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September 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Lee Fields bringing throwback soul to Neumos

(Davi Russo) “I still got it!” Five minutes into his triumphant 2012 release “Faithful Man,” Lee Fields declares what many soul-music aficionados have long known. Not only has he still “got it,” the singer, whose career began in 1969, is getting better with age. On Tuesday, Fields & The Expressions return to Neumos for their second appearance this year. Back in the ’70s, Fields toured with…

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Charles Bradley, Lee Fields

September 12, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Heatwarmer and La Luz in sync with Seattle weather | Concert review

(phone photo by Evan Smith)

(phone photo by Evan Smith)

“These guys sound like Nirvana backwards,” a guy said to me during Heatwarmer’s set Wednesday at Neumos.

He had a point, the way this band turns on a dime, changing keys and meters. But some of the crowd was singing along, which only goes to show how devoted a following this group has attracted.

Long a mainstay in the orbit of musicians that collect around the improvisatory Racer Sessions, Heatwarmer has been a favorite on the Seattle DIY scene.  On Wednesday, the synth-pop quintet celebrated the release of its self-titled debut and kicked off a national tour with a rollicking, well-attended show that also featured the eclectic pairing of avant-jazz duo Bad Luck with the washed out surf-rock of La Luz.

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Comments | More in Jazz, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bad Luck, Heatwarmer, La Luz