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Chris Cornell at Benaroya Hall – Seattle, WA – 9/29/15


Earlier this week, thenaturalstoner and I had what we would consider to be a perfect day in Seattle. We were in town to catch Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell at Benaroya Hall, a stop on his solo acoustic tour. After driving across the state of Washington that morning, we spent the afternoon in downtown Seattle doing all the typical tourist stuff like buying Hawks gear at the Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop, snapping photos in front of the Space Needle while making obscene gestures, taking in the sights of Puget Sound and studying the odd “art” along the waterfront. Like I said, typical tourist stuff.

At one point, we stopped off at a pub for a couple beers. No big deal, right? That’s what we thought until we spotted Grammy Award-winning rapper Macklemore sitting at a table behind us. Now, for some of you, this wouldn’t matter too much. But here at Concert Confessions, we have a little more respect for Mr. Thrift Shop ever since he released his latest single Downtown, which features vocals by Foxy Shazam frontman Eric Nally. Concert Confessions kind of digs Foxy Shazam, as evidence here, here and/or here.

After our afternoon downtown (and a fist bump between thenaturalstoner and Macklemore), we headed over to the show. It was such a nice evening out that we decided to walk instead of taking a cab. As we made our way to the venue, we stopped off in a small bar for a drink. Okay, if I’m being honest, it may have been a few drinks. Eventually, we made it to the show and we were ready for an unforgettable evening.


Inside Benaroya Hall, Chris Cornell thrilled fans with a massive 30-song set list that lasted nearly three hours and included his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog (plus solo material). Cornell is arguably one of the greatest frontmen in the business today, and his iconic voice sounded great in the sold-out 2,500-seat concert hall, which is also home to the Seattle Symphony. To add to the thrill of it all, we were sitting front row. I have to give credit where credit is due, thenaturstoner was on his game when he bought these tickets months ago. I couldn’t believe that here I was now, an arm’s length away from the legendary Chris Cornell.

One of the highlights included a guest appearance by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who accompanied Cornell on Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog) and River of Deceit (Mad Season). Other members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were spotted throughout in the venue. McCready, however, was the only sit-in. Of course we would have loved for other guests, but McCready was a super treat for us all and those older covers sounded fantastic.



Chris continued the night playing classics like Blow Up the Outside World, Fell On Black Days, Like A Stone and Black Hole Sun—although Benaroya Hall’s signature drink, the Black Whole Fun, left something to be desired. Cornell also dusted off some cool covers, including Bob Dylan’s Threw It All Away, Led Zeppelin’s Thank You, and a new favorite of mine, Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U.



All in all, this was an absolutely solid show and most definitely worth the time and money spent to make it to Seattle. I would highly recommend catching this tour if you have a chance. Cornell treats his fans to a massive set filled with great songs, which evoke the memories of the 90s.  Not to mention, his voice is still there and sounding better than ever. Thank you Seattle for an awesome evening.


Video credit: Tammy P.



Watch Sir Paul McCartney Jam with Nirvana at Safeco Field

Last night (7/19/13) at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA, Sir Paul McCartney was joined by the remaining members of Nirvana and treated fans to “Helter Skelter,” “Cut Me Some Slack,” and “Get Back.”

Video credits: Trent Moorman

Rancid Heads Back to Seattle (Not Olympia), WA – 7/12/13

Thenaturalstoner is in Seattle this weekend for Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sub Pop Records. As a pre-festival warm up, our lovable pal headed over to the Showbox Sodo last night to catch punk legends Rancid.

“Rancid was loud and full of energy,” says thenaturalstoner. “Everyone was pumped, and the room was packed. It fuck’n rocked.”

The second night, of a two-night run in Seattle, Rancid delivered a massive set-list, opening with Roots Radicals and closing with Time Bomb. Radio kicked off the multi-song encore, and the band closed out the night with Ruby Soho. 

Check out these videos from the show:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Key Arena, Seattle WA – 11/10/12

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Key Arena, Seattle WA – 11/10/12

Videos by Phishbeard 

Concert Confessions contributor Phishbeard hits tons of shows. Actually, tons is probably an understatement. The guy hits so many shows that he’s usually on his way to the next one before he can share any info with us about the show he just left. But the videos continue to upload.

This week, our buddy Phishbeard was lucky enough to catch Neil Young & Crazy Horse at The Key Arena in Seattle. Some videos have uploaded and we’ve got them for you below, along with the set list. Be sure to check out Phishbeard’s  YouTube channel for more great concert videos.


Love And Only Love
Born In Ontario
Walk Like A Giant
The Needle And The Damage Done
Twisted Road
Singer Without A Song
Ramada Inn
Cinnamon Girl
Fuckin’ Up
Mr. Soul
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

Tonight’s The Night

Garbage 09/26/12: Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA

Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA
September 26, 2012

I have loved Garbage since the days of the mixed tapes in high school. I remember blasting, “Only Happy When it Rains” from the tape deck in my parent’s car as I drove around town like some kind of suburban bad ass (which I wasn’t). I found last night that the 90’s alternative rock sound is still alive and rocking venues.

Opener: I hated Screaming Females. They live up to their name. I am not a fan of the screaming into the mic. There is a time and place for it where I like (or tolerate) that type of vocals, Cage the Elephant come to mind as a band the lead singer screams into his mic. That’s all I have to say about the opener. I cared more about vodka tonics and shots than I did their music.

Regardless of how the Screaming Females set the tone for the main attraction, they did not distract from Garbage’s presence and experience. Shirley Manson lived up to all my expectations. Manson’s amazing Scottish accent, sex appeal and attitude were enthralling. Moreover, the blend of American and Scottish music influences the band has had over the years were infused in their new bodies of work making their portfolio continuous and rounded. Manson circled the stage as she performed like a tigress. Her stage personality bleeds out as she spoke to the devoted fans. For example, at the near end of the show she described the “minor cluster” as band mates scrabbled to set up for “I Hate Love”. She explained it would be the first time the band performed the single in front of a live audience. This act was to atone for their sudden cancelation in Seattle the last time they came through the northwest. I noticed Manson avoided the higher notes. Given, high notes are rare in their songs but, it seemed to add to the raw, deep, rock sound of Garbage than a void.

Garbage played with vigor. The Show box’s sound system vibrated through me. The testament of Manson’s voice carried over the power of the heavy guitar riffs, hooks, and electronics. The new album release “Not Your Kind of People” lives to their tradition. Garbage sounded BIG. The new singles were true Garbage signature sound.

The show had the energy of long time fans. Garbage played a great variety from their albums. Fans lit the venue with lighters during “Milk”. The band rocked “I Think I’m Paranoid”. “Happy When it Rains” began with the nostalgic slow rhythm into everybody’s favorite beat. The crowd gave their vocals to the chorus of “poor your misery down on me”. Other memorable performances last night: “#1 Crush”, “Cherry Lips (Go, Baby, Go)” and “Shut your Mouth”.

If they are coming to your neck of the woods, and you too listened to them (perhaps on tape) don’t miss them!

Bumbershoot Music Festival 09/01/12 – Seattle, WA

Bumbershoot Music Festival 09/01/12 – Seattle, WA

Editor’s Note: Emily is a life long friend of Reverend Justito’s wife. For years she has threatened to confess and on this Labor Day 2012 she finally has. 

The first day of the annual Seattle labor day tradition of Bumbershoot was on a perfect late summer/crisp early fall in the air, sunny, Northwest afternoon and night. Crowds were still plenty thick even with the Huskies home opener, and PAX in town. You have to love music festivals though! So much to hear from the bands finding their voices and grooves, those hoovering on great-dom, and those who are seasoned professionals.

POLECAT: A Bellingham, WA local performed their energetic country, bluegrass, world, reggae brand of music! They were definitely our find for the day. Polecat made you sway to the bluegrass under the sun and they made you want to jump to reggae beats the next with effortless connection some how. They are worth driving two hours north to see and keeping an eye on what develops.

GOTYE: I hesitated to see Gotye. His single, Somebody I Used to Know, is so F&*%ing overplayed it makes me sick. Somehow though, I made it over to check out the Aussie. I have to say, Wally De Backe is quite the talented musician. He played many types of percussion and an assortment of random instruments from keyboards to a weird hosed accordion looking thing. He opened with a thunderous intro and didn’t let go my attention even with the animation that was playing in the background which could have proved as a distraction. The videos that played in the background reminded me of the artist, M.C. Escher, and his 50’s lithographs of cube like designs morphing into crows. Gotye’s trance, mood music lent itself to the liquid images. To which effect positively worked well with the music ebbing and flowing. I thought Gotye was much like Foster the People, in the way both bands have this chill vibe on their produced albums but live, have this strange, welcome, energy! Unfortunately, when he played the overplayed single three songs away from the end of the set, half the crowd dispersed. I’m not sure if that half should be scorned for being rude for leaving before the set was over or I was on a different page than others.

