The North Borders U.S. Tour approached its end in Seattle, Washington at the Showbox at the Market. This time around Simon Green – aka Bonobo – was accompanied by a full band. A thumping bass brought the venue’s attention into focus, as the hum of the song “Cirrus” amplified. As the song worked its way into the anxious muscles of each person in the crowd, the musicians who traveled with Bonobo made their way to their instruments on stage. There are many fans that would travel great lengths to see Bonobo as a live DJ, but being able to have the opportunity to experience all of the organic sounds that come out of the drums, bass, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, and hypnotic vocals of guest singers Szjerdene and Grey Reverend brought all parts of this experience together to form a spectacular auditory experience.
I am not sure how six months seemed to pass so quickly between taking and sharing these photos! It’s no reflection on what I thought of Fall Out Boy – the band grew on me upon repeated listenings. And it’s not a bad thing that music has to grow on me much of the time. That’s just how it goes. One thing I appreciated about Fall Out Boy was that it had a really good stage presence, and its fans were so excited. It’s nice to see such honest excitement and happiness in an audience.
Equipped with flashing strobe lights and awesome music, Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club overtook the Neptune in October. I loved their debut, Tourist History, so much I needed to take a self-enforced break from listening to it so I wouldn’t get completely sick of it. When new music came out last year in the form of Beacon, I was interested yet anxious. What if it didn’t live up to the first album? Or what if it did, and I developed another musical obsession? The latter happened, along with the addiction of listening over and over. Beacon surpassed Tourist History, a happy moment for any fan of a band. The songs “Someday” and “Pyramid” are overwhelmingly two of my favorite songs. They’re magic. Two Door Cinema Club is magic. At the Seattle date (my fourth time seeing them) they showed just how magic by playing an invigorating set with tons of knock you over energy.