Posted on November 27, 2013
The Hawk in Paris release new full-length album Freaks: Far from Freaky.
Alternative Synth-Pop band- The Hawk in Paris, recently released their first full-length album titled Freaks. Freaks is a miraculous mix of hypnotic harmonies and defining beats that holds the listener captive as you soar through 12 songs in the world of The Hawk in Paris.
Each song in the album promises to never let down and keeps the listener plugged in until the song is over and they are wanting more. The ambiance of Freaks is calm, but up beat, a cold weather album, a road trip album or a late night study album. Singer, Dan Haseltine’s lyrics are very true and relatable and create a never faulting balance between voice and composition.
The title track and single of the album, Freaks, has a darker feeling than the rest of the album, but manages to maintain a cohesive voice throughout the album with other notable tracks like Beg for Love, Birds on a Wire and Put Your Arms Around Me. The album harks on the influence of bands like The Postal Service, Passion Pit, The Last Shadow Puppets and Sparta.
The Hawk in Paris’ Freaks is the most honest album I have listened to in a long time. I highly recommend checking out their new album Freaks, and their previously released EP- His+Hers, for a memorable listening journey upon the wings of ‘The Hawk.’
Album Review By: Jereme Westom 11/27/2013
Posted on November 24, 2013
Ordered by concert date, I would highly recommend attending one, two, or all ten of these concert this December in Seattle. There is a nice split of music between genres to please everyone’s music taste. I hope to see you at a couple live shows this December.
Can’t choose! This month’s number one recommendation would be see the Head and the Heart at the Key Arena during the Deck the Hall Ball extravaganza. These Seattle natives will be playing in front of their home town along side a slew of other amazing bands. Only have the chance to go to one concert in December, this is the one we would recommend the most. Tickets still available here.
Which concert are you most excited for or even already planning on attending?
The Head and The Heart – December 3rd @ Key Arena
Deck The Ball Ball – December 3rd @ Key Arena
Pearl Jam December 6th @ Key Arena
The Black Crowes December 7th @ Paramount
William Control December 7th @ El Corazon
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis December 10th ,11th ,12th @ Key Arena
Florida Georgia Line December 14th – @ShoWare Center
Built To Spill December 27th and 28th @ Neumos
Reignwolf December 28th @ Neptune Theater
Super Diamond December 31st @ Showbox Market
Posted on November 12, 2013
Minus the Bear plus a local home town show at the Seattle Showbox Market equals a great way to spend a Friday night. Ending their North American Fall tour hometown style in front of fans that made everything possible was the way to say bye to the 2013 touring season.
The performance Minus The Bear gave to their home town was nothing short of remarkable. By some fans standards it was worth a big thumbs up (check out the photos to understand). After traveling across the country, playing sweaty clubs every night, and sleeping in tight quarters you would think it would wear a person out. But not these guys. You would have thought it was the first night of the tour with the amount of energy and creativity thrown into their performance. I always say a band with zero musical ability can “WOW” a crowd as long as their presence on stage is remarkable. For Minus The Bear they have both great musical talent and an intense stage presence. A mighty explosion from the being with Burying Lick and Lies & Eyes to a adrenaline rushed finished with Pachuca Sunrise. There was little room for rest during this pure rock show!
Lies and Eyes
The Game Needed Me
Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo
Into the Mirror
Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse
Steel and Blood
This Ain’t a Surfin’ Movie
Women We Haven’t Met Yet
Posted on November 7, 2013
American singer-songwriter, master mind, and part time comedian, Samuel Beam, or as most people know him, Iron and Wine, preformed a multi-dimensional show at the Paramount Theater. What may or may not have been a sold out concert also including support from soul jazz artist Lauren Mvula from across the big blue ocean, the UK. What would have been a boring Monday night was suddenly a night worth remembering thanks to these two stellar artists and their unique ability to evoke so many emotions and creativity through their most powerful instrument: their voice.
Lights down, harp standing still mystically, upright bass, empty keyboard sit untouched on stage ready to explode into life for opening act Lauren Mvula. For 99% of those wondering…it is pronounced Mmm-vula. Yeah, you’re right, her last name is better then yours and so is her voice – ten times over. One fan, miss Allie Leaf, even described her voice to be like an instrument. When an artist has the control over her voice, she commands the stage. Mvula owned more. She had the whole room in her hand, with her powerful voice echoing the beautiful walls of the Paramount Theater. Her songs are tough enough to fight through any thing – especially when everything is simplified down to just sparse piano keys and the instrument she was born with.
Even though Samuel Beam set himself to compete with a difficult opening act, the next 2 hours of indie folk, new directional jazz melodies, and impromptu comedy sessions between songs was beyond what any Iron and Wine fan could have expected. Compared to everyone else attending the concert I was probably the least musically attuned to every Iron and Wine song. But this Iron and Wine naivety only made what was forth coming all that more intoxicating. While I experienced much of the classic Iron and Wine solo bits I was expecting, what I experienced was a new side to Iron and Wine. Armed with a full band, more then I can count on my hands, each member brought an expansion of noise that was able to elude the typical acoustical guitar and vocals. Adventuring into the galaxy of blues and jazz Samuel Beam really shows that he is capable of owning any genre of music that takes his fancy. Was this what the fans wanted to hear I though? Coming from one exuberant fan Sam, “It was very GOOD!”. So good a drop of tear fell from her eye during the performance. Like the layers of a brilliantly arranged melody or transitions from verse to chorus and breakdown so was the concert as a whole. Not only was there an unforeseen blues and jazz edge to the concert but simple comedy between songs. Nothing to over the top but simple remarks about the nonsense being screamed from the crowd. He had a remark for everything from fans yelling they loved him, to the song requests chanted at him to play, or even when he messed up a song because he forgot how to play. Easy going as they come, Samuel Beam’s solo performances was the the highlight of the night when he was really able to let loose and gaining such great heights. Even throwing in cover of a local artist many Seattle music enthusiasts might have heard of before – The Postal Service. Done in a such a unique way it could have easily been heard as an original Iron and Wine. The next time Iron and Wine plays a show in Seattle and covers the Postal Service, I demand that Ben Gibbard join him on stage. No excuses next time Samuel! And until next time enjoy a few photographs from an evning of music, comedy, and musical adventure across a range of soul, R&B, indie folk and jazz.
Posted on November 5, 2013
Aussie natives, Atlas Genius, will be headlining a concert at the Neptune Theater with support from folk indie rockers Family of the Year and indie pop duo The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. On their final night of the US tour in Seattle Washington, the Atlas Genius brothers, Keith Jeffery and Michael Jeffery, will be preforming songs off their debut album When It Was Now. Well known for their first hit single Trojans, the Australian brothers recent released a new video for their current single If So, reaching number 8 on the US Alternative Charts. Other popular songs by the soon to be visiting band include On a Day, Back Seat, Through the Glass and All These Girls. Any Seattle fans looking for some foreign soft alternative rock to dance to on November 11th should be sure to check out Atlas Genius.
Tickets still available but going fast. Their tour has been selling out in many cities so their final date of the tour should be no different. A full review and photo gallery of the show will be available here a couple days after the concert.
Check out the last time Atlas Genius visited the Pacific Northwest last December for Portland’s December to Remember concert series at the Crystal Ballroom.