THE HEAVY: I knew the singles, How do you Like Me Now, and Sixteen before seeing their show. I was not prepared for the energy, the fun, the show, they put on!!! It was James Brown mixed with like a Flogging Molly type of energy. Kelvin Swaby commanded the stage and the audience! He knew how to get the crowd to participate well and consistently! That can be tricky up here in Seattle I’ve found. It was so much fun being a part of the crowd, watching rhythmic arms in the air to the beats like metronomes but, with rock infusion! I have to note, because I’m a sucker when the band communicates with the crowd (Broken Bells, I’m still mad at your performance over a year ago) I tend to fall head over heals for them! As I have with The Heavy! It also helps that they are English.

AWOLNATION: I personally was a fan of their single, Sail. I was hyped up to see them at work, in their element, and my hopes and hype quickly dwindled. They seemed to me to be another LA guitar rock band. The crowd in front seemed young, and ate up the front man’s crowd surfing antics and vocals. I however, wanted more substance for my favorite, Sail, and it didn’t take off.

JANE’S ADDICTION: I am not a fan of Jane’s Addiction. I know the major songs but, I do not own an album or even a single. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy hearing the singles but, have never been connected. They were a blast straight out of the 90s though last night!!! Nude female silhouettes in the back ground, two Asian stripper like hotties parading around the stage in lingerie, Dave Navarro at full effect, random theatrics in the background (for example: an actor was slopping clay over his face to create a mask to cover his face, then poking holes for the eyes, feathers stabbed into his forehead). It was an old fashioned rock show! And for that I enjoyed it. Dave Navarro is a legend to be seen and appreciated with my own eyes and he did not disappoint.

Sir Mix-A-Lot Tells Cougs to Put ’em on the Glass – Pullman, WA – 08/22/12

Sir Mix-A-Lot Tells Cougs to Put ’em on the Glass – Pullman, WA – 08/22/12


Grammy award winning rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot performed on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. The Seattle native was part of the lineup for WSU’s annual CougFest—additional acts included DJ 100 Proof, Fresh Espresso, and Hoodie Allen.

The hour-long set included hits such as “Posse on Broadway,” “My Hooptie,” and (of course) “Baby Got Back.”

Mix-A-Lot puts on a great show, and knows how to get the crowd going. After pointing out that he’s never been invited to play on the campus of the University of Washington, located in his hometown, the crowed began to chant, “Fuck the Huskies” (WSU and UW are fierce in-state rivals).

Sir Mix-A-Lot is a must-see for fans who yearn for a little 90s nostalgia. See below for videos from the show, including the whole-set  provided by  thenaturalstoner.

2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

2012 Bumbershoot Music Festival Lineup Announced

Long before the wheel was invented and fire was discovered, Seattle has hosted a massive labor day weekend music festival known as Bumbershoot. The lineup for the 2012 edition has just been announced and it is nothing short of fantastic.

Saturday 09/01/12:

Jane’s Addiciton, AWOLNATION, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, The Hello Sequence, City and Colour, The Heavy, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, King Khan & The Shrines, Heartless Bastards, Oberhofer, Thee Satisfaction, Damien Jurado, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Alela Diane, The Barr Brothers, Tacocat, Unnatural Helpers, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Polecat, Nude

Sunday 09/02/12:

Tony Bennett, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Keane, Blitzen Trapper, The Promise Ring, Yelawolf, Mudhoney, Wanda Jackson’s Dusty 45’s, The Greenhornes w/ Eric Burden, Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, Civil Twilights, Fruit Bats, The Jezabels, Why?, Barcelona, Lee Field and the Expressions, Harmonica House Party, Katie Herzig, Niki & The Dove, Am & Shawn Lee, THENEWN02, Gold Leaves, Karen Lovely, Deep Seadiver, Theoretics, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Ty Curtis Band, The Young Evils, Knowmads, Katie Kate, Eighteen Individual Eyes

Monday 09/03/12:

Skrillex, M83, Passion Pit, Low, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Vaselines, Fujiya & Miyagi, Fishbone, Lights, Rebirth Brass Band, LP, Ty Segall, Hey Marseilles, The Wombats, Ana Tijoux, Foxy Shazam, Bombino, Omar Souleyman, Tyrone Wells, El Vez, Debo Band, Star Anna, Seapony, Bryan John Appleby, Reignwolf, Noah Gundersen, Super Geek League, The Pharmacy, Ghosts I’ve Met, Posse, Cascadia ‘10

To check out our coverage of Bumbershoot 2011, click here. For up to the minute details on the 2012 edition, check out the official website by clicking here.


Foxy Shazam with Maniac and Cadaver Dogs @ The Vera Project, Seattle 4/14/12

Words by Mr. Sparkly

Photos by Shanda Sheldon

Foxy Shazam (9:50 to 11 p.m.)

Less than 24 hours in the Emerald City and a 600-mile drive across the state of Washington and back. That’s a small price to pay to see Foxy Shazam, one of the most entertaining bands today.

For an hour and ten minutes, Foxy Shazam delivered the kind of show that only Eric Nally and the boys can deliver. From the moment they started into Church of Rock and Roll until Nally was eating four lit cigarettes during The Temple encore, the 200-plus people packed into The Vera Project were having the time of their lives.

My friend and I were right in front of Sky White, and got caught up in the middle of the action when he lifted his keyboard into the crowd during Killin’ It and played while the fans held it up. At one point, Nally told an anecdote about a trip he took with his wife to New Orleans, before launching into the crowd favorite I Like It (see video at the bottom).

Overall, it was a great set and Foxy Shazam did not disappoint. Couple that with their in-store performance earlier in the day, and it was a trip that was well worth the drive.

Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam

Sky White of Foxy Shazam 

Alex Nauth of Foxy Shazam 

Daisy Caplan of Foxy Shazam

Maniac (9 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.)

Maniac stood out as a highlight of the evening  for two reasons. (1)  As the night progressed, the bands became less obnoxious. This was a refreshing change of pace. (2) The band is charismatic and played an energetic and fun set, delivering one catchy song after another. Co-frontmen Shawn Harris and Jake Grigg have great on-stage chemistry, and the entire crowd was dancing and singing along for the entire 50-minute set.

At first glance, it might be tempting to describe their sound as a simple nod to 80’s pop. However, their sound is a complex mixture of folk, pop, and rock elements, and the band delivers it with such energy that it’s hard not to love–which might be why Eric Nally from Foxy Shazam was in the crowd during their set.

If you have an opportunity to catch a Maniac show near you, don’t hesitate to go. You will have a good time.

Griggs and Harris of Maniac



Cadaver Dogs (8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Cadaver Dogs are a dirty, gritty rock band from Ohio who play loud, fast blue-collar rock. They have a “we don’t give a shit” attitude and that is 100 percent their intention. As I watched their set, I kept thinking that they look like a band that should have been playing in the bar scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. 

Despite the drummer being a little over the top at times with his on-stage antics, I enjoyed their set and would go see these dirty mutts again.

Cadaver Dogs

Cadaver Dogs

Cadaver Dogs 

Just Like Vinyl (8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

Just Like Vinyl, a local Seattle band, played a mediocre 30-minute set. Nothing about this band really stood out as being different from other bands trying to make a name for themselves within the rock genre. The lead singer played up the stereotypical “rockstar” persona, and their set included plenty of sexual innuendos. It was as if they were trying to channel their inner Steel Panther. If that was the intention, then they are well on their way to “success.”

Just Like Vinyl

Foxy Shazam at Silver Platters in Seattle 4/14/12

Foxy Shazam played an in-store performance at Silver Platters (Queen Anne Store) in Seattle on Saturday.  Around 100 fans came out to see the band and were treated to a three-song set that included Holy Touch, Forever Together, and I Like it. The event was from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

I walked over to the store at 2:30 p.m., which was conveniently located across the street from my hotel, and expected the place to be packed. Surprisingly, there were about 30 people in the store when I arrived. I was somewhat disappointed that more fans didn’t come out for this free event, then again, the low turnout worked out in my favor because I got a great spot for the performance.

After the performance, the band chatted with fans and signed autographs. Two lucky people won Foxy Shazam prize packages that included posters, a signed Foxy Shazam print on canvas, CDs, stickers and more. See below for a video of Foxy Shazam performing Holy Touch and Eric Nally describing his “inspiration” for the song.

The Darkness w/Foxy Shazam 02/25/12: Nepture Theater – Seattle, WA

The Darkness w/ Crown Jewel Defense & Foxy Shazam 02/25/12

Neptune Theater – Seattle, CA

Words/Photos by Thenaturalstoner & Mr  Sparkly

If you’re a regular visitor to Concert Confessions, you may have noticed a recurring theme throughout February. On our website, individual Twitter feeds, and the official Concert Confessions facebook page, there has been a lot of talk about The Darkness, the UK rockers who hit the scene in 2003 with the infectious tune “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” So here you go, the third confession of this tour, which also happens to be the last show of the North American tour.

It seemed like this particular weekend in Seattle was about seeing a few love/hate bands…either you love The Darkness and Foxy Shazam (or Sleigh Bells who we saw the night before) or you hate them. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground, at least within the CC crew. Well, I love the Darkness and was jacked when they announced their North American tour last fall. Those hopes of seeing them were quickly dashed when I saw no Pacific Northwest dates. However, the boys came through when a few weeks later they added three PNW dates to the end of the tour.

