Ja Rule & Ashanti
Installment 10 of our Memory Lane Series catches rapper Ja Rule and R&B artist Ashanti performing at the Showbox. The two have collaborated numerous times, including on “Down 4 U,” a track Ashanti revealed in Billboard as one of her favorites with Ja Rule. In fact, the pair seems to enjoy working with each other so much, they have two shows in California this weekend, and will actually have a Thanksgiving Eve show in Atlantic City.
Details: Los Angeles-based quartet Warpaint make their third appearance in Back Beat Seattle with photos by Casey Brevig of the September 2016 show. These photos are part 9 of our Memory Lane Series. Warpaint have now released three albums on the Rough Trade label, and are an incredibly strong live band. Their tour manager and photographer, Robin Laananen, just released a photo book of Warpaint tours from seven years of touring, called US / THEN. Fans will want that. First, enjoy photos of the Seattle 2016 show with Facial.
Atmosphere @ Showbox SoDo, 9/15/16
Photos by Casey Brevig
Details: Minneapolis’ Atmosphere (that is, rapper Slug and DJ Ant) played Showbox SoDo in September 2016. Bringing along Rhymesayers (motto: Don’t Sweat the Techniques) label mates Brother Ali and deM atlaS, Atmosphere celebrated album eight, Fishing Blues. Keep an eye on their Facebook, as it appears the duo has an announcement to make on June 28th, with a teaser of bicycle wheels and that date flashing on their page. . . hmmmm. . . Enjoy photos by Casey Brevig, which are Memory Lane Series, Part 8.
Details: Belly, the beloved alt-rock band from Boston, Massachusetts/Newport, Rhode Island, played their first shows since 1995 when they toured last year! One of their dates brought them to Seattle’s Neptune Theatre, where the band – Tanya Donelly, Thomas Gorman, Chris Gorman and Gail Greenwood – performed for their strong Belly fanbase. You may know that bassist Greenwood was diagnosed with endometrial cancer right before their UK dates last year. Her treatment didn’t keep her from touring though; none of the dates were cancelled, and she didn’t miss any of them. Stay well, Belly! We want to see you more often.
Details: Georgia’s Gringo Star, an indie rock band featuring brothers Nicholas Furgiuele and Peter Furgiuele, headlined Vera Project in September 2016. They’ve got a DJ set in their hometown this Friday, and go on the road with Shantih Shantih this month. Gringo Strar describes their songs as “echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems.” That’s right on! Animal Camera opened the Seattle date.
Details: How jealous should you be that MSTRKFT’s Jesse F. Keeler is in the also awesome Death from Above 1979? So jealous. BTW, photos of Death from Above 1979’s show last year will be up here shortly. Anyway, that’s just one cool thing about the Toronto musician Keeler, who makes up half of MSTRKFT with fellow Canadian Al-P. MSTRKFT celebrated the tenth anniversary of album one, The Looks, in 2016, and do check out last year’s release OPERATOR.
Details: Sadly, Yellowcard is no longer. The Jacksonville, Florida rock quartet went out with a bang in 2016 and 2017, performing final shows for fans. Although it’s unfortunate the band has split, it was classy of them to play so many concerts, where longtime fans could appreciate them one last time. Yellowcard named their last album Yellowcard, and with that, payed homage to themselves – and they deserve it. Thank you, Yellowcard!
Details: 5 Seconds of Summer’s Sounds Live Feels Live White River Ampitheatre tour date finds itself as part 3 of our Memory Lane Series. The Australian quartet has now travelled the world officially as headliners – great job! In December 2016, the band turned five years old; one of their accomplishments is creating their own label, Hi or Hey Records, which includes tour mates, Hey Violet.
Details: Memory Lane Series Part 2 features Modest Mouse and Brand New, who co-headlined KeyArena in July 2016. Originally from Issaquah, Washington, Modest Mouse celebrates worldwide popularity – and tour as an eight-member band. Always a favorite live act, they’ll have a few dates in May-June of 2017. And note: Their most recent album, Strangers to Ourselves, was recorded singer-guitarist’s Isaac Brock’s own studio, Ice Cream Party. Long Island’s Brand New has not released an album since 2009, but performed their newest song, “I Am a Nightmare.”
Details: Part 1 of our Memory Lane Series is Sting and Peter Gabriel at KeyArena in June 2016. Walk Down Memory Lane is a new series, which will feature show photos, that, unfortunately did not find themselves on Back Beat Seattle yet. But we believe photos are forever and always relevant.
Sting and Peter Gabriel have toured together before, and called 2016’s tour the Rock Papers Scissors Tour. That’s not a typo! Since the tour, Sting bravely played the re-opening date of Bataclan, the Parisian club that suffered a terror attack in 2015. He’s also got his own 57th & 9th tour going on right now. One of Gabriel’s most recent works is “I’m Amazing,” a tribute to Muhammad Ali.