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January 11, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The Posies thrill crowd with “Frosting” and nostalgia | Concert review

Headlining the second night of Moe’s/Neumos anniversary shows, The Posies thrilled a capacity crowd by playing all the songs on their popular 1993 album “Frosting on the Beater,” which yielded some of the biggest hits of the band’s career – “Dream All Day,” “Solar Sister” and “Flavor of the Month.”

The show featuring The Posies, Alcohol Funnycar, Rusty Willoughby (of Pure Joy and Flop) and Pop Sickle was part of a weeklong series of concerts celebrating the 20th anniversary of Moe’s Mo’roc’n Café and the 10th anniversary of its successor, Neumos — two of the city’s most popular rock clubs of the last 20 years.

The series, which continues through Thursday, is a nostalgia trip for a generation of bands and music fans who helped build Moe’s and later Neumos into an anchor club at the center of the vibrant Capitol Hill entertainment district.

The Posies’ Beatlesque melodies and stirring harmony vocals haven’t lost their appeal, even though it’s been more than 20 years since “Frosting” was released. The Posies were clearly enjoying themselves among a crowd of enthusiastic (but non-moshing)  fans who snapped up every ticket.

The band featured its 1990s lineup – Jon Auer on vocals and guitar, Ken Stringfellow on vocals, guitar and keyboards; Dave Fox on bass, and Mike Musburger on drums.

The set included such songs as “Love Letter Boxes,” “Earlier Than Expected” and “20 Questions,” featuring soaring vocals and explosive guitars. Core members Auer and Stringfellow closed the main set with a beautiful, semi-acoustic version of “Coming Right Along,” the final song on “Frosting.”

The entire band returned for the encore, which opened with “So Caroline” from the group’s 2010 album, “Blood/Candy.” Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl was a surprise guest for another “Blood/Candy” song, the wistful “Licenses to Hide,” which originally featured Canadian singer Lisa Lobsinger.

Many once-intrepid clubgoers were growing sleepy when the encore continued almost until midnight with “Mrs. Green” (from the band’s major label debut album on DGC Records, “Dear 23”) and other songs.

Alcohol Funnycar, led by singer-guitarist Ben London, delivered a raucous set featuring such songs as “Aggravation” and “Red Wine.” Guests included two MVPs of the Seattle music scene, guitarists Kurt Bloch and Andrew McKeag, and members of Love Battery.

– Gene Stout: gene@genestout.com

Comments | Topics: Frosting on the Beater, Neumos, The Posies


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