Barsuk 15: Nada Surf, Death Cab for Cutie, Mates of State, The Prom

It was a night I’ll never forget. And I’m not just saying that because I think Nada Surf is the greatest thing since baby carrots. Or because Barsuk is arguably the coolest record label since, well, ever. It was the sum of all parts—the perfectly crafted line-up, the mix of nostalgic and timeless … [Read more...]

Local Natives Serenades Seattle with Two Sold-Out Shows

Having just released a gorgeous new album, Hummingbird (out now), Local Natives graced the Neptune's stage this last Friday and Monday bringing fresh material to two sold-out, fanatic audiences. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Local Natives in spring of 2010. It was the perfect kind of day … [Read more...]

The Youth Are Getting Restless: Seattle’s All-Ages Chasm

You know you’re at a good show when the cops get a call. House shows and garage shows are special in that respect; there’s an act of defiance involved. That is punk rock; there is no apologizing involved when playing the music you love and playing it loud. On a cool July day in Anacortes, WA, … [Read more...]

Catapult Fest: A Summer Experience You Can’t Miss

Once upon a time, there was a little music festival in the seaside town of Anacortes, and it was called Bumberpalooza. It was held at the charming Washington Park and hosted a slew of local bands such as The Lonely Forest, The Oregon Donor, The Globes, Land of Pines and Candysound, among others. … [Read more...]

The Naked & Famous Electrify A Spirited Seattle Crowd

Just as I suspected, New Zealand’s Naked and Famous got stiff ‘ol Seattle moving early last week at Showbox SoDo. If you haven’t been apart of a crowd that is jumping in unison, singing along to every word, it’s a one of a kind experience. And I say that as a complete outsider. I’ll be the first … [Read more...]

The Naked and Famous Sure to Get Seattle Grooving

Undeniably, it’s the year of the international superstar. Between Australia’s Gotye, to Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men, to France’s M83, there’s no denying the musical chops that have infiltrated borders. But make room for New Zealand’s Naked and Famous on that list. With their kiwi brand of … [Read more...]

Yukon Blonde: Canadians You Won’t Want to Hate

I’ve always had a soft spot for Canadians. From the trivial amount of knowledge I have of Canadian life, I’ve always been under the impression that they know how to have a good time. I’ve had plenty of Sasquatch! experiences with Canadian folk to support that notion. If Vancouver B.C.’s Yukon … [Read more...]

Sound Off!: Not Your Average Battle of the Bands

Have you ever found yourself wanting to be ahead of the musical curve, for once? Ever wanted to find the coolest, hippest bands before the rest of the world jumps on the bandwagon? To be able to say, “I knew them when…”? Look no further than the EMP’s Sound Off! competition. The Northwest’s … [Read more...]