Alexandra Savior opened for Daughter over the weekend at the Neptune Theatre. She and her four-member band played songs off her upcoming debut album, Belladonna of Sadness, to be released next April. Alexandra will be back in town at the Tractor Tavern on January 21.
Chop Suey had the Rocket Summer on its stage in springtime, May 17th to be precise. Texan Bryce Avary is the multi-instrument-playing artist behind the Rocket Summer, and he’s a man with other awesome interests, including black belt karate competitions. We’re told he would have been a dog trainer had he not made it in music. A totally cool guy in our books.
If you’re in Anaheim, California on December 16th, catch him at an amazingly-named event called Night of the Elf Creep. Two happy plugs for the Rocket Summer: album number six, Zoetic, is out now, but if you’re a Christmas fan? Even better news might be the fact that the Rocket Summer has a Christmas album, Christmas Madness, which has a song called “Elf Creep” on it! It’s all coming together beautifully for December festivities, right?
The Home Team, a pop punk band from Seattle opened.
All photos by Charitie Myers:
The Rocket Summer
The Home Team
Flogging Molly & Frank Turner @ Showbox SoDo , August 1st 2016
Show Review & Photos by Phillip Johnson
THE BRITISH ARE COMING. . . AND THE IRISH ARE COMING!
That was the general mood of the Showbox Sodo on August 1, 2016, in the best of ways. The crowd was abuzz for the upcoming punk rock show featuring London’s Frank Turner and the jolly motley crew that is Flogging Molly.
Frank Turner was a tour de force in positive punk rock from the first minute he came on stage. He was a boundless ball of energy, bouncing around and leaving it all on the stage throughout his 50-minute performance. He may come at you aggressively with his persona, but his lyrics are all about the glory of life and rock and roll (For examples listen to “I Still Believe,” “The Next Storm,” and the “The Ballad Of Me And My Friends.” “Punk rock is all about community,” Turner told the crowd. He certainly knows how to bring them together.
The anticipation leading up to the booming Celtic rock that Flogging Molly brings to the stage was palpable. Fans of all ages came to the show seeking a refuge in the pit, and being the seasoned rockers they are, the band much obliged. Belting out hits such as “Drunken Lullabies” and “If I Ever Leave This World Alive,” coupled with political anthems “What’s Left of the Flag” and “Black Friday Rule,” it was a classic set from one of today’s best touring bands. Throughout the years, it has become evident that fun comes first for the band that started at Molly Malone’s, and the same holds true now.
Rising Appalachia, fronted by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, headlined at Showbox at the Market last week in support of their latest album, Wider Circles. Backed by Biko Casini (percussion) and David Brown (guitar/bass), the sisters sang and played their folk music on a variety of instruments. Dustin Thomas opened and later joined Rising Appalachia during their set.
Chloe (L) and Leah Smith
Two very different acts, G-Eazy and Tame Impala got photographed by Casey Brevig during Bumbershoot’s third day. For Tame Impala, this appearance was the last you’ll see from them in Seattle, or anywhere, through 2017, as last week, the band announced they’d be taking a hiatus next year. Oakland, California’s G-Eazy, however, already has dates set for January and March. Thank you to both acts: you are two popular bands on this site (and of course, elsewhere).