After rocking with Sleigh Bells at the Showbox at the Market the previous night, thenaturalstoner and I headed over to the most dreaded part of Seattle, the University District (Go Cougs!), to see Crown Jewel Defense, Foxy Shazam and The Darkness at the recently renovated 800 seat Neptune Theatre. thenaturalstoner actually enjoyed Crown Jewel Defense’s set more than some of our other Concert Confessions brethren (I felt they were not bad, but just a bit gimmicky). Although I am not above giving them a second listen as both Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) and Eric Nally (Foxy Shazam) had nothing but good things to say about the band. However, we were psyched when their set ended and it was Foxy Shazam time!

Crown Jewel Defense

After reading some Foxy Shazam reviews on the site, I was extremely excited to catch this set. All of the stage antics we had been led to believe all came true. Eating cigarettes, crazy stage rolls, and awesome banter were all a fun addition to the set. The music was really good too—“I Like It,” “Welcome to the Church of Rock and Roll,” and “Killin’ It” were amazing. We made our way to the floor, which was a great decision, and rocked out hard! After the set, we decided to head to spot near the front of the balcony and wait for The Darkness to hit the stage.

The Darkness came out about 10:30 and the sold out Neptune exploded. “Black Shuck” opened the set, and two hours later—with hits such as “Get Your Hands Off My Woman,” “One Way Ticket,” and of course, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”—the band and their rock and roll madness had the venue in shambles. It had everything I want in a rock concert: crowdsurfing, wailing guitar solos, high-kicks, Justin Hawkins’ bad-ass jumpsuits, and a mind-blowing “Love on the Rocks with No Ice” encore. Hawkins is a hell of a front man, which made it that much more of a great show. I have listened to the band’s first album, Permission to Land, thousands of times since its debut. Over the years, I had come to the realization that I may never see this band live. Tonight, after all those years, I finally got to see The Darkness rock Seattle.


Sleigh Bells at The Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA – 2/24/12

Sleigh Bells 2/24/12

The Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Review and Photos from Mr. Sparkly and thenaturalstoner


Say what you want about Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, the duo better known as Sleigh Bells; but if you’re looking for a show that is loud with killer guitar shreds, this is the show for you.  After a raucous pre-funk, we made our way into the Showbox at the Market in time to catch the last half of Black Bananas opening set.  Seattle is always a notoriously “late” crowd, so we were able to get a pretty close spot for what was to come.

I don’t think it’s too much to say this was the Sleigh Bells show to catch this tour. The duo released their second album, Reign of Terror, this week. They were featured on the cover of the latest issue of Spin Magazine, and are fresh off of their performance on Saturday Night Live. Plus this was the tour closer, always fun!!  Whether  you loved SNL or hated it…it doesn’t matter. A live Sleigh Bells’ show is as good as it gets, and tonight was no exception.

The show had been sold-out for weeks, and the Showbox ended up being packed. While there has been some discussion in the Concert Confessions Facebook group about the legitimacy of Sleigh Bells (both as a band and as performers) their appeal lies in their high-energy,  loud and rowdy shows—as displayed perfectly on this Friday night. Sleigh Bells isn’t for everyone, but it was  for the 1,100 people packed into the Showbox.

Opening with “True Shred Guitar,” Sleigh Bells set the tone for a fun hour-long set that included ”End of the Line,”  “Comeback Kid” and a scorching “Infinity Guitars.”  Derek was sporting a Nirvana shirt, and this place was pumped and shaking the floor to the point where the event staff had to place sandbags around the base of the stage lighting.  A lot of people were stage diving and crowd surfing, and a box of Pop-Tarts was launched on stage, which led Alexis to say that this was their “best show ever”.  “A/B Machines” really got the crowd pumped and, unfortunately, the short-set came to a close.  “Rill Rill,” “Demons”  and “Crown on the Ground” was an awesome encore and left everyone in the place dying for more.  This was a dancing, moshing, crowd- surfing, stage diving, sweaty good time.  I can’t wait for Sleigh Bells to release another new album, so we can get a little longer set next time.  I want more!!!

Set list:


The End 107.7 Deck The Hall Ball 12/07/11 – Seattle, WA

The End 107.7 Deck The Hall Ball

Key Arena – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

Seattle radio station 107.7 The End are known for holding events with high-caliber musicians. Past events held by The End have included Foo Fighters, 311, Black Keys, Muse, Bad Religion, Presidents of the USA, and many more. So when they announced this year’s Deck the Hall Ball, I knew I would be in for a treat. After multiple failed attempts at winning tickets, my dad and I had to settle for upper seating at the huge Key Arena, where I saw System of a Down in May. The show featured an outstanding lineup, and most of the bands played amazingly, and not the ones you’d expect.


Rising stars Grouplove are a British hippie explosion of drug-fueled happiness. Just the name lets you know that they are one of three things:

1) a support group for depressed people.

2) an orgy.

3) a peace-love-and-understanding type band that preaches peace, love, and understanding.

Grouplove only played five songs (including their hits “Tongue Tied” and “Colours”) to a mostly empty Key Arena, but they put on a wonderful show. They were energetic, loud, and happy. It’s always great to see up-and-comers put on awesome shows.

Two Door Cinema Club:

Irish pop-rockers Two Door Cinema Club were the next band to hit the stage. I wouldn’t call them my favorite performance of the night, but it was cool to hear them play their hits live. Sure, I really only know like two songs by them, but they are a cool band that played cool songs. I guess I can call them the Irish version of Franz Ferdinand; not really energetic in their delivery, but their tunes were neat. The group hinted that they have another album on the way, so hopefully they’ll see an increase in fans here in the U.S. and good luck to them.

Young the Giant:

I was never a huge fan of Young the Giant. I didn’t really like their debut album all that much, but their show pretty much makes up for it. The songs were all very emotional and exciting, and the crowd seemed to explode when Young the Giant finished their short set with their hit single “My Body.” Would I pay to see them live? Probably not. But I can say that once you put them in an arena setting, Young the Giant are awesome performers.

Foster the People:

At this point in the show, I planned on hanging out and eating dinner and not watching Foster the People. After seeing them play on Saturday Night Live in October, I was less than impressed with their lack of showmanship, and I came to the conclusion that Foster the People are way overrated. By that point in time I had become sick of “Pumped Up Kicks,” and Foster had failed to release a single that matched it. As Foster the People came on stage and started playing, my dad and I decided to eat dinner in the arena and watch them play. And let me say right now, I was impressed. Maybe all Foster the People need was an arena setting in order to put on a massive show. The band played their hits as I was watching them (“Don’t Stop Talking To Me,” “Call It What You Want,” “Helena Beat”) and they finally ended their set with an energetic performance of their Grammy-nominated hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” which featured an interlude of the DJ Remix version of the song playing, as Mark Foster danced like no one was watching. So, Foster the People are good live, is what I am trying to say. And I imagine that their sold out performance at the Showbox SoDo wasn’t nearly as good as their sold out performance at Key Arena. Bravo.

Cage the Elephant:

Having seen Cage the Elephant earlier this year at the Showbox SoDo, I kinda new what to expect. But, whether you’ve seen them or not, you must know that Cage the Elephant put on a massive, scary, hard rockin, sexy performance every single time they perform anywhere ever. Matt did his signature stage dives (ironically, there is a rule at Key Arena against stage diving), and stood on top of the crowd during the band’s performance of “Sabertooth Tiger,” which they ended with. As I observed, I noticed that Key Arena can no longer be called Key Arena. See, arenas generally have roofs, and Cage the Elephant blew the roof off that place. Cage definitely deserve to be playing big venues and it’s awesome to see them perform as well as they did in such a big place.

Death Cab for Cutie:

Let me start out by saying this: Death Cab? More like Bored to Death Cab, am I right? In all seriousness, Death Cab did to me what I thought Foster the People would. Ben Gibbard (perhaps because of his recent divorce?) was sporting a beard and a lumberjack flannel. Yeah, because when I think manly men, I think the singer of Death Cab for Cutie. Anyway, after sitting through a few songs (including “Doors Unlocked and Open,” “I Will Possess Your Heart,” and “You Are a Tourist”) I just couldn’t handle anymore. Death Cab were boring me to tears, and I had to get out of there.  I hung out in the food court area and waited for what felt like four hours until Death Cab finished. And then I was ready to be blown away by Marcus Mumford and his sons.

Mumford & Sons:

As the gear was set up, I was anxiously awaiting the night’s headliner Mumford & Sons. At 10:00 PM, 15 minutes behind schedule, the lights went out and the stage was dark. The crowd cheered and the opening to “Lover’s Eyes” began. I wasn’t sure if Mumford was actually up there singing because I couldn’t see him, but the lights eventually went up to reveal the British folk band. The band jumped into their most recent hit “Roll Away Your Stone,” which, surprisingly, spawned some jumping and a great deal of energy in the crowd down below. Mumford and Sons interacted with the crowd, talked about their day hanging out in Seattle (could you imagine shopping in Pike Place then meeting MARCUS MUMFORD!!??), and played their hits the way they should be played: in a huge arena with lots of people singing. They played for a good hour or so, and then left the stage. I was a little saddened to see that they hadn’t played “The Cave” yet, so I waited to see if they would come back for an encore. And they most certainly did. They played (and delayed) “The Cave” with huge intensity and put on one of the biggest rock shows I’ve ever seen. And they aren’t even really a rock band. All in all, a pretty great show. I got see Marcus Mumford play the drums, Death Cab for Cutie suck the Life Cab for Cutie out of me (see what I did there?), and Matt Schultz stand on people’s hands and look out at thousands of people. God bless America.

