Category Archives: Live Reviews

Live Review: SMooCH Benefit at Showbox at the Market 12/6/2014

Generous musicians and Seattleites came together on Saturday night for the third year in a row to raise money for sick kids and their families. Health care can be intensely expensive, and no family should have to struggle to pay for the lifesaving care their infants and children need. That’s why there’s the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund,Read more…

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Live Review: Alvvays with Absolutely Free at Barboza 12/2/14

Toronto indie rock band Alvvays introduced themselves to Seattle in quite a dazzling fashion Tuesday night. This was the band’s last US show on the tour supporting their fantastic self-titled debut (out now on Polyvinyl) before heading up across the border to finish things off before the end of the year. The sold out crowdRead more…

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Live Review: Death From Above 1979 with Biblical at Neumos 11/19/14

Well, that was a long time coming, but I’ll be damned if that could have been any better than it was. Death From Above 1979 made a great record back in 2004 – like a really great record. You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine put DFA 1979 on the map like clockwork, feeding the bandRead more…

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Live Review: FKA Twigs with BOOTS at Showbox at the Market 11/18/14

Before the Fallon performance, FKA Twigs was a pervasive mystery – a voice and an image spun together in perfect unity to create something entirely other worldly that you felt both drawn to and intimidated by. Maybe it was fear, or maybe it was just mystery, but either way, FKA Twigs was impossible to lookRead more…

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Live Review: Twin Peaks with Meatbodies at Vera Project 11/19/14

All photos by Brittany Brassell This past Wednesday at The Vera Project felt more like an awesome house party with all your friends – somewhere sunny and warm, and where a bunch of grimy dudes are taking turns playing songs in said party house’s dad’s garage – people chilling on the driveway, dancing or thrashingRead more…

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Live Review: Shakey Graves with Esmé Patterson and Rayland Baxter at Neumos 11/15/2014

All photos by Matthew B. Thompson If you were anywhere in Seattle on the evening of November 15th, Neumos was the venue you’d count yourself lucky to spend it at. Those who ventured out to Capitol Hill, hopefully with tickets in hand, were treated to an outstanding sold-out performance by Shakey Graves. Alejandro Rose-Garcia whoRead more…

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Live Review: Little Big Show #10 feat. Ben Gibbard & Eric Anderson of Cataldo @ Neptune Theatre 11/15/14

Little Big Shows tend to sell out – that much is true. But with Little Big Show #10, Seattle broke a ground speed record, as tickets were gone almost before they even appeared. Every few months, KEXP joins Starbucks Seattle Theater Group to spotlight a Seattle charity with a show at the Neptune Theatre soRead more…

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Live Review: Julian Casablancas + the Voidz with Mac DeMarco at Showbox 11/13/14

Julian Casablancas kicked off his Showbox set Thursday night with an eleven minute experimental track about the corruption of the music industry and the doom of creativity called “Human Sadness”. It is truly a new era for one of our generation’s best songwriters, personally coming full circle with the highs and lows of indie rockRead more…

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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from theRead more…

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Live Review: The Black Keys with Jake Bugg at Key Arena 11/1/2014

“The Black Keys performing live on stage.” That’s one of a handful of statements on the Akron, Ohio duo’s line of exaggeratedly plain tour merchandise, but it’s also an unintentionally spot-on statement about the Black Keys’ shows. Not only are their performances built around straightforward versions of their eight-album-deep recorded catalog, they know it. EverRead more…

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