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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

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

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