Lilith Fair returns after 10 years. The show at The Gorge in eastern Washington was one of the first stops and included performers Sarah McLachlan, Sugarland, Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Colbie Caillat, A Fine Frenzy, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Marie Digby, Miranda Lee Richards, Ann Atomic, and Xolie Morra & The Strange Kind.
Ok Go just keeps coming up with great ideas for videos and their latest, End Love is no exception. What a miraculous CD they came out with last year in Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. This video features quite a few Canadian geese – as a Seattleite it’s really cool to see them since our city killed off about 75 percent of the poor animals.
Fol Chen is in Seattle for a show at the Sunset this Friday, July 9th. I recommend this show. But first check out their video for In Ruins. They sent director Chris Wilcha to Iceland after Eyjafjallajökull blew:
Head Like a Kite took to the streets of Seattle for the video of She’s Wearing that Costume. Look for the band to hit the same stomping grounds when they play Capitol Hill Block Party on Friday, July 23rd (8:45 pm, Neumos).
Janelle Monae‘s Tightrope gets remixed with B.o.B & Lupe Fiasco. Crisp footage for sure:
David Wax Museum opened for the Old 97’s at the Showbox to a rowdy and packed house. The audience was peppered with pin-up dolls and hot rod guys which added a hot and spicy flavor to the show.
David Wax made his way to Boston by way of Missouri and Mexico which influenced his Mexican Folk/Rock sound. (davidwaxmuseum.com)
The Old 97’s hail from the bars of Dallas and are known as one of the pioneers of alt-country bands. Their sound and following have a clear rockabilly edge to it. (old97s.com)
Anya Marina, former San Diego disc jockey, is best known for her song “Satellite Heart” which was featured on the New Moon soundtrack.
Adam Lambert’s debut CD, For Your Entertainment is definitely one of my favorites of 2010. Shocking in its completeness and variety, I have listened to it repeatedly and it’s holding up wonderfully. You can argue that all the songs are pop and I will grant you that, but it’s different pop from each other, from the Matthew Bellamy written and striking Soaked to the ballad Whataya You Want From Me?, there’s something on here that I think anyone with a pop sensibility will enjoy. Lambert’s voice lends itself with precision to each song – this is difficult to do. Think about most singers and their voices for a minute. Now imagine them trying to sing nearly different genres. It’s almost always a disaster. Lambert’s voice is a versatile actor, and the moods of the songs flow with no misfires whatsoever. Beginning with the glam wonder Music Again and the sexy title track, it doesn’t let up, continuing with the sublime Whataya You Want From Me: (That Baby you’re beautiful/There’s nothing wrong with you/It’s me/I’m a freak/But thanks for loving me/’Cause you’re doing it perfectly) and Strut’s thumping urgency, For Your Entertainment is dazzling. Other favorites are the dance stompers If I Had You and Pick U Up – plus Fever. Fever is super: I wanna get you alone/ Give you a fever, fever.
For Your Entertainment (RCA Records)