Eurodance seems to have a big following in Seattle. Basshunter was at the Cirque Event Center on Friday night, and performed for a large crowd that hopped up and down to his songs through the entire set. The audience, on the young side and very enthusiastic, probably heard of him from the radio station,C89.5. Basshunter made a point of thanking the channel, one that I have listened to for a long time and I also love what they do – they have a great variety of special shows covering dance genres, and are a great resource for popular dance music. I also liked that Basshunter seemed to be genuinely enjoying himself, and that he sang in Swedish at times. He was here last year in June at a smaller venue, so I am expecting he should return soon at the next size up of venues in Seattle.
Atmosphere @ Basshunter – review & all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of Basshunter @ the Cirque Event Center
The Whigs and The Hounds Below were the opening bands for Black Rebel Motorcycle at their recent Seattle appearance. If you are a fan of the blues I can assure you will love these bands. After a bunch of headlining shows, the Whigs will open for the Hold Steady and Kings of Leon on a string of dates in July and September. The Hounds Below are a newly formed band and it’s always cool to see a familiar musician (in this case the Von Bondies’ Jason Stollsteimer) try something different.
The Hounds Below – all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of the Whigs @ the Showbox
Gallery of the Hounds Below @ the Showbox
The Ponys fired on all cylinders for very appreciative fans at The Tractor. Jered, Melissa, Brian, and Nathan wowed the crowd with their punk-inspired rock that had the fans smiling and cheering every time a different song began.
Normally a band has one or two standouts who you remember after the show is over. Not so with The Ponys. Each member has their own distinctive style and they were really fun to watch. Diminutive Melissa on bass was more than a match for front man Jered Gummere. If you ever get a chance to see The Ponys…do it. They were billed as an Indie Garage band but that’s much too limiting for this charismatic band.
I’ve seen several shows at The Tractor in Ballard and it’s a wonderful place to see a show. As a fan it’s great because the owner allows anyone to bring in a camera to make their own memories. As a photographer it’s difficult because the lighting is quite low which really adds to the mood. If you bring your own camera, be prepared for very low light. These photos were taken from ISO 6400 to ISO 12,800.
Portugal. The Man and AutoVaughn were at the Showbox recently as part of Rhapsody Rocks. When I say recently it was several weeks ago and I wish I had gotten these galleries up sooner! I covered the event way earlier but every so often I am ashamed to admit I get a little behind here. I had a blast at this show and can’t wait to see Portugal. The Man when they return to Seattle at Neumos on June 25th. I also want to see AutoVaughn again – they hit Seattle on June 17th.
Portugal. The Man
AutoVaughn – all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of Portugal. The Man @ the Showbox
Gallery of AutoVaughn @ the Showbox
I think Saint Motel‘s song “Butch” should be a big, big, big hit. When singer A/J Jackson starts in with oh no there she goes, dressed up in daddy’s clothes I am sucked in. I was listening to them before I saw them on Thursday and wish I had listened to them even more ahead of time. Their songs are definitely catchy and I want to get to know it all much better. Their music reminds me, in some ways, of one of my favorite Brit bands, Mansun, and like the other two bands on the evening’s bill (Band of Skulls and 22-20s) I expect to hear more from them.
Saint Motel – review & all photos by Dagmar
Gallery of Saint Motel @ the Crocodile