Author: Sunny Martini

Concert Preview: Hippo Campus Debut

Preview: Hippo Campus Neumos, Seattle, WA 02.24.17 Somewhere between adolescence and adulting, Hippo Campus was born. Having generated quite a bit of buzz over the last couple of years, the Minnesota four-piece is releasing their full-length debut, landmark, with a live show mid-tour at Seattle’s Neumos, with support from Magic City Hippies. Coming out of St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, these guys clearly have the tools they need to continue making an impression. With two EPs under their belt, the band has teetered from breezy young love to the pains of regret, all with technical proficiency and spangled guitars. Their confidence and...

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Ace Frehley: The Space Ace Invades Seattle

Ace Frehley w/ Enuff Z’Nuff Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA 02.11.17 I have been hooked on the music of KISS since I was 7 years old. Their iconic sound, makeup, and stage presence are what defined rock and roll during my formative years. Dynasty was the album that started it all and “I Was Made For Loving You” was the song that sunk the lifelong KISS hook in me. But I am certainly not alone in that love, and the buzz was alive and well for the last show of Ace Frehley’s 15-date North American tour at the sold out...

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WWE Smackdown in Seattle, WA

WWE Smackdown KeyArena, Seattle, WA 02.07.17 Thousands of fans came out to WWE Smackdown Live at Key Arena in Seattle, WA as the biggest stars in WWE competed on national television. Daniel Bryan, a northwest native and general manager of Smackdown Live, appeared as a special guest referee. In a potential preview of the WrestleMania 33 main event, WWE champion John Cena defeated Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton. Intro by Joshua Lewis Photos by Sunny Martini WWE Smackdown WWE Smackdown at the KeyArena in Seattle, WA on February 7, 2017. Photo by Sunny Martini. WWE Smackdown at the KeyArena in Seattle,...

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Tower of Power: Rotating Awesome Funk

Tower of Power Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA 02.07.17 Tower of Power has been a cornerstone in the funk/soul music scene since their inception in 1968.  Hailing from Oakland, they have had a rotating cast of some of the best and brightest musicians and instrumentalists the funk world had to offer during their time. At the world-famous Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, we were treated to Tower Of Power version 17.4. The 10-piece crew, led by the immeasurably charismatic Marcus Scott, filled the dining room with some white hot funky soul. Opening with “We Came To Play,” the crowd immediately responded...

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Great Good Fine OK: Sensational Synth

Great Good Fine OK w/ Flor Crocodile, Seattle, WA 01.17.17 Beginning with the Killers in the early 2000s to synth-pop flag-bearers Walk The Moon, the synthesizer has made a major comeback in the last decade. Its increasing presence in mainstream pop music has instilled a sense of fun into many a band’s core. For NY synth-pop duo, Great Good Fine OK, that sense of fun induced plenty of danceable moments during their stop at Seattle’s Crocodile. LA – by way of Hood River, OR – foursome, Flor, kicked off the night. Lead singer Zach Grace brought his baby face and...

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