Photos & Review: The Color Turning @ the Showbox

I recently caught the Color Turning at their opening show for Scott
Weiland in Seattle. I’d been checking them out on myspace for a while and
was really excited they got on such a high profile tour. The band is from
Los Angeles, a real hot bed of great bands lately (I just saw fellow
Angelenos Great Northern the other night) and they’re completely gratifying to
listen to and to watch.

Singer/guitarist Steve Scavo’s vocals have great availability and I
especially liked the songs Me Versus Me, New Hooligan. Doppelganger is
also a great, damn catchy song. Something else that impressed me about the
band is that they do things just a bit differently, where you expect beats
to hit or sounds to go one way they go another – and I like that. They
manage to do this ultimately without it being jarring and repeat listens
to Me Versus Me confirms it. I am looking forward to seeing them again and
you should be lucky to see them soon.

Their LP, Good Hands Bad Blood, hits stores August 4, 2009.

Gallery of The Color Turning @ the Showbox


photos: built to spill & ra ra riot @ uw hub lawn

I’ve loved Built to Spill since The Normal Years and ditched work early Friday to brave the sun and see them with Ra Ra Riot on the UW Hub lawn. I spent the afternoon blissed out on music – Ra Ra Riot was the perfect opener (I missed Smile Brigade) for Built to Spill, whose fans inspired me to grab a few crowd shots.


Built to Spill


Ra Ra Riot


Photos: Mexicans at Night @ Blue Moon

Have you heard Mexicans at Night from El Paso? Been lucky enough to see them live? I first listened to them yesterday in advance of what I expected to be a pretty good show at Blue Moon and was blown away by how great they were. If I’m not mistaken, last night was their first show in Seattle, and I’ll be first in line when they come back.


Show Preview: Head Like a Kite @ Chop Suey this Saturday

Head Like a Kite plays first at Chop Suey on Saturday, opening for Her Space Holiday and City Light. I haven’t seen Dave, Trent and the Head Like a Kite guest parade since January and am really excited for this show. Check back post-show for photos and an interview with HLaK frontman Dave Einmo. I took the photos below at past shows – were you there? If you’ve never seen Head Like a Kite live, do yourself a favor and get to Chop Suey early to catch a guaranteed great set.

Here’s what Dave has to say about this weekend’s show:

Want to see a panda dance with a fog machine? HEAD LIKE A KITE returns to Seattle on Saturday, May 30 at Chop Suey to open for Mush Records labelmates HER SPACE HOLIDAY at Chop Suey. Her Space Holiday recently remixed the HLAK song “No Ordinary Caveman.” Should be a blast to play together in our hometown.

We play EARLY at 9:30 sharp!!

Hope to see you there. Be sure to say hi. I’ll be the sweaty one leaning over a synth with a guitar strapped to my back.


Photos: The Horrors @ Neumos

The Horrors played in near complete darkness when they opened for the Kills, which is a nightmare when you’re trying to take photos. I’m guessing they wanted to the focus to be entirely on the staggeringly great music, and I understand this. On the other hand they’re a fine looking group of guys who are great photo subjects, so I am torn on this one. Go ahead and throw your Joy Division or whatever comparisons around, I am going to nail it by saying these new Horrors sound a lot like one of my top ten favorite bands, the Chameleons. I don’t want to say they’re an exact copy, because they’re not, it’s just another reason why I am impressed with this band. The Horrors nearly reinvented themselves with their second CD, Primary Colours, but if you listen closely it’s the same band trying something new, and I like that. They are still a dark band capable of creating a deadly atmosphere – witness the New Ice Age, when singer Faris Badwan storms out with The Agony and the Harm is Critical/Through a Frosted Stopwatch/Time is Ticking. I managed to get some photos – next time I hope to get more.

More photos of the Horrors at Neumos.