Author: Sunny Martini

Black Joe Lewis Brings The Soul Out Of The Garage

Black Joe Lewis w/ Dams Of The West Neumos, Seattle, WA 04.06.17 Over the years, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears have gone through many transformations both in sound and look. They have tinkered with matching tailored suits, removed the “and the Honeybears” from their name, and slowly weaned themselves off of the retro sound that attracted their fan base. Touring in support of their latest release, Backlash, they now have a sound that bridges yesteryear to present day rock n’ roll, and they treated Seattle to a bit of everything. Opening the night was Dams of the West,...

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The Tea Party: Celebrating 20 Years of Transmission

The Tea Party Showbox, Seattle, WA 04.04.17 Mention The Tea Party and people think one of two things: politics, or the Toronto-based “Moroccan roll” 3-piece band that brought Seattle out to The Showbox to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Transmission. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years already since the band’s third album, one of their most popular next to Edges of Twilight. However, this was the album that first got me into The Tea Party. I picked it up simply because I liked the simplicity and design of the album cover. But upon listening to the album’s...

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Regina Spektor’s Weighty, Witty Walls Come Down

Regina Spektor Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA 04.03.17 Boundary-pushing indie darling Regina Spektor required no opener for her stunning performance at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre. Out supporting her most recent album, Remember Us To Life, Spektor took the stage in shredded black denim and shiny red shoes, her quirky personality endearing her to the crowd. She announced that the show would be broadcast live—in partnership with Melodic Caring Project—to kids in hospitals around the world, and she gave them big shout outs, followed by willing roars from the crowd. The stage was set with an elegant grand piano, Spektor’s three-person...

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Game of Thrones Experience Sparks A Fire

Game of Thrones Experience KeyArena, Seattle, WA 03.31.17 While I’m a huge fan of the HBO series, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the “Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience.”  From the looks of the packed KeyArena though, I’m wasn’t alone. This one-of-a-kind tour ran 24 dates across the US and Canada, with the Seattle stop nearing the end of the run, a spark of fire that the wintry, dreary Northwesterners needed. I had never seen a stage quite like this before, and it was truly an interactive, musical experience that encompassed nearly the entire floor of the...

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Tech N9ne: Miss this show? Strange. Joke’s on you.

Tech N9ne w/ Brotha Lynch Hung, Ces Cru, Stevie Stone Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA 04.01.17 There’s no other way to say it: Aaron Yates, aka Tech N9ne, is an astonishing figure. If you’ve ever been to one of his live shows, you’re likely familiar with the rapid-fire lyrical trajectory his namesake suggests. Look behind the haunting masks he’s known for, which he dons several of during every show, and find a complex genius whose nominal affiliation with the semi-automatic weapon extends beyond his wordplay into his work ethic. Having only slowed down his touring to create new work—18 albums as many...

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