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May 22, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Seaweed, the pride of Tacoma, resurfaces | Concert preview


Seaweed, from left: Clint Werner, Aaron Stauffer, Jesse Fox, Owen Atkins, Wade Neal. Photo by J.H. Wortley.

Tacoma’s lone entry in the next-Nirvana sweepstakes, Seaweed were never the center of attention — but were always nearby, like Waldo if he traded his stripes for flannel.

From 1989 to ‘99, the quintet, headlining Vera Thursday, recorded five LPs — three for Seattle’s Sub Pop, one for North Carolina’s Merge, and one for the Disney-owned Hollywood Records.

They appeared on the soundtrack to the slacker classic “Clerks,” in the grunge documentary “Hype!” and even had a video, “Kid Candy,” below, critiqued by Beavis and Butt-head.

Touring 23 times, they logged over a thousand shows — from small club gigs with peers Superchunk and Quicksand to big-ticket fests with Green Day and Candlebox.

Those golden days are gone — but in meeting bassist Owen Atkins and guitarist Wade Neal for after-work pints in T-Town’s no-frills Hilltop district, it’s clear Seaweed remain local heroes.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Sub Pop, Tacoma, The Vera Project

April 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Special Explosion ready to go off | Concert preview

Special Explosion

Special Explosion plays a record-release show Friday at The Vera Project. Photo by Tommy Calderon.

For local DIY showgoers, indie rockers Special Explosion have become such a staple since emerging in 2010 it’s easy to forget half the members still can’t legally drink.

Regardless, the young Eastsiders deserve a toast. They just returned from their first U.S. tour — supporting their first widely available vinyl EP, “The Art of Mothering” — and this Friday at The Vera Project, they’ll take a victory lap.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: School of Rock, Sound Off!, The Vera Project

March 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Exhausted but unfazed, Perfect Pussy takes Seattle | Concert review

Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy, pictured, played The Vera Project Monday. Photo by Samantha Marble.

If you’ve read a music magazine lately — any magazine, really — odds are you’ve heard about Perfect Pussy, the band from the middle of nowhere with the unprintable name and unbeatable live show.

From Elle publishing singer Meredith Graves’ tour survival guide, to bloggers analyzing bassist Greg Ambler’s spontaneous decision to throw his instrument off a bridge at Austin’s South by Southwest conference, it’s easy to forget the Syracuse, New York five-piece didn’t even exist this time last year.

A curious audience gathered Monday at Seattle’s Vera Project to draw its own conclusions about these buzzed-about noise-punks.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, punk, The Vera Project

December 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Noveller’s game of drones at The Vera Project | Concert preview


Noveller, née Sarah Lipstate. Photo by Alexis Fleisig.

Fans of the popular Radiolab podcast — particularly, attendees of last month’s “Radiolab Live” at The Paramount — might recognize Sarah Lipstate as guitarist for the traveling show’s musical crack team, alongside upright bassist Darin Gray and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche.

Lipstate, who releases records and tours under the alias Noveller, returns to Seattle Friday to play a solo show at The Vera Project — though, with her Fender Jaguar and phalanx of effects pedals, she won’t be alone.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: New York, Radiolab, The Vera Project

May 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Squatch Watch: the 5 Squatchiest Squatchers of day three, Seattle pride edition

With an official recognition from Governor Jay Inslee under its belt, Sasquatch! is now a Pacific Northwest institution and there was no shortage of sartorial love for the PNW in general, and Rain City specifically. Today we’re rounding up some of the most legit Seattle pride garments from Sunday at the Gorge.


Comments | Topics: Brothers from Another, Mariners, Nacho Picasso