The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Make A Long Awaited Return to Seattle, by Holly Homan

On a hot steamy Tuesday night, Seattle’s Neptune hosted the legendary Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It’s been more than a decade since the Bosstones played this area, but like a good wine, they’ve aged well and this eight-piece from Boston was in top form. They came on stage all wearing matching read coats and black . . . → Read More: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Make A Long Awaited Return to Seattle, by Holly Homan

A Sold Out Crowd Braves A Sweaty Night To See Andrew Jackson Jihad, by Holly Homan

It’s Friday July 25th. It’s stifling hot and El Corazon has no ventilation. But Arizona’s Andrew Jackson Jihad are playing to a packed crowd and are not to be missed. AJJ is the only band I know of who combine melodic folk songs combined with a harder edged punk drive. To add to this, . . . → Read More: A Sold Out Crowd Braves A Sweaty Night To See Andrew Jackson Jihad, by Holly Homan

The Aquabats Make Their Long Awaited Return To Seattle With Quirky Ska and Sci-fi, by Holly Homan

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

LA Ska Masters Fishbone Play To A Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Seattle’s Neptune, 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

Legendary Ska Masters Fishbone Make Long Awaited Return To the Northwest, 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

Washington Teachers Stage Huge Protest Against Bill Gates’ Common Core Curriculum, 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

Robyn Hitchcock Brings His Quirky Stories and Songs to Seattle’s Columbia City Theater, 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

Johnette Napolitano Performs a Solo Show For Packed and Rapt Crowd at Seattle’s Triple Door, by Holly Homan

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

God Help the Girl – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan

God Help the Girl would be more aptly called God Help This Movie. This film begins with a young girl walking through Edinburgh sinnging, but I had no idea why. Then she’s in some sort of mental hospital for what appears to be an eating disorder. But again, we don’t know why. Half an . . . → Read More: God Help the Girl – A Plotless and Totally Annoying Movie, by Holly Homan

Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan

My third movie as part of Seattle International Film Festival was an utmost treasure. Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz was a documentary by Director Kay Ray, and co-producer Cathy Wadley. Lady Be Good reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s through archival footage and . . . → Read More: Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan

Camper Van Beethoven Play To A Packed Crowd At Seattle’s Chop Suey, by Holly Homan

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

Razing The Bar, A Film About The Funhouse In Seattle, 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, the Documentary About Girl Trouble, Wows A Packed Audience At Seattle International Film Festival, 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

Studio Seven Hosts Seattle’s 10th Annual Psychobilly Brawl Featuring Koffin Kats, 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

Chop Tops and Guests Rile Up a Small But Enthusiastic Crowd at Studio Seven, by Holly Homan

Chop Tops

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

Sarah Jarosz Headlines a Sold Out Show at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, 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

Punk Rock Mayhem With Pennywise & Teenage Bottle Rocket On A Tuesday Night, by Holly Homan

It’s Tuesday night in Seattle and do you know where your punk rocker is? Most likely at the Showbox watching Teenage Bottle Rocket followed by Pennywise ignite a firestorm of unadulterated punk rock!

It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve seen Pennywise. When they finally hit the stage, it was like someone poured gasoline . . . → Read More: Punk Rock Mayhem With Pennywise & Teenage Bottle Rocket On A Tuesday Night, by Holly Homan

Johnette Napolitano, Writer, Horse-Lover, Transcendent Voice, Brings Solo Show to Northwest, by Holly Homan

Johnette Napolitano is best known for her role as lead singer & bassist for Concrete Blonde. When I sat down to do a phone interview with her recently I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I discovered is how easy she was to talk to. I felt like I was calling an old friend . . . → Read More: Johnette Napolitano, Writer, Horse-Lover, Transcendent Voice, Brings Solo Show to Northwest, by Holly Homan

The Eleventh Annual Ska Fest Brings Georgetown Orbits, & Natalie Wouldn’t and Others To the Highline, by Holly Homan

Georgetown Orbits

Friday night on Seattle’s happenin’ Capitol Hill, the Highline hosted the 11th Annual Seattle Ska Fest. Two of my favorite locals, The Georgetown Orbits and Natalie Wouldn’t were headlining. Tres bliss!

The Orbits were the last band to play, and again, many seemed to have left before the end of the show. . . . → Read More: The Eleventh Annual Ska Fest Brings Georgetown Orbits, & Natalie Wouldn’t and Others To the Highline, by Holly Homan

El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan

On April 9 I bore witness to five bands at El Corazon who were beyond fabulous. Though the headliner was Creepshow, from Toronto, there really were two headliners — the other being The Phenomenauts. Hailing from the East Bay area, The Phenomenauts are part corny fifties TV sci-fi show, part comedy troupe, part rock . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan