Video: “Blank Slate”
Why You Want to Watch: An artist known as Mr. Oz created this adorable claymation video for “Blank Slate.” There’s a lot of shapeshifting going on, so watch carefully. Outerspace looks like a happening area!
Beach House returned to Seattle’s Moore Theatre on May 8, 2019. Founding members Victoria Legrand (keys and lead vocals) and Alex Scally (guitar and backup vocals) were accompanied by James Barone (drums). Under a starry-sky backdrop, Beach House played a dark and dreamy 18-song set. They included six tunes from last year’s well-received Sub Pop album, 7, along with a sampling of older favorites.
Legrand called Seattle “our second home,” and Scally described it as “an intense and beautiful place.” He listed the many venues they had played here over the years, including The Paramount, Neumos, Chop Suey, and even Conor Byrne. Legrand also took a moment to acknowledge the “Porta Potty Queen”—an intoxicated festival-goer at last summer’s SPF 30 who had stormed the Beach House stage to air a profanity-laden grievance—calling it her “rock and roll moment.” They closed by wishing fans peace and love.
Baltimore “Power Point comic” Ben O’Brien opened the evening with a set about a famous logo.
Happening upon a music festival during a neighborhood stroll was a fabulous surprise—especially when the lineup was three great Northwest bands and admission turned out to be free. R Day is an annual celebration sponsored by Rainier Beer, and it’s held adjacent to the original Rainier brewery in Seattle’s historic Georgetown neighborhood. The event closed several blocks of Airport Way for beer, music, and street-festival fun.
2018’s show featured headliners the Helio Sequence, a Sub Pop-signed indie-rock duo from Beaverton, OR. They were touring in support of a new 10th anniversary re-issue of their 2008 album Keep Your Eyes Ahead, which they played in its entirety. Two local favorites opened the evening: Everett folk-rock group the Moondoggies, and Seattle psych-rockers Smokey Brights.
Many attendees wore Rainier-themed costumes, a 1970s Rainier brewer received an award, and an audience member even made a (successful) marriage proposal onstage. With its low-key vibe and in-demand lineup of local performers, R Day is definitely an event to put on the calendar.