Show Review & Photos: Saint Motel @ the Crocodile

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.

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Saint Motel – review & all photos by Dagmar

Gallery of Saint Motel @ the Crocodile

Show Review & Photos: 22-20s @ the Crocodile

22-20s released only one CD, 2005’s self-titled LP and then the British band split up a couple of years ago. This was a huge disappoint for me as I was hooked on their CD immediately. Have been hooked ever since. Their CD was one of my favorites of the decade. I caught their two appearances in Seattle – one opening for Graham Coxon, the other a headlining set at the Crocodile. I was incredibly surprised when I saw their name pop up on the Crocodile’s site on the same bill with Band of Skulls, and, wondering if someone else took the name, I did some research. They were back together! This never happens to me with bands. Once they go, they are gone. Anyway, I saw them on Thursday night; they’ve got a new guitarist, Dan Hare and about 95 percent of what they played was brand new material – brand new smoking great material, including Bitter Pills, Latest Heartbreak and Shake, Shiver and Moan. It was hard to see a band who obviously had so much in them disband, but this summer they’ll release their second LP. It’s going to be a blessing.

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22-20s – review & all photos by Dagmar

Gallery of 22-20s @ the Crocodile

Show Review & Photos: Band of Skulls @ the Crocodile

The pulverizing Band of Skulls nearly took out part of the Crocodile on Thursday night. Towards the end of the British band’s set one of the photos on the wall fell to the ground under Band of Skulls’ sonic weight. They’ve just put out their debut CD, 2009’s Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, but the happily rabid reaction they received from fans proved them to be a major player. You will hear much more from these Brits. My favorite songs of the night, songs you could feel pounding in the air? Fires, Death By Diamonds And Pearls and I Know What I Am.

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Band of Skulls – show review & all photos by Dagmar

Gallery of Band of Skulls @ the Crocodile

Show Review & Photos: Public Image Limited @ Showbox Market

The bass of Public Image Limited is wicked. Also wicked is one of the most original voices in rock, John Lydon. No one else sounds like him and I don’t think anyone can even try. Maybe you hate his voice; I don’t really care if you do because I love it and all those people who showed up on Tuesday night are on my side. Part of what really got me going during this show (in addition to Lydon’s unreal howl) was the rhythmic brilliance of these songs. They are some of the best dance songs you’re going to come across. Flowers of Romance? Yes, yes yes. Tie Me to the Length of That? And arguably their pièce de résistance, Religion I? John Lydon said he wrote the song 30 years ago and it’s as relevant today as it was then. It’s not every night you see a band this significant. Lydon didn’t appreciate the fans in the bar so much, pointing out they were too cool to be on the main floor. But that’s quite okay to be singled out by Lydon in his way. According to Rise, Anger is an energy . . . Photos:

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review & all photos by Dagmar

Gallery of PiL @ Showbox Market

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Photos: La Roux & DJ Colby B @ the Showbox Market

La Roux played the Showbox Market on Monday evening to an adoring and dancing crowd. La Roux deserves this respect – they’re purveyors of synth dance music of the best kind. With the vocals of Ellie Jackson, they recall and reinvent the genre of the Human League, Heaven 17 and Eurythmics. Perfection! Local artist DJ Colby B set the mood before La Roux’s show. I always love hearing her play.

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all photos by Dagmar

Gallery of La Roux @ the Showbox