Friday
Mar282014

Fastback Sessions #3 - "& Yet"

The Fastback Sessions is impressively (yet not surprisingly) maintaining their momentum. It's refreshing to watch this grassroots force give a multi-dimentional platform that has no agenda but to support fresh music. Although Seattle holds it's place in the world of music there is a lack of warmth and romanticization within the community. The Fastback Sessions is attempting to take back what the hipsters have stolen.

The band "& Yet" gracefully performed for the 3rd round of the Fastback Sessions. Every song sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a dark indie film that leaves you questioning aspects of life but never gives an answer. Their refined sound evokes thought and emotions with true substance from heart. 

Enjoy an interview and video of "& Yet" by the Fastback Sessions below!

Photos//Words by Visible Voice

Video by the Fastback Sessions

 

Monday
Mar102014

Death Vessel - In-Store, Tour Dates (Newport Folk Festival Preview


You know the old saying about judging a book by its cover? With a name like Death Vessel, you could blame a listener for being a bit surprised when they first hear Providence, Rhode Island's Joel Thibodeau.

Behind a thin voice - at once youthful and timeless - Thibodeau constructs angular, insular alternative folk that belies the band's hard-edged name. Death Vessel's latest, Island Intervals (Sub Pop), is wonderfully produced, packed with lush textures, forming an ideal soundscape for Thibodeau's voice to simmer, swoon and soar. The album was recorded over three months in Reykjavik, Iceland, with assists from producer Alex Somers and Sigur Ros singer Jonsi.

Thibodeau recently celebrated the release of Island Intervals with an in-store performance at Providence'sWhat Cheer? Records + Vintage. You can hear a portion of the title track at right and better yet, catch the band's interesting act in person as they tour with Shearwater

 

mar 19
mar 20
mar 21
mar 22
mar 23
mar 25
mar 26
mar 27
mar 28
mar 29
jun 07
jul 25

THE EARL
CAT'S CRADLE
ROCK & ROLL HOTEL
THE BELL HOUSE
THE COLUMBUS THEATRE
BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL
DIVAN ORANGE
HORSESHOE TAVERN
THE PYRAMID SCHEME
THE EMPTY BOTTLE
THE THING IN THE SPRING
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL

atlanta, ga
carrboro, nc
washington, dc
brooklyn, ny
providence, ri
boston, ma
montreal, qc
toronto, on
grand rapids, mi
chicago, il
peterborough, nh
newport, ri

 
 

   
 

Words//Video by Brian Hodge

Thursday
Mar062014

Yucca Mountain on The Mixtape w/ Sean DeTore

Seattle's Yucca Mountain recently released a brand new self titled album that is absolutely superb. It's on constant rotation in my CD player and will be for the foreseeable future. The album is gritty and dark and sad and something that you really need to listen to, like, right now.

Jeremy Burk and the boys dropped by the mixtape a short time ago to chat music, face transplants and to play some tunes in studio. One of the tunes played was a song called "Isabelle Dinoire", which is a song about a woman who was the first person to undergo a partial face transplant, after her Labrador retriever mauled her. See the connection to face translplant talk? The other song was a cover of a tune from the show Fraggle Rock, the total opposite of face transplant material. Depending on who you ask, I guess.

Make sure to see Yucca Mountain when they play Conor Byne Pub and Green Frog very soon!

Words by Sean DeTore

Photos // Video by Visible Voice

Friday
Feb282014

Langhorne Slim - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA

 

An intimate solo performance by Langhorne Slim couldn't have been a more accurate description of his show at the Sunset Tavern on Tuesday night. About 200 fans packed the tiny bar, and were treated to two full hours of story-telling, anecdotes, and plenty of songs about plenty of women. And somehow he managed to hypnotize us with just a stool, a notebook, and an acoustic guitar. 

A Law-less Slim joked around and interacted with the crowd, and also took it down to silence while performing Song for Sid in memory of his grandfathers and a friend's mom. He encouraged the us all to dance if it was our time to dance, and stomped through some of his greatest hits with serious passion. Being without his band allowed his voice to stand out like never before. 
The night ended with Slim on top of the bar, leading the crowd in a singalong of You Are My Sunshine per audience request. After
the show he invited everyone to come chat with him, as he always does. Only this time we felt like we knew him on a whole different level. 

Words//photos by Ashley Couey

 

Wednesday
Feb262014

The Head and the Heart w/ Rose Windows at the Paramount Theater Seattle, WA

This past weekend's line up at the Paramount was not only a tip of the cap to the Seattle music scene but also a showcase for what Sub Pop has to offer to an ever changing world of music.

Preluding The Head and the Heart's first night at the Paramount, Rose Windows broke out with a robust and soulful presence. Rose Windows is no longer a band only for the "cool kids". Their unique sound, hard work, and energy has set them far apart from the rest of the herd.

The Head and the Heart is never surprising yet always wildly impressive. Their catchy songs and on-stage disposition makes you feel like you are watching a band that has been together for 10+ years. The H&H have been on tour pushing their sophomore album "Let's be Still" like a drug and everybody is an addict. 

