- Music Reviews
- February 23, 2018
The Asylum Years (Omnivore Recordings). Review by James Mann.
Matt Smith tells tales of growing up in Catholic Seattle in the 1960’s.
An expansive and exhaustive behind-the-scenes account of Nirvana’s meteoric rise to fame, and the untimely death of its iconic frontman, Kurt Cobain.
Elevator (EP) (Independent). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Hilary Hahn and Hauschka, a blend of classical violin and a tchotchke-stuffed piano, offers May Terry a night of avant-garde splendor.
Ravishers (Timber Carnival Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Guitar-slinging, torch-singing sensation Anna Calvi has been lighting up the Western Hemisphere this year in support of a stunning debut album. Steve Stav was lucky enough to witness her act firsthand, and came to his senses long enough to file this report.
Before John Hughes and Molly Ringwald came along, “Pretty in Pink” was a song on a seminal post-punk album, Talk Talk Talk. The Psychedelic Furs are celebrating the disc’s 30th anniversary with a tour, and Steve Stav was there to soak up the nostalgia — and a few surprises.
A mixture of interview audio and incidental footage, About A Son allows rockdom’s left handed martyr to tell his own story. Matthew Moyer appreciates the minimalism.
Tapestry of Webs (Suicide Squeeze). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Death To God (Noise On Noise). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Rockabilly, blues, jazz – delightful Dublin diva Imelda May put everything but the kitchen sink on the Moore Theater’s stage. Seattle hepcat Steve Stav was there to admire it all.
Take a trip back to Seattle’s musical heydey with Michael Lavine, who brings us all manner of visual treasure with Grunge.
In author Pete Blecha’s new examination of the gnarled roots of Seattle rock music, he posits that it all started with the slurred words “Louie Louie.” Scott Adams obviously approves.
In an era of $100 tickets for has-been arena shows, twenty bucks doesn’t buy much entertainment. Or does it? Steve Stav found that his thin wallet went a long way at Seattle’s Showbox, in a night capped by Glasgow sensation Camera Obscura.
A mind-boggler – not one, but two bands from Tacoma have been performing almost as long as rock ‘n’ roll has been on the radio. Is Pacific Northwest drinking water a fountain of youth? Steve Stav ponders such longevity in his review of the Fabulous Wailers and the Ventures.
More than 10 years after calling it quits, Crowded House is back — and more delightfully ironic than ever. Steve Stav suddenly remembered sharing one thing in common with Eddie Vedder while covering the band’s visit to the Pacific Northwest.
Blinded by science, indeed. Out of the blue, synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby is back — and sounding as if he never left. The cell phone technology mogul has taken a break from his day job, dazzling his long-lost fans with a brief spring tour.
Steve Stav braved everything but inclement weather in order to file his report on Dolby’s one-man show, which proved to be one of the most unusual concert experiences of his life.
Last Boat (Up). Review by Aaron Shaul.