Show Review & Photos: The Whip @ Chop Suey

The Whip comes from Manchester, England and far exceed their Mancunian pedigree. They’re a quartet of seductive talent and strength and I made it to their show even though I was recovering from a flu bug. I had to see them, I just had to and I was completely right about my suspicions that they’d put on a tasty as salt and vinegar chips show.

You may have heard what is their real breakthrough song, Trash. It’s got sexy synth & drums starting it out and a classic bass line. Then it’s got vocalist/guitarist Bruce Carter blends in with the only lyrics of the song I wanna be trash . . . and I have become the trigger for your gun. I love how they built this song and build it live. I love the rhythm of all their songs and I got this feeling of real affection among the band members – the way they interact is so connected and yet loose. Drummer Lil Fee is a major talent and it’s so great to watch playing her drums. The band has such a strong style and it hits you right in the gut, a visceral attack you enjoy.

I love Carter’s voice as well. He mentioned he was feeling ill that night but it didn’t hurt his voice – if it’s usually better live then that is an amazing feat for sure. The synth work Danny Saville brings to the band is literate and sparkling. Nathan Sudders’ bass is ideal. Trash though is not their only show-stopper – Save My Soul, Divebomb, and Blackout all rage with fire. Hell, all their songs are excellent.

Oh, and their debut CD, X Marks Destination is a must buy.

Bruce Carter

Lil Fee

Danny Saville

Nathan Sudders

Bruce Carter

Lil Fee
all photos by Dagmar – you can see more here & here.

Here’s their video for Trash:

Also on the way is the interview I did with Danny Saville and Nathan Sudders.


Photos: Britney Spears!

Josh Armstrong took some stunning shots of Britney Spears at her recent Tacoma show. I have long admired Josh’s work. He takes beautiful pix of a variety of subjects and his concert shots too capture fleeting glimpses of grace and beauty.

You can see more of his photos here and you can contact him at

I remember the first time I saw Britney Spears’ video for . . . Baby One More Time and I thought she was sassy and adorable. She’s still sassy and at times adorable though calling a grown woman adorable is kind of silly. I wish people would be nicer to and about her. She has beautiful sons any mother would envy and I think she’s working out her life in her own time and her own way.

Now for the lovely pix:

Looking good Britney!


Photos: Ida Maria and the Redwood Plan

Ida Maria played a free show at the Crocodile last weekend. I was curious to see the Norwegian singer for a few reasons, one being I have a soft spot for Scandinavian artists, the other was that I read about her being compared to the goddess Freyja on the Crocodile’s press page. Another was that I thought she’d be a great photo subject – and she turned out to be a wonderful subject no question there. There is also no question about her being compared to a goddess – I can see that. Freyja is one of the best female goddesses in any pantheon, I mean, her chariot is drawn by cats.

Nils Blommér painting

Ida Maria was wonderful, invigorating in fact. One fan even got onstage and took his pants off during I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked.

The Redwood Plan opened the show and were just so exciting. I saw them on Saturday night and I was happy to see them on Sunday night too. That’s a sign of a great band – that you can see them again and again and it’s a wonderful experience.

all photos by Dagmar
More photos of Ida Maria: page 1 & page 2
& More photos of the Redwood Plan.


Julio Iglesias Show Canceled

Julio Iglesias was scheduled to appear on May 31st at the WaMu Theater. According to the show has been canceled. I am really disappointed – does anyone know why the show was canceled? I’ve been digging deep into his catalog and am so comforted by his voice. I hope he’s not ill or something.

Enjoy El Amor


Photos: Brent Amaker and the Rodeo & the Redwood Plan

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo
and The Redwood Plan played the High Dive last Saturday and how fortunate it was to have them on the same bill. I’d been hearing good stuff about Lesli Wood’s new band, the Redwood Plan and they more than lived up to all the wonderful things said about them. I recommend you buy their debut EP now as it’s sweet and glorious. And as always Brent Amaker and the Rodeo were supreme. They’re getting even better and I am so pleased they’re recording new material right now.

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – photos by Dagmar

The Redwood Plan – photos by Dagmar

More photos:
the Redwood Plan at the High Dive

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at the High Dive, page 1

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at the High Dive, page 2