New Politics, the entirely fabulous trio from Denmark, excited a massive/sold-out audience back in November, 2014. This is one of my favorite groups, and it was wonderful to see so many people going wild over them. With breakdancing moves from singer David Boyd, maniacal antics from guitarist Søren Hansen, and hazardous (yet solid) drumming from Louis Vecchio, as a live act, they’re thrilling. Look at all those people grabbing Boyd!
Guess who returns to Seattle on Thursday, March 26th? Marilyn Manson, that’s who! The man and the band! The current tour, known as The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour (named after lyrics in “Cupid Carries a Gun,” (Better pray for hell, not hallelujah) finds Marilyn Manson touring the entire world. All of it.
Manson is doing something right. Or something so dirty and wrong it is right. Or love him for no other reason than his clear affection for his cat, Lily (Lily has her own fan page on Facebook). His latest release, 2015’s The Pale Emperor (was there ever a more appropriate title?), puts Manson and band at album number nine. It’s an intense work, highlighting Manson’s gruff and visceral vocals. A song such as “Cupid Carries a Gun,” (also the theme song for the excellent show, Salem) is a good example of what the record is all about.
And why might it be excellent to see him at the Showbox? With its red decor and lighting, it can fit in with the industrial/rock ethos, and be an effective backdrop for Manson – and his fans.
For tickets and more information, head over the Showbox’s event page.
Wow, we really are nearing the end of our Bumbershoot 2014 coverage! For one of our final installments, we’ve got photos of Nada Surf, Carmen Lynch and Campfire OK. Good news regarding these artists? Yes, there is good news about rock band Nada Surf and comedian Carmen Lynch. Nada Surf will release a new album this year, and Carmen Lynch has quite the tour coming up, including a May 7-9th appearance near Seattle at Kirkland’s Laughs Comedy Spot!
Nada Surf – photos by Abby Williamson
Carmen Lynch – photo by Dagmar
Campfire OK – photos by Kirk Stauffer
London-based sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow, known as 2:54, headlined at Barboza in support of their recent album, The Other I. They were joined by Joel Porter (bass) and Alex Robins (drums). The Scottish duo Honeyblood – Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Cat Myers – opened. I caught them again at SXSW last week.
Earth, Wind & Fire may be best known for songs such as “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” but they’ve also had a successful career which saw the release of their debut, Earth Wind & Fire, in 1971. Some of their recent work includes 2013’s Now, Then & Forever and last year’s Holiday. Holiday is a collection of winter holiday songs – that’s pretty cool. On August 23rd, 2014 the Chicago band appeared at Chateau Set. Michelle. All photos by Geoffrey Gribbin: