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December 12, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Swedish teenage rapper Yung Lean to make Seattle debut | Concert preview

Yung Lean — headlining Neumos with his Sad Boys crew on Thursday, Dec. 18 — is a telling example of just how young, strange and global rap music has become. An 18-year-old Swedish kid whose first exposure to rap was 50 Cent’s 2003 track “Patiently Waiting,” Lean combines futuristic, emotive electronic beats with stream-of-consciousness, alternate-reality raps….

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Ginseng Strip 2002", Concert Preview, Neumos

October 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Scottish producer Rustie cancels North American dates

Glasgow DJ/producer Rustie, scheduled to play Neumos Thursday, Nov. 6, has cancelled his North American dates. On Thursday, Oct. 30, he posted on his Facebook page, “very sad to announce i won’t be making the upcoming North American dates due to health issues. huge apologies and I’ll be back soon.” Rustie’s 2011 full-length debut “Glass Swords”…

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Comments | More in Electronic, General news | Topics: "Green Language, Neumos, Rustie

October 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Ya’ll get back now! Big Freedia comes to Neumos | Concert preview

New Orleans’ Big Freedia has built a cult the past few years with her high-energy “bounce music,” a party-centric regional rap subgenre geared specifically to get butts shaking. With a two-season renewal of her Fuse TV reality show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” and a forthcoming memoir, tentatively titled “God Save the Queen Diva,” the flamboyant rapper may be edging toward the mainstream. Her dynamic live performances featuring expert-level exhibitions of twerking by Freedia and her dance team are a vital part of the experience, which is all about cutting loose, having fun, and — as her recently released album’s title suggests — to “Just Be Free.”

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Comments | Topics: Big Freedia, Bounce, Neumos

September 19, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Decibel Festival moves to EMP | Festival preview

 

Since it began in 2004, the Decibel Festival has brought to Seattle an international collection of producers and DJs — from electropop and drone to experimental hip-hop and minimal techno — who represent the cutting edge of electronic music, a genre that has grown from a fringe interest to a multibillion-dollar industry.

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Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: Clean Bandit, Concert Preview, Decibel Festival

July 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Antlers not ‘sad’ but definitely intense | Concert review

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

The Antlers are often mislabeled as a sad band. Wednesday night’s show at Neumos proved once and for all that the reality is far more complex.

(Marc Lemoine)

(Marc Lemoine)

Sure, there were moments of desperate-feeling musical upheaval where lead singer Peter Silberman’s voice cut like a razor, but most of the songs inhabited a space between trumpet-laden other-worldliness and slow, towering walls of guitar noise. The vibe was not depressing — just intense, and eclectic as well. It’s refreshing to see a rock band deliver those utterly necessary boilerplate guitar explosions in songs dominated by keyboards and horns.

Silberman, renowned for his mastery of the higher vocal registers, navigated his lyrics with confidence. Few falsettos sound quite as crisp in a live setting as they do on recordings, but the sound was mixed well. The venue crew must have known his singing was too central to The Antlers’ sound to get lost behind the instruments.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Burst Apart', Antlers, Concert Review

July 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Antlers, fully mature now, to play Neumos | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Peter Silberman, lead vocalist and primary lyricist for The Antlers, is a man with big ideas.

(Marc Lemoine)

(Marc Lemoine)

They are often too expansive to resolve themselves on a single track, which Silberman proved to the world on 2009’s “Hospice,” a concept album so adept and high-minded that it became the gold standard against which many fans and critics have measured all the Antlers’ subsequent releases, including this year’s “Familiars.”

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Familiars, Neumos

April 25, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Electronic producer Shlohmo still out in front | Concert preview

Twenty-four-year-old Los Angeles producer and WeDidIt collective founder Shlohmo (real name Henry Laufer) has been making innovative electronic beats since 2009, but in recent years his signature downtempo atmospherics, skittering percussion and R & B samples have become the popular standard for modern instrumental production.

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Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: "Laid Out", "No More", Concert Preview

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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Comments | Topics: barcelona, gibraltar, mackintosh braun

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