by Sean Jewell:: James Coates’ voice is a raspy gift, his guitar playing is comforting and intuitive, and his songwriting has been mature well beyond his years since he was in his early 20s. It’s as if James was a fully developed folk singer when I stumbled on him busking in Seattle’s Pike Place […]

by Sean Jewell :: That’s right. Seattle “Haunted Boogie” darlings Lonesome Shack are releasing a double LP soon. These dudes sound like a Mississippi Hill Country band on a ketamine bender. It’s a dirtfloor, juke joint blues, cold beer and hot nights languid, so distinct they had to come up with their own genre. It does sound haunted, […]

Cosmic rockers Futurebirds are on tour all February and will be gliding through Seattle‘s Tractor Tavern on Friday. You should go. Their album Hotel Parties is an easy rockin’ expansive panorama of rockin’ country tunes that evoke images of LA and Joshua Tree. Their music is full of the killer riffs and unfeigned twang Keith Richards and Gram […]

JD McPherson heads out on tour this week in support of his widely acclaimed Let the Good Times Roll. JD’s approach to music clearly comes from a deep research and enjoyment of rock ‘n’ roll of all kinds. There’s plate reverb, dastardly fuzz, echo in the vocals and snares, the drawl of loud American blues […]

by Sean Jewell:: If you’re like me and enjoy the iconoclasm of modern bluegrass as much as you enjoy the original then Tuesday night is your night at Tractor Tavern. Goodnight, Texas returns to Seattle after a triumphant stop on last years tour. They brought Wild Child with them, packed the house and we danced our […]

by Sean Jewell:: Happy New Year everyone. Lets kick 2016 off with a bill full of badassery. We want to get you in front of three of our favorite Seattle bands on Friday night. Maszer: A true power trio, Maszer combines the thundering drums of Joseph Braley and hypnotic vocals of Katie Blackstock with Stitcx […]

by Bart Cameron:: A couple weeks ago, I was standing outside the bathroom at a concert, and I started talking to Ghosts I’ve Met, who have been featured on KEXP’s song of the day. We didn’t talk about rock n’ roll. We talked about getting babysitters, and how amazing and dizzying and scary it is […]

by Devon Leger:: The cover of the new album, When I Was A Child (out Sept 25 on Brick Lane Records), from Seattle-by-way-of-South-Carolina artist Valley Maker shows a blurry photo of a child walking amidst fog. Or is it a field of grass? It’s not clear, and the obscurity of the photo is as good […]

by Sean Jewell:: Let’s all just bow our heads for a minute in a moment of silence and thank the universe for Nashville one more time. I mean, have you heard Natural Child? I’ve been hooked on their rocking country soul since 2012, when they released Hard in Heaven, and the hard to share because […]

by Sean Jewell :: Seattle expat Shane Tutmarc has been releasing a single per month the entire year from his home base in Nashville. As the collection grows Shane’s songwriting prowess becomes both clearer and more complex. Shane began the year with the filthy blues of “Poison Apple,” followed with the cosmic cowboy longing song “Tennessee Girl,” […]