Show Review & Photos: The Tiger Lillies @ Teatro ZinZanni

The Tiger Lillies @ Teatro ZinZanni, 11/14
Show Review & Photos by Dagmar

The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies performed at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni for two evenings in November, 2014. I caught the first night, and was (as during the other two times I have seen them) captivated by their musicianship, performance style and naturally, their appearance.

That appearance, which I could describe as extra naughty vaudevillian clown crossed with just that bit of goth, definitely appealed to the sold-out crowd. The venue allowed the English trio to perform under a big tent, with audience members seated at swanky tables. This show was neither for the faint of heart nor the slightly underdressed. When I say faint of heart, I mean that Tiger Lillies’ lyrical content could frighten some people. If you are upset by peculiar tales of bad deeds and depravation, you are in the wrong place hanging out with the Tiger Lillies of evening.

However, if topics such as prostitution, murder, religion and emotional pain presented in a way not usually addressed in popular music, interest you, you are with the Tiger Lillies’ fans. That the Tiger Lillies have a strong following testifies to the fact this band is not just all about shock and horror. Their songs are dynamite. This is a band worth seeing live, for all their charm and real abilities as musicians, performers and the damn right unique vocals of lead singer Martyn Jacques.

The Tiger Lillies, prolific and well-versed in any number of topics to cover (they’ve made music based on topics from Hamlet to Edward Gorey), have a tremendous oeuvre to draw from. Equally at home performing a cover of Judy Collins’ “Send in the Clowns” or tramping out with their own songs “Masturbating Jimmy,” “Banging in the Nails,” or “Heroin & Cocaine,” the Tiger Lillies really know how to play.

And, thank you to the Tiger Lillies for letting me backstage to take some photos of you. What a treat to hang out with you & see you putting your makeup on!!














The Tiger Lillies

More Photos of the Tiger Lillies @ the Triple Door


Photos: Zella Day @ Chop Suey

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Zella Day three times in as many months – Columbia City Theater (Feb), SXSW (Mar) and most recently at Chop Suey (Apr). I thoroughly enjoy her music and each time has been a real treat! Zella and her band are touring with Coasts and last week’s show in Seattle was their first stop. Watch for her new album, Kicker, due out on June 2.





















Zella Day @ Chop Suey, Seattle, Apr 2015

Zella Day @ SXSW, Austin, Mar 2015

Zella Day @ Columbia City Theater, Seattle, Feb 2015


Photos: Reptar @ The Tractor Tavern

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Reptar played at The Tractor Tavern to an insanely enthusiastic crowd led by a super nice young couple. The crowd chanted “I can’t wait” until Reptar took the stage.

After joining Joyful Noise Recordings, they released Lurid Glow, which they are supporting with this national tour.

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Photos by John Rudolph


News: Surfer Blood Guitarist Thomas Fekete Undergoes Cancer Treatment

Guitarist Thomas Fekete of Surfer Blood was diagnosed with cancer in December 2014, and now the illness has metastasized. Surfer Blood is a band I really love, and even if I didn’t, I’d encourage you to help Fekete with the financial side of this illness. Incredibly medical insurance does not cover all his treatment, so please give whatever you can afford via Fekete’s GoFundMe Page. If you can/cannot give, share the link! Get him back to music and enjoying a healthy life with his new wife – I want that for him.

Fekete & Wife

Band release:

Thomas has been playing guitar in Surfer Blood for nearly 6 years, but since December has been sidelined by treatment for cancer. We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors. We hope you can help with a donation of any size, and help spread the word by sharing on social media. Thank you so much for the support!


From Thomas Fekete:

Hey all,

A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.

The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I’ll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.

Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I’m no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can’t help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor’s alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.


Fekete & dog, Sachi


Photos: Vance Joy @ The Showbox

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Supporting his new album Dream Your Life Away, Vance Joy thrilled his largely female fans at The Showbox, April 9th.

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