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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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The Last Temptations to Follow-up Promising Debut in July

Vocalist Hannah Amdahl and guitarist Robert Kemp are living proof that road trips can lead to great things. The duo played music together in Florida under the name of Hannah and the Halfway House, when they decided to pack it up and make the trek to Seattle, listening to “Highway to Hell” upon crossing each state line. Once in Seattle, the pair connected with percussionist Alex Noble, bassist Michael Plotke, and engineer David Miner, forming a new indie pop sound in The Last Temptations.
There is something very sassy about the group’s six track Penny Dreadfuls. The record, heavy with witty lyrics, kicks off with “Trigger Finger”. The track immediately sucks the listener in with its straightforward rifts, addictive beat, and satisfying breakdowns. Hannah’s voice is sultry as she sings “I don't want to possess you I just want to caress you sometimes.  I don’t want to control you, I just want to own you sometimes.”  The delicate strumming of guitar gives way to the clear and clever lyrics “I’m not a social butterfly, I’m barely a social sly”  in the moody “Police State”.  The tune features a few different change ups which makes for a tantalizing ride.  “Southern Charm” is also, well, charming. The drum intro grabs the audience’s attention and creates a build up as each instrument is layered on. The disc also features the somewhat beachy “Big Ben Butcher”, the gritty “Share Your Opinions” and the chill “Predatory Glances”.
The Last Tempations have created a brassy and enticing debut album in Penny Dreadfuls and will be following it up with a new single this July. Besides creating more tantalizing tracks, the group has the goal of rockin’ out to “Highway to Hell” in all 48 continental states.

Kristen Ferreira


GravelRoad's "Psychadelta" Delivers Old School Jams

GravelRoad’s latest album Psychadelta sounds way less psych and way more Clutch meets the blues meets jam band meets old time rock ‘n’ roll. Going for an “acid blues” feel, GravelRoad digs deep in the grit, kicking the album off with “Devil Eyes”. The twangy guitar and steady drum serve well with the muddy vocals that are half spoken and half wailed in a classic blues way. “Furry” is a purely instrumental jam that melts into “In The Woods” which has an almost country sound. “Caves” sounds like a loner on the road; the instruments clashing together creating a wild bird sound, the vocals echoing, the guitars sad. The boogie groove in “Let Me Hold You” gives a real glimpse into the Mississippi blues form that GravelRoad prides themselves on. When I first started listening to Psychadelta, I wasn’t in love. The more I listened, however, the more I could picture myself in a dirty saloon type of bar, drinking whiskey with the guys (or alone), and the more I liked it.

Kristen Ferreira


The Horse Thieves' Somber Tunes Strike a Chord

There are often times in life when we feel as though we need an escape. Things just aren’t going right, the present is heartbreaking, the future uncertain.  Friends, Marshall McLean (guitar, vocals, lap steel) and Adam Miller (guitar, vocals), were going through such a period, a time where everything felt broken. Miller’s marriage of five years had come to an end and McLean felt like he was on the wrong path and wasn’t sure where to go. They sought to make sense of the senseless through music, spawning the natural evolution that is their band the Horse Thieves. Working out their issues through each lyric and chord, the Horse Thieves dropped two albums on the exact same day; Outlaw Ballads, which is largely McLean’s story, and Valley of Decisions which is Miller’s and the concentration of this review. Joined by Tiffany Stephens (drums), Jordan Miller, and Fawn Dasovich (keys, vocals), The Horse Thieves are able to create a sad and beautiful album in Valley of Decisions. “Throw the Dice” is great as an intro, sounding a quiet awakening and setting up the listener for a moody and nostalgia evoking experience. The songs flow together, threaded with the common theme of reminiscing, which makes sense since Miller was looking to his past to make sense of the present. The songs are soft with heavy folk influences and a Mumford and Sons feel. “(I Was) Crazy (About You)” is practically a lullaby;  “You’re crazy but so am I. A Smile as bright as daylight shines but hold me tight and I’ll be blind”  is barely whispered, yet each note is drawn out fully against the haunting keys and simple yet effective drumming and guitar. In the lyric driven “I Won’t Keep You”, Fawn’s voice is clear and emotional as she purrs, “You said that it would be different now that I’m all you need but I guess I’m just an optimistic fool” . The album is certainly somber, maintaining a subdued sound throughout, and serves as the perfect soundtrack to the rainy day blues.

