. The stacked line up of Gilligan Moss, ManateeRead more…

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