It’s been almost a decade after Tallahassee’s T-Pain left behind his rap career with the group Nappy Headz and released his first solo album Rappa Ternt Sanga, but the same Auto-Tune vocal effects he pioneered — and were inspired by the vocoder leads of ‘80s/’90s R & B originators Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley — are a staple of not only the music industry, but many aspects of American pop culture in 2014.More
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With fuzzed-out bombast, Detroit electropop outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. cruised through a tight set at Neumos Wednesday night.
If the smell of Washington’s newest legal vice wafting in the air wasn’t enough to set a party atmosphere, the funky, self-assured “Hiding,” from 2013′s “The Speed of Things,” did the trick. The band wisely chose to eschew the subtlety of its recordings for in-your-face bass meant to get people’s bodies moving.More
For many music fans, New Jersey is synonymous with larger-than-life rockstar personalities, from Jon Bon Jovi to The Misfits’ Glenn Danzig and, naturally, Bruce Springsteen.
Yet the Garden State has an equally storied history of understated, songwriting-forward guitar pop. Like its forebears The Feelies in the 1980s and Yo La Tengo later on, Real Estate’s easygoing, wide-eyed sound pays no mind to surrounding trends. “Atlas,” released this past Tuesday, is the third LP from the quintet, which plays Neumos Thursday.More
by Todd Hamm / Special to The Seattle Times
Rock trio Russian Circles sold out Neumos Tuesday, and the entry line was accompanied by late-arriving fans, desperately trying to purchase second-hand tickets.More
Don’t let their unfortunate name scare you off.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a quirky electronic indie pop duo from Detroit, makes music good enough to forgive a dubious choice or two. They’re at Neumos tonight with Oxford electro-popster Chad Valley, who peddles in danceable, syrupy synth hooks.
Chad Valley makes music that will get people moving, but those with a keen ear should appreciate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (from here on known as DEJJ to save us all some time) for its deeper bag of tricks.More
By Todd Hamm / Special to The Seattle Times
“The other guys in the band keep asking when I’m going to move back to Seattle,” says Brian Cook, bassist for the instrumental heavy rock trio Russian Circles, which plays Neumos on Tuesday, March 4.More
Ever notice how many comedians come from Canada? Our northern neighbours have always been outspoken — not just in comedy, but punk rock as well.
Exhibit A: D.O.A. Part of the genre’s late-1970s first wave, the Vancouver trio spent three-plus decades writing the book on political sounds with a black-comedic streak.
Exhibit B: Propagandhi, which plays a sold-out all-ages show Wednesday at Neumos. Although the Winnipeg band’s name is a nostalgia trigger for anyone raised on ‘90s skate-punk, it was slightly out-of-step with that scene.More
Youthful aggression was on display Sunday at Neumos, where Los Angeles upstarts Touché Amoré delivered a blistering set of tightly-wound confessionals to a fervent all-ages crowd.
The quintet’s music is loud, fast and anthemic — but leaves space for prettier moments, too. Its mouthpiece is 30-year-old vocalist Jeremy Bolm, whose soul-searching lyrics ruminate on themes like maintaining friendships and relationships amid the chaos of touring life, and making sense of one’s own mortality.
Such über-earnest subject matter and delivery can exhaust sometimes, and those old enough to remember first-wave emotional hardcore outfits like Washington D.C.’s Embrace and Rites of Spring might dismiss the band as a retread.
Its live show, however, was concise and powerful enough to challenge non-believers, the chemistry between artist and audience making clear Touché means just as much to its fans as those groups did to theirs.More
For a guy who screams his head off for a living, Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm seems curiously shy — at least when he first picks up the phone.
Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, the vocalist-lyricist is admittedly weary from a day’s worth of interviews, but begins to perk up when asked about his musical upbringing.
“My parents listened to Elvis and country,” he remembers, “which I hated. Hated. I think that subconciously pushed me to find aggressive music at an early age, because it was the complete antithesis to what I was raised on. I was eight when Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ and Pearl Jam ‘Ten’ came out. That was such an awesome time to be exposed to actual alternative music, because it wasn’t hidden. It was right in front of you.”
While Bolm’s band isn’t operating on that large of a scale yet, it’s on the bubble. The quintet — which also features guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, bassist Tyler Kirby and drummer Elliot Babin — performs live at Neumos Sunday.More
To the delight of nostalgic 1990s types, recent times have seen a proliferation of up-and-coming guitar-rockers actually born in the ‘90s.
Falling squarely into this category is Yuck, a British group that’s lived a charmed existence in its five years together. The foursome, which headlines Neumos Friday, just toured Europe with The Pixies, an experience bandleader Max Bloom calls “the height of my career, and my life.”More