Show Preview: Tacocat @ Barboza, Fri. 1/20; Gears Up for Spring Tour ’17

Seattle’s Tacocat puts on a benefit for Short Your Abortion this Friday night, January 20th at Barboza. Joined by Wimps and Black Tones, Tacocat gives their fans a chance to enjoy the group’s awesome music, with ALL proceeds going to SYA. Not familiar with SYA? I encourage you to inform yourself via the organization’s site, and I can say that, at its core, it’s a movement for women to keep reproductive rights up to women.

Though Friday’s show is sold out, the catchy-tuned and charming quartet hit the road in early February, with two dates at Coachella in April. And I mean they’re actually playing Coachella, with actual festival dates. Part of the festival. They’re on the poster! Yes! More excitement for the band includes last year’s second album on the Hardly Art label, Lost Time. With tracks lovingly-titled “Dana Katherine Scully” and “Horse Grrls,” Lost Time snagged a high spot on Paste’s top 50 albums of ’16 (Tacocat was #27).

Roar into ’17, Tacocat!

Love & Pets.


Tacocat‘s Emily Nokes – photo by Tino Tran

Tacocat Early Spring ’17 Tour Dates:

Feb 16 Opolis Oklahoma City, OK
Feb 17 Three Links Dallas, TX
Feb 18 Barracuda Austin, TX
Feb 20 Meow Wolf Santa Fe, NM
Feb 21 Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ
Feb 25 The Starline Social Club Oakland, CA
Feb 27 Chico Women’s Club Chico, CA
Feb 28 The Boreal Eugene, OR
Mar 01 Real Art Tacoma, WA
Mar 03 Red Bicycle Vashon, WA
Mar 04 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Apr 14 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 21 Coachella Indio, CA

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Video: UNIFORM’s “Tabloid”

Video: “Tabloid,” by UNIFORM

Why You Want to Watch: Industrial metal duo perform “Tabloid” in a delivery truck racing around the streets of Queens, New York. What could possibly go wrong? The guys, Ben Greenberg and Michael Berden, appear to come out of the filming okay; who knows what really happened. . . You can get a good look at them at Barboza on February 16th, where they will be sure to play a cool show emphasizing tracks off their second release, Wake in Fright (also on Sacred Bones Records).


UNIFORM – photo by Samantha Marble

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Photos: Springtime Carnivore @ Tractor Tavern

Springtime Carnivore, fronted by Greta Morgan, played a sold out show at the Tractor Tavern last week. It was the first stop of their short west coast tour with the Fruit Bats. Backed by Kathleen Cruger (keys) and Dasha Shleyeva (bass), Morgan played numerous songs off her most recent album, Midnight Room, which was released in October. They’ll be back on the road in March with The Head and the Heart.


Springtime Carnivore (L-R: Kathleen Cruger, Greta Morgan, Dasha Shleyeva)

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Photos: Grant-Lee Phillips @ the Triple Door

Grant-Lee Phillips @ the Triple Door, 5/17/16
Photos by Amy Elyse

Details: Singer-songwriter and Nashville-based Grant-Lee Phillips visited Seattle last May. Phillips, also an actor (catch him on Gilmore Girls!!), released his eighth solo album, The Narrows, in 2016. His most recent appearance on Gilmore Girls included a Christmas song, “Winter Glow.” European fans will have several Grant-Lee Philips’ February dates to look forward to, while the U.S. gets him in March.

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Grant-Lee Phillips

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Photos: Carrie Fisher Vigil at The Seattle Center

Friday, December 30th was a night like any other. I casually and aimlessly ended up at Seattle Center, where I took a walk with my new Christmas camera. While I looked around for something interesting to photograph, I noticed a Jedi appear out of the darkness. Yes, that was a little weird, but hey, Seattle is a little weird.

A few minutes later I noticed two Princess Leias standing under a street lamp. Clearly something was going on, so I decided to follow the next character that materialized.

Happily a short few minutes passed when another Jedi appeared so I stealthily followed him to the Space Needle where it looked a little like the Cantina at Mos Eisley.

The 501 Legion put on a nice tribute to Carrie Fisher with an appropriate moment of silence.

The characters looked great and every kid there had eyes huge with excitement. The men and women of the 501st did a wonderful job of playing to the kids. After a while, it felt like we were actually at Echo base on Hoth.

Thank you to the 501st for putting on a fun, family-friendly event where all ages had a great time, while remembering the real Princess Leia.

Photos by John Rudolph

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