Photos: Pissed Jeans & Suck Machine @ Chop Suey

Pissed Jeans and Suck Machine played Chop Suey on Friday night. Looking good, looking really good Pissed Jeans. I am totally being sincere. I love these fearless photos Alex Crick got of both bands. It’s one of the many things I enjoy about Alex’s photos – they always have a fearlessness to them. I need to see Pissed Jeans next time they are here, for sure. I also want to see Suck Machine, a new local band that includes wonderful bassist Drew Church (formerly of the Cops).

Pissed Jeans

Suck Machine


Photos: Friday night with What What Now

There was a lot of music out there to choose from Friday, but once I caught wind of What What Now‘s house show, I knew where I’d be. House shows are a great way to see bands up close in an intimate setting, and Friday night’s lineup packed people into the friendly Wallingford home where this show took place.

What What Now’s performance heated the basement stage before their first song was finished and I happily stood directly in front of them, sweating with everyone else, and grabbed some shots of one of my very favorite bands.

The rest of my What What Now photos are here.


Photos: The Dead Weather @ the Paramount

The Dead Weather played the Paramount in Seattle this Thursday and photographer Amber Barni was there. And was she ever! She got some really emotional shots and especially heavenly ones of Alison Mosshart.

All photos by Amber Barni.


Photos: Fruit Bats & palmer electric @ the Crocodile

Fruit Bats are now touring in support of their newest release, Ruminant Band. On Thursday night I saw them and palmer electric perform at the Crocodile. Some of my faves from Fruit Bats were Buffalo and Deer, Ruminant Band, Flamingo and Canyon Girl. I also really enjoyed their cover of INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart. palmer electric has just released an EP, Thriller. The songs off it sounded great live and it has been way too long since I have seen singer/guitarist Eric Howk play live. The fault is all mine.

I took some photos:

Fruit Bats

Palmer Electric

Gallery of Fruit Bats @ the Crocodile
Gallery of palmer electric @ the Crocodile


CD Review: Aim and Ignite by fun.

Aim and Ignite, the debut CD from fun. contains ten songs, all of them great. Three musicians from three successful bands, Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff, Anthallo’s Andrew Dost and the Format’s Nate Ruess have joined together and created something one-of-a-kind. Any song on here can at any time morph into a completely different song, then return to what you thought it was. I like that. I also like that the songs differ in style from each other.

Hail Nate Ruess’ voice. It’s got a silvery, emotional quality to it. Several songs on here make perfect use of horns, string instruments, piano as well as traditional rock sounds. The lyrics are genuinely versatile as well: Be Calm’s You hate your pulse because it thinks you’re still alive and Benson HedgesNow at least the birds are singing to me/but what they’re trying to say/I don’t know.

My favorite tracks are All the Pretty Girls, At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be) and Light a Roman Candle. I’ve been listening to this CD repeatedly since I received it last week and all songs are holding up extremely well but All the Pretty Girls and At Least . . . are abnormal and joyous rubies.

Aim and Ignite – Nettwerk Records