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TEAM BIRTHDAY TAKES ON UPSTREAM MUSIC FESTIVAL

It’s finally over! The inaugural Upstream Music Festival took on a monumentally intense roster of 300+ bands, three days of summit, and the task of actually getting audiences down to Pioneer Square to enjoy it. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did your bag get to attend? Here are our thoughts…. Team Birthday […]

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Ravenna Woods ft. Seattle Taiko + Smokey Brights + Scarves at The Crocodile

Show Date: January 13, 2017

SCARVES Helllooooo ‘90s! I was seriously transported to a Pavement-esque era with opening band Scarves. They flew through their set, weaving schizophrenic song structures and their singer’s unique timbre into something seriously fascinating. Between a breathless pause, their singer announced: “Normally I say some stuff here to endear you, but fuck it we don’t have […]

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Photo Essay: Seu Jorge at Benaroya Hall

Show Date: November 21, 2016

After weeks adrift at sea in the harrowing post election storm, Seu Jorge’s show at Benaroya shone out like a calming beacon of much needed respite. For the unfamiliar, Seu Jorge played the character Pele in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, filling the screen and the soundtrack with breathtaking David Bowie covers in Portuguese. As […]

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Photo Essay: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Death From Above 1979, and Deap Vally at Showbox SODO

Show Date: October 20th, 2016 It’s been a long time since Seattle last saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. TOO LONG. This time around they co-headlined with Death From Above 1979 for what could be the most fiercely rocking and wordiest tour of all time.  Deap Vally Deap Vally opened the night with darkly thick guitar […]

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Debate Night Special: Shonen Knife at The Tractor

Show Date: October 9, 2016 After a soul-crushing two hours in which I watched a literal human poop shout “ISIS” at me repeatedly from a big ole orange mouth (otherwise known as Debate Day #2), let me tell you what I needed: Shonen Knife. Started the night out with opener Ichi Bichi, who describes themselves […]

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Photo Essay: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ester Drang at The Moore

Show Date: September 23, 2016 To be honest, I’ve never really gotten into Echo & The Bunnymen (SCANDAL!) even though they’re a quintessential band that the music community universally respects. Introduced to them via Donnie Darko, I’m a classic cliché who went out immediately to buy Ocean Rain and then just didn’t get it. I’ve always wondered […]

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Bumbershoot 2016 – Sunday Highlights featuring Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol, Deep Sea Diver, Tame Impala, Erik Blood and more

Show Date: September 4, 2016

Bumbershoot 2016 Sunday photos: Thunderpussy, The Flavr Blue, Tame Impala, Shaprice, Margo Price, Erik Blood, Deep Sea Diver, Death Cab for Cutie, Billy Idol, Bishop Briggs

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Bumbershoot 2016 Day 3: Billy Idol is our guardian angel.

Show Date: September 4, 2016

I felt pretty much in top form by the time this third day rolled around. As my cells re-calibrate to being that of a not-sick person, I keep thinking about the wide scope of eras represented this year, in particular—some which peaked some time ago, some which are still at their peak, some which I […]

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