It's a mesh- and lace-covered night of synth pop, goth, post-punk, and industrial adoration, so prep your blackest of blacks (Vantablack, anyone?). Arizonian brother duo Body of Light's '80s synth-pop resurrection casts a sonic hex of unholy gothtronics, creating a pervasively sensual sound that demands movement. The night stays spooky with goth-spaced sounds from Olympia/BC-based band Underpass, whose forward-moving bass lines are hallowed with a Robert Smith-esque, catatonic guitar/dream laye... more »
Recording for well-regarded labels like NNA Tapes, Digitalis, and Aguirre, Paris-born Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier (aka Felicia Atkinson) peddles electro-dream-pop and psychedelic-drone compositions that tickle your subconscious with wanly beautiful melodies and faint vocals that outwhisper Vashti Bunyan. By contrast, R.M. Francis generates rivulets of ruptured, highly warped and pulverized tones that sound like a 21st-century Xenakis on meth. His set at Debacle Fest was a feast for lovers of spaz... more » $10.
Listening to Dogbreth feels like that magical, dreamy high you get from lounging in the sun for too long. The heart-soaring power-pop gems the Phoenix band writes are filled with posi-vibes and guitar riffs that reach Pinkerton-level sing-along status, perfect for blasting on speakers lying next to a lake until it's too hot and you have to jump in the water again. Tristan Jemsek's lyrics deal in big feelings peppered with funny observations—last year's excellent Sentimental Health is filled wit... more » $15/$17.
If you're not already familiar with this noble and necessary local institution, Rain City Rock Camp gives young grrrls a chance to build confidence and learn how to play music. *applause button* So much yes! Ladies aged 8-17 learn to sing, play guitar, bass, or drums, and even form a band during the week-long camp, then perform their songs at this culminating and positive-energied event. Get down to the Croc this Saturday at noon-o-clock to give these grrrls-in-training a well-deserved high-5. B... more » $10.
Get out of town for a minute and enjoy some live music in the middle of a forest! You deserve it. And who doesn’t like a forest? PLUS, guitar hero J Mascis will be there, (softly) shredding the bark off the trees at Timber! Music Fest in Carnation, Washington (which is, like, a totally doable 40 minutes away). More feelings-filled singing/songwriting will come from the likes of Damien Jurado, Rocky Votolato, and Benjamin Verdoes, with high-impact sets from the legendary Charles Bradley and his... more »
A collective of the makers of what's not the signal, it's the noise.
White River continues its summer programming as the premier destination for Seattle’s aging butt-rockers and mullet-havers. And while White River will proudly go forward (see also Journey, Steve Miller, Tower of Power, and Santana in July and August), the band Mötley Crüe will not. After this tour, Mötley Crüe have signed official legal documents stating none of the members, together or solo, can EVER play or tour with any of the songs in the Crüe catalog, EVER AGAIN. Since it’s a final tour, th... more »
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Thirteen years ago, you could glimpse Destiny's Child in the "H to the Izzo" video, Bey texting Hov "smiley faces after all of her phrases" in "Change Clothes." The "new Bonnie and Clyde" kept it national-security-level secret for years before even that much came out, but once they admitted to the world that they were "Dangerously in Love", they turned their relationship into pop music's Camelot, a royal family for crown-infatuated America. Queen and king (Beyonce unquestionably flexes more infl... more »