Beady Eye 11/30/11: Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Beady Eye w/ Black Box Revelation 11/30/11

Showbox at the Market – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by JakobRoss424

The two musicians who have arguably made music headlines more than any other pair of musicians EVER are the brothers Gallagher: Liam and Noel. Oh and before you ask the obvious, no they are not related to the watermelon-smashing comedian. In 2009, Oasis—one of the biggest and best bands of the 90s—split… kind of. Song writer/guitarist Noel Gallagher left the band after a backstage fight with Liam. Liam and some other members of Oasis formed Beady Eye, while Noel formed Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who Reverend Justito saw earlier this year AND who I will be seeing in April. So just like that, Liam went from 50,000 person crowds and headlining huge festivals to 500 person crowds and playing the small stages at mid-afternoon. And it seemed like a decent fit for the man.

So fast forward to early 2011, Beady Eye released their debut album to mixed reviews, but I really liked it. The songwriting isn’t very strong, mostly due to the departure of the songwriter, but the music had an old school kind of feel to it, with blues influences and soft-rock influences. After a successful four-show mini-tour of the US earlier this year, Beady Eye decided to expand to a 10-show tour of the US, in which they played here in Seattle for the first time ever. The show, which took place at Seattle’s oldest venue(?) Showbox at the Market (opened in 1939) didn’t exactly sell out, but the crowd got packed pretty tight when the band came on.

At 9:15, the openers, Belgian garage-rock duo Black Box Revelation, came out and put on a cool performance with riffs that would make Tony Iommi smile, and jams that would bring Jerry Garcia back from the dead. They had a Black Sabbath/White Stripes kind of feel, and in the seven songs they played, I could tell the crowd was impressed especially the two kids who knew EVERY word to EVERY song. They probably lived in the youth hostel next door, am I right!?
We thought we would have to wait at least an hour before even SEEING Liam Gallagher, but we were wrong. Halfway through BBR’s set, Beady Eye just strolled right past the stage, waving and accepting applause. But it would be another hour before Beady Eye came on to perform, and when they did the lights went out and the band’s logo appeared on the screen. I got out my new iPhone and began shooting video. They came on after a minute of some weird intro music (according to www.setlist.fm, this little intro is called “Yellow Tail”) they came on and broke into “Four Letter Word.” As the song came to a close, a bouncer came over and told me that video was prohibited, but pictures were ok. Not wanting to be kicked out (as some of the drunk people around me were) I decided to take pictures only.

The band sounded tight, and although Liam’s voice cracked every once in a while, it seemed as though he had as much fun as Liam could possibly have. He walked around the stage nonchalantly and even did his signature “hands-behind-the-back-and-head-tilted-back” stance he has done at the microphone ever since Oasis began. Liam sported a trench coat which, by the end of the show, was caked with sweat, so I could only assumed Noel was under there. Think about it…
Has anyone SEEN the two in the same place since Oasis broke up??
The band ripped through song after song, and even though Liam is a Manchester City fan (Liverpool for life), Mostly Oasis put on a rather good show, and I recommend them, even though Liam is a Grumpy Grumperson.
Yellow Tail (Intro)
Four Letter Word
Beatles and Stones
Two of a Kind
For Anyone
Three Ring Circus
The Roller
In The Bubble With the Bullet
Bring the Light
Standing On the Edge of the Noise
Kill For a Dream
The Beat Goes On
Man of Misery
The Morning Son
World Outside My Room
Sons of the Stage (World of Twist cover)

Neil Diamond Announces 2012 North American Tour Dates

Neil Diamond Announces 2012 North American Tour Dates

All we have to say is this:

Neil FUCKING Diamond 2012 North American Tour Dates.

That’s right, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (and not to mention living legend) is hitting the road next year for an arena tour that will hit markets including Hawaii, Las Vegas and Uncasville. Now before you doubt our love of the Diamond, check out our review of his 2008 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.

Neil Diamond 2012 Tour Dates:

02/16/12 – Blaisdell Arena/Honolulu, HI

02/18/12 – Blaisdell Arena/Honolulu, HI

06/01/12 – Bank Atlantic Center/Ft. Lauderdale, FL

06/03/12 – St. Pete Times Forum/Tampa, FL

06/06/12 – Phillips Arena/Atlanta, GA

06/08/12 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater/Wantagh, NY

06/14/12 – Verizon Center/Washington DC

06/16/12 – Mohegan Sun Arena/Uncasville, CT

06/18/12 – Wells Fargo Center/Philadelphia, PA

06/21/12 – Bell Centre/Montreal, QC

06/23/12 – TD Garden/Boston, MA

06/26/12 – Air Canada Centre/Toronto, ON

06/28/12 – John Labatt Centre/London, ON

07/01/12 – Quicken Loans Arena/Cleveland, OH

07/03/12 – DTE Energy Music Theatre/Detroit, MI

07/06/12 – United Center/Chicago, IL

07/08/12 – Summerfest/Milwaukee, WI

07/11/12 – Xcel Energy Center/St. Paul, MN

07/13/12 – Credit Union Centre/Saskatoon, SK

07/16/12 – Rexall Place/Edmonton, AB

07/18/12 – Scotiabank Saddledome/Calgary, AB

07/21/12 – Rogers Arena/Vancouver, BC

07/23/12 – Key Arena/ Seattle, WA

07/26/12 – 1st Bank Center/Denver, CO

07/28/12 – Rio Tinto Stadium/Salt Lake City, UT

08/07/12 – HP Pavilion/San Jose, CA

08/29/12 – US Airways Center/Phoenix, AZ

10/01/12 – MGM Grand Garden Arena/Las Vegas, NV

Last Calls & Liabilities Tour w/ Pepper and The Expendables, 10/6/11 Seattle, WA

Pepper w/ The Expendables and Ballyhoo! 10/06/11

Showbox SoD0 – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

After an extremely hectic concert week filled with late nights and let downs, I was proud to say that this is one reggae concert I would NOT be getting kicked out of. As Flavor Flav once famously said:

“[All ages show] boooyyyy!”

Well, kind of. Anyway, Hawaiian reggae power trio Pepper was going on tour for no reason except to have fun. After a short stint at this year’s underwhelming Warped Tour, the group decided to play a 105 minute set on their own tour instead of a rushed 30 minute set on a tour that has lost most meaning, unless Reel Big Fish are a part of it.

Touring with Pepper would be Santa Cruz punk/reggae-with-metal-influences outfit The Expendables. And yes, they came into existence BEFORE that movie with Jason Statham and Rocky and the Terminator and all those other old dudes. So don’t try to YouTube any songs by The Expendables, all you will get is this fine example of Hollywood trailer magic:

Anyway, supporting the two bands would be Baltimore-based reggae/rock band Ballyhoo!, who just so happen to be friends with my homeboys Echo Movement. The doors opened at 7:00, and Ballyhoo! went on at 8:00. Their lead signer looked like Neil Patrick Harris. Just saying. The band powered through a 30-minute set and put on a pretty decent show. The band had charisma and stage presence and probably gained a few new fans that night.

I headed over to the merch booth to buy an Expendables CD, “Open Container,” so I could get it signed, and I got an awesome Expendables T-shirt, in which the band’s name is the melted cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. Then, 15 minutes later, The Expendables went on stage and played songs that I wasn’t really expecting. I was going by the setlist they played at this year’s Warped Tour, and they played some completely different stuff. I remember them playing songs like “Donkey Show”, “One Drop”, “My Way Out”, “Sacrifice”, and they ended their set with their classic “Bowl For Two.”

After getting my CD signed by the band, I waited in a tool-free zone of the Showbox SoDo for Pepper to come on. After several false starts and sound checks, the band came on about 10 minutes after 10:00, their scheduled start time. Then, they came on stage. Bret Bollinger (vocals, bass), Kaleo Wassman (vocals, guitar), and Yesod Williams (drums) immediately broke into “Love Affair”, from their second album In With The Old, and then they played the longest reggae show I have ever seen, clocking in at approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

I think they played at least 20 songs, but I wasn’t counting. They played old favorites, new songs, and even threw in a cover: a sped up version of the Police’s “Can’t Stand Losing You.” They got the crowd jumping and induced mosh pits a’plenty. I can’t possibly name all of the songs they played, but I knew they played these songs, in no particular order:

Stormtrooper, Ho’s, Sitting on the Curb, Love Affair, Use Me, Wanna Know You, No Control, Your Face, Crazy Love, Like Your Style, Point and Shoot, Freeze, Wake Up, and Blackout, the last of which ended their set and was played with the lead singer of Ballyhoo!.

