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
Thursday February 13th, Valentine’s Day Eve, was a day I looked forward to for a long time. The Mad Caddies, one of my favorite ska bands was making a triumphant return to Seattle. If memory serves correct, it’s been about eight years since Mad Caddies played Seattle — way too long. They did not . . . → Read More: The Triumphant Return Of The Mad Caddies Packs Them In At Chop Suey, 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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday was voting day here in the US, but it was also a day of action all over the world. Sponsored by the Group calling themselves Anonymous, The Million Mask March took over major cities worldwide to protest the power grab by the very wealthy and to defend democracy.
I attended a small gathering . . . → Read More: Million Mask March in Olympia, WA Draws a Few Hundred to Protest the Loss of Democracy, by Holly Homan
It’s a chilly Saturday night in Seattle and I’ve headed south of downtown (SODO) to Studio Seven to catch a night of five northwest acts plus the legendary Koffin Kats from Detroit as headliners.
I arrived to find two dudes on stage. One was front man for Hard Money Saints, Jack Rainwater, and . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Studio Seven Hosts All Things Macabre with Koffin Kats and Stellar Openers, 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
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
Saturday night, September 7th, brought the long anticipated return of the legendary Adam Ant. And judging by the reaction from the sold out crowd at the Showbox, he didn’t disappoint. He bounced onto the stage in full pirate regalia. One of the songs he opened with was “Beat My Guest” from the . . . → Read More: Adam Ant Wows A Sold Out Crowd at Showbox Market, by Holly Homan
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
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
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
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
Wednesday evening I joined with others in Seattle’s Westlake Center for a protest rally against the sentencing of a person most know as Bradley Manning (in the last couple days Bradley Manning has decided he wants to undergo a sex change and wishes to be called Chelsea Manning).
As most people now know, Manning . . . → Read More: Seattle Protest After Bradley Manning Sentenced to Thirty-Five Years, by Holly Homan
Five Iron Frenzy
It was a warm August night and Seattle’s Showbox across from the Pike Place Market hosted ska legends Five Iron Frenzy. Hailing from Denver, CO, the members of this eight-piece outfit are as much comedians as they are musicians.
Front man Reese Roper came on stage dressed in light colored spandex . . . → Read More: The Showbox Market Hosts Ska Punks Five Iron Frenzy for a High Energy Night by Holly Homan
Sunday night August 11 I attended my first ever Concert at the Zoo in Seattle. The event was Todd Snider’s Traveling Folk Show. I attended with my son as Sarah Jarosz was on the bill (see my review of her show at the Triple Door last year). I don’t often get to . . . → Read More: Todd Snider’s Traveling Folk Show Makes A Stop At Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, by Holly Homan