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November 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM
When Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin was formed 14 years ago, lead singer Philip Dickey told the modest Tractor Tavern crowd gathered for the Wednesday night show that the band never imagined it would play a gig in Seattle.
But that was a long time ago and the band has now been through Seattle nine times. Last night, SSLYBY’s tight brand of indie pop brought some cheer to a bitter, windy night that further signaled the change in season.
The five-piece from Springfield, Mo., started out with a little nostalgia, ripping through a rocking version of “Pangea,” the first track off their 2006 debut album “Broom.” (more…)
November 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Andy Kaulkin doesn’t remember where he started that day, but his Spotify rabbit hole eventually led him to The Melodic, a British band as influenced by classic American folk as with African and South American beats. He was instantly hooked.
“A lot of times when people are embracing older forms of music, they do it in this academic way,” says Kaulkin, the CEO of ANTI- record label, home to albums from Neko Case, Tom Waits and, as of this week, The Melodic’s debut LP, “Effra Parade.” “They’ve internalized this stuff, but they’re just doing their thing. They definitely sound like they’re from London.” (more…)
October 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Last night the first Macefield Music Festival — once known as the Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Fest – brought some of Seattle’s brightest talents in beats and raps to Ballard’s Sunset Tavern. While the Weekly’s Reverb often had plenty of local indie/guitar-based offerings, it often fell way short of a well-rounded bill in this department, and Macefield’s organizers should be commended for booking three of the city’s best producers — Kid Smpl, Vox Mod and Keyboard Kid — and three heavy-hitting, fast-rising rap acts — Key Nyata, Jarv Dee and ILLFIGHTYOU – all at the same venue. (more…)
September 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM
It was a rare sight in front of the Tractor Tavern in Old Ballard Saturday night. People were lined up 50 deep half an hour before the doors opened and a few hopeful fans held signs pleading for extra tickets to see Bastille, an atmospheric pop band from London. Apparently one ticket went to a desperate fan for $150.
Those who made it into the sold out show were lucky indeed. Bastille, riding momentum from their debut album “Bad Blood” (which reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 11 on the US Billboard 200), was on fire Saturday and had the venerable venue rocking all night long after a tight warm-up from Los Angeles-based Nightmare and the Cat.
Bastille started out with their single “Bad Blood,” which became a rolling, bass-heavy bit of menacing pop perfection and got the crowd champing at the bit. Another single, “Things We Lost In The Fire,” got a similar makeover, with frontman Dan Smith pounding on a pair of floor toms to punctuate the chorus. (more…)
September 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM
Bastille, at the Tractor this weekend, grew from London singer-songwriter Dan Smith’s solo project to an intriguing band peddling big hooks and a sound easily capable of filling arenas. “Bad Blood,” released in March, hit No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart and also did well stateside, reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200.
Comparisons have been made between Bastille and fellow Brits Mumford and Sons, and they’re pretty apt. Smith sings with the same keening emotion as Marcus Mumford, and both bands employ a thick, layered and often nearly too busy sound. The other similarity? Both bands are fairly irresistible despite their flaws. Hit the jump for a Q & A.
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