Pepper are a must-see band. They are hilarious, and they know when they are playing in a great city like Seattle.

Bret: Seattle is one of the greatest cities for music ever! 90s grunge is my favorite music!

Kaleo: (plays Stone Temple Pilots’ “Big Empty” on guitar)

Bret: You just gave me a Stone Temple boner.

The group are unpredictable, potty-mouthed, funny, and a great band to see live. The Expendables and Ballyhoo! were both great openers, but Pepper was the one to see. And what are the odds of meeting another Jewish teenager who was a big fan of Echo Movement? Pretty high at a Pepper concert, apparently.

True story.

Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind – A Benefit Concert: 09/20/11 – Seattle, WA

Nevermind Tribute Concert 09/20/11

Experience Music Project – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424


20 years ago, one of the most iconic, influential, and groundbreaking album of all time was released: Nevermind. Some people know it as the album with the naked baby on the cover. Some know it as the album with that one song from Guitar Hero on it. But if you are like me, you know it for what it is –  one of the greatest albums of all time. In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s release effectively, Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum hosted a benefit concert for Susie Tennant, a great friend of Kurt Cobain who is struggling with breast cancer. The event sold out within a few days, and with little information being released as to how the night would go, I knew I would be in for something either extremely amazing, or horribly unsatisfying. Much to my surprise, I got both.

After a quick pic with original Nirvana drummer Aaron Burckhard, I waited for something to happen. And it did.


 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

The song that brought grunge into the mainstream. One of the reasons Nevermind sold as many copies as it did. What band would have the balls to even attempt to perform it? Sure it has been attempted in the past. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Paul Anka to Tori Amos has covered the song. But this time it would be Pac NW punk pioneers the Fastbacks. Remember when I went to Bumbershoot and told you how old NoMeansNo were? Well the Fastbacks are even older! They are probably the most unlikely punk band to ever exist. The rhythm guitarist was an old Asian woman. That’s how weird this band is.The crowd was not into it, but the Fastbacks made the attempt. The lead guitarist bounced around and showed some energy, trying to keep the band together. But my advice: LEARN THE WORDS TO THE SONG. For some reason, a recurring theme of the night was either forgetting the lyrics or simply not knowing them. It’s like they were told yesterday that they would be singing a Nirvana song in front of a sold out crowd.


“In Bloom”

In Bloom is a less difficult song to conquer, but it might as well have been sung in Greek, because Vaporland—where good Sub Pop bands come to die—screwed that one up. If you are in a lo-fi nineties fuzz rock Sub Pop band, and the year was 1992, I wouldn’t expect anything more from Vaporland. But these guys are old. They could at least learn to play in rhythm with each other. The drums were so off that Neil Peart actually woke up from a nightmare in his Canadian home when Vaporland started playing.

 “Come As You Are”

This performance was probably the first good one of the night. It was performed by Valis, a semi-supergroup that featured ex-Screaming Trees bassist Van Conner, famous Sub Pop producer Jack Endino, and two other dudes. The lead singer, whoever he was, had all the angst of Kurt himself combined with the energy of Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz. These guys did a pretty great version of “Come As You Are” that Kurt Cobain himself would have been proud of.


Looks like we got a 2 for 4 here guys! The next band to come on stage was up-and-comers Ravenna Woods. I know the name sounds folksy and Fleet Foxes-ish, but these guys were far from folk. They turned the amps to 11, and put on a loud, fast, and heavy version of “Breed.”



As soon as I song tall guy with blond hair, I knew that Mr. Duff McKagan himself would be performing one of Nevermind’s most famous songs with his band Loaded. Duff McKagan, former member of The Fastbacks and Guns N Roses, was not only on Cobain’s final commercial airline flight, but was more than happy with performing at this show. So I will call that the truce. Duff warned the audience that he crammed the words into his head at the last minute, so if we could sing along, then that would be great. Duff had all the words down and put on the best performance of the night so far. They were loud, and did absolute justice to the song.



The last song on the A-side of the album would be performed by up-and-comers Campfire OK. I have heard of these guys before, but never actually listened to them. But as soon as I saw the banjo, I knew I would be in for an interesting take on the creepiest song on Nevermind. Before they played, the emcee announced a super secret special guest. Who could it be? Eddie Vedder? The kid on the cover of Nevermind? Courtney Love? Frances Cobain? I was excited to find out.

Campfire OK, with a lead singer who looked like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, noted how Duff McKagan would be a hard act to follow, but they pulled it off. With a feedback induced banjo, a Gretsch guitar, a Gibson bass, and the small drum set that was already set up, Campfire OK played a great version of Kurt Cobain’s ode to kidnap.

 I know you are asking, what about the super secret guest? Although he couldn’t be there in person, Dave Grohl appeared via webcam and gave a shout out to Susie Tennant. It was cool that Dave could “be there,” and I was anxiously preparing for the B-side of the album.


“Territorial Pissings”

This song would be tackled by the mostly-female four piece Visqueen, who opened the song with a Dixie Chicks style version of the Youngbloods classic “Get Together.” The song had some cello in it, but it was cool and was easily the best female performance of the night.


“Drain You”

I don’t know how I could even describe this, but I will try. This song was covered by Champagne Champagne for this particular occasion. Champagne Champagne turned out to be a rap duo and a guitarist, with drum loops playing in the background. One of the rappers started out singing, he went into the crowd to get them pumped, but no one seemed to care. Then he forgot all the words. He sat there on the stage awkwardly while he attempted to remember the words. The chorus came around again and he sang it, along with the other guy who looked like he belonged in a Bad Brains cover band. The version was a mess. Mr. Forgot-the-Words stumbled around, he stepped on people’s shoulders, and they even did an interlude of one of their original rap songs. I knew that somewhere Kurt was rolling over in his grave. And he was cremated!


 “Lounge Act”

I knew that the next performance couldn’t possibly be worse than the previous one, but it was still pretty bad. Half random internet humor hipsters and half riot grrrrrl band, Tacocat—yes, Tacocat—performed “Lounge Act”, the unsung hero of the Nevermind record. The version was loud and kinda messy, but like I said, it wasn’t worse than Drain You. So Tacocat lucked out on this one, otherwise they would’ve been one of the worst of the night.


“Stay Away”

This song was tackled by alt punk band Vendetta Red, who after a four year break up are riding high on the reunion band-wagon. “Stay Away” is a pretty fast song, but somehow Vendetta Red made it an even faster song. The Roger Daltrey influenced lead singer did the power slide and even swung his microphone around, and probably broke it. Kurt would have been proud of these guys’ attitude and sound. With screaming galore, Vendetta Red put on one of the most Nirvana-y performances of the night.

  “On a Plain”

This was the song I was excited about, because this would be the one that would be covered by Grammy-nominated Seattle legends Presidents of the United States of America. Not only would PUSA be performing—sans basitars and guitbasses, unfortunately—but they would be performing with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. He was one of Kurt’s best friends, and he had the audience give the biggest cheer a small group of people could give in honor of Kurt. It was a beautiful moment. Lead singer Chris Bellew asked one of the roadies for some duct tape, because he “wanted to do something irresponsible.” As soon as the song kicked in, he jumped into the audience and crowd surfed as he sang “On a Plain.” He did so about three other times and never lost his beat. He dove right on top of me, which was fine because he weighs like 90 pounds. This was by far the best performance of the night, and it would be a very tough act to follow.


“Something In the Way”

Kurt Cobain’s song ode to living under a bridge was covered by indie folk band The Long Winters. Their version of the song was somber and haunting, just as Kurt’s was. It was a good way to end a good night. And I was hoping to God that no one would attempt to cover “Endless, Nameless,” the hidden track on Nevermind.


 “Endless, Nameless”

Oh, Dear Lord. “Endless, Nameless” is 7 minutes of noise. There, I said it. How do you cover noise? How do you make it any worse than the original? How could one band be any worse than Champagne Champagne? I found out. As soon as I saw all the keyboards and laptops and chords and electro-boxes, I knew I was either in for some dub step, or some space rock. I was hoping for the latter. I got neither.The “band” whose name I didn’t stick around long enough to hear, were absolute trash.The “singer” screamed gibberish into the microphone. And he had stupid sideburns. STUPID! The two “musicians” head banged as they pressed “PLAY” on their MacBooks. I actually wanted to punch them for considering themselves musicians and calling that abomination and actual performance.I left because it was getting around midnight and I was tired. I didn’t really care to hear the second set that would feature 7 other Nirvana songs that weren’t on Nevermind. I heard what I wanted to hear and what I didn’t want to hear.

The show did well financially I am sure, but they did not do well on choosing bands. Why not Mudhoney or Alice in Chains or Soundgarden? Why not have any other cool special guests? Was Susie Tennant actually there? Next time you decide to do a tribute show, pick some bands that can deliver and make Kurt proud. And here’s hoping for a 2013 In Utero tribute…….not.


Best Performances of the Night:

1. PUSA w/ Krist Novoselic

2. Duff McKagan’s Loaded

3. Campfire OK

4. Visqueen

5. Valis


Worst Performances of the Night

1. That Abomination to All Music

2. Champagne Champagne

3. Tacocat

4. Vaporland

5. The Fastbacks

Echo Movement Announce Fall Tour!

