Show Review: John Carpenter @ the Paramount

Kickin’ Ass and Chewin’ Bubble Gum: John Carpenter‘s Live Retrospective at the Paramount ~Blake Madden “Underpromise and over-deliver” is a motto for service providers, not the kind of sentiment an artist should use. John Carpenter is not your typical artist. He may be the least pretentious man in show business, a director and musician who […]

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Album Review: John Carpenter’s Lost Themes

John Carpenter’s Lost Themes Review by Blake Madden If you aren’t already a fan of John Carpenter’s films or the themes he’s composed for them, then the introduction of new “lost” ones probably isn’t going to change your mind. In the musical world of 2015 – with every nuance of tone, beat, and style possible […]

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Book Release Party: Blake Madden Reads from The Green Screen – Tues. 3/10

One of Back Beat Seattle’s writers, Blake Madden, who mostly specializes here on comedy, has written a novel! Madden’s one of the most brilliant people I have ever known, so I might be biased, but I am very eager to read what he has written in this work called The Green Screen. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, […]

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Show Review: Hannibal Buress @ the Neptune

“Context is everything” – Hannibal Buress at the Neptune 12/13/14 by Blake Madden Something seemed off as Hannibal Buress stepped out onto the Neptune stage. His words initially came out slow and stilted – almost uncertain – even though he was only thanking his opener, Kortney Shane Williams. Had all of Buress’ recently received attention […]

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Show Preview: Tig Notaro @ the Neptune – Th. 11/13

Preview: Tig Notaro @ the Neptune – Thursday, 11/13 by Blake Madden Tig Notaro – photo by Ruthie Wyatt Tig Notaro has seen worse days. In a now legendary August 2012 album initially released by friend Louis C.K. and simply titled Live, Notaro recounted four months of recent hell that included the loss of her […]

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