Author Archives: Jacob Webb

Live Review: Laura Marling at Showbox at the Market 4/28/17

For many years, the mantle of “most consistently stellar artist” seemed to be squarely on the shoulders of Spoon, but there’s an argument for it to be moved over, if it hasn’t already shifted, to Laura Marling. Six very good-to-great albums that each built on its predecessor will do that, though. In a live setting,Read more…

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Live Review: Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles at Paramount Theatre 4/15/2017

It is a truly beautiful sight to see a swarm of of black t-shirts filling up the halls of an 89-year old theater. A strikingly atypical one, considering the venue’s usual programming, but a beautiful one nonetheless. Mastodon’s return to Seattle coincided not just with the Georgia outfit’s most focused (and perhaps not coincidentally, theirRead more…

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Live Review: Hamilton Leithauser at Tractor Tavern 1/21

You know when Hamilton Leithauser is about to hit a key vocal line. Like Arjen Robben dropping his shoulder before shooting on goal or Michael Jordan sticking his tongue out before driving to the hoop, Leithauser pulls the mic away from his face, tightens his shoulders, and then nails it – whether its a borderline-spokenRead more…

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Music that Matters: Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music That Matters, Vol. 540 – Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls DJRead more…

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Live Review: Sturgill Simpson at Paramount Theatre 11/11

The increasingly common trend of anniversary tours has further validated a longstanding posit that, for better or for worse, audiences and performers both hold: almost everyone wants to hear your old material more than they want to hear your new material.(There is a reason Paul McCartney closes with “Hey Jude.”) So maybe that’s why SturgillRead more…

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Live Review: Kanye West at Key Arena 10/19/16

To know Kanye West is to love him, but to be in an endless mosh pit fifteen feet under him is something even more. It’s limitless devotion to the church of Yeezus. It’s agreeing wholeheartedly when Ye compares himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, or, most notably, God. And in turn, much like I AmRead more…

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Live Review: Foals with Bear Hands at Paramount Theatre 9/23/2016

The last time Foals were in town, frontman Yannis Philipakkis jumped off the Neptune Theatre’s balcony into the crowd. It was, quite frankly, as thrilling as it was dangerous. On the band’s return trip to Seattle three years later, he (wisely) did not jump from the Paramount Theatre’s balcony. Personal safety aside, Philipakkis can’t reallyRead more…

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Live Review: Sigur Rós at Paramount Theatre 9/20/2016

The last time they were at the Paramount Theatre, Sigur Rós were touring behind their just-released sixth album Valtari, their final LP with founding member Kjartan Sveinsson, who declined to tour with them that year and would fully quit the band not long after. That album remains the most mellow in their catalog, but itsRead more…

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Music that Matters: Ready for the Magic

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists. Currently you’ll hear: Music that Matters, Vol. 530 – Ready for the Magic In this enchanting mix ofRead more…

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715: How Justin Vernon Walked Away from Bon Iver and Returned with the Stunning 22, A Million

While a room full of journalists listened to 22, A Million, the highly-anticipated third Bon Iver album, in the Oxbow Hotel on a Friday night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Justin Vernon did what anyone else would do before a big interview: he smoked a cigarette. He knew he was maybe twenty minutes away from sittingRead more…

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