Show Review & Photos: Meghan Trainor @ Neptune Theatre

Meghan Trainor @ the Neptune, 2/14/15
Show Review & Photos by Kirk Stauffer

The long line of tweens, teens, parents, and couples stretched around the corner of the Neptune Theater waiting for the doors to open. Many of the girls were dressed in typical Meghan Trainor outfits – complete with bows in their hair. Seattle was the third stop on Trainor’s North American tour and the show had been sold-out for months.

On cue, Meghan hit the stage with her band and four dancers, two of which were also backup singers. There was a lot of interaction with the audience, from start to finish. Meghan would frequently reach over the photo pit to touch hands with the hyper-enthusiastic crowd. She also brought two young girls on stage and sang a song to them. Not surprising, nearly all the songs were from her debut release, Title, which has already spun off two singles. The encore ended with one of them, “All About That Bass,” which itself ended with confetti canons erupting. Although the theater has a capacity of 900, I’m sure we’ll never see Meghan play in a Seattle venue of this size again. Up, up and away …

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Photos: Bumbershoot – Day 3 w/La Luz & Chris Brokaw

Seattle’s La Luz and Codeine’s Chris Brokaw were just two of the acts we photographed during Bumbershoot‘s final day of the 2014 festival. La Luz, who describes itself as surf/doo-woop on its Facebook page, has proven itself as a true breakthrough band of the last couple years. May it continue so strongly. Brokaw played a solo set – seriously it was just Brokaw, a speaker, his guitar and his voice. No additions, and no addition was needed. He played a sensational set of really great stuff. His new album, Four Kings, will be out this year.

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La Luz – photos by Abby Williamson

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La Luz – photos by Simon Krane

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Chris Brokaw – photos by Dagmar

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Review: Videoasis 2/18 at the Northwest Film Forum

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Videoasis‘ Bobby McHugh & Sharlese Metcalf

Several months ago Videoasis premiered at Northwest Film Forum. It was a huge hit thanks to World Famous and KEXP. This month, best friend duo-curator’s Sharlese Metcalf and Bobby McHugh (HLY-SHT) nailed it again for all the music vid-lovers. This round’s theme was pizza plus hard party vibes. My best friend, of Drake Jurado Films, and I decided to get down to the core in an interactive kinda way to dissect each particle of what makes Videoasis tick. Check out this enticing interview and video recap of the live event courtesy of Drake Jurado right now. Also, be sure to scope out the next episode of a real life Capitol Hill dream team sharing their obsession for the cream of the crop music videos for your eyes and ears only.

Videos Premiered @ Videoasis 2/18

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World Famous
Directed by Vince Ream

Shakes
Deadkill
Directed by Wes Johnson and Jerry Howard

Bridge to Hawaii
Tacocat
Directed by Stacy Peck

Cannibal
Dude York
Directed by Christopher Harrell

Secrets
Lilac
Directed by Aashish Gadani of Coldbrew Collective

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THEESatisfaction
Directed by dream hampton

Sophisticated Side Ponytail
Brite Futures (NPSH)
Directed by Noel Paul and Stefan Moore of thatgo

Possessed 2 Party
Mean Jeans
Directed by Brett Roberts

I Like It Small
Mudhoney
Directed by Carlos Lopez

Blood Like Cream
Red Fang
Directed by Whitey McConnaughy

Terra-Fi
Fruit Juice
Directed by Sean Downey

Dog Pills
Wimps
Directed by Matt Nyce

Pizza Time
Thaddeus David
Directed by Harry Clean

Time to Go Home
Chastity Belt
Directed by Bobby McHugh
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Co-presented by Northwest Film Forum, KEXP 90.3 and World Famous
Sponsored by City Arts
Special thanks to Big Mario’s

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Photos: Fucked Up & Tijuana Panthers @ Neumos

Neumos had Fucked Up and Tijuana Panthers on its stage on August 16, 2014. We sent photographer Monica Martinez to brave what looks like a wild night. Fucked Up, who comes from Canada, has released so many albums (counting singles etc.), it is quite amazing. Tijuana Panthers, who’s a relatively newer band, performs always appealing surf garage music.

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Photos: Santana & Salvador Santana @ White River Ampitheatre

Santana and Salvador Santana appeared at White River Ampitheatre on August 1st, 2014. Santana, who has won awards ranging from Grammies to an individual star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame for Carlos Santana, is well known for its ability to play several kinds of rock music. Salvador Santana, who is Carlos Santana’s son, opened. All photos by Steve Campagna:

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