Author Archive | Andrew Bartlett

Kikagaku Moyo. Photo from their instagram.

Recommended Show: Kikagaku Moyo at Neumo’s {Oct 5, 2018}

Kikagaku Moyo will be at Neumo’s this Friday – October 5, 2018 (tickets / show info). The linguist in me wants to relate Kikagaku Moyo’s name to its English translation (“geometric patterns,” or so says Wikipedia and bandcamp). That impulse notwithstanding, geometry wanders into the Tokyo-based band’s guitar forestry – not in a face-peeling blaze […]

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Khruangbin at Neumos on April 26, 2018. Photo: Andy Bartlett

Khruangbin at Neumos

Show Date: April 26, 2018

A Saturday morning setting: NPR’s on the box, and the rain is back, maybe vengefully. Just after a story on one of Trump’s toadies, Khruangbin’s “Two Fish and an Elephant” (or was it “Dern Kala”?) peeks out as NPR’s between-story bumper music. Lo and behold: I was making coffee, booting up to write about the […]

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What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Los Straitjackets

Recommended Show: Los Straitjackets and Marshall Crenshaw at the Tractor on Saturday {Sept 16}

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets will play at the Tractor Tavern on Saturday, September 16, 2017 with Kim Virant and Friends opening {tickets and more info}. Nary a band in lucha libre masks can match Los Straitjackets. Always an enigma wrapped in a (wrestling) mask, they’ve bent strings and chugged along for decades, and now […]

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Steve Earle & The Dukes at the Neptune in Seattle. Photo credit: Andrew Bartlett

So You Wannabe an Outlaw: Steve Earle & The Dukes at the Neptune Theatre

Show Date: August 15, 2017

Back in 1987, being the music editor on the University of San Diego’s newspaper was a sweet gig. Think of springtime ’87, and the sheer tonnage of tunes blurs the mind: My most-loved promos included Dinosaur Jr.’s “Little Fury Things,” Sonic Youth’s Sister, the Leaving Trains’ Fuck … and that’s just the SST Records stuff. […]

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