Kristen Ferreira 


Beat Connection Single Hints at Summery New Album

This summer is shaping up to be a busy one for dreamy psych-pop quartet Beat Connection – while the rest of us can look forward to enjoying the season's sunny days and abbreviated nights, they're set to release a debut LP and launch a North American tour. The group is hitting the road following the release of their Think/Feel single, featuring crystalline vocals provided by Seattle-based graphic designer Chelsey Scheffe. The single is the first suggestion of what's to come on their upcoming summer release, a full-length effort entitled Palace Garden. With rippling, synthetic undercurrents and echoing, faded, and delayed vocals, the track recalls the overexposed, gauzy pastels of a summer photo album (you know, the Instagram kind). Deftly layered beats and harmonies create the auditory equivalent of a swinging hammock – comfortable, hypnotic, and inviting. "I feel too little and think too much", coos Scheffe, but it's likely that the opiating, lullaby-like tune will leave listeners with the opposite problem.

- Kate Shepherd


Debbie Miller to Release Latest Album with Seattle Show

Seattle-based songwriter Debbie Miller will debut her sophomore album, Measures and Waits, with a live performance at the Columbia City Theater on Sunday night. Once regarded as one of New York City's best-kept musical secrets, Miller's relocation to the coast came after the succesful release of her first album, Fake Love, back in 2010. Mixing a folky sensibility with disarmingly honest, and frequently clever, lyrics, Miller has gained followings that bookend the country with enthusiasts on both coasts. Measures and Waits, a six-song EP, is a return to form for the multi-talented songstress, who deftly shifts from strumming an acoustic guitar to navigating a piano's keyboard. As always, Miller blends canny instrumentation and delicate, yet powerful, vocals. A siren chorus opens the album's leading track, "Inch By Inch", and her piercing voice and rousing wordplay work to ensnare the listener within the first few bars. The rest of the album follows that example, with catchy choruses and even more infectious harmonies, ensuring that fans new and old won't be disappointed at its release this Sunday. Opening acts will include folk rockers Haystack Charm, and Sean Neil.

Doors: 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $6

- Kate Shepherd


Happy Friday: A Weekend's Worth of Shows

Friday is upon us, and while many music lovers in Seattle will be packing venues to take in a handful of acts stopping by the city this weekend (Cults, Young the Giant and Sleigh Bells, to name a few), there's plenty of local talent lined up over the next few days for those of you without big-name tickets. Tomorrow night, the Vera Project will play host to San Franciscan rockers, Ceremony, Olympia's Milk Music, and the Seattle-based Society Nurse. The trio should provide a high-octane set tailored to the tastes of the city's hardcore audience, for $11 a ticket ($10 with a club card). Doors will be at 7:30. At the Sunset Tavern, blues-rockers the Grizzled Mighty will take the stage with Strong Killings and Consignment on Saturday night. Presented by KEXP Audioasis, tickets for the show are $8, and doors will open at 10:00. Rounding out the weekend on Sunday night, the Comet Tavern presents folk bard Eric Miller, along with Shareef Ali and the Radical Folksonomy, Judd Wasserman, and Kate Graves. Cover for the show sits at $6.


Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival Kicks Off Next Week

 The University of Washington will be celebrating its campus radio station's birthday starting next Tueday, with three days of live music at the school's Ethnic Cultural Theater. The Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival was conceived as a way to bring big names into an intimate venue, for an experience that students and local music fans alike won't soon forget. With headliners like Oneohtrix Point Never, the Thermals and Brother Ali topping the festival's bill, some other local favourites rounding out the lineup, the mid-week event will provide a unique chance to catch some of the region's hottest acts, up close and personal. Check out the full lineup here

What: The Rainy Dawg Birthday Festival

When: April 10th, 11th & 12th

Where: Ethnic Cultural Theater, University of Washington

Tickets: $10 for students; $14 for the public

Kate Shepherd

Lindsay Fuller Launches New Album, Tours the West

Seattle-based songwriter Lindsay Fuller may make her home in the Northwest, but her musical roots are firmly planted in the South. On her third album, You, Anniversary, Fuller delivers more of the finely-crafted, soulful harmonies that bely her Alabama upbringing, and build upon her proven skills as a storyteller. Released today, the follow-up to 2010's The Last Light I See, boasts collaborations with the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, and an organicism that's at least partially attributable to an adherence to acoustic instrumentation and live-off-the-floor recording. Fuller revisits the theme of mortality, particularly her own, throughout the album – and her signature vocal style, ever melancholic, lends itself well to the motif. Past Patti Smith comparisons gain credence, as her unwavering voice, coupled with an ability to poeticize the commonplace, ground an album that balances blues-based rhythms with a Gothic sensibility. Fuller took to the road, along with Ray, on March 18, and the pair will hit the stage in Seattle this Wednesday night at The Tractor Tavern. The evening will do double duty as an album release party, and Fuller's latest offerings are sure to keep the sold-out venue rattling long into the night. 

- Kate Shepherd



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