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April 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Reinvented Barcelona shines with electropop sound | Concert review

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Note: This post was scheduled for the weekend and didn’t get posted because I don’t understand how dates work. So enjoy it today!

Watching a band reinvent itself can often be a painful experience, especially if that reinvention isn’t quite complete when they take that new material on the road. Fortunately for Seattle’s Barcelona, the transition from indie rock to a shimmering electropop was complete by the time they took they stage Thursday at Neumos.

After strong opening sets from Seattle’s Gibraltar and Portland-based Mackintosh Braun, Barcelona announced the change immediately with the sinister blast of 80s synth and soaring vocals of “Paper Lion,” a standout track from their new three-EP set “The Melodrama.” It was all the proof needed; Barcelona is a much different band.

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0 Comments | Topics: barcelona, gibraltar, mackintosh braun

April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle Odesza’s has arrived | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Sometimes, getting skeptical music fans excited about an EDM band is an incredible hassle. With this genre especially, the listening experience changes drastically based on context. The newest EP by production duo Odesza — called “My Friends Never Die” — might sound repetitive if played through a laptop for people chilling distractedly on a living room couch.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "My Friends Never Die", Concert Preview, Neumos

April 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Dum Dum Girls: sunny, with swagger | Concert preview

Dee Dee Penny, leader of Dum Dum Girls (James Orlando)

Dee Dee Penny, leader of Dum Dum Girls (James Orlando)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Frequent KEXP listeners might have noticed that on Friday afternoons, DJ Kevin Cole lays on the rock music pretty thick. It can be punk, grunge, garage, whatever, as long as it’s high energy.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Lost Boys and Girls Club", Concert Preview, Dee Dee Penny

March 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

London Grammar and Highasakite soar at Neumos | Concert review

Highasakite surprised at Neumos on Saturday. Photo by Hilde Mesics Kleven.

Highasakite surprised at Neumos on Saturday. Photo by Hilde Mesics Kleven.

Most of the people who sold out Neumos Saturday night were there for London Grammar, and the rising English trip-hop trio did not disappoint. But it was a forceful performance by Highasakite, a little-known outfit from Norway peddling in big, layered anthems that was the surprise of the night.

Highasakite, fronted by the laser-voiced Ingrid Helene Håvik, has been on tour with London Grammar for the past two weeks testing out material from their debut full-length album, “The Silent Treatment,” due out April 8. Perhaps because Saturday was the final night of the tour for them, the band seemed to be in an unstoppable groove.

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: highasakite, london grammar, Neumos

March 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM

T-Pain’s Auto-Tune news at Neumos

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(Photo by Hannibal Matthews)

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.

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March 6, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hosts dance party at Neumos | Concert review

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. turned in a satisfying set of electropop tunes at Neumos Wednesday night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. turned in a satisfying set of electropop tunes at Neumos Wednesday night.

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.

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: chad valley, Dale earnhard jr. jr., Neumos

March 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM

It’s not hard to sell Real Estate | Concert preview

Real Estate

Real Estate, from Ridgewood, New Jersey, performs live at Neumos Thursday. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

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.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Neumos, New Jersey, Olympia

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