Echo Movement Announce Fall Tour


Remember earlier this year when we shared with you all the dirt on Echo Movement’s Seattle show? Wish you could’ve been there? Don’t worry! The Jersey-reggae band are going back on tour this October to support their brand new album Music Played On. Here are the dates:

9/23/11: Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
9/28/11: St. Louis, MO – The Firebird (All Ages)
9/29/11: Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side (All Ages)
10/1/11: Boise, ID – The Reef (TBA)
10/2/11: Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge (21+)
10/4/11: Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo (TBA)
10/5/11: Tacoma, WA – Jazzbones (21+)
10/6/11: Eugene, OR – Black Forest Tavern (21+)
10/7/11: Portland, OR – World Famous Cannabis Cafe (Oregon medical marijuana card holders only)
10/11/11: Hermosa Beach, CA – The Shore (21+)
10/12/11: Santa Barbara, CA – Sandbar (21+)
10/13/11: Ocean Beach, CA – Winston’s (21+)
10/14/11: Tucson, AZ – The Hut (TBA)
10/20/11: Stanhope, NJ – The Stanhope House (TBA)
10/28/11: Philadelphia, PA – The Blockley (TBA)
11/19/11: Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony (TBA)

More dates on the way! For more info go to www.echomovement.com

Supports includes: Universal Rebel, Kiwi the Child, The Driftaways, Dreadnot, Slaughterhouse Rootz, Buntron Smith, Ease Up, KayaFlyte, High Ceiling, BALLYHOO!, and Skitn.

BUSH Live at the Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA, 9/15/11

Bush w/ Dead Sara 09/15/11

Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

2011 seems to be the year for 90’s reunions and nostalgia. 20th anniversaries all around, whether it is Nirvana’s Nevermind, Lollapalooza, or Reel Big Fish. Great bands have made great comebacks: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink-182, Soundgarden, and British post-grunge superstars Bush. Bush broke up in 2002 due to declining record sales and lack of support from their label, but they reformed last year and returned this year with their ballad heavy The Sea of Memories.


Being the youngest person alive who actually knows who Bush is, I was excited to see them at the Neptune Theater, the newest venue in Seattle. It used to be a movie theater, but was bought by STG (who also own the Paramount and Moore Theaters) and turned into a music venue. The Neptune Theater has some great things about it. It’s small, it’s intimate, it’s beautifully decorated (like the Roman God, not like the planet), and you don’t have to wait for the doors to open to actually go inside.

There wasn’t much to do except wait, so while my parents were up in the balcony, I stayed down and waited for the opening act, Dead Sara, to come on. I had never heard of them, and I don’t think anyone else has. They came on stage at exactly 8:00 PM, looking horribly nervous. The singer paced the stage back and forth as the rest of her band set up. Dead Sara were loud, energetic, and very melodic. It was kind of like Taylor Swift meets Florence and the Machine meets The Joy Formidable. I know those are all chick-based bands, but you get the point. The bass boomed and blapped as the bassist fiddled with his distortion and wah pedals. It was almost Les Claypool-esque. Dead Sara did not have a lot of room to move, but they made the best of it, and they certainly kept me entertained. They left the stage at 8:30 and we waited once again to get our daily dosage of Gavin and the Gang.

About 45 minutes later, after numerous false applauses, the British four pieced came on stage and were ready to rock. They opened their set with the first song off of The Sea of Memories, “The Mirror of the Signs.” The crowd didn’t seem that into it, but that’s ok. It wasn’t until song #2, old gem “Little Things”, that the crowd actually went nuts. And I mean that, halfway through “Little Things”, a fight broke out. There was moshing, struggling, fighting, and people being tools. It was rough and I got scratched up, but I survived.

Next they jumped into another new song, power ballad “I Believe In You.” Gavin Rossdale sang even better than I imagined he could, and even if they played songs I didn’t know, they played amazingly. They set featured a lot of new songs like “The Sound of Winter”, “All My Life”, “Afterlife”, and “All Night Doctors.” But they played mostly old stuff, like “Greedy Fly”, “Everything Zen” (with a snippet of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”), “The Chemicals Between Us”, “The People That We Love”, “Swallowed”, and “Machinehead.” After their first set ended, and some chanting of “WE WANT BUSH,” the four-piece came back on for a four-song encore, consisting of “Alien”, an awesomely Soundgarden-y version of The Beatles “Come Together”, and their biggest hits in a back-to-back slushie of nineties goodness. The band left the stage so Gavin could play “Glycerine” alone, and they came back on to change that second-gear song into a fifth-gear song by rocking out the last verse. Then they played “Comedown” with a crowd sing-a-long, but then, sadly, Bush’s concert was over.

Bush blew away all expectations, and it was great to see these guys. I am happy about the choice of venue, and had a great time, despite having to go to school the next morning.

And when Gavin Rossdale took his pony tail out, he bore a striking resemblance to Survivor’s Coach.


Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Bison b.c. Hit The Road In Support of Dark Ages

Last fall we caught a band called Bison b.c. open for the mighty Helmet in Redondo Beach, CA. The boys from Bison b.c. plan to spend fall 2011 on the road in North America supporting their phenomenal 2010 release Dark Ages (one of Reverend Justito’s Top 10 records of 2010). In addition to their current dates with Weedeater, Saviours and Fight Amp, the Vancouver natives plan a headline trek across their native land. Dates for the tour are below and make sure to stop by Indiemerchstore.com for all your Bison b.c. goods. A complete list of tour dates are below.

BISON b.c.

Tour w/ Weedeater, Saviours, Fight Amp

09/15   Columbus, OH              Outland Live

09/16   Grand Rapids, MI          The Pyramid Scheme

09/17   Chicago, IL                   Reggies

09/18   Marquette, MI               Upfront and Co.

09/19   Minneapolis, MN           Triple Rock Social Club

09/20   Rock Island, IL              Rock Island Brewing Co.

09/23   Denver, CO                   Larimer Lounge

09/24   Salt Lake City, UT         Burt’s Tiki Lounge

09/26   Seattle, WA                  The Highline

09/27   Vancouver, BC              The Rickshaw Theatre

09/28   Portland, OR                 Branx

09/29   San Francisco, CA         The Independent

10/01   San Diego, CA               Soda Bar

10/02   Los Angeles, CA                        The Key Club

10/03   Tempe, AZ                    TBA

10/04   Albuquerque, NM          The Launchpad

10/06   Austin, TX                    Emo’s

10/07   Houston, TX                 Fitzgerald’s

10/08   New Orleans, LA           Siberia

10/09   Atlanta, GA                   The Earl

10/10   Athens, GA                   New Earth Music Hall

10/11   Tallahassee, FL             The Engine Room

10/12   Tampa, FL                    The Orpheum

10/14   Savannah, GA               The Jinx

End Tour

Canadian Headlining Tour

10/19   Ottawa, ON                  Café De Kcuf

10/20   Kingston, ON                The Mansion

10/21   London, ON                  Call The Office

10/22   Toronto, ON                  Bovine Sex Club w/ C’mon (final show), Burning Love, Miesha and the Spanks

10/24   Thunder Bay, ON          Jack’s

10/26   Winnipeg, MB               The Zoo

10/27   Regina, SK                    The Exchange

10/28   Saskatoon, SK              Amigos

10/29   Edmonton, AB               Starlite Room

10/31   Calgary, AB                   Commonwealth

11/01   Fernie, BC                     The Northern

11/02   Kamloops, BC                Pogue Mahone

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Dinosaur Jr. Bring Bug To The West Coast

Earlier this year, you may remember our man Jay Porks catching Dinosaur Jr. rocking their album Bug from front to back in New York City. You may also remember our man Jay Porks catching Henry Rollins having a heart to heart with Dinosaur Jr. before they rocked Bug from front to back. With a successful East Coast run in the rearview mirror, the team of Dinosaur Jr. and Henry Rollins plan to bring the show out west this December. The six night run kicks off in Orange County on December 12th and wraps December 17th in Seattle.

If catching Dinosaur Jr. out west simply isn’t enough for you the band is re-releasing their first three albums on vinyl October 4th. You can click here to pre-order those now.


Dinosaur Jr. w/ Henry Rollins Tour Dates a/o 09/12/11

12/12 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom CFA
12/13 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
12/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
12/16 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
12/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market


Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Mastodon Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

With their new album The Hunter due to hit shelves at the end of this month, Mastodon have announced dates for a North American Headline tour. In addition to an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experneice in New Orleans on Saturday October 29th the band will be performing in most major markets during the five week run. Coming along for the tour will be Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan. You can check out the first single from Mastodon’s new album here. Dates for the trek can be found below.

Mastodon 2011 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/19 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/28 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues

Bumbershoot Music Festival Day 2: 09/04/11 – Seattle, WA

Bumbershoot Music Festival 09/04/11

Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

Bumbershoot, Seattle’s family friendly labor day weekend festival that usually hosts big names, decided that this year they would give local bands a chance to shine. Last year’s headliners were Weezer, Bob Dylan, and Mary J. Blige. This year’s headliners are Ray LaMontagne, Wiz Khalifa, and Hall and Oates. Since there were very few bands on the lineup that I actually wanted to see, I decided not to go this year.  That all changed when I won free tickets.

