Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

It was a warm Saturday night when I ventured out to a place I’d never been before called Pono Ranch. Nestled under the Ballard Bridge on the north side of Seattle’s Ship Canal (a canal that separates north and south Seattle). This time I was taking in some more ska/reggae put forth by Seattle’s . . . → Read More: Yogoman Burning Band With Winston Jarrett Fill Seattle’s Pono Ranch Lounge with Succulent Reggae, Ska Sounds, By Holly Homan

Robyn Hitchcock’s New Self-Titled Album May Be His Best Yet, by Tom Fredrickson

Robyn Hitchcock, Robyn Hitchcock (Yep Roc)

Is it possible that, at the midpoint of his seventh decade, Robyn Hitchcock has delivered his finest album? Certainly, it is his strongest sounding work in decades. Taking nothing away from his excellent past collaborations with Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Peter Buck, and Scott McCaughey, much credit . . . → Read More: Robyn Hitchcock’s New Self-Titled Album May Be His Best Yet, by Tom Fredrickson

Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus

Just listened to Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends. So many things anachronistic about the activity — 1967 album, listening to a whole album, actually was an LP I digitized. And I’m not the first to observe the weirdness of Paul Simon, who sings “how terribly strange to be 70” being over 70 now.

I think . . . → Read More: Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus

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 it ad infinitum. It’s fantastic. Beirut-born Maysa Karaa has got to be one of the greatest Arabic language singers of all time, at least among American classic rock fans. Karaa has created an exquisite, . . . → 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