Author: Stephanie Dore

Truckfighters’ Smiling Sludge

Truckfighters w/Yawning Man, Tiny Bones, Eroder, and 88 Mile Trip El Corazon, Seattle, WA 03.20.17 style=”text-align: left;”A crowd of Seattle’s heavy metal types came out to see Swedish three-piece Truckfighters – touring in support of their fifth studio album, 2016’s V – tear up  El Corazon with their heavy stoner rock. Having added more fuzzed out atmosphere to their sound of late, the band’s live set swung radically through some painfully heavy bass and fuzzy guitar while throwing in a melodic wail to make it all come together. The fans ate it up. style=”text-align: left;”While it was an all ages show, most of...

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The World Needs More Save Ferris

Save Ferris w/ Vista Kicks and It Gets Worse Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA 03.19.17 Music has often defined periods of time: the psychedelic rock of the 60’s, disco in the 70’s, synth-pop in the 80’s. In the late 1990’s, ska captured the zeitgeist of the mainstream music scene, with SoCal band, Save Ferris, at the forefront. After 18 years of dormancy, with the release of their new EP, Checkered Past, the band came back to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern with the same palpable spirit. Opening the night was energetic local ska band It Gets Worse. Tractor Tavern does not have a big...

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Big Wild Just Wants You To Bounce

Big Wild w/ Phantoms and Imagined Herbal Flows Showbox, Seattle, WA 03.18.17 Shivering outside The Showbox, you might not expect to walk in and find a bunch of teens dressed like it’s August, but that’s exactly what happened when Big Wild came to Seattle. The up-and-coming electronic artist was on his first headlining tour, in support of his Invincible EP, and his young fans showed up to dance the night away. The show opened with IHF (Imagined Herbal Flows), who delivered a really chill, laid-back set, which was a nice way to slowly warm up the crowd. His set wasn’t...

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Still Funk It Up

Red Hot Chili Peppers w/ Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons KeyArena, Seattle, WA 03.17.17 Thirty-four years as a band is nothing to scoff at, and despite some admitted growing pains, Red Hot Chili Peppers are still a force of commercial alt-rock nature. Touring in support of their 2016 album, The Getaway, the LA veterans sold out Seattle’s KeyArena. And they delivered their iconic funk-laced rock flawlessly to avid fans. Jack Irons – the original RHCP drummer – opened the show, with a set that included a guest vocal from none other than Eddie Vedder. And then...

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Interview: Monique Powell Of Save Ferris

Interview: Monique Powell of Save Ferris 03.08.17 It’s been 18 years since their last release, but Orange County ska punk band Save Ferris are back on the road supporting this year’s Checkered Past EP, and have a sold out show coming up at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern. We hopped on the phone with lead vocalist Monique Powell, somewhere between Toronto and Pittsburgh, to chat about the band’s comeback, some of her favorite music, and a bit of memory lane. Seattle Music News: On behalf of everyone who grew up with you, we’re glad to see you back on tour. Monique Powell:...

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