My dad and I entered the 3-mile radius of the Seattle Center where Bumbershoot takes place, utilizing Key Arena as the main stage, and using numerous other inside stages and outside stages. The first thing I noticed was the wide variety of food that was available. Kebabs, Mediterranean cuisine, Russian dumplings were just some of the available options. It was pretty weird and I was a bit skeptical at first but I grabbed a beef kebab with some rice, and prepared for the first show – Internet kings (and queen) The Gregory Brothers.

To see a comedy show, you needed a free comedy pass, or else you had to wait in the standby line with hopes that you might actually get to see the show. So we got a comedy pass and were at the front of the line. As we were sitting down in behind the rope separating us from the doors, two of the Gregory brothers actually went in that door and waved at us. More waiting, some more waiting, and a little bit more waiting, then we were let in by a fat Hispanic guy and two old ladies, who didn’t seem to take too kindly to the mostly geeky crowd. We went in and sat front and center. The stage was circular and the seats were auditorium style so everyone could see. It wasn’t a big place either; maybe 200 people could fit in there at the most.

The first guy to come on was a black comedian named Barry Something. He was pretty funny, and he did his 10 minute set then he left. The next guy to come on was Wayne Federman, who wrote for Jimmy Fallon and has been in a few movies. So I expected him to be funny, and he was. He played a few songs like Radiohead’s “Creep” (which he parodied as “I’m Asleep”), Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, and Maroon 5’s “Hard to Breathe.” He was funny overall, but we were all ready to see The Gregory Brothers perform their hits live.

They came on and thanked us for coming and thanked all the “talented writers” they had worked with. They introduced the first song as one they co-wrote with one of the most talented writers of all time; Charlie Sheen.  With a backing band behind them the brothers busted out “Winning.” They played some songs I knew and some songs I didn’t. They had a medley of songs they “co-wrote” with members of Congress, including the Turtle Fence guy, former Senator Barack Obama, and Anthony Wiener. They ended their set with the Antoine Dodson smash hit “Bed Intruder,” followed by “Double Rainbow,” the latter of which was very intense.

No pictures were allowed during the comedy shows, so I abstained.

After the show, we waited in line next door for underground Canadian punk trio Nomeansno. I knew I would be in for a show as the band is known for their humorous song writing, their outspoken political views, and their long songs. There were more people in the line than I expected, and the crowd ranged from pre-teen to old people. What seemed to be a recurring problem of the day was the issue of bands not going on at the posted time. So at 2:45, the time Nomeansno were supposed to come on, the guards finally let us in. The set up of Exhibition Hall was kind of like that of Seattle’s Showbox Sodo. There was a beer drinking garden in the back, which was the only place you were allowed to drink beer, which was fine with me.

There was an announcement thanking the sponsors, and I noticed the “NO MOSHING AND NO CROWD SURFING” sign a few feet away.  I thought, “Yeah, like that’s going to happen.”  Turns out I was wrong, it actually happened.

Nomeansno came out and they were very old. The guitarist could not have been more Canadian. The singer looked like Jack Frost on cocaine, and the drummer looked like Dr. Drew. It was an odd group, but they were awesome. They played songs like “Keep It Steady”  “Brother Rat/Slayde” and “I’ve Got A Gun.”

Lo and behold, some moshing started. And the guards were ready. They went right in there with flash lights and kicked out whoever started it. Then towards the end of the set, this guy got right next to me, bent over and lit a joint, took a hit off it, and was immediately spotted by a guard. Nice job, bud. There were some hardcore fans out there, and it was cool to see Nomeansno get some recognition like that. They put on a great show, and suggest you catch them if they come through your town.

Since Atari Teenage Riot was the next band we planned to check out we figured we would stay put. However we were kicked out and forced to once again line up for the show. So we grabbed a corn dog and waited in line. Once again, we weren’t let in until like 4:50, 5 minutes past the time ATR was supposed to go on stage. We went in as smoke and lights filled the stage. About ten minutes later, the sponsor announcement once gain came on and I saw the same NO MOSHING AND NO STAGE DIVING sign.  There was also a NO CAMERAS sign so I didn’t get to grab any shots. Even if I did, they would have come out poorly due to the lights and smoke coming from the stage.

The German digital hardcore band graced the stage, Alec Empire, Nic Endo, and CX KiDTRONIK. I wasn’t sure which was which, but one was black, one was white, and one was Asian. So draw your own conclusions. They came on, said their name a few times, and jumped into “Activate,” the first song of their new album Is This Hyperreal? They played mostly songs from their new album, but some old stuff was thrown in there like “Kids Are United!”, “Start the Riot”, and “Revolution Action.” It didn’t matter what songs were played it was all about the feel. It felt like an actual revolution and a lot of people left or were thrown out. By the end of the show, the people were heavily concentrated in the front, and there were a few stray people hanging out towards the back. But many people were thrown out for not following the rules. No less than nine mosh pits started, it was enjoyable watching event staff earn their paychecks trying to contain the madness.  ATR put on a better (and longer) show than I expected and as they played their last song, we made our way out to grab a Shishkaberry. Draw your own conclusion on what a Shishkaberry is.

We went back to see Anti-Flag, but it was already late and the line was really long, so we decided to skip them and get a close spot for Butthole Surfers, a band I hadn’t seen before. We ate our delicious Shiskaberries and waited for underground rap group Das Racist to finish their set. We also got to see the incredibly long line outside Key Arena for people who wanted to see Wiz Khalifa with local rap outfit Macklemore & Ryan Lewis as the opener. I personally don’t see what’s so great about either rapper, but that’s just my outlook. Das Racist finished up their set so we got up front to see the roadies attempt to set up the video screens and tune the instruments for the Butthole Surfers set. They were doing fine till it came time to set up Gibby’s electro-box No one on Earth except Gibby Haynes himself could figure that thing out. So once the big box with an upside down BHS was planted on the stage, the Gibster came on stage and fined tune his magical box. Holding a glass of water and a burning cigarette, the Butthole Surfer front man looked remarkably like Droopy Dog.

You could hear some people yelling “Gibby! Gibby!” in the crowd but he ignored them. A few mic checks later, and the Surfers were ready to go. They came on stage roughly 10 minutes late right after yet another announcement thanking the sponsors and jumped right into an abridged version of “100 Million People Were Dead.” I got a glimpse of the set list so I know the first half included “Cowboy Bob,” “Suicide,” “Negro Observer,” “Rocky,” “BBQ Pope,” “Hey,” “Mark Says Alright,” and “Edgar.” They jumped from song to song with little-to-no hesitation. The screens displayed horrifyingly odd images of cannibalism, guts, and murder. There was the iconic “exploding head” scene of Scanners, the scene from Hot Fuzz where the big boulder fell on that dude’s head, and even the Muppet’s sketch “Manamana” found its way into the Butthole Surfers visual presentation.

Some other songs they played included: “Graveyard” “Goofy’s Concern” “Who Was In My Room Last Night?” “I Saw An X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas” “Lady Sniff /Pepper” and an energetic set ending “The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave.” Overall, an amazing set and the Surfers put on a great show. I am glad I got the chance to see them.

After the Surfers, I was ready to kick back and chill with The Kills. I decided to stick around for a few songs and get some photos, but overall I didn’t plan on staying for the whole set. At around 9:30 (15 minutes later than the scheduled time) The Kills came on, with Allison Mosshart sporting red hair. The group sounded fine and Mosshart is a great singer. I felt there just wasn’t enough energy. Butthole Surfers are a tough act to follow, and when you only have a guitarist and singer, the energy level dropped significantly.

So the Kills played “No Wow” “Future Starts Slow” “Heart Is a Beating Drum” “Kissy Kissy” and “Satellite” before we decided to take off.

Overall a pretty good day at Seattle’s Festival of the Arts, but Bumbershoot had its fair share of problems:

1: No band plays at the scheduled time.
2: Limited merchandise.
3: Inside venues get cleared out in between bands.

Despite these small issues I still had a great day. Bumbershoot is a fun environment, with a no-nonsense inside venue security. So when it says no moshing, it MEANS no moshing. Just remember that.


Echo Movement/The Defeyes/Poke da Squid/KayaFlyte in Seattle 7/13/11

Wednesday the 13th started off like any normal day. Had breakfast, had guitar lessons, picked up my buddy Devin. You know, the usual.

Around 4:30, me, my dad, and Devin left for the Echo Movement show at Studio Seven in Seattle.

Echo Movement is an alternative reggae band who my dad and I first saw at Warped Tour 2010 and had come in contact with via Facebook. We were talking and got to know each other, and eventually my dad and I got put on the guest list for all the work we did to advertise the show.

So we arrive at the venue (which is in a bad part of Seattle and if you blinked you would miss it) and try to find parking. I noticed a shuttle bus with a small trailer attached to it, with a “New Jersey” license plate, which Echo happens to be from.

“Hey,” I said. “I wonder if that’s Echo Movement’s bus.”

