Show Review & Photos: The Clientele w/Papercuts @ the Tractor

The Clientele w/Papercuts @ the Tractor – 8/23/23
Show Review & Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

The Clientele – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

The Clientele concluded their U.S. tour at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern on August 23, 2023. The London indie-pop band included Alasdair MacLean (vocals, guitar), Mark Keen (drums), and James Hornsey (bass). 

They played a set of about a dozen tunes and an encore. Well-represented was their critically acclaimed album I Am Not There Anymore, released in late July.

True to their style, The Clientele played mostly pretty, understated ballads, although some of their newer material veered a little more upbeat. Previous reviews warned of an underwhelming stage presence—and indeed, nothing about their gentle mannerisms or business-casual dress screamed “rock band”—but their brief banter was surprisingly witty and endearing. Their signature sound came through beautifully live, and the audience was attentive and appreciative.

Despite needing to commute from Portland the same day, The Clientele also participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” online Q&A.

Papercuts‘ Jason Robert Quever – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Opening was California-based quartet Papercuts, a project of singer–songwriter Jason Quever. Like The Clientele, their music was dreamy, pleasantly jangly, and perfectly suited to the crowd. A few tunes into the set, someone shouted, “You guys are great!” to cheers of agreement.

The Clientele – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Papercuts @ the Tractor – photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Photos: Lionel Richie w/Special Guests Earth, Wind & Fire @ Climate Pledge Arena – 9/11

Lionel Richie w/Special Guests Earth, Wind & Fire @ Climate Pledge Arena – 9/11
Photos by Tino Tran

Lionel Richie – photo by Tino Tran

Lionel Richie – the versatile superstar-singer-songwriter who’s even made a country album (2012’s Tuskegee) and has his own fragrance, Hello – came to Seattle for a performance at our largest venue, Climate Pledge Arena on September 11, 2023. Openers Earth, Wind & Fire came along as part of the Sing A Song All Night Long tour, where Richie sang “Say You Say Me,” and “Running With the Night” (among others) and EW&F featured “Boogie Wonderland” and “Shining Star” (of course, among others). If you find yourself in Vegas towards summer-winter of 2024, Richie ‘s gearing up for a residency at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas! Or make a special trip if you can. It will be stunning.

Lionel Richie – photos by Tino Tran

Earth, Wind & Fire – photos by Tino Tran

Photos: Avery Cochrane @ Neumos

Avery Cochrane @ Neumos – 1/4/2024
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Seattle-raised, San Diego-based singer-songwriter Avery Cochrane headlined at Neumos last week.  The energetic performer was enthusiastically welcomed back by the hometown crowd.  Backed by her six-member band and two singers, Avery performed songs from her Athletic Genius EP as well as new material.  We spent a few minutes after the show for some photos outside the venue on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.  Local artists Stella Mar and Instant Crush opened.

Avery Cochrane – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Stella Mar – Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Instant Crush – Photos by Kirk Stauffer