I Honestly Had Higher Expectations – Poke Da Squid Album Review, by Holly Homan

Poke Da Squid’s new release, I Honestly Had Higher Expectations, is a very poppy album with heavy ska elements and even some harder rock. “Two Drunks Make It Write” starts things off. This song has some Blink 182 and a bit of Less Than Jake influences with catchy guitar hooks and even catchier harmonies. . . . → Read More: I Honestly Had Higher Expectations – Poke Da Squid Album Review, by Holly Homan

English Beat Play to a Sell-Out Crowd at the Showbox After Playing a Small Show At a Local Guitar Store, by Holly Homan

On Friday, February 21, I had the utmost pleasure of watching ska legends The English Beat perform two shows. One was an intimate performance at The Guitar Store in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood and the other was a sold-out performance at the Showbox downtown.

The performance at the Guitar Store attracted about 60 to . . . → Read More: English Beat Play to a Sell-Out Crowd at the Showbox After Playing a Small Show At a Local Guitar Store, by Holly Homan

The Julie Ruin – Goodnight, Goodbye

To hold fans over until they tour this spring, Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin has released this video for their song titled, “Goodnight Goodbye”. It’s a retro-coolish peek into The Julie Ruin’s touring adventures and was shot on Super 8 film in Olympia, WA last year. I love how it works as a superfantastic . . . → Read More: The Julie Ruin – Goodnight, Goodbye

Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

Monday night was a night of action all over the country to protest the newly released environmental analysis that the proposed Keystone Pipeline will not increase global warming. What hasn’t been mentioned is that said analysis was written by a company with deep ties to the oil industry and the company that wants to . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Near Freezing Temperatures To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

A Ska-Filled Night With Reel Big Fish & Suburban Legends at Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Reel Big Fish at Warped Tour

My second concert of 2014 brought me back to Showbox Market to experience the utmost pleasure of seeing Reel Big Fish for about the sixth time and Suburban Legends for the second time. This double bill was not to be missed.

Reel Big Fish are tight musically. They’re . . . → Read More: A Ska-Filled Night With Reel Big Fish & Suburban Legends at Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

The Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix & Old Man Markley Serve Up Roots Rock, Psychobilly and Hillbilly Showdown at the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

My first concert of 2014 and I’m at the Showbox Market to take in some psychobilly. The now legendary Reverend Horton Heat headlined with Nekromantix and Old Man Markley opening.

>Hailing from Dallas, TX, The Reverend (real name James Heath) played a mean Gretsch guitar while Jimbo Wallace slapped viciously away at his upright . . . → Read More: The Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix & Old Man Markley Serve Up Roots Rock, Psychobilly and Hillbilly Showdown at the Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50′s and 60′s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90′s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Punk Rock and Roots Rock On A Seattle Saturday with X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble, by Holly Homan

X

Another Saturday night in Seattle and another stellar punk show is staged at El Corazon. This time legendary punk band X were headlining. Opening the show were the equally legendary Blasters and legendary (in the Pacific NW) Girl Trouble. Does it get much better?

All three bands lived up to their legendary . . . → Read More: Punk Rock and Roots Rock On A Seattle Saturday with X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble, by Holly Homan

Rimkus! Macklemore Seattle Homecoming Concert: Well, no, I wasn’t there, but…

…MRS. Rimkus was, along with the 13 year old Rimkus daughter and one of her BFF’s (the friend got Rimkus’ ticket – Rimkus MAD!). All reports are that it was a “f___ing awesome” concert. Enough so that the increasingly sullen early teen 13 year old Rimkus said “Thanks Mom – I really enjoyed it” . . . → Read More: Rimkus! Macklemore Seattle Homecoming Concert: Well, no, I wasn’t there, but…

El Corazon Hosts the Incredible Legendary Dickies With Amazing Opening Bands, by Holly Homan

Last Saturday night November 30, Seattle’s foremost punk club, El Corazon, hosted the legendary Dickies. Although I’ve been a Dickies fan since 1979, I never saw them live until two years ago. I was so impressed I went back for seconds last Saturday.

The Dickies play so fast live that it made it . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts the Incredible Legendary Dickies With Amazing Opening Bands, by Holly Homan

Less Than Jake and Anti Flag Give A Wild Performance at Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Less Than Jake

On Tuesday night two days before Thanks Giving, pop-ska band Less Than Jake headlined a show at The Showbox Market. LTJ are the only ska band of notoriety from Gainesville, Florida. Florida is not known for its ska by any stretch of the imagination. But Less Than Jake would be a . . . → Read More: Less Than Jake and Anti Flag Give A Wild Performance at Showbox Market, by Holly Homan

Ska and Wackiness Abound With Natalie Wouldn’t and Nigel Mustafa Rocking Darrell’s, by Holly Homan

Nigel Mustafa

On Saturday night November 16, I received a Facebook message that Natalie Wouldn’t were playing a show at Darrell’s with Nigel Mustafa opening. I received this message about two or three hours before it was supposed to happen. Obviously I was going out that night after all.

