Seattle’s High Dive Hosts Summer Ska & Reggae Showcase With Four Great Bands, by Holly Homan

GTO Orion Anderson – Guitar | Cale Wilcox – Bass | Timmy Conroy – Keys/Vocals | Harald Bell – Drums | Sean Jensen – Saxophone | Colin Pulkrabek – Trombone

MONKEY CURTIS “Curtron” MEACHAM – Guitar/Vox MICAH “MC Brown Crown” TURNEY – Drums AADITH “Fishbone Army” SRINIVASAN – Bass DUSTIN “El Duece” . . . → Read More: Seattle’s High Dive Hosts Summer Ska & Reggae Showcase With Four Great Bands, by Holly Homan

MAYSSA KARAA – Turn The Page

I don’t know how it took me so long to find this, but now that it’s here I’ve been repeating ad infinitum. It’s fantastic. Maysa Karaa has got to be one of the greatest Arabic singers of all time, at least among American classic rock fans. Karaa has created an exquisite career niche for . . . → Read More: MAYSSA KARAA – Turn The Page

Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

After about a decade in hiatus mode LA’s Tiger Army is back at it with a new album and new tour. I had the utmost pleasure of seeing them at Seattle’s Showbox on July 2, this time co-headlining with Murder By Death. I arrived just after Tiger Army came on stage and just before . . . → Read More: Tiger Army Return to Seattle Co-Headlining with Indiana’s Murder By Death at Seattle’s Showbox, By Holly Homan

So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Sunday June 18th was not only Father’s Day but also the day the Mad Caddies played in Seattle. This time they returned to the Nectar Lounge in the one Seattle neighborhood that’s kept its counter culture charm, Fremont.

Front man Chuck Robertson came out sporting his usual scruffy look (unshaven, unkempt) and his usual . . . → Read More: So Cal Ska Masters Mad Caddies Pack the Nectar Lounge, by Holly Homan

Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

A year ago, Darling Cora released, “Yearn” the first single off her debut album, Heart Strung Out and EPB was quick to latch on to the magic. This spring she released a beautiful video (above) to accompany the song. If you have yet to discover this promising Toronto artist, please take this oppoortunity . . . → Read More: Darling Cora – Yearn, Hallelujah

Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

On Sunday night June 11 I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Boston’s ska band, Big D & the Kid’s Table do a show at Seattle’s El Corazon. This time they were commemorating the tenth anniversary of the release of their iconic album Strictly Rude, which they performed in its entirety (among other . . . → Read More: Big D & the Kid’s Table Headline A Fun Night Of SKA Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, By Holly Homan

Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Absenté Reo is an engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer from Brighton, UK who produces a range of soundtrack, acoustic and contemporary dance and future bass under various pseudonyms.

While travelling through USA, Cuba, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Australia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil; Blind Rivers Absenté . . . → Read More: Absenté Reo – Khan Yunis, Spirit Engineering

Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

Engraving of “The Vision of The Valley of The Dry Bones” by Gustave Doré

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around . . . → Read More: Good Bones: Remembering Genesis’ A Trick of the Tale, by Todd E. Johnson

The Rebel Light – Where Did All the Love Go?

Los Angeles poppers the Rebel Light have a new song for you. It’s called “Where Did All the Love Go?” and vocalist and keyboardist Will Steil emailed to say, “When I wrote this song, I am not sure anyone could have predicted the political chaos our country would have descended into… each breaking news . . . → Read More: The Rebel Light – Where Did All the Love Go?

Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

On August 4, Dan Wilson will return with Re-Covered, a unique album that finds the Grammy-winning songwriter reinterpreting songs from his storied career that he wrote for and with other artists. The album, which marks his third solo studio release, is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Pledge Music and includes instant . . . → Read More: Dan Wilson Announces New Album, Re-Covered: Lyric Videos for “Someone Like You” (Adele) ft. Kronos Quartet + “Home” (Dierks Bentley)

Championships – We Will All Have Been Brothers and Sisters – The Best East Portland Indie Album of the Decade and Probably the Century

The recent EP from Championships is a delight. It has six carefully crafted pop classics all written and sung by Cameron Heger, the Championships mastermind. Gifted as he undoubtedly is, Heger gets by with a lot of help from his talented friends. On his last recording, an eponymous debut in November of 2015, it . . . → Read More: Championships – We Will All Have Been Brothers and Sisters – The Best East Portland Indie Album of the Decade and Probably the Century

50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

On the way to forging his own way in music, Van Morrison penned a sentimental ditty called “Brown Eyed Girl.” Sung with gusto over a simple, three-chord melody, the song remains Morrison’s biggest hit 50 years later. “Brown Eyed Girl” is still sung around campfires and is an oldies station staple, but I think . . . → Read More: 50th Vanniversary: THE MARSHMALLOW THAT MADE… AND ALMOST BROKE VAN MORRISON, By Claude Iosso

Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

A couple weeks ago I was working up an acoustic arrangement of Van’s song, “Crazy Love,” for May May and me to sing with another couple. After a few passes at it, I abandoned it for a different song by a more harmony-inclined band. Despite the catchiness & simplicity of “Crazy Love,” it just . . . → Read More: Van Morrison – Crazy Love, by Rich Horton

Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Mavis Staples is one of the very true American voices left. She sang with the Staples Singers and had many hits with that group. Mavis early on became the featured singer there given her unique sound. Her voice was low and passionate and the only one of its kind. Mavis is a national . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Thursday May 4 I had the esteemed privilege of seeing punk rock cover band Me First & the Gimme Gimmes. Me First, for those of you unfamiliar with them, are a punk band who turn non-punk songs into punk songs. “Songs like Leavin’ On A Jet Plane,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” etc.

Jay Bentley . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Cover Band Brings Their Fun & Zany Show to the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Etta James – Take it to the Limit, by Pat Thomas

The album cover art is easily the winner for the world’s worst cover art released by a legendary musician, but damn, I love the Etta James Live From San Francisco album from 1981. She can even make this Eagles tune sound genius.

– Pat Thomas is the author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights . . . → Read More: Etta James – Take it to the Limit, by Pat Thomas

Reverend Horton Heat Brings a Solo Acoustic Show And Amusing Stories to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

On Saturday night after spending all day at the Punk Rock Flea Market selling my wares, I headed to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle’s old Ballard neighborhood. Playing was the Reverend Horton Heat doing a (semi) solo acoustic show without his long-time sidekick Jimbo on bass and no drummer.

I arrived just after eight . . . → Read More: Reverend Horton Heat Brings a Solo Acoustic Show And Amusing Stories to Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan

It Gets Worse – Cool Kids

Seattle ska band It Gets Worse have long been a favorite of East Portland Blog. They are in the midst of a good, long run of success and have just released a video for “Cool Kids.” The band will be appearing at the Nectar Lounge in Seattle on June 18 with Mad Caddies . . . → Read More: It Gets Worse – Cool Kids

Legendary London Punks the Damned Headline A Fun Filled Show at Seattle’s Showbox, by Holly Homan

On Easter Sunday I finally got the privilege of seeing legendary London punks the Damned. I’ve been waiting a long time. Last time I was set to see them it was Halloween Eve maybe 2007, but their visas didn’t come through and they had to cancel.

The show began with keyboardist (Monty Oxy Moron) . . . → Read More: Legendary London Punks the Damned Headline A Fun Filled Show at Seattle’s Showbox, by Holly Homan

March to May – Madeleine

Seattle’s March to May have a new tune, “Madeleine” which you can hear below, and a new album, Through the Night, which will be released on April 21. Their sound is organic, locally-grown, small-batch, artisanal chamber folk and so far all of their tunes have been excellent. A duo– Beth Wesche (Celtic harp, . . . → Read More: March to May – Madeleine