Bumbershoot Day 2: Packed With Great Acts, Top to Bottom

Many seasons have passed since Honcho had stepped through the gates of Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival and I have grown increasingly weary. No joke, I can’t begin to remember what year I attended last. Has it been that long or has the addition of “little d” and “little h” to the Grouch … [Read more...]

Honcho Discusses “Shake”, The New Song by Head and the Heart

Editor's Note: I've chatted with Honcho before about music and to be honest, it's a wonder he still listens at all. Generally he has trouble getting into most popular music and especially the Americana movement that's so blatant in Seattle right now. So... you might be as shocked as I am when you … [Read more...]

Honcho Accepted the CHBP Challenge: Friday

Dark alleys, seedy individuals and a neighborhood with a distinct look, character and vibe: that was the Capitol Hill I lived in circa 2001. I lived in an old apartment building behind Seattle Central with an ex-girlfriend I “done wrong”. The Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) was a small, one stage; … [Read more...]

2Tone Skanking @ The Showbox with The English Beat!

The Beat, The English Beat, The British Beat or just Dave Wakeling, wherever you are and whatever you call them, this band is all about the “2 Tone” British ska movement of the late 70’s and early 80’s. The distinct and party-inducing voice of Dave Wakeling fronts the US version of the band, The … [Read more...]

CHBP or How I Learned to Navigate Drunk Idiots

Another Capitol Hill Block Party has come and gone, and as usual I was unable to see all the acts on my punch list. This was due to many factors: running into people I know in between venues, my inability to navigate the labyrinth of fences for the “booze garden” and my odd desire to stay after each … [Read more...]

The Gaslight Anthem Light Up Seattle

Touring in preparation of a new album is tough business. The band must still work out how to translate the new songs into the live realm, gauge the interest in new songs and still play the old catalog and hits. But when you are The Gaslight Anthem, you could play songs from Sesame Street and fans … [Read more...]

West Seattle SummerFest brings the noise July 13th – July15th

Seattle is blessed with plenty of street fairs, neighborhood block parties and “bumberthings”, but as most people know Seattle is NOT blessed with a whole lot of sun during the year. Even so, the West Seattle SummerFest seems to make the sun shine for music fans and this year is going to … [Read more...]

“Runaways”, new single by The Killers!

The Killers just dropped their first single, “Runaways”, off the upcoming album Battle Scars and it is BIG!! The first album, Hot Fuss, wore the bands 80’s influence on it’s sleeve, but “Runaways” is arena rock 80’s! Big guitars and a bass and drum line that locks in and gallops along with Brandon … [Read more...]

Winning Raffle Numbers From Tax Benefit Show

Thank you to all those that bought raffle tickets at IRW's Dance Tax Benefit show @ Columbia City Theater.  Some lucky ones already picked up their prizes, but we had some winning tickets that didn't get claimed. Sorry for the delay, winners. Here is the list of winning raffle tickets and the … [Read more...]

The Drums Bring Their 80s Sound to Neumos

Sometimes kids say the stupidest things! Wait, let me explain what I mean by that. I saw The Drums play Sasquatch last year, and they were great. The crowd was full of dumb-ass kids with stupid “Indian headdresses” on, but that wasn’t The Drums' fault. So as I am walking out at the end of their set, … [Read more...]