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Category: Americana
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.

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March 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Morrison and West mix it up at the Triple Door | Concert review

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West played the Triple Door Thursday night with Greg Spatz and John Reischman.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West played the Triple Door Thursday night with Greg Spatz and John Reischman.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West don’t always play with each other, but when they do it’s usually a thrill. That was certainly the case during a breezy, fun Thursday evening at the Triple Door.

But Morrison and West just played a Seattle show in February when they released their third album together, “I’ll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands,” and perhaps didn’t feel like running through what would probably be a similar set list. That could be why the brilliantly decided to break their show up in a unique manner.

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March 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Indie rock and rumble at the Tractor | Concert review

The Lonely Wild played the Tractor Tavern Wednesday.

The Lonely Wild played the Tractor Tavern Wednesday.

The Tractor Tavern billed its Wednesday show as “Indie Night,” which isn’t quite descriptive enough for our purposes. Sonic earthquake would be more accurate.

It’s not rare to find bands that are loud, but catching two groups on opposite ends of the Wall of Sound spectrum was a treat. First up was the nuanced avalanche of sound from Nashville, the Apache Relay, and the satisfying jangle of “Growing Pains,” from the band’s 2014 self-titled album. 

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March 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Morrison and West find their balance at the Triple Door | Concert preview

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play the Triple Door Thursday night. Photo by Sol Gutierrez.

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West play the Triple Door Thursday night. Photo by Sol Gutierrez.

Touring never gets easier. Packing your life into a suitcase, trucking all that gear halfway across the country and back again, eating in strange cities and sleeping strange beds — it can all add up to a lot of hard work. It’s the kind of life you’d want to live for a week, not three months at a time.

But making music isn’t the same as playing it, and for Cahalen Morrison and Eli West the act of making music together has gotten decidedly easier as the years have gone on. 

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March 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The Apache Relay dig deeper at the Tractor Tavern | Concert preview

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

Listening to the first moments of The Apache Relay’s new single “Katie Queen of Tennessee,” it’s easy to pick up on the Nashville sextuplet’s pop pedigree in the cloying violin twirl and breezy snare drum. It’s a sophisticated start to their self-titled sophomore album, an 11-song collection full of satisfying, layered moments due out April 22.

“We’re all very inspired by Phil Spector and everything he did with that wall of sound thing,” said guitarist Ben Ford said. “I think on this record we did try to channel a little bit of that, in our own way. Our musical tastes are very eclectic and I think on this record that’s coming out, we thought, ‘This feels right. Let’s go with it.’”

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0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: soil and the sun, the apache relay, the lonely wild

March 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM

New Johnny Cash album rescued from the vaults | New recordings

Johnny Cash, ‘Out Among the Stars’ (Columbia/Legacy)

New Cash album uncovers tracks recorded in the 1980s. (Columbia/Legacy)

New Cash album uncovers tracks recorded in the 1980s. (Columbia/Legacy)

This release is a real find. It’s not a collection of unfinished demos, alternate tracks, or outtakes. It’s a bonafide, brand new Johnny Cash album compiled from tracks Cash recorded in 1981 and 1984 but were left to languish in the vaults. Until now.

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February 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Good music, bad vibes at Sun Kil Moon show | Concert review

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek played Seattle Friday. Photo by Bill Ellison.

“I’m spilling my guts up here and you guys won’t shut up.”

So went one of several tense exchanges between Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek and his audience Friday at The Neptune Theatre.

In contrast to the delicate, vulnerable nature of his songwriting, the San Francisco singer-guitarist’s disposition can be ornery, even caustic.

Friday, however, his ire was warranted.

Before he even played a note, Kozelek was fighting an uphill battle. The venue staff was asleep at the switch, unresponsive to his pleas for more light onstage and more reverb on his nylon-stringed guitar.

Misreading his frustration as contempt, some showgoers started heckling Kozelek, casting a pall of negativity over a night meant to celebrate the 47-year-old artist’s current renaissance.

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February 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The Head and the Heart bring it all back home | Concert preview

Seattle’s refreshingly earnest neo-folkies The Head and the Heart continue to rock the world with their recent album, “Let’s Be Still,” as they’ve been anything but, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and confirming a slot at this year’s Coachella festival. They’re back home for two nights, with Rose Windows and La Luz opening Friday and the…

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February 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Wintergrass celebrates bluegrass collaborations | Festival preview

The crowd's part of the show at Wintergrass. (Maria Camillo)

The crowd’s part of the show at Wintergrass. (Maria Camillo)

Organizers of this year’s Wintergrass, the annual bluegrass-music festival hosted in Bellevue, chose “The Power of Interaction and Collaboration” as their theme.

In that spirit, they formed a special band — members include former Prairie Home Companion music director Peter Ostroushko and Pearl Django member David Lange — and will offer workshops on collaboration.

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0 Comments | More in Americana, Folk | Topics: Chris Thile, Festival Preview, tim o'brien

February 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Rosanne Cash brings ‘The River & the Thread’ | Concert preview

(Clay Patrick McBride)

(Clay Patrick McBride)

“I think it takes until middle age before you’re interested in your ancestry,” says singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, 58, who has had 11 No. 1 country singles and also happens to be the daughter of the late Johnny Cash. “I thought my connection to the South was just a footnote.”

That was before Cash and her husband (and producer) John Leventhal and her 13-year-old son took a road trip to the South.

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