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April 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alt-rock’s Switchfoot still savors surfing | Concert preview

(Photo by Chris Burkard / ©ChrisBurkard)

(Photo by Chris Burkard / ©ChrisBurkard)

Grammy-winning rock band Switchfoot, which plays the Showbox Friday, began life on the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego, where brothers Jon and Tim Foreman and friend Chad Butler shared a passion for surfing.

They decided to name their band for a surfing term that describes a change in stance and direction, providing a metaphor for the alternative-rock group’s inevitable musical evolution.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Showbox, Switchfoot

April 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Tacocat to perform free show on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Taproom

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard's Taproom on Thursday, April 24.

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard’s Taproom on Thursday, April 24. (Photo by Kyle Johnson)

Tacocat, everyone’s favorite palindrome band, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Beer Brewery and Taproom, 1550 N.W. 49th St., Seattle. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP. The event is limited to those 21 and over.

Seattle Seahawk’s mascot, Blitz, will make a special appearance and be available for photos with fans. A food truck will be offering free hotdogs to the first 300 people in the door.

KEXP DJ Alex Ruder will be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

Warning: Infectious pop song below.


0 Comments | Topics: Crimson Wave, DJ Alex Ruder, KEXP

April 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs step back into the light | Concert preview

The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs perform live Tuesday at Seattle’s Showbox club. Photo by Piper Ferguson.

When The Times last spoke with Greg Dulli two years ago, The Afghan Whigs main man teased about the possibility of new material from his revitalized band.

“If there’s something to say later,” he’d said, “I’m sure we’ll say it.”

There was — and they have.

“Do to the Beast,” their first LP since 1998, hits stores Tuesday — with a celebratory Showbox gig that night.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Ohio, Showbox, Sub Pop

April 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A$AP Rocky, Spoon and Chromeo to headline 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The lineup for the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party features A$AP Rocky, Spoon, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The War on Drugs, ODESZA, Sol, A$AP Ferg, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, Budos Band, Tanlines, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Cymbals and Shy Girls.

The music and arts festival runs July 25-27 and takes place in a six-block area of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with two outdoor stages as well as music and events happening in the clubs, bars and restaurants within the gates.

Discounted three-day passes are available today through Friday for $99 and are available at the Capitol Hill Block Party website.

Three-day passes are $125 in advance, individual day passes are $50 in advance and $60 day of and at the door.


0 Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Capitol Hill Block Party 2014, Seattle

April 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Seattle music’s bright new face, Vaudeville Etiquette | New recordings

Vaudeville EtiquetteVaudeville Etiquette, ‘Debutantes & Dealers’ (Sunyata)

This debut album from Vaudeville Etiquette establishes the band as one of the bright new faces of Seattle music. Produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Walking Papers), mixed by Jack Endino and photographed by Charles Peterson — this band has a high pedigree, with those talents involved.


0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: Debutantes & Dealers, New Recordings, Vaudeville Etiquette

April 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Eckstein Middle School jazz kids hit Reno jackpot

Seattle's Eckstein Middle School Band

Seattle’s Eckstein Middle School Band

Those Seattle jazz kids did it again at the Reno Jazz Festival this past Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12, with Eckstein Middle School sweeping the major categories and picking up multiple individual awards. The Eckstein outfit is conducted by Cuauhtemoc “Moc” Escobedo.

Here are the Seattle-area winners:


0 Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Eckstein Middle School, Reno Jazz Festival, Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences

April 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 is sold out!

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

After cancelling the first-ever second weekend of Sasquatch!, originally scheduled for July 4-6, Adam Zacks and LiveNation announced that the original weekend, scheduled for May 23 – 25 has completely sold out.


0 Comments | Topics: Sasquatch 2014

April 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Reinvented Barcelona shines with electropop sound | Concert review

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Note: This post was scheduled for the weekend and didn’t get posted because I don’t understand how dates work. So enjoy it today!

Watching a band reinvent itself can often be a painful experience, especially if that reinvention isn’t quite complete when they take that new material on the road. Fortunately for Seattle’s Barcelona, the transition from indie rock to a shimmering electropop was complete by the time they took they stage Thursday at Neumos.

After strong opening sets from Seattle’s Gibraltar and Portland-based Mackintosh Braun, Barcelona announced the change immediately with the sinister blast of 80s synth and soaring vocals of “Paper Lion,” a standout track from their new three-EP set “The Melodrama.” It was all the proof needed; Barcelona is a much different band.


0 Comments | Topics: barcelona, gibraltar, mackintosh braun

April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Oxymoron", Concert Preview, Schoolboy Q

April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get your Goat | Concert preview


New Sub Pop signees Goat, from Sweden, perform live in Seattle Monday. Photo courtesy of the band.

Among music nerds, it’s a fun exercise: play some friends an ahead-of-its-time record — like Can’s 1971 Krautrock landmark “Tago Mago” or Big Star’s 1972 power-pop blueprint “#1 Record” — and ask what year they think it’s from.

Goat’s “World Music” inverts this game.

Made in 2013 — but sounding pre-digital era — it’s a dizzying amalgam of hypnotic rhythms, childlike vocals, bongos, organ and wah, drawing upon everything from progressive rock to Indian raga and West African guitar music.

The Swedish group inked a Stateside distribution deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label last month; they’re in town Monday, headlining Neumos.

Enigmatic types to say the least, Goat doesn’t divulge involved parties’ names — but an anonymous member, speaking on the band’s behalf, answered a handful of questions via email.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: psychedelic, Sub Pop, Sweden

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