Tonight in Seattle:  

Photo Essay

The National and Okkervil River at Marymoor Park

at Marymoor Park

On a typical overcast Friday night, The National and Okkervil River melted the faces off of the crowd at Marymoor Park. We've got the photos to prove it!

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Bumbershoot 2010: Photo highlights

at Bumbershoot 2010

Weezer at the Bumbershoot Main Stage.The band sounded great and played what we needed to hear from the Blue album, but what kept everyone in the stadium excited was the "where is Rivers" game as he danced and ran through the crowd, climbing on top of portable buildings andup and down the stadium bleachers, with security and a bright spotlight trying to keep with him.

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Photo essay: Barcelona at the Triple Door

at The Triple Door

This past Friday night, Barcelona took stage to a completely sold-out Triple Door, blowing everyone away with their beautiful melodies in what I can honestly say was their best show to date. The band previewed four new songs off of their upcoming album, which promises to make your heart swell to capacity. Check out some photos of the loveliness that occured that night!

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Photo essay: No Depression Festival at Marymoor Park

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

Seven bands, nine hours, sixty-eight degrees, three rounds of busking, and a good helping of some straight-out wonderfulness: it all adds up to this year's No Depression Festival up at the lush, lovely Marymoor park in Redmond. With stellar sets from bands like The Swell Season, the Cave Singers, Alejandro Escovedo, and Sera Cahoone -- well, it's tough to find anything bad to say. We got our indie roots on all day, and through part of the night -- without a curfew, I'm quite sure Glen Hansard and Co. would have sang us straight through to the sunrise.

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

[no depression 2010 / by victoria vanbruinisse]

Sera Cahoone, warming up the post-Maldives crowd.

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The New Pornographers at the Showbox

at The Showbox at the Market

The New Pornographers packed the Showbox for a second night on August 1st to play to an all-ages crowd that was more than eager to get their dance on. Missed out on the fun? Here are some photos to recap the indie pop-rock brilliance that occured:

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Latest comment by: Katie: "Such a great show, and much better than the previous night. I've seen them five times, and it was definitely my favorite show of the lot. I took some pictures, too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lessadventurous/sets/72157624637108838/"

Photos: Capitol Hill Block Party Saturday

at Capitol Hill Block Party 2010

More photos from Saturday's Capitol Hill Block Party! This post is packed so tight with snaps there is really no room for words. So I'll leave it you to let us know what you saw and what rocked.

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Latest comment by: bobby mchugh: "

Yeah Josh, you're right... Mad Rad especially stepped it up. Their set was killer. 

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Photos: Capitol Hill Block Party Friday

at Capitol Hill Block Party 2010

Photos from Capitol Hill Block Party 2010. You know the deal. Let us know what shows you have seen and what you liked in the comments!

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Latest comment by: bobby mchugh: "

I did about the same, but while watching X-Files season one on Netflix with some PBR! HA HA. 

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John Roderick + The Head and the Heart = best weekend ever.

[John Roderick at The Triple Door, by Victoria  VanBruinisse]

Somehow, in the sea of amazing, mindbending, 40+ shows this past weekend, we managed to find ourselves front row for two of our favorite local acts, with camera in hand. Two great nights with two rad bands, at two perfectly-suited venues: John Roderick's solo show at the Triple Door on Thursday, and the Head and the Heart's late-night set at the Comet on Friday.

First up: picture one of your all-time all-star favorite musicians playing all of your favorite old songs, from the edge of a couch in your apartment. Now, give your apartment temperature control, a raging sound system, stellar lighting, room for all your friends, and a waiter who serves you lemon-infused sparkling water and endless range-free grass-fed chicken filled potstickers. (Right? Seriously.)

Such was our night.

Nothing could have prefunked a sun-filled weekend better than a night with John Roderick, who took the spotlight center-stage this past Thursday at one of the sweetest venues in town. After warmup sets from comedian Karen Korn and Jason Dodson, a two-hour set (!) of Long Winters favorites ensued, and we sat and soaked it all in from the darkened, cushy, air-conditioned seats of the Triple Door. The night consisted mainly of older songs, tracks off of most of the band's earliest releases like The Worst You Can Do Is Harm and When I Pretend to Fall, some pre-LW songs, and even some pre-Western State Hurricanes material. (!!!) Coupled with a smattering of more recently released selections (and the greatest stage banter this side of the Sound), it was everything a solo show at the Triple Door should be: totally deconstructed and intimate -- akin to spending an evening in a performer's living room / your apartment -- with a first-hand tangibility to the whole thing that knocked us right out of our chairs.

{Tons of photos after the jump!}

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Our imaginary birthday in photos: Aqueduct, Math & Physics Club, and Skeletons with Flesh on Them

Skeletons with Flesh on Them by Steve Louie
Skeletons with Flesh on Them {Photo: Steve Louie}

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Crocodile last Saturday night for the big birthday show with Aqueduct, Math & Physics Club, and Skeletons with Flesh on Them. It was wonderful to spend the special evening with you... even if none of us could break out the candy in the #8 pinanta {thanks to Skeletons with Flesh on Them for supplying the pinata!}.  It was such a joyous time, it made us wish that we could celebrate a birthday more than once a year. Good thing time flies!

Double thanks go to our photographers Steve Louie and Lori Paulson for capturing the evening in photos.

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Starfucker left us sweaty

at Neumos

Starfucker brought the heat to Neumos with a set that could make even the most waifish of concert goers sweat bullets. Fans literally jumped and danced for twelve straight songs (plus an encore that included a drop in from Champagne Champagne and one awesome kid who crowd surfed like a champ). Copy, the opener, also killed with delightfully heavy beats overlayed with intricate keytar (can the keytar even be intricate?!). And Truckasauras filled the middle with interesting noise and a hype man that wouldn't quit (I just kinda wished he would). Starfucker is continuing up and down the west coast, but I guarantee they will be back for some summer jams. Check 'em when you can.

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Latest comment by: bobby mchugh: "you nailed it J from the B. Copy was cool. Even with pretty nasty laptop hiccups."