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Archive for September, 2008

Free Cold War Kids in-store show at Easy Street Records in Queen Ann Monday

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Just wanted to spread the news about the upcoming Cold War Kids in-store performance at Easy Street Records in Queen Anne Monday. The band will play the Showbox at the Market later that night. The in-store performance is free and starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the Showbox show.


An interview with My Morning Jacket

Friday, September 26th, 2008

As I mentioned earlier, I am just now begining to get into the world of My Morning Jacket, a world I will be immersed into Sunday night when I see them at McCaw Hall.

While reading up on MMJ I came across an interview with the band’s drummer Patrick Hallahan in a story that has a pretty solid comprehensive rundown of the group’s career. The interview can be found here, and it was penned by The Sun’s Alan Sculley. I know it is already posted on this site, but I wanted to repost it here in case you missed it the first time around.

Expect a MMJ recap next week along with a recap of Monday night’s Cold War Kids show at the Showbox.


VIDEO: European documentary on the Seattle music scene (Part 3)

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Here’s part three of the documentary:


VIDEO: European documenatary on the Seattle music scene (Part 2)

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Here is part 2 of the documentary I posted earlier today


VIDEO: European documentary on the Seattle music scene (Part 1)

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

A friend of mine sent me a link to a cool European documentary on the current Seattle music scene. It features interviews with Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes. Mudhoney and Grand Archives.

Here is part 1 of 3


My busy early fall schedule

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Summer is typically the best season for concerts, but that doesn’t mean fall and winter are slumming it when it comes to packing some awesome club and arena rock shows.

Here’s where you’ll find me the next few weeks:

My Morning Jacket @ McCaw Hall Sept. 28

I know very little about MMJ.  But I have always been curious about their live show because I have heard so many good things about it. My buddy had an extra ticket and I couldn’t say no when he offered it up. Plus, “Evil Urges” was a surprise favorite for me this summer.

Cold War Kids @ Showbox at the Market Sept. 29

Like I mentioned earlier this week, I saw these guys at Sasquatch! and was highly impressed. I’ve listened to the new record about a half dozen times and it doesn’t resonate with me the same way the band’s last record did, but maybe after a few more listens I will like it more. I suppose I had better get to liking it since it’s likely CWK will play a lot of new material at the Showbox.

ReverbFEST in Ballard Oct. 4

I attended last year’s ReverbFEST and it was a blast. What made it so much fun was that all the acts were local and all the shows took place in Ballard, one of my favorite western Washington locales. This year I am really excited to see Team Gina and my new favorite local band SHIM. I am sure I will discover plenty more excellent local gems while venue hopping and drinking beer throughout the day.

Weezer at KeyArena Oct. 11

I’m a Weezer fan and this will be my third time seeing the band play KeyArena. The first time was pretty mediocre and the second time was probably the best =W= show I’ve seen, so it will be interesting to see what the group’s tour behind the surprisingly pretty decent “Red Album” will bring. What’s that? You don’t like the “Red Album?” Well, id you can’t crack a smile while listening to “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” then you simply don’t like music.


VIDEO: Weezer covering Nirvana’s “Sliver”

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Last week I posted a few vids of Harvey Danger and Schoolyard Heroes covering Nirvana songs. Today, on the 17th anniversary of the release of “Nevermind,” here is a video of Weezer covering “Sliver.”


Hear it here: Cold War Kids “Loyalty to Loyalty” record

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The awesome Cold War Kids have a new record out today and it is well worth a listen. I actually recommend buying it. But don’t take my word for it, go ahead and stream the entire record by clicking here.

If you are in town Monday night, Cold War Kids will be playing at the Showbox. I’ll be there. They blew me away at Sasquatch this year and I am looking forward to getting blown away again early next week.

Here’s the video for the first single off “Loyalty To Loyalty,” the new Cold War Kids record.


Photo gallery: Filter @ El Corazon

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

My friend Steven was a busy dude last weekend. Not only did he get some great shots of The Raconteurs Friday night, he also shot some great pics of 90s alt-rock group Filter on Saturday. His Filter pics are below. As always, you can click here to see the full set.

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Photo gallery: The Raconteurs @ WaMu Theatre

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Jack White and his buddies in The Raconteurs played a phenomenal show Friday night at the WaMu Theatre. Or at least I imagine it was phenomenal since I wasn’t able to attend due to work obligations. However, my buddy Steven Friederich mad it to the show and as always, he had his camera with him. Some of his pictures are after the jump. You can see the entire set by clicking here.

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