The Columbia Sky Observatory in Seattle, WA offers the tallest view available to the public west of the Mississippi. It can be a little frustrating to negotiate the surrounding one-way streets to get there, but the panorama is well worth the effort and the $14 fee. The Columbia Observatory may not be as well-known . . . → Read More: The Tallest View West Of The Mississippi, by Chuck Strom
Last Saturday I headed back to the Highline for a sweaty, rowdy night of pure punk rock. Headlining the event was Moral Crux, a band I’d seen once before and was totally blown away by. They blew me away again. Front man James Farris is the quintessential punk. Sporting short platinum spikes, tight leopard . . . → Read More: Moral Crux Headlines Rowdy Night Of Pure Punk Rock, by Holly Homan
Wednesday night April 27, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern hosted England’s Subways. Bursting with power and dripping with charisma, the band is led by they very boyish looking Billy Lunn. Add his brother Josh Morgan who thrashes the drum kit like a wild animal and Charlotte Cooper on bass.
Charlotte was no slouch in the . . . → Read More: Britain’s Subways Bring Power Pop and Charisma To Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, by Holly Homan
It Gets Worse
Friday night April 22 I headed to Seattle’s Highline Bar for the first night of the 2016 Seattle Ska Fest. I’d been looking forward to this show for a long time that even the head cold I’d come down with earlier that day wouldn’t keep me away. Due to having to . . . → Read More: Night One of How I Spent My Ska Fest Weekend, by Holly Homan
Attention all you fans of punk pop, have you heard of the Subways? They’re an English punk pop trio and they’re coming to the Northwest this next week.
Think New Found Glory meets the Runaways. They have a brand video out called Dirty Muddy Paws. Check it out here.
They’re playing Seattle . . . → Read More: English (Underground?) Punk-Pop Trio, The Subways to Rock the Northwest, by Holly Homan
Tuesday night February 9 marked the annual return of ska masters The Toasters. They embarked immediately on long time favorites, “I’m Running Right Through the World” and “Pirate Radio,” but it was when they played “Weekend In LA” that the dance floor really lit up. I didn’t see a still body on that dance . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Funhouse Hosts New York’s The Toasters for a Fun Night Of Ska, by Holly Homan
It’s January the first and it’s my first concert of the year. After being out until well past midnight seeing the fireworks shoot off the Space Needle, I was exhausted all the next day and wouldn’t have made the effort for any lesser band. But the Crocodile Cafe, in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, . . . → Read More: Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan
On Friday night December 18th I sacrificed seeing the new Star Wars on opening night to instead see Nick Lowe at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. The sacrifice was well worth it. Now white haired and bespectacled, Nick Lowe got on stage as a solo act for about the first two or three songs. Then the . . . → Read More: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Bring Their Quality Holiday Review For A Fun-Filled Night At Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan
My one regret this season is to only have been able to put on the suit once… twice, if you count putting it on for my nephew, for this photo. A couple of years ago, a friend gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, buying a suit and asking me to play Santa for . . . → Read More: The Santa Claus Privilege, by Steve Stav
my old pals in 7 YEAR BITCH (i did their logo) have released another record – 20 years later! it’s a live gig played at the club called “MOE” back in the mid-1990’s at the height of ‘grunge mania’ in seattle. this band was at a powerful peak at this point and were . . . → Read More: Seven Year Bitch – Live at Moe’s by Art Chantry
A who’s-who of anime characters appear in the new video from Seattle band Quickie. That’s because the group shot the colorful video for their song “Pretty” outside of the most recent Sakura-Con convention, with over a hundred and thirty cosplayers taking part. Not as extras, but front and center as lead singers in the . . . → Read More: Quickie – Pretty – Filmed at Sakura-Con 2015
The second night of my Skalloween celebration took me to Tim’s Tavern in north Seattle where three fabulous local ska bands were slated to play. Headlining were Wyoming transplants It Gets Worse, preceded by a band I saw for the first time, Smoking Bill, and opening the entire night was my own beloved Natalie . . . → Read More: How I spent my Skalloween Weekend Part II, by Holly Homan
Here’s a song for every musician whose songs never got played on KEXP:
My skalloween weekend began Friday night, Halloween Eve at Seattle’s Highline Bar on Capitol Hill. Headlining was Seattle’s own ska legends the Diablotones.
After a fun-filled performance by the Skablins, the Diablotones hit the stage for a mix of funky, raunchy rock and roll ska. Singer/bassist Timmy Profit sang with a throaty . . . → Read More: How I Spent My Skalloween Weekend, by Holly Homan
Thursday nights aren’t usually nights that draws large crowds to a concert, but Seattle’s Neptune hosted soon to be British legend, Frank Turner.
Frank Turner, after playing to sell-out crowds in England, has finally made the breakthrough into the US. Imagine the poetry of Bob Dylan with the voice and charisma . . . → Read More: Soon To Be Legend Frank Turner Wows A Packed Crowd At Seattle’s Neptune Theater, by Holly Homan
last wednesday, i was honored to be at a book signing event for a rather momentous and very important little poster book project. scott mcdougall is one of the best experts i’ve ever met on all things psychedelia. his own artwork (he desgned the cover, for instance) is enough to entrench him into the . . . → Read More: Split-Fountain Hieroglyphics: Psychedelic Concert Posters From the Seattle Area 1966-1969, by Art Chantry
Bowling For Soup
The last time I saw Bowling For Soup was in 2009 at El Corazon. That’s the last time they played Seattle. Six long years I have awaited their return, and judging by the totally packed club and it being a Tuesday. It seems they were missed but not forgotten in Seattle. . . . → Read More: Bowling For Soup & The Dollyrots Play To A Packed Crowd at Seattle’s Crocodile, by Holly Homan
this is sicks’seattle stadium, a baseball stadium in the rainier valley that was home to seattle’s only baseball team – minor league – for 50 years. they were called the ‘seattle rainiers’ and were funded entirely by the rainier brewing company what was then called “sicks’ brewing company’. it was owned by a . . . → Read More: Sick’s Seattle Stadium, by Art Chantry
The September 29, 2015 Richard Lloyd Band show at The Columbia City Theater hit top gear about halfway through the main set, and from that point right on through the all-Jimi encore, Richard was on FIRE!
Here’s how he brought it all back home on his battered Strat: “Friction”, “Pleading”, “Alchemy”, “Field of Fire”, . . . → Read More: Richard Lloyd Live in Seattle, by Tom Kipp
“Hat n’ Boots” was a gas station situated on the old hiway 99 near the Boeing complex south of seattle. as a kid, i remember begging my parents to stop there to buy gas, just so we could go there. it was a giant COWBOY HAT that sold gas! and the restrooms were GIANT . . . → Read More: Hat n’ Boots, by Art Chantry