Photos: The Redwood Plan, What What Now and Thee Satisfaction @ our Blue Moon show

Friday night rocked. We had the best lineup, the best audience, and for a Backbeat Seattle show, the best venue in town. Seriously.

THEESatisfaction immediately charmed me. San Francisco has lured our ladies from us, so check their site for shows and see them while you can.


What What Now splendidly proved again why they are one of my favorite bands. There’s a point in most of their songs where merely listening ends and the music actually takes me somewhere. It’s wonderful.



The Redwood Plan is the perfect band for any venue, but I love how their sound sunk into the Blue Moon’s woody interior. Larry’s bass was thankfully more prominent than at recent shows and they sounded great – I love the songs they showcased from their new EP.

photo by dagmar

Dagmar says:

Booking a show is really difficult and every time I do it I am reminded how much I appreciate and admire bookers. We were lucky to get these bands, The Redwood Plan, What What Now and THEESatisfaction to take a chance on a new blog’s first showcase. There was a huge audience for them and from THEESatisfaction’s alluring and connected performance to What What Now’s sultry punkness to The Redwood Plan’s dazzling and tasty set I want to say thank you to the bands! And thank you to the Blue Moon for hosting, KEXP and the Stranger for giving it props, everybody who came to the show, and Amelia – who designed a really wicked poster and co-organized the whole shebang.

Thank you Dagmar, the bands, the Blue Moon, and all our friends who came out to Backbeat Seattle’s first show. I had a blast and hope you did too. More of my photos here.
More of Dagmar’s photos: The Redwood Plan, What What Now, and THEESatisfaction.
See you next time.


Photos: Mason Proper @ Chop Suey

Michigan’s Mason Proper opened for stellastarr* earlier this month and the band’s alarmingly all-around great and bouncy. Point A to Point B, Fog are beauties of songs and I enjoyed frontman Jonathan Visger’s unique aura. I took some photos for you:

All photos by Dagmar.
Gallery of Mason Proper @ Chop Suey


Get your copy of The Redwood Plan’s new EP tonight

The Redwood Plan is an energetic, terrific live band, and fortunately their recorded music manages to convey most of what makes them so special. Their brand-new EP Movers Shakers Makers has been on continual play since I picked it up at their show last week.

Get your copy tonight for $5 (or order it here) – The Redwood Plan headlines our showcase at the Blue Moon.

My favorite tracks are “Tension in the Seconds” and the very sexy title track, which has an ending that is guaranteed to make you smile. “A Side” is also excellent – addictive, as is “Swing”. The Redwood plan has hit their stride and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.



Show preview: Head Like a Kite/Dyme Def/Mad Rad tonight (but come to our show instead)

Head Like a Kite headlines a super lineup at The Crocodile tonight, and I’d be there if it was any other night. All three bands are terrific live, and this promises to be a great show.





Show Review & Photos: the Warlocks & Gliss @ Chop Suey

I finally saw the Warlocks! Something always seems to happens so that I miss them. I caught part of a show of theirs once when they opened for the Raveonettes probably 6 years ago – I know it’s been a long time. So finally seeing them last night was a very good experience. They have a dark and emotional pull to their songs and the way they play their instruments. Red Camera was fantastic. The band was joined by the Morning After Girls (whose set I reviewed earlier) and Gliss, a trio from Los Angeles. These bands all made sense to play on the same bill. This does not always happen. I liked the way Gliss traded off instruments, allowing different strengths to come through when one would play bass and alternate between guitar and drums. Love Songs and Lovers in the Bathroom were my favorites.

The Warlocks


All photos by Dagmar

Gallery of the Warlocks @ Chop Suey
Gallery of Gliss @ Chop Suey

The Warlocks, Red Camera

Gliss, Gimme the Hit