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...]

Bonobo: A Name in Lights

Last Thursday, I braved a school night to watch Bonobo perform a sold out live set at the Showbox Market. My friend Ashley accompanied me because, as everyone knows, concerts are more fun plus one. Upon checking our coats and grabbing a couple of drinks, we scoped out the rest of venue for a prime … [Read more...]

Life After Labels: Andrew McMahon Headlines the Showbox

If you’ve ever woken up in a car, kissed a drunk girl or just needed a holiday from reality, Andrew McMahon has a song that’s got you covered. The recently independent artist is stepping away from his former bands and record labels and playing under a new moniker: his own name. Although it may not … [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...]

Ben Folds Brought the House Down

Everyone's heard that anthem for bad relationships and impossible situations dubbed "Brick". In '97 it hit the shelves and by '98 it became a permanent part in our memory of those youthful days of summer. It was depressing as hell but spoke right to us, no metaphors or hidden symbolism. That's … [Read more...]

Seattle – You Can Thank Me for Kimbra Now, or Later

A friend of mine told me today that I am to be credited for introducing Seattle to Kimbra. While at first I resisted the idea and suggested that maybe it was her Top of the Charts hit with Gotye that did it, she countered by saying that even before all of that I was hailing the wonder that is … [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...]

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...]

Temper Trap Lights It Up and Crocodiles Thrash

The Crocodiles were just as I expected, a great cross of rock and punk with just as much energy as you'd think. The band thrashed around the stage as the end of their set neared and the crowd was caught up in the storm of notes swirling around them. Despite the warm temperature inside the venue, the … [Read more...]

Crocodiles Pop Into Seattle With Temper Trap

Don't let their mod-style clothing choices fool you; Crocodiles (not to be confused with "The Crocodiles" from New Zealand) have a great heavy pop feel far removed from the shoe-gazer attitude their look may emanate. These guys (and girls) don't just sit around looking cool; I'd say it would be hard … [Read more...]