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March 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Everett natives, the Moondoggies, to headline Fishermans Village Music Festival

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

Members of the Moondoggies often wear homemade shirts that read “Everett (expletive) kickers” as an homage to their hometown. Now the band will get a chance to perform in front of its hometown fans when it headlines the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival along with Gardens and Villa, La Luz, Rose Windows  and others.

The festival takes place May 16-17 on the downtown Everett waterfront. Tickets are $55 and are good for admission to both days.

The full lineup:

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January 27, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Potent Shelby Earl celebrates vinyl ‘Swift Arrows’ release | Concert review

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Shelby Earl celebrated the vinyl re-release of 2013′s “Swift Arrows” at the Tractor Tavern Saturday.

Shelby Earl’s tight set at the Tractor Tavern Saturday celebrating the vinyl re-release of last year’s “Swift Arrows” didn’t offer too many revelatory moments. After all, Damien Jurado-produced album — aside from a couple new songs released on wax only — is familiar and remains very good.

What seems new is Earl’s confidence and command on stage, which was apparent from the first words of “The Seer” all the way through her signature song “Sea of Glass.”  Even her normally powerful voice had an increased potency to it, or so it seemed as it came through the PA quite hot during the first few songs until Earl got things worked out with the sound board.

It’s not like Earl is new to the business of playing in front of people. Far from it. But there was a definite shift and it gave added meaning to “This Is Me Now” and “Grown Up Things,” a couple of prickly songs that Earl used to remind the crowd she’s not afraid to tackle heavy subjects. “Look out, look out, s–t’s getting real,” Earl sang as her band growled away, offering it as much as a threat than as a warning. 

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November 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Shelby Earl hits her mark with ‘Swift Arrows’ video | News

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On the heels of her affecting sophomore album “Swift Arrows,” released in July, Shelby Earl is back with a music video for the title track. The song details a particularly nasty breakup and makes the point that sometimes the best revenge isn’t living well, it’s throwing all of your anger back in that person’s face. The…

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July 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

New CDs | Shelby Earl’s ‘Swift Arrows’

Shelby Earl, ‘Swift Arrows,’ (CD Baby) Seattle-based singer/songwriter Shelby Earl wowed the crowd at the opening concert for Experience Museum Project’s “Women Who Rock” exhibit, turning in strong covers of the Pretenders and Mazzy Star. But she puts her own material on display throughout “Swift Arrows.” Earl’s voice is as cool, clear and sharp as a…

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July 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Glory on the horizon for Shelby Earl

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Shelby Earl celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” Saturday night at Columbia City Theater. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

On her debut album “Burn The Boats,” Shelby Earl reasons that if you burn the boats after a long voyage, you’re already home.

It’s essentially what she did before heading into the studio to record that album, quitting her day job at age 33 and going on all-in on a career in music. She did it, she said, because it was the final step necessary to help her believe in her music and her future as an artist.

Four years after that fateful decision, Earl’s belief has never been stronger. She celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” with a show Saturday night at Columbia City Theater, where the album was recorded the course of eight days with producer Damien Jurado.

Some hauntingly beautiful tunes from songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews and an exuberant hour from brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais got the night started off on the right foot. Finally, Earl, clad in a black cocktail dress, nonchalantly made her way onto the stage and got her set going with “The Seer,” the first song she wrote for her new album.

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