Tag Archives: Barboza

Live Review: METZ with Nail Polish at Barboza 6/17/16

Theoretically, if you asked me what show would constitute my ultimate pipedream throwdown in a basement by an active, living band, I think I’d pick METZ. The Ontario group signed to Sub Pop in 2012 and immediately took throneroom space aside some of North America’s finest punk names. Two albums deep and primed for aRead more…

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Live Review: Prince Rama with Dinner at Barboza 4/3/16

Brooklyn synth-pop duo Prince Rama ask their audience a simple question halfway through their new LP, Xtreme Now. “When was the last time you had fun?” On the record, it’s supposed to be a question about belief, about conviction, and about our response to that in a positive and nourishing manner. In a real lifeRead 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: Andrew W.K. with The Fabulous Downey Brothers at Barboza 6/29/15

Andrew W.K. is a brilliant capitalist. Need proof? Here’s one: he’s still a cultural zeitgeist even now in 2015. Generations have come to Andrew through a stunning variety of mediums. You may know him from his now-classic 2001 party soundtrack to end all party soundtracks I Get Wet, or from his contemplative Village Voice columnRead more…

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Live Review: Shy Girls with P. Morris at Barboza 5/28/15

Something felt different in the Neumos basement last week as the crowd packed in to see Shy Girls. The Portland electronic act, led by Dan Vidmar, has been around for a couple years, dropping lush EPs including the lauded Timeshare, making earnest love songs for the introspective bedroom-ridden listener. But the crowd tonight wasn’t hereRead more…

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Live Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Nurses at Barboza 5/9/15

For almost five years now as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson has been learning how to give himself away. On his eponymous debut, it was from behind the closed door of a bedroom, where we heard psychedelic funk gems muffled through the wall and wanted to know more. On 2013’s II, the door cracked aRead more…

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Live Review: Body Language at Barboza 2/17/15

There’s only so many ways I can say it: Brooklyn dance outfit Body Language deserves to be twice as big as they are in every way. Almost seven years into their band’s career, two LPs and a handful of excellent EPs and singles to their name all with massively different character and direction, Body LanguageRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Body Language at Barboza 2/17/15

Brooklyn electronic group Body Language will be throwing a dance party in Barboza. You need to be there. If you are unfamiliar, jump to the band’s Soundcloud and begin familiarizing. The band has grown in leaps and bounds over the last couple years, not because they needed a ton of practice, but because even withRead 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: 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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