The late baritone saxophonist Andrew Carrico, who died tragically young in 2012, used to describe his sound as “somewhere between a cry and a roar.” The musicians who gathered with him at the University District hangout Cafe Racer appropriately adopted those words as the title of their festival, which celebrates the kind of unpredictable, elbows-out jazz (and beyond) played at the cafe’s Racer Sessions. The fifth edition of the festival is this weekend.More
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Also featuring two shows from the Northwest’s fastest-rising electronic act, a pre-FreakNight EDM show and a Seattle songwriter who just made his biggest album yet.More
“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.More