Category Archives: Live Reviews

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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Live Review: HÆLOS with NAVVI at Sunset Tavern 1/27

You’ll wish you could say you were there. It was just one of those shows that all in attendance knew they were blessed by some kind of angelic beings to attend, as HÆLOS played for a respectably sized, though not packed, crowd at The Sunset Tavern last week. The UK trio decided to advance theirRead more…

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Live Review: Ty Segall & the Muggers at the Neptune Theatre 1/21

If you happened to have watched KEXP’s Live Video stream of Ty Segall & the Muggers earlier this day, you’d have a pretty good sneak preview of the evening’s coming attractions at the Neptune Theatre: creepy baby mask, plenty of saliva, and some of the catchiest darn garage-punk out there today. As I sat inRead more…

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Live Review: Shabazz Palaces with Camp Lo at Neptune Theatre on New Year’s Eve

The New Year has its own special meaning in the world of music. While most of the world is looking forward, it’s a time for many audiophiles to luxuriously look back as they compile lists of their favorite records, concerts and memorable moments from the year past. In this sense, Shabazz Palaces may be a curiousRead more…

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