PLAYING SEATTLE: Fall in Love with Lizzie Weber’s Latest Single, “When You Look At Me”

press photo by Tony Hammons Like a child's pirouette, the new single from songwriter Lizzie Weber, "When You Look At Me," spins gentle and dreamlike. Inspired by the early days of her relationship with her now-husband, "When You Look at Me," is sung with the sort of tender lilt that plunges someone into [...]

By |2019-07-22T18:14:59-04:00July 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING THE BAY: 10 Years On, Burger Boogaloo 2019 Must Reconsider Its Relationship With The City It Loves

all photos by Sophia Vaccaro   Walking up to the MacArthur entrance of the 10th annual Burger Boogaloo festival was akin to walking under the big top of a circus tent, the everyday machinations of Mosswood Park suddenly swathed by a curtain of pounding drums as children twisted on swing sets, their caretakers [...]

By |2019-07-18T10:10:35-04:00July 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING DETROIT: Curtis Roach shines on Sophomore LP, ‘Lellow’

Like any 20-year-old, Curtis Roach has gone through some major changes in the last year: moving out of his mom’s house, entering and exiting college, trying out veganism. However, navigating life as an up-and-coming, critically acclaimed hip hop artist has proved to be the most difficult. Regardless, Roach is determined to stay positive through it [...]

By |2019-07-18T11:25:00-04:00July 17th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Sarah and the Safe Word Reinvent Cabaret with Red Hot & Holy

Ever wonder what the music at Jay Gatsby's funeral would've sounded like? I have to admit, I hadn't either, until I saw a one-liner in the bio of Atlanta sextet, Sarah and the Safe Word that simply said, "Jay Gatsby died, we played the funeral." Theatrical and vividly operatic in theme, Sarah and the Safe [...]

By |2019-07-16T20:42:43-04:00July 15th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

ONLY NOISE: DJing is My Meditation

The author blisses out on the decks: Dolce Vita at The Lash in Los Angeles, 2018. Photo courtesy Liz Ohanesian ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Liz Ohanesian struggles to focus and live in the moment - until she [...]

By |2019-07-10T08:07:25-04:00July 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

PLAYING THE BAY: Kevin Nichols Rocks the Hallowed Grounds of 924 Gilman

photo by Rianne Garrido.   Kevin Nichols wanted to know how much time he had left on stage. “Till you puke!” cried the man behind me. This was met with silence, perhaps one nervous laugh, but I couldn’t help but appreciate the purity of an old punk sentiment in a an old punk [...]

By |2019-07-10T13:33:09-04:00July 10th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing The Bay|

PLAYING ATLANTA: Half Hot Go All The Way with Debut LP ‘Whiskey Tango’

Flair, hair, and all things rock 'n roll. It's a simple statement, impactful and to the point... and it describes Half Hot perfectly. The Atlanta-based rock quartet - made up of Andrew "Goose" Hughes on guitar and vocals, Tyler Messer on guitar and backing vocals, drummer and percussionist Jacob Hicks, and Casey Reid on the [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:09:37-04:00July 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Atlanta|

PET POLITICS: Chatting with Pittie Parent and Longtime Vegan Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz

Sadie Dupuis is a shredder with a cause. An artist through-and-through, Sadie is a prolific songwriter, poet, and visual artist. She’s the imagination and voice behind the innovative and ever-evolving rock group Speedy Ortiz, who are fresh off a tour with Interpol. Sadie also releases solo work as her alter-ego to SAD13. But Sadie’s voice [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:47:06-04:00July 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Monthly Mondays, Pet Politics|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Nauticult Scream Into the Void on Human Use of Human Beings EP

Seattle's Nauticult— equal parts industrial hip-hop and thrashing noise punk—was born in a moment of raw inspiration. For years, the members had known each other and even considered rapping over beats together, but they didn't actually pull the trigger until a surprise birthday party performance in 2015.  The result was cataclysmic innovation—electric drums, synth guitar [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:30:53-04:00July 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

ONLY NOISE: “Pale Blue Eyes” Reminds Me of a Friend I Had But Couldn’t Keep

ONLY NOISE explores music fandom with poignant personal essays that examine the ways we’re shaped by our chosen soundtrack. This week, Taylor Ysteboe tries to reconcile platonic versus romantic love through Lou Reed, whose lyrics spoke to her when her own words failed. Her name was Alexandra, and I thought she was the weirdest person [...]

By |2019-06-24T17:33:06-04:00July 4th, 2019|COLUMNS, Only Noise|

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