Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers Make A Long Awaited Return To Seattle, by Holly Homan

Saturday night July 25th brought the return of two things Seattle hasn’t seen in a long time — rain and Stiff Little Fingers. The rain and cooler weather did nothing to prevent the swelter inside the tiny El Corazon caused by both poor ventilation and the onstage energy of the band reciprocated by the . . . → Read More: Ireland’s Stiff Little Fingers Make A Long Awaited Return To Seattle, by Holly Homan

The Frightnrs – Admiration, I’d Rather Go Blind

Queens, New York four-piece ensemble The Frightnrs have announced their latest EP, Inna Lovers Quarrel, coming via Diplo’s Mad Decent Records on August 28th. The band takes inspiration from vintage Jamaican rocksteady combined with 80s rub-a-dub, plus a touch of ska and punk influence for a unique sound that redefines what reggae sounds . . . → Read More: The Frightnrs – Admiration, I’d Rather Go Blind

The Young Dubliners Headline a Fun Night of Celtic Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

July has been a busy month for concerts. On the 21st I had the pleasure of seeing the Young Dubliners (only two of the members are actually from Ireland). They may not be looking young any more, but on stage their behavior and their music exhibit all the youthful exuberance that matched any of . . . → Read More: The Young Dubliners Headline a Fun Night of Celtic Music at Seattle’s El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Beyond the Life of Brian, Beach Boys Article, by Pat Thomas

I recently had dinner with longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston – just happened to sit next to him and he was eating alone. 90 minutes of him honestly answering any question – he was egoless, sincere, with no axes to grind with Brian Wilson or anyone else. Given all the wacko shit he’s witnessed . . . → Read More: Beyond the Life of Brian, Beach Boys Article, by Pat Thomas

Mark Blake – Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties, by Pat Thomas

Starting in the early 70s, I’ve never had a casual relationship with The Who – just like I’ve never had a casual connection to my head, heart or groin. The Who always exemplified the visceral, mercurial, macho, homoerotic, thunderous, vulnerable side of rock music, they made me feel more alive reflecting my changing moods. . . . → Read More: Mark Blake – Pretend You’re in a War: The Who and the Sixties, by Pat Thomas

Science and Halloween Join Forces When the Phenomenauts Headline at The Funhouse, by Holly Homan

This past July 18th was another scorcher in Seattle and I attended my fifth concert of the month. This time the headliner was the Phenomenauts. Bringing their science and and science fiction with them, the Bay Area’s Phenomenauts are all about having fun and perhaps teaching some science along the way. This band appears . . . → Read More: Science and Halloween Join Forces When the Phenomenauts Headline at The Funhouse, by Holly Homan

JONI IN THE MOON – War And Porn

Joni In The Moon’s mesmerising aural flights have been turning heads skywards, with multiple songs nominated for WAM Song Of The Year awards, triple j kudos rolling in and strong community radio airplay around Australia. Yet their upcoming single War & Porn is set to spin them into an interstellar orbit, stargazing siblings . . . → Read More: JONI IN THE MOON – War And Porn

Jaan Pehchan Ho – Mohammed Rafi, Gumnaam Dance Song

Here’s a deathless dance number from the 1965 Indian suspense thriller, Gumnaam. Imdb describes the plot thusly, “Eight people are trapped on an island when their plane abandons them. They find a large mansion whose butler is expecting them. Then one by one, they die…” But not before having a blast on the dance . . . → Read More: Jaan Pehchan Ho – Mohammed Rafi, Gumnaam Dance Song

AOA – 심쿵해 (Heart Attack) Music Video

Twenty years and a thousand Jumbo Jacks ago, I toiled with friends on a comic screenplay called, “High Sticking.” Youthful, drunk on creative juices and coffee, we chortled, “There’s no such thing as ‘Over the Top,’” and sought to outdo each other generating ribald twists furthering an admittedly inane plot wherein steroid-raging footballers marched . . . → Read More: AOA – 심쿵해 (Heart Attack) Music Video

The early Treepeople ripped the hell outta Seattle! by Tom Kipp

Here’s two great pieces of video (one posted for the very first time earlier today!) documenting the version of Treepeople that ripped the hell outta Seattle during Silkworm‘s first two years in town (1990-91, during which the two then-quite-unfashionable Idaho/Montana transplants often teamed up for gigs), just prior to my own . . . → Read More: The early Treepeople ripped the hell outta Seattle! by Tom Kipp

Sharkmuffin – First Date

Brooklyn based garage rock trio Sharkmuffin creates super-heavy, jagged, and exceedingly catchy punk rock. Their newest album, Chartreuse, will be released on August 7 and in advance of its release they have paired their lead single “First Date” with a homemade music video.

Sharkmuffin was recently named one of the “20 All-Female Bands . . . → Read More: Sharkmuffin – First Date

Jah Cure – Made In California

Jah Cure, one of Jamaica’s greatest singers, returns to the scene with his brand new video for “Made In California,” the latest single off his eagerly awaited album The Cure (Jul 10, VP Records). “Made In California” pays homage to one of Cure’s favorite loves – Golden State’s locally grown ganja. The video . . . → Read More: Jah Cure – Made In California

Stargroves – Half Awake in Reykjavik

I love this tune:

The self-titled album from NYC-based indie pop band Stargroves is rich with ambitious compositions and catchy melodies.

One highlight from the record is “Half Awake in Reykjavík,” which glides along with a perky piano loop that gives the song a theatrical quality, making it sound as though it could . . . → Read More: Stargroves – Half Awake in Reykjavik

Rock Is the New Jazz. Sorry, Rock. | PopMatters, by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:06 PM, Marshall, Marc wrote:

http://www.popmatters.com/column/154630-rock-is-the-new-jazz.-sorry-rock/

Just ran across this and it made me laugh as we were discussing jazz vs rock last night.

I think this is pretty accurate (not that I have a real hold of the present commercial world of music) and is pretty funny . . . → Read More: Rock Is the New Jazz. Sorry, Rock. | PopMatters, by Tom Kipp and Marc Marshall

Have You Seen this Cat?

Thanks to Art Chantry.

WAAX – I For An Eye

The ‘I For An Eye’ video is a short, sharp two minutes and forty four seconds of revenge, reflection and revelry. Lead singer Marie De Vita storms into her friend’s houses, slightly crazed and on a mission to destroy any trace of vanity she can find. Introspective themes of comparison and envy emerge . . . → Read More: WAAX – I For An Eye

Damien Lillard – Soldier in the Game

One sick jam from charismatic Portland Trailblazers point guard Damien Lillard aka Dame Dolla:

Amana Melome – Save My Soul Tonight

Love knows no boundaries in dreambear’s animated video for Amana Melomé’s “Save My Soul Tonight.” Pastel colors and abstract masses create a vast, open style, matching the sensuous tone of the music. The main character, portrayed by Melomé, travels through varying periods of time and space, stopping at nothing to find her true . . . → Read More: Amana Melome – Save My Soul Tonight

Tribe Society – Kings

This is awesome:

The culmination of a flute player, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, and vocalist, Tribe Society has created a sound that blurs the lines between alternative rock and electronic music à la Imagine Dragons and AWOLnation, or 90s rock legends Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. Simply leveraging the magnetism of the . . . → Read More: Tribe Society – Kings

Samm Henshaw – Better

Samm Henshaw’s new video for “Better.” His hugely anticipated debut EP The Sound Experiment is set for release on 7th August: