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July 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Antlers not ‘sad’ but definitely intense | Concert review

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

The Antlers are often mislabeled as a sad band. Wednesday night’s show at Neumos proved once and for all that the reality is far more complex.

(Marc Lemoine)

(Marc Lemoine)

Sure, there were moments of desperate-feeling musical upheaval where lead singer Peter Silberman’s voice cut like a razor, but most of the songs inhabited a space between trumpet-laden other-worldliness and slow, towering walls of guitar noise. The vibe was not depressing — just intense, and eclectic as well. It’s refreshing to see a rock band deliver those utterly necessary boilerplate guitar explosions in songs dominated by keyboards and horns.

Silberman, renowned for his mastery of the higher vocal registers, navigated his lyrics with confidence. Few falsettos sound quite as crisp in a live setting as they do on recordings, but the sound was mixed well. The venue crew must have known his singing was too central to The Antlers’ sound to get lost behind the instruments.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Burst Apart', Antlers, Concert Review

June 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Cher still a powerhouse at KeyArena D2K show | Concert review

Cher was dressed to thrill for her lavish “Dressed to Kill” show at KeyArena Saturday night. There was Warrior Queen Cher, who emerged from a Trojan Horse in a golden gladiator outfit and blonde wig. There was Vampire Cher, with an elaborate, bat-shaped headdress and a set of fangs she sank into her not unwilling male…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Cher, Concert Review, Cyndi Lauper

June 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Robyn and Röyksopp: robot pillow talk & more at Marymoor | Concert review

(Maddie Meyer)

Robyn, a Swedish pop musician, performs with Norwegian electronic group Royksopp at Marymoor Park. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

Photo gallery:  Robyn performs at Marymoor Park

The trajectory of most concerts is pretty straightforward. A band intersperses old material with the new, and then plays its most popular song somewhere near the end of the show. It’s as much a part of the live-music experience as crowds and overpriced beer.


Comments | More in Electronic, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Marymoor Park, Robyn

June 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Funhouse legacy celebrated at Columbia City Theater | Concert review

Scrappy Seattle punk club the Funhouse may be gone. But its spirit lives on, as evidenced by last night’s screening of “Razing the Bar,” a documentary about the rise and fall of the club, at the Columbia City Theater, followed by a live show featuring bands that used to play the much-missed venue.

The wacky Fabulous Downey Brothers (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

The wacky Fabulous Downey Brothers (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

“Razing the Bar” had its world premiere last month at the Seattle International Film Festival (with two sold-out screenings), and is scheduled for a one-week run at the Grand Illusion theater in the University District in July. But last night’s screening was about having a party. First-time director Ryan Worsley hugged supporters and well-wishers who packed the sold-out house, the celebratory mood enhanced by the bar conveniently located inside the theater (Rainier proving to be the tipple of choice, judging by the empty cans littering the floor). As the film played, cheers of recognition broke out whenever a familiar face was seen on the screen, followed by boos and hisses at the sight of encroaching urban development (the Funhouse, located by the Seattle Center, was demolished in 2012 to make way for a seven-story apartment building).


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, the Funhouse

May 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne rock WaMu Theater | Concert review

The Backstreet Boys, Thursday night at WaMu Theater.

The Backstreet Boys, Thursday night at WaMu Theater. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

When they’re as old as Crosby, Stills & Nash, will the Backstreet Boys ditch their song-and-dance routines and go unplugged?

Fans got a taste of what the future could hold when the biggest boy band in history sat down with their guitars in the middle of a two-hour show Thursday at WaMu Theater to play an acoustic set featuring romantic, laid-back versions of “Get Lucky,” “10,000 Promises,” “Madeline” and “Quit Playing Games With My Heart.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Concert Review

May 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Bumbershoot announcement party at Neumos | Concert review


Galen Disston, of Pickwick, performed at the Bumbershoot announcement party Thursday at Neumos.

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

The concept of throwing a show to advertise a much bigger show just makes for a silly time. It doesn’t matter how awesome the music is, there’s just no getting that promotional taste out of your mouth.


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Big Freedia, Bobby Womack, Bumbershoot

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