Tag: Seattle

Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

There is a fine line between being a pop star and a great singer-songwriter. The two are not mutually exclusive. Look around and how many of today’s top-selling artists would you consider to be great songwriters? How many even write their own songs? There are, however, some exceptions where the pop star is a great songwriter. Shelita Burke is one […]

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Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Zola Jesus’ bold, bleak, and beautiful ‘Okovi’ (album review)

Okovi by Zola Jesus Already more than a decade into her career, 28-year old Nika Roza Danilova – aka Zola Jesus – has consistently delivered some of the most forceful and spectacularly dark albums. Her second record, Stridulum, is a modern-day masterpiece. Conatus was a bold step in creating languid, acoustic Goth dramas. Her 2014 LP, Taiga, was a departure, as she aimed […]

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Renowned producer Gordon Raphael unleashes, “Savage” (single premiere)

Renowned producer Gordon Raphael unleashes, “Savage” (single premiere)

For nearly two decades, Gordon Raphael established himself as one of the industry’s most respected and sought-after music producers. His “claim-to-fame” occurred in 2001 when he produced The Strokes debut EP, The Modern Age, and their first two full-length albums – 2001’s This Is It, which was named by NME as the album of the decade, and 2003’s Room on […]

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Shelita Burke – “Penetrate (Part 2)” (single premiere)

Shelita Burke – “Penetrate (Part 2)” (single premiere)

Shelita Burke is an indie music DIY success story. Instead of waiting for a major label to sign her or for Pitchfork and NME to share her songs to the global community, she took her music directly to the people. With little fanfare, she traveled the globe for two years, performing more than 150 shows across Europe, Asia, Africa, and […]

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First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

First Impressions: Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ (album review)

After 6 years on hiatus, Fleet Foxes return with their third studio album, Crack-Up, out today via Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up is a study (pun intended) on independence, partnering, and complicated names. During the band’s hiatus, frontman Robin Pecknold famously enrolled at Columbia University to begin a delayed undergraduate program where he “got some academic pretensions out of [his] system” and finally during summer break […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

Perfume Genius – ‘No Shape’ (album review)

On his remarkable album, 2014’s No Bright, Mike Hadreas unveiled a different side to Perfume Genius. He was vulnerable, assertive, commanding, and proud, and No Bright was the pinnacle of his canon. It was simultaneously a sermon and an enlightening for all willing to hear his message. Three years later, Hadreas has returned with a new record that still requires […]

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Novel Nature – “Yellowjacket” (single premiere)

Novel Nature – “Yellowjacket” (single premiere)

Every year, an artist or a band explodes, catching everyone by surprise. They come in all shapes and sizes, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, and ages. Susan Boyle is the most unlikely individual to achieve fame in 2009. Sturgill Simpson is an indie cult icon for achieving success his way and with his unique take on outlaw country. Heck, who would […]

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Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Iska Dhaaf – “The Wanting Creature”

Whether with their past bands or as individual performers, Benjamin Verdoes  (of alt-rock group Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band) and Nathan Quiroga (of the genre-blending, hip-hop collective Buffalo Madonna) have always been artists pushing the proverbial musical envelope while also writing songs that were far from the conventional. So when the two artists decided to join forces as Iska Dhaaf […]

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Moon Darling – “Dreams” (single premiere)

Moon Darling – “Dreams” (single premiere)

Road trips are one of the great American pastimes, full of promising adventures and memories to be made. