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There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

I am so happy to be one of those bands you just might catch at Sea Monster Lounge. Catch me this Saturday with The Staxx Brothers and my 12th Street Horns. Andrew Nunez has built an Empire of funk, based on a Constitution of Jazz; founded upon on a deeply authentic Declaration of Soul, . . . → Read More: There are Better Angels Here: 45th St. Got Soul, by Davin Michael Stedman

We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

My friend in Lagos, Nigeria Mtrill Teria is going to be doing a TED talk November 11th.

On the bright side of social media I have been able to have a consistent glimpse into the lives of many Nigerian innovators in music, business, and technology.

I have also got a 3rd row seat into . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: Meet Lagos MC and innovator Mtrill, by Davin Michael Stedman

We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

Tadej Tadiman Tratnik is one of the more intriguing reggae artists I met in Kingston, JA. He definitely stood out Inna di Yard at Chinna’s place.

Though this world had signs of diversity, from a Japanese Rasta that smoked but never spoke to an esteemed professor from Berkeley, Tadej found a way to blend . . . → Read More: We Will Follow: TADIMAN – Kdor drugemu jamo koplje: New Video From Slovenia’s Finest Reggae Artist, by Davin Michael Stedman

New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

On Halloween night I ventured to the Funhouse to see a new ska band I’d recently discovered called Joystick. This seven-piece hails from New Orleans and not only was this my first time seeing them, it was their first time in Seattle. Though they self-identify as a ska band, they seemed half ska and . . . → Read More: New Orleans Ska Septet Joystick Headline Their First Seattle Show on Halloween Night at the Funhouse, by Holly Homan

The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

On the balmy Sunday night of October 22 I ventured to the Funhouse to see the Creepshow. This punk quartet hails from Montreal and combines sweat, grit and charm into one tight package. Singer and guitarist, Kenda oozes so much charm, I left feeling like I’d had a major sugar overdose, but I . . . → Read More: The Creepshow Return to Seattle for a Grungy, Saccharin & Rowdy Show, by Holly Homan

So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

October has been a prolific month for concerts but the one I’ve looked forward to t most happened Thursday October 19 at the Showbox where the Aquabats headlined. Promoting their brand new album High Five Soup, the Aquabats, led by Mc Bat Commander were pure entertainment. This show was also a family affair. Spearheaded . . . → Read More: So. Cal’s Aquabats Bring Their Sci-Fi Kids’ Show and Punk/Ska Music Back to Seattle, by Holly Homan

Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

On Wednesday night October 18, I braved stormy weather and headed to the Sunset Tavern in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Playing was a band called Elettrodomestico with Jane Wiedlin (formerly of the Go-Go’s) playing guitar and singing lead vocals. Playing with her were Joe Gore (P.J. Harvey & Tom Waits) on bass, Dawn Richardson . . . → Read More: Former Go-Go’s Member Jane Wiedlin Fronts Elettrodomestico at the Sunset Tavern, by Holly Homan

Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

Silver Shine

On Saturday night October 14 I once again ventured out to El Corazon, this time to see a series of bands in what was dubbed The Splatterhous. My main reason for attending was to see The Silver Shine, a great psychobilly trio from Budapest.

The event started at 5:00, but I . . . → Read More: Splatterhouse Wreckords and Ruckus in the Records presents The Splatterhous: A Fun-Filled Night Featuring Many Acts including the Silver Shine, the Rocketz and Black Eyed Vermillion, by Holly Homan

Van Morrison and the Squirrel, by Davin Michael Stedman

YOU SEE I KNOW THIS SQUIRREL that is quite obsessed with Van Morrison:

As I trade texts with the great Rock & Roll music critic Dennis Cook about the virtual Morrison mix tape he is making for me, for you, and for Mother Earth, I recalled this amazing little story I forgot to tell . . . → Read More: Van Morrison and the Squirrel, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Nekromantix Return to Seattle for a Night of All Things Macabre, by Holly Homan

Friday October 6 brought a return of psychobilly heroes the Nekromantix with a night of macabre themes.

