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May 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Videos: Local music on the move, Sasquatch! 2014 edition

It’s Sasquatch! weekend once again (also known, to others, as Memorial Day weekend). We recruited three local acts that will be taking the stage this weekend at the Gorge, and had them do a song on the go for us. It’s not quite planes, trains and automobiles, but you’ll definitely notice a transportation theme.

For our full preview of the Sasquatch experience, head over here.

La Luz, “What Good Am I?”

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Comments | Topics: Gifted Gab, La Luz, Maggie Tweedy

May 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Mary Lambert headlines Oso benefit at the Tractor | Concert preview

Mary Lambert plays the Tractor Tavern tonight.

Mary Lambert plays the Tractor Tavern tonight.

Nature can be cruel, none more so when a mudslide claimed the lives of 43 people in Oso, Washington in March. It rocked the tiny community of 180, but its true impact reached far across the state and soon touched people of all stripes who wanted to help in their own small way.

Jake Uitti and the Monarch Review heard the siren call of charity and have done their part to help the victims and their families by (you guessed it!) setting up a benefit show tonight at the Tractor Tavern. This one is can’t miss, with Ryan Lewis/Macklemore collaborator Mary Lambert, surf-rock girl group La Luz and Star Anna. Tickets are $25, which makes them pricier than your usual Tractor cover, but all the proceeds will go to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local charity working directly with victims.

“More and more stuff trickled in about people losing their lives, losing their families, the precarious building situation out there,” said Uitti, the Monarch’s managing editor. “Something inside of me said, ‘I need to do something. I need to do something.'”

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March 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Everett natives, the Moondoggies, to headline Fishermans Village Music Festival

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

Members of the Moondoggies often wear homemade shirts that read “Everett (expletive) kickers” as an homage to their hometown. Now the band will get a chance to perform in front of its hometown fans when it headlines the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival along with Gardens and Villa, La Luz, Rose Windows  and others.

The festival takes place May 16-17 on the downtown Everett waterfront. Tickets are $55 and are good for admission to both days.

The full lineup:

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Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bear Mountain, chad valley, Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival

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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August 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Doe Bay Fest 2013: Good views, good vibes and good music — for the lucky few

La Luz at Doe Bay Fest

La Luz at Doe Bay Fest (Photo by Andrew Matson)

The sixth annual Doe Bay Music Fest — the instantly sold-out music festival on Orcas Island, where families and singles gather for outdoor eating, tent camping, and music performances scattered in the woods like Easter eggs — is a wrap.

There likely won’t be a negative review among the 1,200 guests and 250 musicians who convened there Friday and Saturday. That’s partly because Doe Bay Fest happens at the Doe Bay Resort, where lush acres slope to a natural cove with a spectacular view of Blakely, Cypress, Lummi and Sinclair Islands. If you don’t like the view, you don’t like the Pacific Northwest.

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Comments | More in Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Built To Spill, Doe Bay Fest, La Luz

July 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Capitol Hill Block Party 2013: Rock ‘n’ roll rules again, with a side of bounce rap

Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, at Captiol Hill Block Party, 2013 (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne, at Capitol Hill Block Party, 2013 (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, amidst a blizzard of confetti and smoke effects Sunday night, declared the 16th annual Capitol Hill Block Party “a riot of love,” and the crowd indeed loved him in return. Beginning Friday afternoon and lasting through the weekend, the festival proved yet again to be one of Seattle’s loudest, most sunburned, most crazed parties. (For full photo coverage of the bands, check here. For documentation of Block Party style, check here.)

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Comments | More in Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Big Feedia, Capitol Hill Block Party, Chastity Belt