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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard + Tropical Fuck Storm at the Neptune

Australia has been pumping out incredibly talented psych bands these days who know how to make my head hurt, in all the right ways. It’s always a treat to see Aussie bands this far north and Tuesday’s show definitely didn’t let me down! They sure did bring the lights down low though to set the mood […]

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Bumbershoot 2017 Day 3: Looks Like We Made it to the End

Show Date: September 3, 2017

Why did I use Blur lyrics in the headline you ask? I don’t know either. That’s just the kind of thing that happens when you get to the third day of a festival. Your brain simply stops making sense and it’s best to just go with it and enjoy the music wafting in and out of […]

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Bumbershoot 2017 Day 2: I Love You Tuba Gooding J.R.!

Show Date: September 2, 2017

After some much needed rest and guitar noodling, it was back to the Seattle Center for me for Day 2 of Bumbershoot! Maybe my back would hurt less today? Hot tip: It didn’t. Shelby Earl From the moment her set started, Shelby Earl had the rapt attention of the KEXP Gathering Space. Her new album’s […]

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Bumbershoot 2017 Day 1: Excuse me sir, tell me MORE about your keyboard please!

Show Date: September 1, 2017

Oh hey guys, it’s just me out here solo in the trenches, taking you on a tour of the sights and sounds inside Bumbershoot 2017!  It will be hot. We will see weird things like people dressed as pineapples and bananas, probably some dancing hippies, and maybe a few dogs if we’re lucky. So get […]

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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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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! at The Moore

Show Date: July 29, 2017

Maybe it was the notoriously traffic inducing Torchlight Parade. Maybe there was an unruly caveman still loose in the theater from the screening prior, but much of the MST3K audience was still outside in line when the show was slated to start. I took this as an opportunity to head to the bar, woefully assuming […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2017: Day 3 Recap

Show Date: July 23, 2017

The final day of Block Party was filled with friends, furious note taking, and glorious Seattle sunsets. Here is how Brady and I closed out CHBP 2017. Highlights: Usually going down to Barboza Basement (™) means a respite from the heat, but not when The White Tears & Pearl Dragon is Dead are on the […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2017: Day 2 Recap

Show Date: July 22, 2017

Block Party day two was filled with interesting parallels. Two bands had the word “giant” in their name and two performers had backup dancers. Was it a sign? I don’t know, but it was a pretty great day. Highlights: First up was a trip to the distant past with Prom Queen. Lead singer and guitarist […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2017: Day 1 Recap

Show Date: July 21, 2017

Day one of Block Party is complete, and my heart is still aflutter. If there was one theme of the day, it could be summed up with the word “talent.” Holy smokes you guys, there were some legit geniuses to be found at the party of block. The evening began with a visit to Barboza […]

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