Falling Slowly, Then All at Once With Cataldo

Lately, I've been in a music slump. There's been so much greatness in our dear Emerald City and in 2014 as a whole, but I just haven't felt that sense of urgency to give my time to it. There is one exception to all of this: Cataldo's album Gilded Oldies. I found Cataldo a few years back and from the … [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...]

The Gang’s Back Together: Acoustic Night at Neumos

There's been a shift in the music scene lately, have you felt it? In the heady days of The Head and the Heart (HATH), Hey Marseilles, Campfire OK and Bryan John Appleby we couldn't get enough of the "americana" sound. Now it's almost a punchline as we're gnashing our teeth and wishing for something … [Read more...]

Hey Marseilles Album Release Show: New Record, Same Devoted Fans

The great thing about the crowd at a Hey Marseilles show — and in particular, at Friday's album release show for Lines We Trace — is that everyone seems to know the words and feel a sense of total comfort in singing and clapping along at the tops of their projecting abilities. The funny clapping … [Read more...]

A Night at Neumos Filled With Hot Bodies

One of the greatest  things about following the local music scene so closely is watching bands grow. Seeing the groups that have so much potential move into their own and find that sweet spot. Hot Bodies in Motion (HBIM) has been around for about four years and we've been watching since the … [Read more...]

Neumos Takes a Trip with Chris Robinson Brotherhood

It was the Saturday following Thanksgiving, after the frantic holiday preparations, massive feasts, food coma, and black Friday craziness had passed. It was also time to hit the music venues for a night of kickin' back and actually enjoying time with family and friends.  This particular night, 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...]

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...]

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...]

Vid: The Drowning Men’s “Disorder Here We Come”

Tonight at Barboza, The Drowning Men are hitting the stage. We came across this little gem of a video and wanted to share it. If you love old sea-based movies and fun rock music, you're in for a treat. Check it out and then head to Barboza tonight to see 'em in person along with River City Extension … [Read more...]