Ty Segall continued to show why he is one of the best talents of our time this last Thursday at the always rockin & sold out Neptune. Openers CFM (members of Fuzz) and local rising stars Bread & Butter filled out what was an awesome and entertaining evening. Check out these selected photos here, and head over to flickr for the full album.
Despite some mixed reviews of the most recent album, Cheatahs proved to me last night that they can back up the music they’ve made, even if they stand on the shoulders of giants. This video was taken during the best 3 song set of the show in my opinion. Check it out!
I wasn’t altogether that excited for the lineup overall at Bumbershoot 2013. One thing that has always bugged me when comparing this festival to others that are held in major cities like SXSW or Lollapalooza; why does a city such as Seattle with a presence like KEXP not have a festival with a consistently fantastic lineup. Not to knock Heart, Death Cab or BASSNECTAR but only for smaller festivals would I consider these acts “festival closers” Although each act has been or is very popular, and carries it’s own appeal and subset of fans, we should be seeing bands like the Arcade Fire,Â GorillazÂ or Queens of the Stone Age. If Sasquatch can add an entirely separate festival on July 4th weekend 2014, it stands to reason that the right people could attract a lineup that would make our city proud. I would love to see some better acts on the bill next year, even if it means higher ticket prices.
Now that bitching is out of my system, I must say that there were a few bright spots for the weekend. Beginning (for me anyway) with Kendrick Lamar at (of all times) 4:00 PM on Saturday. Kendrick was fresh, crisp and made Key Arena almost sound acoustically acceptable. He played mostly tracks from his highly acclaimed release from late last year,Â Good Kid, M.A.A.D Â City,Â although he did play a track or two from his 2011 releaseÂ Section 80.Â
Best moment: Kendrick led an excited midday crowd in a rousing performance of “Money Trees”; the entire arena was standing up (even those in the upper deck) singingÂ “It goes Halle Berry or hallelujahâ€¦”
Worst moment: Kendrick insisted on running crowd control and playing his own hype man between tracks (Think: â€œI bet this side is the loudestâ€). He also made some seemingly wacky claims that the mid-afternoon (admittedly large) Key Arena crowd was the largest and best of his career; hard to imagine considering his meteoric rise to fame this year.Â
After Kendrick, I was scooted off to catch my Cougs just barely find a way to lose to Auburn at Pesos before heading back to the show to catch the tail end ofÂ !!! and then Washed Out
Washed out absolutely knows what they are good at, what they can do, and doesn’t try to do much else. At first listen you may think these guys just press play at their concerts but it couldn’t actually be further from the truth. These guys are the type of band where the live show really gives you a deeper understanding of what they are all about. The tracks from their brand new effort ParacosmÂ were especially well executed to the delight of their fans.
Best Moment: Their Performance of “All I Know” near the end of the set was heartfelt, spacey, and saturated with the aroma of a hundred joints lit at once.
Worst Moment: The 25 minute wait for the band to set up was draining even for the first night of the festival.
After being completely Washed Out (and missing half of Heart or Crystal Castles due to the delay) I decided to hop the bus hoping to get in some winks before a busy weekend.
On Monday the Line for Alt-J snaked through the entire festival grounds. This, I’m told was commonplace on Sunday in order to see acts like Tegan and Sara and Fun. (Pronounced “Fun Period”). I had seen this weirdest of weird British quartet three times already this year (including once to open for Grouplove of all people), but nevertheless made the trek to check them out. As per usual they played their only Album “An Awesome Wave” flawlessly, however I did see a bit of variation in the way they played a few tracks here and there which speaks to their evolution as artists.
Best Part: Breezeblocks blows me away each time I see it performed. The technical guitar, stops, and harmonies make it a can’t miss track.
Worst Part:Â Wtf Key Arena? the entire floor through most of the main stage acts was half full at best. Give more fans a chance to dance on the floor and not only fans but aretists will be much happier.
scene and mostly Seattle. Also there will be free Pizza.