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Melissa Hurst published a review.

In Cahoots at Barboza
In Cahoots Rock the Casbah... I mean, Barboza.

Melissa Hurst published a review.

Hey Marseilles @ Showbox March 1 (Album Release Show)
The Showbox was Hey Marseilles' one last territory to conquer, and a sold-out Seattle crowd was ready for them. Hey Marseilles new album, 'Lines We Trace' contains much of what made them so enjoyable in the first place, and reaches out to new heights.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

Julia Massey(& the FFD), The Hoot Hoots, and The Great Um at the Tractor Tavern, 1/24/2013
On a soggy Thursday evening, my partner-in-crime and I made our way into Ballard's Tractor Tavern for the perfect cure for our mildew blues: Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discounts, The Hoot Hoots, and the Great Um.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount's Five Letters From Far Away
Five Letters From Far Away, the new album from Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount, is a cosmic pop journey, space exploration through a dance-party sector of the universe.

Lauren J Barnhart published a review.

The Royal Violent Birds
His deep baritone reminded me of the awkwardness of poets, reaching towards something almost impossible to convey, yet experienced as we listen.

Monika Sovine published a review.

Torn ACL's & Ozomatli At the Showbox
From the first beat of the first song to the band parading through the crowd and vanishing backstage, the show was one funky dance party.

Brenna Greely published a review.

The Rubbish Zoo
The new EP released by The Rubbish Zoo has a sunny, light electric sound that can lift you out of any funk you're in.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

Topographies (Liz Rognes)
Liz Rognes is a woman who is not afraid of her own self, her strengths and her flaws, and she sings her truth in a voice of redemption. Life is a stance worth taking, and she takes it, and turns it into great music.

Lauren J Barnhart published a review.

Cardiology
Sara Jackson-Holman is at that perfect age where the intensity of love, loss, and sensory awareness are in a crystalline state.

Lauren J Barnhart published a review.

New York Rifles
I didn't realize how zoned out on life I was until the New York Rifles came to town and woke me up out of my stupor with a yelping battle cry.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

Roaming Herds of Buffalo
The self-titled debut of Seattle band, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, is a poppy, mosiacal foray into the mind of lead singer/songwriter Scott Roots, and is one of the better indie debuts I've heard in a while.

Lauren J Barnhart published a review.

Up With Folk
Pomerantz, Pocket Panda, and Brite Lines - three bands on the verge of great things, busting at the seams with new music to share.

Nicholas Carpenter published a review.

Ok Ok Ok (Spirez and Emily Teague)
Spirez is a Bristol, England based collective of producers and musicians who aim to provide cool, slow instrumental backdrops for vocalists. They found a worthy collaborator in Emily Teague ...

Nicholas Carpenter published a review.

Charles (by Martha! Mother)
Charles, the first and only release (as far as Internet research is concerned) by the Seattle, WA based band, Martha! Mother, is a homespun affair that will fit nicely on the cassette rack somewhere among your copies of Brian Eno, Modest Mouse, and Chicago post-rockers Early Day Miners.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

After All This Time (Low-Fi)
With their sophomore album, After All This Time, Boise band Low-Fi pierces to the indie rock heart of Idaho's venison topography.

Andrew Gaines published a review.

How Hard a Heart of Gold Can Be EP (James Apollo)
...the EP is an aural glimpse of a ghost, an Americana wanderer searching for a frontier that disappeared in the gaudy neon of the modern world...

Andrew Gaines published a review.

Something in the Trees @ The High Dive, 2011-01-15
... they played their set with cool assurance, absurdist without pleading, filtering their many influences and relationships into their own unique and unified sound...

Monika Sovine published a review.

The Unknown (by AnimalSound)
. . . evokes a glimpse into a sort of grim, psychedelic underworld of Americana. A world of drunken misfits and endless roaming of the highway.

Darren Dencklau published a review.

No Matter How Faint There's Light In Everything (by Bright Brown)
Bright Brown is Alex Nahas and Nick Smeraski. Both musicians play multiple instruments throughout the 2009 release . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Drew Grow and The Pastor's Wives Album Release
For those of you who enjoy music that messes with your mind and toys with that bit of childlike anarchy still lingering in our souls.. I hope you were at the show.

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Con Fullam
. . . sixty plus years as a musician, he has as of yet to release an official album. Don't ask me what it is that I'm actually reviewing. I think it's a pre-released box set?) But maybe that was a wise choice . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Deafened By Love
The mix of both Eddy and Prusinski's vocals on this EP is great; Eddy has a soft sweet voice, which contrasts well against Prusinski's ...

Darren Dencklau published a review.

Circle EP (by Labasheeda)
According to Wikipedia, Labasheeda is a small village in Ireland. I's also a four-piece rock band from Amsterdam...

Darren Dencklau published a review.

Cuckoo Bird (by The Headlocks)
Hailing from Staten Island, New York, The Headlocks is a big band. Rob Carey, lead vocalist/guitar/harmonica player, ensures me there's only seven full time members. This more-than-usual lineup is obvious due to the . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

The Woodlands
Hannah and Samuel, of the Woodlands, have crafted together a work that conveys the intelligence and art of simplicity.

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Painted World (by The Soft Hills)
The Soft Hills new EP, Painted World, depicts the serene soundtrack to what is quite possibly one of Wayne Coyne's day dreams . . .

Pamela Ann Hathaway published a review.

Winter 2010 Levee Showcase Concert
I wish I could figure out what holiday was going on in the universe cause I can't wait for it to come again.

Brenda K published a review.

Big Sur @ Connor Byrne, Seattle
From Big Sur to Seattle, up highway 101, past Salinas, San Jose, San Francisco, on to the 101 north to Eureka and Humboldt County, through small west coast towns famous for sightings of Bigfoot, surfing and weed. You are cruzin alongside the cold salty Pacific Ocean where . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

One of These Days (by Norey)
Essentially, this album is a rabbit hole of both practical and nonsensical emotional reactions; but making . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Bohemian Bitch and Other Songs From Poets Row (Ethan J Perry)
The emotional effect is very similar to spending an afternoon with Mazzy Star; I wouldn't call it hopeful, but the tone of the album seems to point towards this conclusion: nothing definitively sad, simply life.

Jesse Perrell published a review.

Emily Wells & Simple Citizens at High Dive
There are beats tied up in the space and talking between songs, in Emily's taking up instrument after instrument like they were her best best friends, in . . .

Rachael Perrell published a review.

Guns Ammo Jewelry Coins (by Strange Jerome)
The album carries the slightly aching and very honest melody of love realized (and not), choices revisited and ambitions . . .

Brenda K published a review.

The Attic EP
Any man who enjoys Quentin Tarantino films, or any woman who feels her best in a sexy black dress with a martini in hand. . .

Brenda K published a review.

The Sky Between Us (Andy Scisco)
...full of catchy layered instrumentation simple enough to highlight a solid Folk-Rock voice and varied enough to make each song feel new...

Brenda K published a review.

Hear Me Out (Joel Streeter)
I always enjoy finding out that a good CD was recorded in a weekend ...

Brenda K published a review.

Brent Amaker & The Rodeo
With a low voice, six strings, a Rock n Roll attitude and Country twang, these guys show us ...