Photos: Courtney Marie Andrews @ Tractor Tavern

Singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews played at the Tractor Tavern in support of her recently released album, May Your Kindness Remain – her sixth studio album. The sold-out show at home was the last stop on the two-month tour for Courtney and her four-member band. Frequently retuning before songs to change keys, the brief break provided an opportunity for some interaction with the audience. Seattle-based Old Coast opened and were back onstage for the last song of the evening.


Courtney Marie Andrews


Old Coast

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Video: Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out Of Five”

Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Song: “Four Out Of Five”
Why You Want to Watch: Arctic Monkeys just released album six, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Awesome! The first video from the album is “Four Out Of Five,” which includes a magnificent stallion. One of the directors, Aaron Brown, was also at the helm of previous Arctic Monkeys’ video (“Suck It And See” and “Snap Out Of It”.”A history nerd such as myself appreciates that the larger location in the video is Castle Howard, a home of the English Howard family. If you don’t know, the Howard family included Henry VIII’s two executed wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Also, both Queen Elizabeth I & II descend from this mighty family.


Arctic MonkeysAlex Turner in “Four Out Of Five”

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Show Review & Photos: P!nk @ KeyArena

P!nk @ KeyArena, 5/13/2018
Show Review & Photos by John Rudolph


P!nk

So, let me begin and end this review by saying that P!nk killed at her amazing concert, full stop.

The production was amazing, the choreography was stunning, and P!nk’s voice was so pure and powerful. P!nk isn’t some silly popstar, she is a true entertainer who can write good songs, fill an arena with her lovely voice, and dance with the best of them.

P!nk grabbed the stage, enveloped in her silver bodysuit, surrounded by pink-clad dancers singing “Get the Party Started.” She quickly took to the air with the grace of a Cirque du Soleil artist. The set had P!nk street lamps and a P!nk building façade, which reminded me of a hotel. Not too far into the concert, P!nk took flight while clutching the chandelier with beads and lights draped over it. She then came back down to earth, and she and the dancers glided all over the hotel lobby.

P!nk changed things up a little with “Just Like a Pill.” She brought the lights down, and everyone changed to black or dark grey outfits. The tempo of the music became a little more rock and roll. The dancing matched the tempo and became a powerful modern dance. Dancers appeared and disappeared into and out of the darkness.

P!nk transitioned her stage and she went immediately into Funk House and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was clear to me that P!nk’s concert wasn’t just a series of songs like most concerts. She was telling a story through song and performance art. Her stage went dark again; it was like we were in a dark and gloomy, fantasy-type forest. For this transition, she sang “Try” and “Give Me a Reason.”

During this part of the show, she flew around the arena in a four-poster bed with a dancer flying with a red umbrella. I was reminded of a dark Peter Pan scene. Right when I thought the show couldn’t get any better, the intensity kicked up again and she broke out with “Just Like Fire.” At this point, the dark and foreboding forest burst into flames and she and her band rocked out. It was like she was bursting out of a dark and gloomy place and she was taking control of her life, leading her journey to the positive.

Feminism and women’s empowerment led the next set. Even as a man, I felt what she was saying. It made me feel great and not lectured to.

For me, the message of her show was: reject negativity, embrace positivity and accept people for their individuality. In this age of Charlottesville and other craziness, we need to be reminded from time to time that the world is a good place and that we all have a role to play.

Thank you P!nk for spending your Mother’s Day with us and for one of the best shows that I have ever seen.


P!nk

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Photos: X Ambassadors w/ Jacob Banks

X Ambassadors w/Jacob Banks @ Showbox SoDo, 5/6/2018
Show Review & Photos by John Rudolph


X Ambassadors

Hailing from Ithaca, New York, and supporting their new release, Joyful, X Ambassadors absolutely wiped out Showbox SoDo. X Ambassadors have so much energy that it’s addictive.


X Ambassadors


Jacob Banks

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Photos: Lissie @ Crocodile Café

Lissie played to a near capacity crowd at the Crocodile Café in support of her fourth studio album Castles, released in March. The Midwest-born, California transplant, now based in Iowa, was backed by four-member band. California-based Van William opened and will be back in Seattle headlining this fall.


Lissie


Van William

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