Artist:Yung Lean Video:“Friday the 13th” Why You Want to Watch: Swede Yung Lean gets his wings in this Ingmar Bergman-esque video directed by Suzie Q and Leo Siboni, a French duo who has worked with Yung Lean on previous videos. Also collaborating with Yung Lean again is Director of Photography, Erik Henriksson. Nice work!
Dorothy @ the Neptune – Sat. 1/26 – Show Preview by Dagmar
Los Angeles’ Dorothy will bring their Freedom Tour to the Neptune tomorrow, Saturday January 26th.
The five-piece, led by singer Dorothy Martin, play hard rock. That’s enough to know for a rock fan to get revved up, but also singer Martin has a powerful, incredible voice (she’s been compared to Grace Slick and Patti Smith). Two albums into their career – 2016’s Rockisdead and this year’s 28 Days in the Valley – you get the feeling they’re going to be around for a long time. In addition, they were openers for hard rockers Greta Van Fleet last year.
Dorothy worked with esteemed producer Linda Perry on 28 Days in the Valley. Martin explained that “This was a spiritual journey and very healing, and because of that it’s an unapologetically honest record. . . Somehow Linda [Perry] knew I had more to give as a singer and writer. I used to hide behind the tough girl sound, but she taught me that there is power in my vulnerability and that’s what you get on this record.”
Electrified indie-folk trio Wye Oak sold out Neumos on July 15th. The group was founded by Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, formerly of Baltimore, MD. Their 2018 album, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, was recorded between their current cities of Marfa, TX, and Durham, NC.
Both Stack and Wasner are skilled multi-instrumentalists—often playing them simultaneously during their live shows. Wasner belted out vocals and alternated between her signature black-and-white guitars and keyboard, Stack played drums and electronics, and new member Will Hackney was on electric bass. The group played an energetic long set with no encore.
Wasner’s left-tricep tattoo (<< << >> >>) might look familiar if you were at Marymoor Park yesterday. Headlining group Sylvan Esso are frequent collaborators and friends of Wye Oak, and the bands got the same tattoos while touring together.
The evening opened with Oakland singer–songwriter Madeline Kenney and her band. Her release, Perfect Shapes, features Wye Oak’s Wasner and Stack. Kenney is originally from Redmond, WA, and her parents were in attendance.
Sylvan Esso got up and got down at Redmond’s Marymoor Park on July 14th. The Durham, NC, electropop duo includes vocalist–dancer Amelia Meath and producer Nick Sanborn. Last year Sylvan Esso sold out two nights at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre while promoting their 2017 album What Now.
The pair brought an infectious positivity with their catchy and danceable hooks. Meath showed her originality through unusual dance poses and her signature platform cheerleading shoes. Sanborn twisted the knobs expressively while swimming in an oversized tie-dye, and his case read “F the NC GOP.” New tunes joined audience favorites that included “Coffee” and “Radio.” Sylvan Esso returned for a well-received encore.
The crowd tended young and hip, with plenty of throwback fanny packs and mom-jeans. Concertgoers batted beach balls and picnicked in the idyllic Eastside green space.
Los Angeles singer–songwriter Amber Coffman opened with her band. The former Dirty Projectors artist went solo in 2017.
Cool Cover: Jaira Burns ‘”Numb” Details: Cover art for Jaira Burns’ newest single, “Numb,” features her lovely blue hair in a bridal veil. Also, check out the gold party spliff. The singer-songwriter from the US described the track as “. . . for the times when people get faded; not for the reason of having fun, but to feel “NUMB.”