Category Archives: Live Reviews

Sasquatch 2014, Day 1: Mary Lambert

Appropriately, the artist that opened Sasquatch 2014 was part of one of the key sets of Sasquatch 2013. When Mary Lambert made an appearance to sing the chorus of “Same Love”, it was one of a number of peaks in Macklemore’s triumphant headlining set last year. In her Friday afternoon mainstage set, she felt likeRead more...

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Live Review: Gardens & Villa with Tom Eddy at Barboza 5/13/14

Santa Barbara synthpop group Gardens & Villa have been on the road for nearly four months straight. Ever since their sophomore LP Dunes dropped on Secretly Canadian, they’ve been road-tripping around this county and others, showing off what a new batch of tunes and a refined live show have to offer. Both the album andRead more...

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Live Review: Childish Gambino at Paramount Theater 5/10/14

Writer, actor, director, songwriter, rapper, and all around entertainment superman, Donald Glover is a man who wears many hats. His hip-hop career under the moniker Childish Gambino hit full stride in back in 2011 with his Glassnote debut, Camp, which took his general awareness from niche rapper to mainstream success in a matter of months.Read more...

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Live Review: Lo-Fang with Erik Walters at Barboza 5/6/14

It’s been quite a year for Matthew Hemerlein. The Los Angeles-based musician operating, under the name Lo-Fang, has been piecing together his debut record Blue Film since 2009. First as a mixtape, now as a fully rendered personal work, the collection of songs seen here is awe-inspiring and strikingly unique. Hemerlein grew up a classicallyRead more...

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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Fear of Men & Ablebody at The Vera Project 5/3/2014

In his interview with Stereogum, Kip Berman historically described The Pains of Being Pure At Heart as a project about writing songs and playing them with friends. Now, almost five years since the band’s divine eponymous debut, with a new backing lineup that helped record the new LP out in a week and a half,Read more...

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Live Review: Warpaint with James Supercave at Neumos 5/2/2014

When a crowd is truly, ruthlessly in love with the band they are about to see, you can tell from the moment they walk in the room. You don’t see it often, but when it happens, it’s a spectacle that you wouldn’t trade the world for. Friday night’s show with Warpaint at Neumos had oneRead more...

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Live Review: Shabazz Palaces premiere Lese Majesty @ Pacific Science Center Laser Dome 4/26/2014

Sauntering into the IMAX Laser Dome around 7:30 on a soaking Seattle night, I had every intention of leaving the rain-drunk world behind me, seeking shelter in the Sub Pop listening-party to hear Shabazz Palaces’ forthcoming album, Lese Majesty. The combination of visually-stunning lasers, nearly gracing every inch of the color spectrum, and spine-shaking, 15,000Read more...

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Live Review: Drive-By Truckers with Shovels & Rope at Showbox SoDo 4/23

photos and text by Matthew B. Thompson Southern charm and rock ‘n’ roll descended upon the Showbox SoDo on a rainy Wednesday night. Drive-By Truckers headlined a nearly sold out show supporting their latest album: English Oceans. Concert-goers filled the cavernous hall as the Charleston, SC, based Shovels and Rope took the stage roughly anRead more...

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Live Review: The Pizza Underground at Chop Suey 4/28/2014

Warhol would’ve been proud. Although the wigged genius fostered relative grumps like the Velvet Underground as his house band, his own art was often considered just this side, if not over the line, of parody. Warhol was both revered and despised for presenting such common items as soup cans or dollar bills as art or,Read more...

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Live Review: Trust with Mozart’s Sister at Barboza 4/28/14

The whole time I drove home from the Trust show, I kept looking in the rearview expecting to see cops trying to get me to pull over. In fact, I don’t think the strobing reds and blues have stopped in my brain since the show ended, even two days later. Red and blue and redRead more...

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