The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

On the warm spring evening of January 24, I had the utmost pleasure of seeing the legendary Motels starring Martha Davis.

The Motels hit the charts in 1982 with songs like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” but although those songs are exquisite, they proved this night that they have more than just . . . → Read More: The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

My Goodness Releases New Video, Will Perform at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on Feb 6 and Seattle’s Tractor on Feb 5

Powerpacked, feedback-overloaded, garage-born Seattle blues rock dynamo, My Goodness, has released a new video for the tunes “Bottle” and “Say You’re Gone,” which you can see below. The video features a mature man who looks a little like East Portland Davey. The old coot strips down to his boxers and takes a bath in . . . → Read More: My Goodness Releases New Video, Will Perform at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on Feb 6 and Seattle’s Tractor on Feb 5

Hundreds Gather Outside Seattle’s Federal Building To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

On Tuesday night, January 13 I joined hundreds of others outside Seattle’s Federal Building to join hands and surround the building in protest of the Keystone Pipeline that was recently passed by the new republican controlled congress. President Obama has said he will veto the bill, but this protest was enacted to make sure . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather Outside Seattle’s Federal Building To Protest the Keystone Pipeline, by Holly Homan

X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble Fill Seattle’s El Corazon for a Holiday Rock and Roll Show, by Holly Homan

X

Friday night in Seattle, less than a week before Christmas, and all through the house (called El Corazon )it is packed to the gills where X and the Blasters played a double bill. Seattle’s own Girl Trouble opened.

All three bands are perfectly blended. The Blasters are traditional roots rock while X have . . . → Read More: X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble Fill Seattle’s El Corazon for a Holiday Rock and Roll Show, by Holly Homan

Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Friday night December 12, I once again made the long drive south to Tacoma, Washington to see yet another great show at Jazzbones. This time it was Nekromantix with Angie & the Car Wrecks opening.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen Nekromantix, but this was the most fun show I’ve seen them . . . → Read More: Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Top Ten Albums of 2014, by Graig Markel, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Unless someone comes out with an excellent Christmas album in the next couple weeks, here’s my top ten of 2014:

St. Paul and the Broken Bones Half the City

The Budos Band Burnt Offering

Lee Fields and the Expressions Emma Jean

Benjamin Booker Violent Shiver

Prince Art Official Age

. . . → Read More: Top Ten Albums of 2014, by Graig Markel, Celebrity Guest Blogger

Washington Educators Spend Black Friday Protesting At Microsoft, by Holly Homan

On Black Friday, braving freezing temperatures and rain, about twenty-five teachers and supporters rallied over a 520 overpass just a block from the Microsoft campus. The rally was to draw attention to the fact that Microsoft is one of many corporations that makes billions in profits but due to loopholes in the taxation system, . . . → Read More: Washington Educators Spend Black Friday Protesting At Microsoft, by Holly Homan

New York City’s The Slackers Headline A Fun Night Of Ska At Seattle’s Neumos, by Holly Homan

October 26, 2014 marked my seventh concert this month and third time seeing The Slackers. The Slackers are a six-piece ska band from NYC. Singer/trombonist Glen Pine came out dressed very dapper with a dark jacket over a cantaloupe colored ruffled shirt and full of fun energy. The Slackers are a band with essentially . . . → Read More: New York City’s The Slackers Headline A Fun Night Of Ska At Seattle’s Neumos, by Holly Homan

Chicago’s Tossers Blow In On An Irish Wind For A Night Of Celtic Punk, by Holly Homan

My but October is a big month for great bands coming through the Northwest. Tuesday the 21st brought Chicago’s Celt punkers to El Corazon. I’ve been waiting a long, long time to see them again. It’s been nearly eight years since they played here and for the last two to three years I’ve badgered . . . → Read More: Chicago’s Tossers Blow In On An Irish Wind For A Night Of Celtic Punk, by Holly Homan

Chop Tops and Guests Tear Apart the Night At Studio Seven, by Holly Homan

It’s a Thursday night and Seattle’s Studio Seven is sparsely populated for the Chop Tops show. Those who didn’t come missed some great bands. The Chop Tops, hailing from Santa Cruz, are a psycho/rockabilly trio who pack a powerful punch stronger than bands twice as big.

