Promoting the May 2017 release of their sophomore album, FOLK HOP N’ ROLL, Judah & the Lion played to a packed house at Showbox SoDo. The young and mostly female crowd sang and danced to every song enthusiastically.
I first covered Judah & the Lion when they opened for Kaleo last year. During that show I could see how talented they were, and I knew they would be going places. I enjoyed them almost as much as I did Kaleo. Since then, they have tightened up their performance and they now deserve to be the headliner.
As much as I liked their music, I loved their message. Judah grabbed the stage and stated, “No matter your background, not matter your religion, or your political beliefs, you are all welcome here.” That was so refreshing in the uncertain global political climate.
Seattle’s psychedelic rock five-piece Strawberry Mountain came in first place in Sound Off! Semifinals #1. The semifinals, held on February 9th, included three additional Northwest acts: Dreadlight, Jawzilla, and Maiah Wynne. Congrats to them as well for getting those competition spots! By the way, Strawberry Mountain just debuted a snazzy new band T-shirt on its Bandcamp. Maiah Wynne grabbed the second place in the Semifinals, so she’s a possible wild card in the finals!
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit – fronted by Johanna (bass) and Klara Söderberg (guitar) – played a sold-out show at the Moore Theatre. The sisters and their three-member backing band are on the road in support of their recently released, fourth studio album, Ruins. To the delight of the Seattle audience, they played “Crazy On You” by another sister band – Heart. Van William opened and joined First Aid Kit during the encore.
Song:“Blink” Artist:Bad Gyal Why You Want to Listen & Watch: Barcelona’s Bad Gyal, a singer who performs her music in English, Spanish and Catalan, gives us a taste of her new mixtape with the track “Blink.” The video shows Bad Gyal singing and dancing while surrounded by flowers in Mexico City- and she shakes her stuff! You like what you hear and see? Then you’re in luck, Bad Gyal visits Seattle’s Barboza on March 7th. You’ll get to see her 2018 show before SWSW.
Singer-songwriter Rachael Sage played a sold-out show at Benaroya Hall in support of her 14th album, Choreographic. The show was the first night of a seven-week tour with Howard Jones. Accompanied by by Kelly Halloran on violin and vocals, the former ballerina made comedic references to her Jewish ancestry throughout her set.