Show Preview: Bleached @ Barboza, Fri. 4/29

Show Preview: Bleached @ Barboza, Friday April 29th

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Very happy to say that Los Angeles’ Bleached returns to Seattle tonight, Friday April 29th! The band will headline Barboza, a venue that’s perfect any night for some melodic punk. There’s a lot to love about Bleached. They’ve got songs so rad you get a feeling they’re fun to write, and not any kind of unpleasant labor; soothing punk vocals; two sisters in the band, Jennifer Clavin and Jessie Clavin; and now I am in love with that Pontiac in the video for “Wednesday Night Melody.” Sweetness! Bleached album two, Welcome the Worms, just came out in April, and it’s a winner. Oh, and early show alert!!!: Doors are at 7 PM.
~Dagmar

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Photos: Allison Pierce @ Triple Door

Allison Pierce, formerly of The Pierces with sister Catherine, opened for Joshua Radin this week at the Triple Door. During her well-received 30-minute set at the sold-out show, Allison played primarily her own songs, but snuck in one from The Pierces. Four years and one day prior, I had the pleasure of shooting The Pierces when they opened for Coldplay at KeyArena.

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Show Review & Photos: Father John Misty w/Tess and Dave @ the Paramount

Father John Misty w/Tess and Dave @ the Paramount, 4/6/16
Show Review & Photos by Abby Williamson

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Father John Misty

There are few people who put on more of a show than Father John Misty. This isn’t about those people. This is about Father John Misty.

The towering and suited gentleman that is Josh Tillman filled the Paramount Theatre on April 6th. He destroyed the crowd in the best way possible.

Opening the show was the virtually unknown Tess and Dave, who had an adorable onstage demeanor. The pair came out with choreographed dance moves and sweet duets, which were almost sweet enough to give you a cavity, but maybe that’s just me. I learned later that Dave was in Father John Misty’s full band, so the opening slot made much more sense.

That was just the beginning of the evening. The crowd was treated by Father John Misty to a 16-song set, and an epic 3-song encore that was almost more than I bargained for.

It was a perfect variety of songs from Fear Fun and I Love You, Honeybear. Though there was a noticeable lack of Father John Misty’s usual snarky banter, the night was not short in shenanigans. During a drawn-out master jam version of “Holy Shit,” starting out with the simple acoustic arrangement heard on the record, but just before the conclusion where Tillman croons several “ohhh ohh” over and over, the band busted out this psychedelic breakdown while Tillman, writhing on the floor, seemed possessed by some entity – possibly the ghost of Jim Morrison.

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Then some crazy drunk guy jumped on stage, like drunk people so often do.

Now back to that encore. It read as a story all its own – opening with “I Went to the Store One Day,” naturally. Then Tillman prefaced the next song with: “This is the most beautiful song ever written. . . about going down on someone.” Excuse me what, sir? And at first I didn’t know the cover. I had never heard it. So I Googled the lyrics, and lo and behold, it was “Kiss It Better” off Rihanna’s Anti album. It was surprisingly awesome.

To conclude the show – this is where the crowd got destroyed – Father John Misty lost his ever-loving mind during “The Ideal Husband.” Screaming into the mic, kneeling before the crowd, he beckoned whatever love they hadn’t already given him.

If you haven’t seen his live show, look up the performance he did on Jimmy Kimmel Live – it’s a good gauge of the madness that went down at the Paramount. It’s hard to believe that Father John Misty started out his career as a drummer, because it almost seems like he was fated to be a front man.

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Photos: Courtney Barnett @ the Moore Theatre

Courtney Barnett played a sold-out show at the Moore Theatre last week. Fresh from an appearance at Coachella, the Aussie and her band – Dave Mudie (drums) and Bones Sloane (bass) – rocked the venue for well over an hour. They played mainly from her most recent album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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Photos: SuicideGirls – Blackheart Burlesque @ The Crocodile

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The lovely women of the Suicide Girls are proud to challenge conventions of beauty. The ladies of SG performed the Blackheart Burlesque in Seattle last night to a boisterous, sold out crowd at the Crocodile. The Suicide Girls have a massive following who enjoy getting to know these sexy women through the online community at Suicide Girls.

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The fans watched the talented pin-ups recreate popular movie themes like Star Wars and A Clockwork Orange. The show is good and the women genuinely seem to enjoy performing for their fans. The heavily-tattooed and scantily clad pin-ups know their fan base. They worked the audience with crowd-involved acts that had the fans cheering with equal enthusiasm.

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Photographer: John Rudolph

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