Singer-songwriter Michelle Branch made a long-awaited return to Seattle in support of her new album, Hopeless Romantic, her first studio recording in nearly 14 years. The Showbox at the Market appearance was the tenth stop of her 32-city Hopeless Romantic Tour. Her four-member band included The Black Keys drummer and fiancé, Patrick Carney. New York City-based Haerts – fronted by Nini Fabi and Benjamin Gebert – opened, and will be doing so through most of the tour.
Details: Day two of Capitol Hill Block Party found Los Angeles folk quartet closing out the Main Stage. That stage saw a vigorous dance workout earlier in the day with performances by electronic producer Jai Wolf, hip hop artist Lizzo, and electronic duo Phantoms. Seattle’s garage rock trio Naked Giants and hip-hopper Grynch appeared at the the Vera Stage and Neumos Stage, respectively. Other Seattle bands, electronic (a big yes on more electronic) Youryoungbody and Doom-Wop Prom Queen round out photographer Alex Crick’s busy day!
Show Preview:Waxahatchee @ the Neptune, Mon. 7/24
Waxahatchee, a rock band – a bit indie, a bit folk – formed by Katie Crutchfield, and including her twin sister, Allison Crutchfield, starts the west coast leg of the Out in the Storm tour with an appearance at the Neptune Theatre tonight, Monday July 24th. The band recorded much of Out in the Storm‘s songs live, an idea producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth!) pitched. This is the group’s fourth release, and Crutchfield said it “digs into what I was going through without blinking. It’s a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself.” Want to know my favorite track? It’s “No Question.”
And if you have not heard Out in the Storm yet, NPR awesomely has the album available, in its entirety, right over here. Listen to it loud, it deserves your attention.
For tickets and more information (the show is all ages), follow this link to the Neptune’s event page.
Details:Capitol Hill Block Party kicked off day one of its annual three-day festival on Friday, July 21st. Breaking it down by two stages, photographer Alex Crick brought back gorgeous shots of Main Stage acts Mura Masa, Thundercat and Noname, plus Neumos Stage’s Fauna Shade and Eastern Souvenirs. British electronic act Mura Masa, who comes highly recommended by Charli XCX, made his Seattle debut, while Thundercat most likely wins best hair of CHBP. Everett, Washington trio Fauna Shade hit the Neumos Stage with their self-described “Twins Peaks-creepy sunniness.” Very nice. Also check out the photos of Noname, a Chicago rapper who is appearing at a huge number of festivals this year, and Eastern Souvenirs, an eclectic Seattle artist. More photos soon of Capitol Hill Block Party happenings.
Singer-songwriter and actress Sabrina Carpenter recently played a sold-out show at the Neptune Theatre. The performance was at the frontend of her North American headlining De-Tour. Backed by a four member band and sister Sarah on backup vocals, Sabrina’s set was well over an hour and included a costume change. Near the end of the show, audience member Maggie came onstage and sang with Sabrina. New Hope Club opened, followed by Alex Aiono.