It had been awhile . . . → Read More: Ska and Wackiness Abound With Natalie Wouldn’t and Nigel Mustafa Rocking Darrell’s, by Holly Homan

Trentalange Returns With “Reconnected” Video, by Steve Stav

To borrow from Steven Tyler (or Gene Autry), Trentalange is back in the saddle again, after a four-year semi-hiatus from recording and performing — and the wait will be worth it, trust me.

Her new album is due on shelves Jan. 28.

Often twisting the knob a quarter-turn from the darkly tinted . . . → Read More: Trentalange Returns With “Reconnected” Video, by Steve Stav

Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

A bright beam swept the night skies of Britain’s East Anglia for decades, looming large in genius-musician Thomas Dolby’s memories of childhood. It was doomed to darken, it’s supporting tower about to literally crumble into a sea that will eventually claim Dolby’s ancestral land, as well.

This poignant aspect of Dolby’s homecoming — after . . . → Read More: Thomas Dolby To Visit Portland, Seattle With Invisible Lighthouse Tour, by Steve Stav

Teenage Bottle Rocket & The Queers Launch Raw Hard Punk at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Teenage Bottle Rocket

A Thursday night in the waning days of September isn’t a night you would expect a packed crowd at Seattle’s El Corazon, but The Queers were opening for Teenage Bottle Rocket and once again Seattle shows its adoration of pure punk rock.

Teenage Bottle Rocket was formed by twin brothers Ray . . . → Read More: Teenage Bottle Rocket & The Queers Launch Raw Hard Punk at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Saturday Night Ska Features Easy Big Fella Reunion At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Easy Big Fella

It’s Saturday night in Seattle and El Corazon is hosting the Easy Big Fella reunion show in their tiny lounge room. The stage is not much bigger than two large dining room tables shoved together and it’s going to be hosting ska bands of seven to eight members each.

By . . . → Read More: Saturday Night Ska Features Easy Big Fella Reunion At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

First Fall Friday of 2013 Brings Bleached & Bleeding Rainbow to Seattle’s Capitol Hill, by Holly Homan

Bleeding Rainbow

The first Friday in September and I’ve headed to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood to see a show at a club in the basement of Neumo’s called Barboza. I was invited to photograph and review a quartet from Philly called Bleeding Rainbow.

Bleeding Rainbow are Rob Garcia — vocals and guitar, Sarah Everton . . . → Read More: First Fall Friday of 2013 Brings Bleached & Bleeding Rainbow to Seattle’s Capitol Hill, by Holly Homan

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Greeted By Protestors in Seattle, by Holly Homan

It’s Thursday night September 5 and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is in town. His appearance at the Washington Policy Center dinner at the posh Seattle Sheraton barred all reporters. Outside, however, about three-hundred people took over the street in front of the hotel holding signs saying things like “Not In Our State” or “Governor . . . → Read More: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Greeted By Protestors in Seattle, by Holly Homan

Highly Anticipated Seattle Punk Show with DOA and The Fastbacks Slams Door On Summer With Help from Dreadful Children, Sledgeback and Loud Eyes! by Holly Homan

DOA

It’s Friday night at Seattle’s El Corazon and the most anticipated show of the summer of 2013 is about to begin. And I am there. Canadian punk legends DOA are headlining and Seattle’s legendary Fastbacks are also on the bill.

The show was billed as DOA’s farewell tour, yet DOA mentioned nothing of . . . → Read More: Highly Anticipated Seattle Punk Show with DOA and The Fastbacks Slams Door On Summer With Help from Dreadful Children, Sledgeback and Loud Eyes! by Holly Homan

Seattle Teachers Gather On Busy Intersections Throughout the City In Protest of A Bad Contract Offer, By Holly Homan

On Thursday August 29th thirty percent of Seattle Schools SEA represented staff voted nearly unanimously to reject the contract proposal offered by the district. The district refuses to reduce the case load for support staff (counselors, psychologists, physical therapists, etc.), they want to increase the work day by thirty minutes without compensation and want . . . → Read More: Seattle Teachers Gather On Busy Intersections Throughout the City In Protest of A Bad Contract Offer, By Holly Homan