Coming full circle, and back in their home town, they were warmly welcomed by their biggest fans in one of Seattle's most beautiful venues. 

*READ PAST REVIEW OF "LET'S BE STILL"*

Rose Windows

The Head and the Heart

Saturday
Feb222014

Vikesh Kapoor - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA

After a long and lonely tour Vikesh Kapoor made his way back to the West Coast and the Tractor Tavern. Vikesh Kapoor is an incredible talent who carries shock value in his back pocket.  Normally performing without a backing band Vikesh's bright and empowering vocals command the attention of the crowd in a completely unexpected way. Vikesh maintains a lyrical honesty without fluff or filler but rather instills in his words a level of depth and meaning that lacks in most music these days. 

Tour Dates

Feb 23 Sweetwater Music Hall w/ Eleni Mandell Mill Valley, CA Tickets RSVP 

Feb 27 Noise Pop Festival w/ Mark Mulcahy San Francisco, CA Tickets RSVP 

Feb 28 McCabe's Guitar Shop w/ Eleni Mandell Santa Monica, CA Tickets RSVP 

Mar 03 Bootleg Theatre w/ Moses Sumney Los Angeles, CA Tickets RSVP 

Mar 20 Treefort Music Festival w/ The Joy FormidableBoise, ID Tickets RSVP

Monday
Feb172014

Fastback Sessions #2 - Kye Alfred Hillig

Visible Voice was graciously invited by the Fastback Sessions to check out this great new outlet for up-and-coming musicians in the Northwest. The Fastback Sessions is part intimate living room show, part studio session, part documentary. Hosted by Fastback Studios in Seattle, Washington and partnered with BB Wheeler Creative, the Fastback Sessions is an invite-only in-studio showcasing a new up-and-coming artist every month. With each showcase the Fastback Sessions releases filmed performances, interviews and tech talks online, as well as live recorded audio tracks (Download here for FREE).

We are proud to introduce the 2nd offering from the Fastback Sessions featuring Kye Alfred Hillig.

 

Listen to live recording of "Which Way is West"


Friday
Feb142014

The Devil Makes Three w/ The Brothers Comatose - Showbox SODO

There is just something so simple and refreshing about going to a blue grass or rockabilly show. The crowd is easy going and the music takes you back to another time. But this was a bit different. When The Devil Makes Three and The Brothers Comatose take the stage you don't get your average "hoedown" - they rock out with their banjos out! The venue was completely sold out and packed with people dancing like no one was watching! 

Catch The Devil Makes three on tour:

04/12/2014 Driftwood, TX Old Settler's Music Festival
Tickets
04/17/2014 Stafford Springs, CT The Stafford Palace Theater
Tickets
04/18/2014 Providence, RI Fete (Ballroom)
Tickets
04/19/2014 Northampton, MA Pearl Street
Tickets
04/22/2014 State College, PA The State Theatre
Tickets
04/23/2014 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
Tickets
04/24/2014 Cleveland Heights,OH Grog Shop
Tickets
04/25/2014 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
Tickets
04/26/2014 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Tickets
04/29/2014 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Tickets
04/30/2014 St Louis, MO The Ready Room
Tickets
05/01/2014 Murray, KY CFSB Center with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/02/2014 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/03/2014 Knoxville, TN Thompson Boling Auditorium with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/04/2014 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/06/2014 St Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/08/2014 Charleston, SC Family Circle Tennis Center with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/09/2014 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphitheater with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/10/2014 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheater with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/11/2014 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Arena with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/13/2014 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Civic Center with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/14/2014 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/15/2014 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
Tickets
05/16/2014 Nashville, TN The Woods at Fontanel with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/17/2014 Birmingham, AL Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/18/2014 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
05/23/2014 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss  
08/16/2014 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tickets

The Devil Makes Three
The Brothers Comatose
Monday
Feb102014

Augustines - at Neumos - Seattle, WA

As anyone whose ever heard Augustines would expect, the band was write-home-about-it epic at Neumos this past Fridaynight. Riding high on the February 2nd release of Augustines, their sophomore album that's already winning critical acclaim, they absolutely beamed through their entire set.  Despite being based in Brooklyn, the trio lived in Seattle during summer 2013 to practice this very record, so this wasno   ordinary show, either. The sold-out venue was packed to the gills with fans and friends whom they frequently called out or pointed at throughout the show.

From soaring triumphantly through "Cruel City" to drawing silent reverence from the crowd during an acoustic "Now You Are Free," his gravely voice cemented the evening as unforgettable. Drummer Rob Allen, keyboardist and bass player Eric Sanderson, and McCarthy refused to rush through their songs and instead let the event play out with extra emotion and impact. McCarthy's grief-filled facial expressions, Sanderson's core-cutting piano chords, and Allen's take-it-out-on-the-drums delivery were simply stunning.  Yet for all the glimpses of their anguish, ninety percent of the night was spent with them bounding across the stage, looking utterly filled with glee.

Wrapping up the celebration with whiskey shots, the guys again expressed their gratitude for the crowd and all their supporters with clear authenticity. And man, was the feeling mutual.

Words // Photos by: AJ Dent