“I don’t know,” said my dad. “Let’s go see.”

So we drove across from it, my dad opened the car and went up and knocked on the driver’s window of the bus. It was lead singer of Echo Movement Stephen Fowler, and he almost immediately recognized my dad. Devin and I got out of the car and walked up to the bus’s door, and we were let in.

We were introduced to all the band members—Stephen, vocals; Dave, keyboards; Colin, drums; Nick, trumpet; John, bass; Dan, guitar; and Matt, saxophone—and sat on one of their couches and chilled for like half an hour. It was a very cool experience and they are very cool people.

I got to see the grueling “life on the road” sorta thing. Food was getting rotten, they bought a Mac computer even though they were pretty much broke, scheduling shows while on tour, and Matt got waxed (front and back.)

We decided to grab some dinner before the show started, and after some sandwiches at Jimmy John’s, we went back to Studio Seven.

When doors opened, I was on the list and Devin had his ticket, so we were let in. And now we were ready to wait.

The first band to hit the stage was local reggae band KayaFlyte. The guitarist looked like Zack Galifianakis, the singer looked like James Franco, the bassist looked like that guy from Office Space, and the drummer looked like Thom Yorke.

They put on a pretty good show and they sounded great. They even threw in a cover of Sublime’s “Badfish.” The guitarist broke a string halfway through their third song, but he got another guitar.

The drummer may have only had a snare and no toms, but he certainly knew how to make use of that snare.

After them was Poke da Squid, another local band. Their sound was more punk oriented and they were certainly a weird looking bunch of people.

The mics weren’t loud enough so I couldn’t understand a word they said. I do know that the last song they played was called “Andrew Will Never Get Laid,” referring to their cameraman. And for soundcheck they did an instrumental cover of Careless Whisper.

When they finished, I wasn’t too impressed. They were talented musicians, I just didn’t think their sound really did justice to Echo Movement, whereas KayaFlyte were more reggae.

Next was another local band called The Defeyes, and if you saw the lead guitarist, you never would’ve thought him to be in a reggae band.

To describe him best, I will use my dad’s words:
“He looks like Jay from Jay and Silent Bob. Didn’t you see Clerks?” I didn’t.

The Defeyes were good, I just didn’t pay much attention to the singer. I paid attention to the lead guitarist (his name was Alex, he later told me) and how he got through the technical difficulties that befell him.

When The Defeyes finished their set, I stole their setlist from the stage (it was right in front of me, I had to.)

We waited for Echo Movement to set up and got ready for what would definitely be an epic performance.

The band were finished setting up and were ready to perform. After another quick sound check, everybody took the stage. Devin got a quick pic, and Echo broke right into “Maybe Something’s Wrong With Me.” The crowd was into it, all 30 people. Everybody else was in the bar upstairs.

Echo shot right to “Ganja,” a crowd favorite. They continued with a new song, “Music Played On,” and a nice little ditty called “One Shot.” They then played, “Rub A Dub,” “I’ll Bring It,” and “Some Girls are Crazy” and even through some jams in. They were proving to be excellent musicians; I thought Nick and Matt were going to detonate their horns, they sounded so great.

They played a Bob Marley cover, “Natural Mystic,” and told the audience that without Bob, none of them would be here today. That is true, one of Stephen’s first albums was Bob Marley.

They played “Day Dreamer,” “Down Time,” The Soul-Searching Drive,” and “Red Sunday,” another fan favorite.

I was reading their setlist as they were playing and I was excited for the final three songs they were doing.

“I Think God Smokes Weed,” arguably one of their best songs, came next. Followed by “Keep My Head High” and “Brotherman, both of which had an extended jam and Nick, Colin, Dave, Matt, and Dan all seemed to be soloing at the same time, but it sounded fantastic.

They finished their show, gave some high fives, and then the majority of the audience left.

I snagged their setlist as well.

We hung out a little bit after the show and asked if the guys wanted to stay at our house and maybe shower. They said they would discuss it after a short “session.”

So after some directions and sessions, Echo Movement was at my house, peeing in my toilet.

It was a very great night and it was so cool to see them in my house.

If you ever get the chance, see them. They put on a great show, whether you know their music or not, and they are very cool people.

Thanks, Echo, for a fantastic night.

Cage the Elephant/Manchester Orchestra 6/9/11 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA

Sleeper Agent/Manchester Orchestra/cage The Elephant 06/09/11

Showbox – Seattle, WA

Words by jakobross424/Photos via Concert Confessions vault

Last night, I witnessed quite an amazing concert. I might as well just skip the drive to the show, so let’s just say everything was happy and we got there with all of our limbs in the right places. Upon arriving at the Showbox, the doors had not opened yet. We waited in line for about 45 minutes and we were finally able to go in. Yay! I bought my Cage the Elephant shirt and then waited an hour for the first band to go on stage.

The first band was a very new band that was a six-piece from Kentucky called Sleeper Agent. The only way I could describe it is if The White Stripes multiplied, hired Patti Smith as the lead singer, and then hired to old guys for the rhythm section. The band was better than I anticipated, actually. They only played about 7 songs in 30 minutes, but I enjoyed them. The lead singer looked like the offspring of Joey Ramone and Patti Smith; the keyboardist looked like the singer from Wolfmother; the bassist looked like Foo Fighters’ bassist Nate Mendel, just with longer hair; the drummer looked like Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater; the rhythm guitarist looked like Justin Bieber. Be that is it may, the band still rocked and I am looking forward to their debut album this August.

It was a mystery who would go on next, because throughout the tour Cage headlined some nights and Manchester headlined others. Tonight, it was Manchester who headlined. It took about 20 minutes to sound check and prepare the stage, so it didn’t take too much waiting. When the lights went down, the speakers played “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant. The crowd sang along, but were disappointed when Manchester Orchestra came out.

Manchester Orchestra 10/17/09 - Hollywood, CA

Lead singer Andy Hull looked remarkably liked Zach Galifianakis. You know, the guy from the Hangover? So, the band played a set that comprised of new songs like “April Fool” and “Simple Math”, as well as fan favorites like “I’ve Got Friends” and “Shake It Out.” I hadn’t heard much from the band before the show, so I only knew a couple songs, but the band certainly won over the crowd as well as rocking their fans into the next dimension. I expected their songs to be a little slower and quieter, but Manchester had the sound and energy of a punk band. They aren’t my favorite band and I probably wouldn’t see them again, but they certainly rocked the crowd.

“Hello, we are Cage the Elephant,” boasted lead singer Andy Hull about half way through the set. Andy also donned a Cage the Elephant shirt. There was a lot of pushing going on; it was literally a push war between the people and the front and the people in the middle. I really feel bad for those in the front whose ribs were crushed. After Manchester finished,  a small chunk of people actually left the Showbox as if they didn’t care to see Cage the Elephant, which I found to be almost impossible.

After about another 30 minutes of sound check and stage preparation, the house lights went down. The crowd cheered and waited for the band. Naturally, lead singer Matt Shultz came onto the stage last, because he was what the crowd was most excited to see. They came out and played a 60’s-pop sounding song called 2024. I sang along and the crowd enjoyed it, although it wasn’t one of their faster songs. The next song they played got the crowd to jump and move and mosh, and it was fantastic. The song was called “In One Ear”, and I sang and jumped and whatnot. I felt like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert, except I don’t have any fantasies about Matt Shultz.

They played about 17 or 18 songs, which is about 2/3 of all the songs they have ever released. They played songs like “Tiny Little Robots”, “Lotus”, “Around My Head”, “Back Against the Wall.” As the band was ending their set, they played fan-favorite “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”, and more recent song “Sabertooth Tiger.” They left the stage, but the crowd was not done. “CAGE CAGE CAGE CAGE,” they chanted. After two minutes and a quick tune of the guitars from the roadies, the band was back for a couple more songs. They played a heartfelt “Shake Me Down” and Pavement song “False Skorpion.” Towards the end of False Skorpion, Matt did his infamous and almost ritual crowd surf. He got into a position to where he could literally stand on the crowd and it was like he had a connection with us.

“You guys are possibly the best crowd of the entire tour,” said Matt. Seattle was the last city of the Cage/Manchester co-headlining tour. “From now on, we are going to end every show in Seattle.” The night was fabulous and it ended with sore legs, a sore throat, and ringing ears. But, it was a night I may never forget.

USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates

USELESS KEYS West Coast Tour Dates


Los Angeles locals USELESS KEYS are about to head out for a quick trip up the left coast. While the band is still working out details for a headline hometown show, here is where you can catch KROQ Locals Only regulars:

June 24th Soda Bar – San Diego, CA

June 25th Cellar Door – Visalia, CA

June 26th Fulton 55 – Fresno, CA

June 27th Kimo’s – San Francisco, CA

June 29th Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

June 30th Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA

The band will also be performing with Butthole Surfers, Helmet and The Melvins at the 2011 Sunset Junction Music Festival in Silver Lake, CA on August 27th, 2011.

Check out the bands Facebook page for up to the minute details on the trek. Likewise, check out our various reviews of the band here, here and here. Oh and there is one more here.

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