Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Alabama Shakes’ ‘Boys & Girls’ is old-school southern soul with a twist

Monday, April 9th, 2012
Alabama Shakes’ ‘Boys & Girls’ is old-school southern soul with a twist

One full spin of Alabama Shakes’ latest record and you’ll be hooked. Boys & Girls is a dance-in-your-living-room, turn-it-up-louder, sing-out-loud kind of record.

‘Holy Weather’ is an experimental success for Civil Twilight

Friday, March 30th, 2012
‘Holy Weather’ is an experimental success for Civil Twilight

With Holy Weather, Civil Twilight has shown that they are not just a one-record wonder. The band, comprised of Richard Wouters along with brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar, has been turning heads since their debut single, “Letters From The Sky” came out in 2010.

Marcus Foster’s soulful debut ‘Nameless Path’

Monday, March 26th, 2012
Marcus Foster’s soulful debut ‘Nameless Path’

I know I’m a little late on this one – it came out in 2011 – but that doesn’t mean this album isn’t worth your present time. Nameless Path is the very promising first record from London singer-songwriter Marcus Foster.

Review: ‘The Bright Lights – EP’ by Gary Clark Jr.

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Review: ‘The Bright Lights – EP’ by Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark, Jr. One word…wow. His music is like Jimi Hendrix mixed with Stevie Ray Vaughan and then smattered with Gary’s own unique style and voice. His debut EP is four songs of soulful, bluesy, gritty southern rock. Southern indeed, since Gary was born and raised in Austin, Texas. You can really hear his southern […]

Review: Jason Mraz’s ‘Live is a Four Letter Word’ EP

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Review: Jason Mraz’s ‘Live is a Four Letter Word’ EP

Ten years ago I was telling all of my friends that Jason Mraz’s live show was the 8th wonder of the world. They looked at me like I was a crazy person. But here I am now, a decade later, telling you that I still think that Jason Mraz has one of the most powerful voices in music – especially when he’s playing live and acoustic.

Review: ‘Spiritual Cowgirl’ by Seattle singer-songwriter Jessica Lynne

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Review: ‘Spiritual Cowgirl’ by Seattle singer-songwriter Jessica Lynne

Take Jessica Lynne for example. A country girl making her mark in this stereotypically grunge city.

Review: Dave Barnes’ ‘Stories to Tell’

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Review: Dave Barnes’ ‘Stories to Tell’

Nashville singer-songwriter Dave Barnes must be one of the best singer-songwriters that none of your friends have ever heard of.

Review: ‘War Dancer’ by Jesse Thomas

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Review: ‘War Dancer’ by Jesse Thomas

Jesse Thomas is a giant musical fireball in a small package. Her raspy, distressed vocals and straight-forward lyrics make for a big emotional sound on every song she releases.

Madi Diaz’s ‘Plastic Moon’ is intentional, relatable songwriting

Monday, February 6th, 2012
Madi Diaz’s ‘Plastic Moon’ is intentional, relatable songwriting

After spending a week on the road with Madi Diaz and Kyle Ryan two years ago, I fell madly in love with the songs that would later be on the pair’s debut record, ‘Plastic Moon.’

Photos: The Jezabels at The Crocodile on November 11th

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Photos: The Jezabels at The Crocodile on November 11th

The Jezabels played a 9-song set last Friday at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe opening for Hey Rosetta!. The band is touring in support of their November 8th release, Prisoner. If you haven’t yet, you can read my interview with the band where they discuss their favorite records and some stories behind their EPs. Check out photos from their set and don’t forget to send us your favorite shots on Twitter (@findyourfavs)!

Concert review: the Bangles rocked Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on Nov. 5th

Monday, November 14th, 2011
Concert review: the Bangles rocked Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on Nov. 5th

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that the Bangles are not intimidated by the boundaries of time? My point was further proven a few nights ago when Vicki, Debbi and Susanna hit the stage at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market.

Album review: Robert Schwartzman’s ‘Double Capricorn’

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Album review: Robert Schwartzman’s ‘Double Capricorn’

Double Capricorn is rhythmic and fun with a bit of a 70s pop rock nostalgia. From the opening track, “Out Of My Mind,” to the closing track, “All My Life,” the music on this record blends a variety of styles including a little bit of electro-pop and hip hop.