August 9, 2011

So, Most of You Are Not Going to Doe Bay Fest …

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Gold Leaves ::: photo by Josh Lovseth

… and you’ve still got an awesome weekend of music waiting for you.

Here’s what I’d be seeing if I was gonna be in town this weekend. Including two shows it physically pains me to miss Friday: Gold Leaves at the Mural Amphitheater in the shadow of the Space Needle for FREE, and our show of the week See Me River, Blood Red Dancers and Le Sang Song at the Rendezvous, which promises to be a lecherous night of sweaty rock’n'roll and a line-up with nothing but excellent bands. Please get trashed there for me, but not so drunk that you can’t report back and tell me how awesome it was.

Thursday August 11th:

Moya, Blyss, Tavana – Skylark Frank Fairfield, Water Tower Bucket Boys, Red Dog – Columbia City Theater Seattle Tattoo Expo After Party feat. The Fucking Eagles, Steel Tigers of Death – Neumo’s

Moya by nimbus510

Friday August 12th:

Seapony, Gold Leaves, Math & Physics Club – KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural (FREE, 6pm) See Me River, Blood Red Dancers, Le Sang Song – The Rendezvous The American Girls, Andrew Vait, John Craig & the Weekend – Comet Tavern Jon Pontrello – Conor Byrne Blvd Park, Ashia Grzesik, Eliza Rickman, Bat Country – Columbia City Theater Seattle Tattoo Expo After Party feat. The Sword, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Curse Of The North – Neumos

Saturday August 13th:

The Pharmacy, Heavy Hawaii, Plateaus – The Comet Seattle Tattoo Expo After Party feat. High On Fire, Lesbian, Deadkill – Neumos

Monday August 15th:

Land of Pines, Pollens – Chop Suey

November 30, 2010

My Most Played: November 2010

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Avians AlightAvians Alight Chris Pureka – “Song for November” Damien Jurado – “The Ghost of David” and Rehersals for Depature The Head and The Heart – “The Sea Beside MeJon PontrelloYouth is a Train The Lights – EP and Failed Graves Lemolo – The Singles Record “If I Had Known I’d Be Fine” Mix Land of Pines Sufjan Stevens – Majesty Snowbird Kelli Schaefer A Mix for Pablo Escobar Mad Rad – “The Machine” Cobirds UniteCobirds Unite Ted Lucas

November 6, 2010

Jon Pontrello and Friends at Conor Byrne

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Jon Pontrello and Kevin Barrans at Conor Byrne ::: all photos by Abbey Simmons

This Thursday, the Conor Byrne was transformed into an Everett living room for a set that celebrated new releases, old friendships and the spirit of collaboration. At the center of the night was singer-songwriter Jon Pontrello, who was celebrating the release of his new album Youth is A Train. Often eschewing the guitar for the banjo as his instrument of choice, Pontrello tells tales of the most extraordinary and mundane sides of life. On “Day Job” he sings in a Young-ian cadence about the day-to-day demise of paying the bills in a song that we can all relate to. As for the extraordinary, just listen to “Lost,” which recount Pontrello’s near-death experience as a lost hiker in the Bogacheli back country for eight days. Those aren’t metaphors, that’s a recounting of events.

Pontrello was joined on stage by friends who are likely more familiar to the average local music fan: Kevin Barrans of The Maldives and Kevin Murphy of The Moondoggies. (Murphy and Pontrello are old friends from Everett and played in a great band called The Familiars.) While Barrans and Murphy both played sets of their own, they also sat in for a few songs of Pontrello’s set and vice-versa. Barrans joined Pontrello on stage to play a two-string, wash-tub bass, while Murphy used his set to try out a cover of The Baptist General’s “Going Back Song” for the first time. The whole night felt less like a concert and more like a living room jam, where everyone was friends and family. It seemed the perfect space to celebrate the release of such a personal album and line-up.

If you missed Thursday night, you can catch Jon Pontrello this Sunday at The Sunset and if you’re fan of singer-songwriters and deft-storytellers, definitely seek out Youth is a Train.

Kevin Muprhy and Jon Pontrello at Conor Byrne

Jon Pontrello at Conor Byrne