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June 27, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Future follows his own blueprint | Concert preview

(Jonathan Mannion)

(Jonathan Mannion)

Atlanta’s Future, who plays the Neptune Theatre Thursday, is one of the leading voices in rap, R&B and even pop music in 2014, with multiple radio hits (“Move That Dope,” “Honest”) and collaborations with everyone from Kanye West and Andre 3000 to Miley Cyrus.

But the 30-year-old’s path to the top has been an arduous one.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Honest", Concert Preview, Future

June 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Sweet harmonies and stripped-down folk| Concert preview

American folk rock is reaching another apex thanks to bands like The Lumineers and Seattle’s The Head and the Heart scoring big hits with anthemic songs with radio-friendly, pop-driven hooks.

While they may not peddle music as readily accessible as some of their peers, The Milk Carton Kids — who swing through the Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, June 11 — have benefited from the genre’s recent commercial success.


Comments | More in Americana, Folk | Topics: Concert Preview, Milk Carton Kids, neptune theatre

April 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Blackberry Smoke fires up country rock tonight at the Neptune | Concert preview

Blackberry Smoke plays the Neptune Theatre Friday night.

Blackberry Smoke plays the Neptune Theatre Friday night.

Atlanta country rock band Blackberry Smoke has put out just three studio albums in 14 years on three different labels. That’s not usually a recipe for success — or staying power. But they’ve got both thanks to a reputation as relentless road warriors and a passionate fan base that extends to Europe.

It’s all part of doing whatever you have to do to survive in the industry, frontman Charlie Starr said.

“That’s just the music business,” Starr said. “None of us are independently wealthy. Before the days of Kickstarter it was like, ‘Well, we can’t stop touring and make an album because we don’t have enough money.’”

Starr laughed, but only because things are going pretty well for Blackberry Smoke as the “Fire in the Hole” tour hits the Neptune Theatre tonight with opener Delta Saints. The band has a new live album and DVD coming out and is planning on heading into the studio later this year to record its follow-up to 2012′s “The Whippoorwill.” They’re also heading back out to Europe later this year and will play in London, Paris and Berlin. 


Comments | More in Country | Topics: blackberry smoke, delta saints, neptune theatre

March 7, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Lake Street Dive jumping off | Concert preview

Named after a Minneapolis street dotted with dive bars, this ridiculously infectious boy-girl-boy-girl quartet toiled in obscurity for nearly a decade before pulling in more than a million views of its minimalist YouTube cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” A Manhattan show spun off from the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” earned…


Comments | More in Folk, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Bad Self Portraits", Concert Preview, Lake Street Dive

February 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Noah Gundersen takes the plunge | Concert review

Noah and Abby Gundersen at the Neptune Theatre Saturday.

Noah and Abby Gundersen at the Neptune Theatre Saturday.

Surrounded by hundreds of friends, family and fans, Noah Gundersen looked out onto the Neptune Theatre crowd Saturday night and admitted something few artists will ever say: When he was scuffling, Gundersen couldn’t help but feel jealousy for those who had made it before him.

It’s not a pretty feeling, but like Gundersen’s powerful full-length debut, “Ledges,” the emotion was hard-earned and real. And now, entirely irrelevant.

Gundersen, 24, celebrated the release of “Ledges” with an intense set in front of a packed house notable for its youth and ardor. From the moment Gundersen opened the show with the mostly a cappella “Poor Man’s Son,” the show took on the feeling of religious revival meeting.


Comments | More in Folk | Topics: abby gundersen, neptune theatre, noah gundersen

January 19, 2014 at 2:38 AM

The cult of Damien Jurado | Concert review


Damien Jurado celebrated the release of his new album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son,” at the Neptune Theatre Friday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Backed by a choir and band in shimmering silver graduation gowns at his album release party Saturday night at the Neptune Theatre, Damien Jurado knew he must have looked somewhat odd dressed all in white.

“This is the Silver Sister choir and the Silver brothers,” Jurado said. “And I’m their cult leader.”

He got a chuckle even if there might have been some truth to that statement. But it wasn’t the musicians gathered on stage that constituted Jurado’s cult; instead, it was his legion of fans that packed the Neptune and lined the street outside searching for extra tickets. 


Comments | More in Folk | Topics: Damien Jurado, naomi wachira, neptune theatre

October 12, 2013 at 2:02 AM

The Waterboys delight with first Seattle show since 2007 | Concert review

Mike Scott and the Waterboys reunited with Seattle fans after six years Friday at the Neptune Theatre. Photo by Owen R. Smith.
Mike Scott and the Waterboys reunited with Seattle fans after six years Friday at the Neptune Theatre. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Mike Scott and the Waterboys reunited with Seattle fans after six years Friday at the Neptune Theatre. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

The last time Mike Scott and the Waterboys were in town, the original iPhone had just been released and George W. Bush was still the president.

That was six long years ago. Scott and band returned to Seattle Friday night for a packed show at the Neptune Theatre. His hair (and that of his fans) grayer, Scott proved he hasn’t let the years slow him down with an energetic, two-hour marathon of old favorites and songs off his latest project, the collection of adapted W.B. Yeats poems “An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.” 


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: neptune theatre, The Waterboys