Lead singer and upright bassman Kim Nekroman came on stage wearing all black with his signature bass shaped like a child’s coffin with the head stock shaped like a cross. But he didn’t just beat the bass . . . → Read More: The Nekromantix Return to Seattle for a Night of All Things Macabre, by Holly Homan

Tom Petty Was At Both Ends Of The Dial, by Steve Stav

“Damn The Torpedos” was one thing… but the album after that, and the one after that… we got into the 80s and there was nobody – metalheads, punks, New Wavers, “old folks” – who didn’t like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You and your buddies got into your car one night, you put in . . . → Read More: Tom Petty Was At Both Ends Of The Dial, by Steve Stav

The Voodoo Glowskulls Crash Land in Seattle Again, This Time With a New Lead Singer, by Holly Homan

On Sunday October first I was nce again faced with two great acts playing Seattle on the same night. I sacrificed Billy Bragg to see the Voodoo Glowskulls and four other bands ranging from hard core punk to danceable ska. There are 365 days in a year. You’d think the punk rock gods . . . → Read More: The Voodoo Glowskulls Crash Land in Seattle Again, This Time With a New Lead Singer, by Holly Homan

Agent Orange Blast Seattle’s El Corazon Into a Whole New Galaxy With Their Wild Punk Style, by Holly Homan

I couldn’t call myself a punk rocker if I didn’t go to see Agent Orange, so of course I made the trek to El Corazon on Sept 30 to do just that. I have never seen AO before, but as Bullwinkle J. Moose once said, there’s a first time for everything.

This So. Cal . . . → Read More: Agent Orange Blast Seattle’s El Corazon Into a Whole New Galaxy With Their Wild Punk Style, by Holly Homan

God Bless You, Steve Hoffman, by Todd E. Johnson

A little bit less than once a week I find myself at AudioElement, (http://audio-element.com) a high-end audio store not far from my office in Pasadena, California. I come to AudioElement with a satchel of vinyl records, a quart of record cleaner, and a stack of premium record sleeves. I then spend an hour . . . → Read More: God Bless You, Steve Hoffman, by Todd E. Johnson

The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow Brings Tears of Silver to a Cozy Church In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

On a warm evening on Sept 28 I had the utmost privilege of seeing Ken Stringfellow (originally from the Posies) with friends, (Jesse Chandler of Midlake on keys/vox, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev on guitar/vox, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev on guitar/harmonica/vox) perform in a church in Seattle’s Phinney neighborhood across the street from . . . → Read More: The Posies’ Ken Stringfellow Brings Tears of Silver to a Cozy Church In North Seattle, by Holly Homan

First Ever Cheap Trick Christmas Album Out October 20

Cheap Trick will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday themed album CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS, out October 20 on Big Machine Records. Arriving mere months after their critically-acclaimed 18th studio album WE’RE ALL ALRIGHT!, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, GRAMMY® Award winner Julian Raymond (Glen . . . → Read More: First Ever Cheap Trick Christmas Album Out October 20

The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Bad Cop Bad Cop

Saturday Sept 16th kicked off the Punk In Drublic tour, the brain child of Fat Mike, front man of NOFX. This west coast tour was designed not only to showcase some great punk bands, but also multiple types of beer. This concert, held on the grounds of Tacoma’s Le May . . . → Read More: The Sunny Warm Weather Held Strong for the Punk In Drublic Fest Starring NOFX & Other Punk Bands, by Holly Homan

Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday the Punk In Drublic tour kicked off in Tacoma, WA and I had the esteemed privilege of sitting down for a chat with front man and founding member of Goldfinger, John Feldmann. I found him to be very congenial, intelligent and passionate (but he wouldn’t be the artist he is without passion). . . . → Read More: Goldfinger Front Man Sits Down for a Chat With EPB During Tacoma’s Punk In Drublic Show, by Holly Homan

Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

It’s Tuesday night in Seattle and two great punk bands are playing at two different locations. Should I hang with the Irish and go see Stiff Little Fingers for their 40th anniversary tour or should I go to the Crocodile to see Australia’s The Living End. Decisions, decisions. Of all the 365 nights in . . . → Read More: Australia’s The Living End Crash Land at Seattle’s Crocodile Club w/ Two Great Punk Openers, by Holly Homan

Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan

On September 16th a major punk event is coming to Tacoma, WA. At the Le May Car Museum from noon to 10 p.m. major punk bands like NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Bad Cop Bad Cop all on one bill for one glorious afternoon/evening. This is part of a west coast . . . → Read More: Punk In Drublic, A Major Punk Fest Comes to Tacoma’s LeMay Car Museum & Other West Coast Dates, by Holly Homan