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May 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Kithkin makes the end times sound good | Concert review

Kithkin celebrated their album release Saturday. Photo by Hayley Young.

Kithkin celebrated their album release Saturday. Photo by Hayley Young.

While revelers at Sasquatch danced the night away to The National on Saturday night, back in Seattle at The Crocodile Kithkin took to the serious business of drawing the battle lines of the coming apocalypse.

Kithkin, self-described “tree punks,” were on hand to celebrate the release of their debut album, “Rituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in the Face of The Collapse.” It’s an album full of kinetic energy, comforting pop-tinged hooks and stories about the struggle to keep moving forward in an increasingly screwed up world. 

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February 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The intimate sounds of Rebecca Gates | Concert preview

Rebecca Gates

Portland singer-songwriter-guitarist Rebecca Gates plays Seattle’s Crocodile Back Bar Wednesday. Photo by Matt Kim.

Not many artists are equally comfortable sharing bills with punk rock icons and alt-country troubadours, but Rebecca Gates has done both in Seattle before.

In 1993, her group, The Spinanes, opened for Washington, D.C.’s seminal Fugazi at the Bellevue YMCA. Two years ago, she performed solo on a much larger stage, supporting Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Ryan Adams at Benaroya Hall.

This Wednesday, the Portlander returns to cozier environs, co-headlining The Crocodile Back Bar with local musician Chris Brokaw, formerly of ‘90s cult acts Come and Codeine.

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February 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Future bright for Seattle’s Slow Bird | Concert review

Slow Bird played The Crocodile Saturday.

Slow Bird played The Crocodile Saturday.

As Slow Bird worked over the post-rock melodic soundscape of “Backfire” Saturday night at The Crocodile, the comparisons to rising commodity Phantogram were easy to make. Perhaps it was the bank of multicolored LED lights that backlit the Seattle trio that suggested this leap, or maybe it was simply the bass-heavy pop music that was hiding underneath Joshua Dore’s screaming guitars.

Slow Bird singer and keyboardist Jennae Quisenberry doesn’t have the same brash stage presence of Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, but she’s a more interesting singer and is willing to growl or choke out her lyrics as the situation calls for it. And where Phantogram — who sold out two shows in Seattle last year — uses such crushing bass in their live shows it smothers the texture of their songs, Slow Bird achieved a satisfying balance. 

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January 9, 2014 at 2:25 AM

Polished homecoming for Austin Jenckes | Concert review

Full of an infectious energy that seemed to thrum deep within him, country singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes burst onto The Crocodile’s stage in a whirl of heartfelt lyrics and syrupy, satisfying hooks.

“Feeling good!” he exclaimed. It was not a question.

Forgive Jenckes for being excited. The Duvall, Wash., native recently finished up a run on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” and is headed out on tour with Cody Beebe and the Crooks. 

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December 2, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Crash Kings bring swagger to the Crocodile | Concert review

Crash Kings brought swagger to the Crocodile Sunday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.
Crash Kings brought swagger to the Crocodile Sunday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Crash Kings brought swagger to the Crocodile Sunday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Crash Kings were supposed to play a Seattle show back in September but they had to cancel, disappointing fans who had waited three years for them to return to the 206. The extra wait proved worthwhile as the Los Angeles power trio laid waste to the Crocodile with a raucous set to close out the holiday weekend.

In some respects rescheduling to a sleepy Sunday night was kind of a bum deal for the band but plenty of people showed up regardless and the Crash Kings did their best to rock away any remaining tryptophan hangover.

The band — brothers Antonio and Michael Beliveau and drummer Tommy Roslak — used the screaming “Dressed To The 9′s” from this year’s “Dark of the Daylight” to announce themselves and immediately got the crowd moving. Lead singer Tony looked like a shaggy version of Nick Miller from Fox’s “New Girl,” sounded like a cross between Adam Levine and Brian Johnson and exuded the swagger of “Iron Man” Tony Stark. There are far worse fates. 

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October 4, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Pearl Jam commune with fans in private chat

by Nicole Brodeur

Seattle Times columnist

Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Boom Gaspar (courtesy of Pearl Jam)

Eddie Vedder’s favorite place to perform is Easy Street Records in West Seattle.

Matt Cameron has never forgotten is early days behind the kit at bygone Seattle bars like the Ditto Tavern.

And someday far in future, Stone Gossard hopes he’s anywhere but doing to Britney/Celine thing and taking up residency in Vegas.

These are just a few of the truths that emerged Thursday night, when the five members of Pearl Jam gathered for the first time with a small group of fans for a “Town Hall” sponsored by Sirius XM, home of Pearl Jam radio. (A broadcast of the event will air on Sirius XM Oct. 11. “Lightning Bolt”  will be released Oct. 15.)

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