Singer-songwriter Mitski has now sold out the Neptune tomorrow night! If you weren’t fortunate enough to get a ticket – or somehow didn’t know about her, which makes me sad, here are 5 things to know about her:
1) The Japanese-American lived all over the world while growing up. For real. Japan (naturally), Turkey, Malaysia? Yes, she was there.
2) Mitski has released four albums. If you know her, you’re probably most familiar with last year’s Puberty 2.
3) She has an outrageously beautiful voice.
4) She’s got a damn fine talent for songwriting and lyrics. My favorite lyric of hers might be I’m holding my breath with a baseball bat in “Townie.”
5) Mitski revealed, in an interview with The Guardian: “If I ever found a place where I belonged, that in itself would be an identity crisis to me.” Now that has to speak to so many people.
& keep your spirits up if you can’t catch her on Saturday, she’ll be back (fingers crossed).
It’s nearly here! The Supernatural Official Convention begins tomorrow, Friday, April 7th. Running through Sunday, April 9th, the convention hosts talks, photo ops, meet and greets, among other things, and. . . a Saturday night concert by Louden Swain (I’ll get more into this band in a minute!).
The TV show, about all things supernatural (naturally), and featuring brothers played by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, recently hit a milestone in fantasy TV by becoming that genre’s longest-running show. Plus, this weekend – and maybe even the coolest part of the convention – has both actors as special guests. Heads up: they are there on Sunday.
And back to Saturday night: at 10:15, Louden Swain performs over in the Theatre. And what’s the Supernatural connection? Supernatural‘s Rob Benedict is a guitarist and singer in the band. Now ten years old, the alt-rock quartet Louden Swain has seven albums, including this year’s No Time Like the Present. Rumor has it they’ll be joined onstage by Supernatural’s Mark Sheppard, Richard Speight Jr., Matt Cohen, Mark Pellegrino and Jason Manns.
Los Angeles-based Alina Baraz brought her Let’s Get Lost Tour to the Crocodile Café last week and played at a sold out show. The pop singer-songwriter is on the road in support of her Urban Flora EP. She’ll be back in Seattle on September 23 to open for Coldplay.
Sometimes life gets crazy busy with work, kids, and other responsibilities and you just want to sit down in a welcoming club with some great food and listen to some deeply soulful music.
Jose’ James was the artist in the perfect venue for a date night with my beautiful wife. Jose’ gave us the opportunity to slow down and enjoy each other’s company and just groove the night away, and we did.
Jose’ James sauntered onto a very dark, somewhat sparse stage and lit it up with his infectious yet engaging personality. James, a neo-jazz / Neo-R&B singer-songwriter has so much personality that he beams.
He started his performance with some slower jams to warm up his crowd and then he took us on a magic carpet ride of his work, followed by some Billie Holiday, and then into the streets with some very dark yet poignant hip hop, and back to a safe landing with some neo-soul by Emily King. Jose’ James didn’t limit himself to just the stage, he strolled out into the audience reaching out his hand and crooned to the ladies. The audience – men and women – ate it up.
This ride sounds dizzying and all over the place, but it wasn’t. The crowd followed Jose’ James thru his vast musical style journey as if he were a Pied Piper. Jose’ James is a true musical artist and someone who has earned his reputation as one of the most innovative jazz singers of his generation, and the Triple Door was the perfect venue to see him in.
How cool is this? Ty Segall headlined THREE nights at Neumos in March. We sent photographer Monica Martinez to cover the middle date of March 3rd, featuring openers Axis: Sova and Gazebos.
The brilliant and generous Segall (he’s released nine albums in as many years) now has his very own imprint under Drag City. Called God!, the imprint includes Axis: Sova and Jack Name, among others. Great choices! And Segall himself? He worked with producer Steve Albini on this year’s album, Ty Segall, which has received awesome reviews. Congratulations, garage rock – or whatever it is Segall decides to do – always wins. He’s also an artist (as in painter): his first art show, Assterpiece Theatre, took place in Chicago on March 26th.