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Category: Rock/Pop
April 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Special Explosion ready to go off | Concert preview

Special Explosion

Special Explosion plays a record-release show Friday at The Vera Project. Photo by Tommy Calderon.

For local DIY showgoers, indie rockers Special Explosion have become such a staple since emerging in 2010 it’s easy to forget half the members still can’t legally drink.

Regardless, the young Eastsiders deserve a toast. They just returned from their first U.S. tour — supporting their first widely available vinyl EP, “The Art of Mothering” — and this Friday at The Vera Project, they’ll take a victory lap.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: School of Rock, Sound Off!, The Vera Project

April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day

The first Record Store Day of the year is set for this Saturday, April 19, when record shops across the country will carry limited edition vinyl releases as a means of luring customers into their stores. And there’s a nice selection of rarities from Pacific Northwest artists this time around:

Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain's death.

Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain’s death.

Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea,” 7-inch single (DGC/UMe) “Pennyroyal Tea” was set to be the third single release from Nirvana’s “In Utero” album. It was cancelled after Kurt Cobain’s death, not least because the single’s B-side was “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” The Record Store Day reissue utilizes the original artwork planned for the single.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Lynch, Jack Endino, Mudhoney

April 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Northwest ex-pats Gun Outfit steady their aim | Concert preview

Gun Outfit

Gun Outfit’s Dylan Sharp, above. Photo by Rachel Carr.

While the presence of two distinct songwriters — and absence of a bass player — has defined Gun Outfit since it formed in Olympia in 2006, co-founders Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith changed things up for last year’s “Hard Coming Down” LP, their third, adding low end and harmonizing for the first time. Bassist Anton Seder and drummer Dan Swire round out the lineup; they’ll play Chop Suey Thursday. The four-band bill also includes Brooklyn’s The Men, Olympia’s Moldy Castle and Seattle’s Lures.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chop Suey, Los Angeles, Olympia

April 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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

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 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 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 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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