SXSW Recap: March 13th, 2013

My first trip to SXSW started with a cab ride to the airport in a white Lincoln towncar.  Our driver was a former employee at Arista Records, and we had a sweet little puppy companion, so we were off to a good start. Moments later it was made even better by the realization that Telekinesis was on … [Read more...]

Looking Forward By Lookin’ Back: Sasquatch 2012 in photos

Last year's Sasquatch was my first experience writing/shooting for IRW, and while I did get a lot of day-time reviews and interviews up, we just couldn't manage to get my big gallery up in the madness of the moment.  Apparently sifting through 5,000 photos and editing a handful takes some time … [Read more...]

Sondre Lerche Rocks The Croc — Norwegian Style

If there was a word to describe Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche's recent set at The Crocodile, it would be — unexpected. Maybe "delightful," "raucous," "charming"... we could go on and on about how wonderful he was, and those who were packed in next to us on that night would probably agree … [Read more...]

El Vez at Bumbershoot

There's always a crazy costume or two to be found at Bumbershoot. This year it wasn't just the fans or participants in Elvistravaganza, El Vez got into the act as well (though weirdly they do sound an awful lot alike). Natalie dropped in on their set and this one you don't want to miss. … [Read more...]

Bryan John Appleby at Bumbershoot

Bryan John Appleby (BJA) has been on IRW's radar for a very very long time. You've heard Julia gush about his live performances, Morgen has shot so many of his shows that she's lost count and now we've sucked Natalie into the mix. He has a way of mesmerizing you without a hint of egotism and you … [Read more...]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Bumbershoot

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are super sweet and their music is light and fun. Just what you'd expect if someone describes a band as "pop". A little bit rock, a little eighties synth and a lead male vocalist using a slightly higher-than-typical pitch. You can almost see the black and white album … [Read more...]

Ty Segall at Bumbershoot

It's a known fact that Ty Segall is a dynamo on stage. He may look unassuming as he comes on stage but that's when the low-key ambiance gets kicked into high gear. Natalie caught him in the act with this great gallery. … [Read more...]

Lee Fields and the Expressions at Bumbershoot

Lee Fields is not a product of the soul revival, but has surely experienced its benefits. He’s been making music since the late 1960s and it looks like he has no intention of stopping. When I arrived at his set on Sunday, he was on full speed, sweating all over the place, pleading to the audience … [Read more...]

Don’t Talk To The Cops!

IRW's Tara says: Don't Talk to the Cops! I get it now. For me, it wasn't the music that hit it home (though the music was fun and upbeat). It was the live physical energy-- the straight-up hyperactive, bouncing off the wall, dance till you drop, we might explode enthusiasm. It was wild and … [Read more...]

Spring Standards and Rhett Miller, A Beautifull Combo

I am continually surprised by shows I see at the Crocodile,  including Rhett Miller's set a couple weeks ago. He was happy about the newly remodeled space, but Miller seemed starry-eyed at his KEXP in-studio earlier this month, when he mentioned that he had his first Seattle show at the Croc many … [Read more...]