Led by stand up drummer, Sinner, and . . . → Read More: Chop Tops and Guests Tear Apart the Night At Studio Seven, by Holly Homan

Mad Caddies Return To the Northwest With a Night of Fine Ska, by Holly Homan

On Wednesday October 15 I made the one-hour trek down to Tacoma’s Jazzbones to see The Mad Caddies. After not playing here for nearly eight years, they played here twice this year. Tres bliss!

The Caddies were in top form, this time sporting a new trumpet player (Bobby Vesnave). No word on what . . . → Read More: Mad Caddies Return To the Northwest With a Night of Fine Ska, by Holly Homan

A Rabid Crowd Welcomes the Dropkick Murphys Back To Seattle, by Holly Homan

Monday night the Showbox Sodo was where the hip people were hanging out. After three plus years Boston’s legendary Celtic punks The Dropkick Murphys finally returned to Seattle. This crowd was ready for them and proved that the Murphys were not forgotten. After two decent openers, the crowd grew restless and started singing, “Hey . . . → Read More: A Rabid Crowd Welcomes the Dropkick Murphys Back To Seattle, by Holly Homan

Rimkus DOODLE #1 – Seattle Hipness Gap

From the Desk of: Knute Rimkus

Girl Trouble Lighten Up A Friday Night At Slim’s Last Chance, by Holly Homan

It’s the last Friday of September and the place to be is Slim’s Last Chance in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Northwest legends Girl Trouble are headlining a show. Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Girl Trouble never puts on a disappointing show.

GT front man, KP Kendall is the ultimate showman, often making spontaneous jokes, this . . . → Read More: Girl Trouble Lighten Up A Friday Night At Slim’s Last Chance, by Holly Homan

Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Release Awesome Record

Seattle music legend and supernice guy, Graig Markel, would like to introduce you to his uberfresh, retro-soul/Muscle Shoals inspired project, Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band. They’ve just finished a record, and are playing a release show in Seattle at Barboza Friday, October 3rd at 7pm.

Markel is joined on 88th Street . . . → Read More: Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band Release Awesome Record

World-Wide March For Climate Change Draws About Two Thousand Plus In Seattle, by Holly Homan

Sunday September 21, 2014, people in many municipalities around the world gathered to protest climate change and push for clean, renewable energy sources.

When I arrived things were already in full swing in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Plaza. I was quite surprised to see so many gathered in the one acre park. People stood or . . . → Read More: World-Wide March For Climate Change Draws About Two Thousand Plus In Seattle, by Holly Homan

Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

It’s Sunday night and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is teeming with night life. I’m hanging at the Nectar Lounge where The Skatalites are headlning. Skatalites are pure reggae ska. Although they list Jamaica as their hometown, the members hail from all parts of the globe. And with various guest performers joining them from time to . . . → Read More: Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Real McKenzies, from Vancouver, BC, ventured into Seattle for a hell raising show at El Corazon. After some rebel rousing from four opening acts, the Real McKenzies, all wearing green plaid kilts, hit the stage sans their lead singer, Paul McKenzie. They led the audience in several chants for, “Paul! Paul! Paul!” to . . . → Read More: Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso

Playing at Seattle’s Bumbershoot as part of their short reunion tour, the Replacements kick, kick, kicked our doors down. We didn’t realize what great anthems those songs were when only 200 people were in the audience.

Somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 were in attendance Sunday at the main stage at Memorial Stadium, singing along . . . → Read More: Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso

Seattle’s Legendary Posies Play A Reunion Show at The Triple Door, by Holly Homan

Saturday night, August 23, was a date I looked forward to for some time, for this night a rare reunion concert of the Posies was to occur at Seattle’s Triple Door. The lineup consisted of what was the original Posies, that is Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. The two formed The Posies while still . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Legendary Posies Play A Reunion Show at The Triple Door, by Holly Homan