It’s Saturday morning and I’m still on a high from Thursday night when I ventured to Seattle’s Showbox to witness the glorious, long-awaited return of the Aquabats. Like the Phenomenauts, they infuse elements of ska, punk rock and corny kids’ science fiction into one fun filled show. Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, . . . → Read More: The Aquabats Make Their Long Awaited Return To Seattle With Quirky Ska and Sci-fi, by Holly Homan
It’s a warm Sunday night in Seattle and the Neptune Theater is hosting LA’s ska masters, Fishbone. Fishbone, although primarily a ska band, play a variety of musical genres from fusion, to rock, and even some rap poetry tossed in.
Sax player and main vocalist, Angelo Moore never stays . . . → Read More: LA Ska Masters Fishbone Play To A Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan
This coming Sunday and celebrating twenty-five years as a band, legendary LA ska masters Fishbone finally returns to the Pacific NW with a show at the Victoria Ska Fest on July 4 and a show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater on July 6.
Fishbone play a variety of musical genres from the aforementioned ska to . . . → Read More: Legendary Ska Masters Fishbone Make Long Awaited Return To the Northwest, by Holly Homan
Thursday evening June 26 approximately three hundred teachers and public school support personnel gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center to hold a rally against the new Common Core Standards (CCS) before marching one mile to the Gates Building and holding a rally and protest there for over an hour.
Common Core Standards was created by . . . → Read More: Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, by Holly Homan
On Monday night, June 23, I had the utmost pleasure of witnessing the legendary Robyn Hitchcock perform a concert. This was my first time in the Columbia City Theater in Seattle’s south end. Seattle Theater Group recently acquired it. Columbia City Theater is very small, so very intimate, but loaded with character.
The beginning . . . → Read More: Robyn Hitchcock Brings His Quirky Stories and Songs to Seattle’s Columbia City Theater, by Holly Homan
Michael Bradley, hot
Sure, it’s too bad the U.S. soccer team gave up a last-second goal to drop into a 2-2 tie with Portugal, but it’s not a major disaster. The Yanks’ chances of advancing to the knockout rounds of the World Cup are still pretty good, and they’ve played well enough so far . . . → Read More: Don’t draw too much from this draw, by Claude Iosso
If it seems like Hope Solo’s from another planet, it’s because she is. People shake their heads at the nutty antics of the United States and Seattle Reign goalkeeper, but it’s not easy being the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
It’s boundary issues really. If you were told to go to . . . → Read More: Another girl, another planet, by Claude Iosso
Sunday was Father’s Day and also the evening of an acoustic solo performance from one of the finest female vocalist of modern times, Johnette Napolitano. The former lead singer from Concrete Blonde blended original songs (with a couple exceptions) with humorous anecdotes and poetry she’d written.
Johnette came on stage to raucous applause, and . . . → Read More: Johnette Napolitano Performs a Solo Show For Packed and Rapt Crowd at Seattle’s Triple Door, by Holly Homan
Located in the mountains of North Central, WA, just about 30 miles from the Canadian border, the Conscious Culture Festival proudly reaches its 5th year on June 20-22, 2014. CCF is the largest Roots, Rock, and Reggae festival of its kind in the Northwest. The festival has steadily gained a loyal following since . . . → Read More: Conscious Culture Festival 2014 to be Held June 20-22 at The Barter Faire Site, Tonasket, WA
It’s Thursday night, but that doesn’t stop the night life from hopping on maximum overdrive on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Chop Suey hosted one of my all-time favorites, Camper Van Beethoven.
I first saw CVB in the fall of 1987 and I’ve seen them a couple times since. I believe this show was the . . . → Read More: Camper Van Beethoven Play To A Packed Crowd At Seattle’s Chop Suey, by Holly Homan
Last Tuesday I watched my second movie as part of the Seattle International Film Festival. This one, called Razing the Bar was about the rise and fall of the beloved punk club called The Funhouse.
Through interviews with employees, owners and local musicians, this film is mainly about Brian Foss who took over . . . → Read More: Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, by Holly Homan
Strictly Sacred is a documentary about Seattle band Girl Trouble. Girl Trouble has been a Seattle institution for about twenty-five years, but have never received the notoriety they so deserve. That is until now. Isaac Olsen (who is the nephew of two of the members of Girl Trouble) directed this excellent introspective on the . . . → Read More: Strictly Sacred, the Documentary About Girl Trouble, Wows A Packed Audience At Seattle International Film Festival, by Holly Homan
It’s Sunday night of the Memorial Day weekend 2014 and Studio Seven is hosting the Tenth Annual Psychobilly Brawl, featuring Koffin Kats and lots of great openers.
Koffin Kats have a new guitar player. That being Johnny Kay and he is amazing! The only time he stood still was when he was singing harmony. . . . → Read More: Studio Seven Hosts Seattle’s 10th Annual Psychobilly Brawl Featuring Koffin Kats, by Holly Homan
Thursday night May 15 marked the second time I’ve seen the Chop Tops and I think they were even better this time around. This trio from Santa Cruz plays a mixed bag of rockabilly and psychobilly and consists of Sinner (whose name is tattooed across his chest) on vocals and stand up . . . → Read More: Chop Tops and Guests Rile Up a Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Studio Seven, by Holly Homan
It’s Saturday night in Seattle’s thriving Ballard neighborhood and I’m at the Tractor Tavern to see folk singer Sarah Jarosz headline a show. Although calling Sarah Jarosz folk is not exactly accurate. She’s part folk, part bluegrass and a little country tossed in. She’s one hundred percent child prodigy. She’s turning 23 later this . . . → Read More: Sarah Jarosz Headlines a Sold Out Show at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, 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
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
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
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
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