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...]

Soaking Up Every Word: Lemolo Releases ‘The Kaleidoscope’

I think everybody was proud of them. Even the people who didn’t know them at all. Even the people who had never come to shows along with the fans who didn’t come to the difficult shows—the ones that were played to empty rooms. I think it took a few songs for proud strangers to adopt the beaming … [Read more...]

Mates of State Double Header at the Tractor

Mates of State (MOS) started off their Ballard-based double header with a bang. It may not have been packed to the rafters, but for a Thursday night and the first of two shows at the same venue... there were plenty of fans to be found shimmying the night away to the fun, upbeat tunes. The opener … [Read more...]

Drowning Men and Lets Get Lost Brought Down Tha House

On the suggestion of a few friends, I headed over to Barboza last week for a show that had some of the most unexpected elements—both outstanding and upsetting—of any I've seen this year. First up were locals Let's Get Lost. Despite the piddly crowd, I had a great time watching these guys laugh and … [Read more...]

This ‘r That: Get to Know Lemolo

Lemolo is hitting the stage at Columbia City Theater this weekend for their highly anticipated CD release shows. That's right, I said shows. The band sold out Friday night's show in less than 11 hours and immediately added a second date (Saturday), thus appeasing those who missed out on the first … [Read more...]

Kimbra is Coming! Kimbra is Coming!

When people think of Kimbra, they probably associate her with another recent sensation from Down Under, Gotye. Most people first heard her as the female voice that speaks out in the second half of his song about modern heartbreak, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Both artists rose to fame quickly … [Read more...]

This ‘r That: Pickwick

Can't be positive which of the fellas wrote this one, but I'm pretty sure it's Michael. I just love 'em, you learn so much (and yet so little at the same time). This 'r That 1. Barsuk or Sub Pop: Sub Pop 2. SAM or Frye: Haven't been to either 3. Red Hook or Chateau St. Michelle: N/A drinking … [Read more...]

Bellingham Boys: The Learning Team

Living in Seattle, we tend to forget about the outer-reaches of our area like Everett, Bellingham, Renton and Tacoma. Despite the fact that they have fewer options when it comes to venues and so less opportunities to work musical magic for the public, that doesn't mean artists are less talented. I … [Read more...]

Eric Hutchinson on Moving Up, Living Down

Eric Hutchinson's music has always struck a chord with me. (Ha. Wordplay.) His witty, honest approach to songwriting is a refreshing break from generic clichés; his songs are so blatantly relate-able that you're constantly inclined to nudge the person next to you and give them a "this guy gets me" … [Read more...]

A Quick Chat With We Are Serenades

I had a chance to shoot Adam Olenius and Markus Krunegard of We Are Serenades an email and ask them some pertinent (and not so pertinent) questions about their relationship, new album and tour. If their responses are any indication, I have a feeling we're in for a lot of fun tomorrow at the … [Read more...]