Show Preview: Big Thief @ the Sunset – Sunday, March 5th

Show Preview: Big Thief @ the Sunset – Sunday, March 5th

I would categorize much of Big Thief’s 2016 debut, Masterpiece, as alt-rhythm and blues. There’s alt-country, so why not have alt-rhythm and blues? I’m not talking about contemporary R&B; I’m talking about that bluesy goodness you hear in so many ’60s British rock, in particular. The sound, via singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker (who released a solo album in 2014), gets its fruition on the album. Along with the special accomplishment of the title-track, the Brooklyn, New York quartet has loads of other attention-grabbing songs, including “Randy” and “Parallels.” Show is now sold out, but familiarize with the band. They’ll be back.

Big Thief – photo by Shervin Lainez


Show Review & Photos: Adam Ant @ the Neptune

Adam Ant @ the Neptune, 2/3/17
Show Review & Photos by Dagmar

Adam Ant

One time at a show, a friend of mine said, about a singer in a band (I wish I could remember which band it was), “He’s all kinds of pirate hot.” That comment fits Adam Ant perfectly. I can attest to that, as I finally got to see Ant perform live in early February.

Ant, who is behind so many of my favorite songs, may not really be a pirate, but he’s got a sexy gravitas to his performance and appearance. Think about how difficult it could be to pull off that image. Most artists I can imagine lives for them off stage, when they go about their regular business. With Adam Ant though, it’s nearly impossible. I know, somewhere in there is person who actually does other things. But during his show, I was able to suspend any suspicion of that outside world and to focus on a persona.

For the first half of the very sold out Seattle show, Ant performed Adam and the Ants’ second album, Kings of the Wild Frontier. Specifically, it was the British version of the album, as the U.S. release included “Press Darlings” and “Physical (You’re So),” the latter ending the evening’s encore. That Adam and the Ants released only three albums is one of those crying shames of music; that each one is brilliant is fortunate. I’ve always felt that Adam Ant’s music has such naughty joy, and I loved hearing it loud. And it was loud with fans singing along. Several women next to me got into quite the argument as they tried getting closer to the stage. I would say “Antmusic,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Don’t Be Square (Be There)” and “Feed Me to the Lions” got the best responses, but maybe that’s just because they’re some of my top Adam and the Ants tracks.

Adam Ant

Since Adam and the Ants’ songs build so much on drums, Ant had two drummers onstage with him, Jola and Andy Woodard. Even this did not overwhelm the absolutely melodic and stunning punk rock of Adam Ant. He moved into the second part of the night’s setlist with the BDSM-themed “Beat My Guest,” and fetishism-themed “Christian D’Or,” including some of the more popular songs “Stand and Deliver” and “Prince Charming” (such a positive and encouraging song if there ever was one). Adam Ant solo songs “Friend or Foe,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” “Goody Two-Shoes” and “Vive Le Rock” celebrated his early solo work. Everything was gorgeous.

There is no one else like Adam Ant. While executing all those sexy moves and vocals, he closed out the show with the aforementioned “Physical (You’re So),” a rhythmic and lusty classic. We need more of Adam Ant in this world.

Adam Ant


Kings of the Wild Frontier

“Dog Eat Dog”
“Feed Me to the Lions”
“Los Rancheros”
“Ants Invasion”
“Killer in the Home”
“Kings of the Wild Frontier”
“The Magnificent Five”
“Don’t Be Square (Be There)”
“Jolly Roger”
“Making History”
“The Human Beings”

Adam Ant & Other Adam and the Ants Songs

“Beat My Guest” (Adam and the Ants – “Stand and Deliver” B-side)
“Christian D’Or” (Adam and the Ants – “Prince Charming” B-side)
“Stand and Deliver” (Adam and the Ants – Prince Charming)
“Vive Le Rock” (Adam Ant – Vive Le Rock)
“Cartrouble, (Parts 1 & 2)” (Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox)
“Desperate But Not Serious” (Adam Ant – Friend or Foe)
“Zerox” (Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox)
“Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)” (Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox)
“Lady”/”Fall In” (Adam and the Ants – “Young Parisians” B-side)/”Antmusic” B-side)
“Goody Two-Shoes” (Adam Ant – Friend or Foe)
“Prince Charming” (Adam and the Ants – Prince Charming)

“Red Scab” (Adam Ant – “Goody Two-Shoes” B-side)
“Get It On” (T. Rex Cover)
“Physical (You’re So)” (Adam and the Ants – “Dog Eat Dog” B-side)


Photos: Sound Off! Semifinals # 2 @ MoPOP

On February 17th, Semifinals # 2 of Sound Off! took place at MoPOP. Performing on the beautiful Sky Church stage, four Northwest artists – including winner the Good Weird – competed for a slot in the March 11th Finals. Torpoise won the Wild Card Slot, while Girl Teeth and Koga Shabazz also participated. All photos by Simon Krane:

The Good Weird


Girl Teeth

Koga Shabazz


Photos: MUNA @ Sunset Tavern

LA-based MUNA, fronted by Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin and Naomi McPherson, recently played a sold-out show at the Sunset Tavern. Compared to Haim and Fleetwood Mac, the band’s debut full-length album, About U, was released earlier this month. Expect more MUNA photos in a few weeks from their SXSW performances.

(L-R) Naomi McPherson, Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin



Photos: Phoebe Ryan @ Showbox SoDo

The sold-out Seattle show was Phoebe Ryan’s first stop on Tove Lo’s Lady Wood tour. Her latest single, “Dark Side,” was released three days before, and she played it live for the first time at the Showbox SoDo during her 30-minute set. Fun fact … Phoebe’s flight to Seattle was cancelled but she was able to rebook one at the last minute. She made it to the venue just in time for the show, but she had to perform in her pajamas because the airline lost her luggage. But that didn’t stop her from putting on an amazing performance!

Phoebe Ryan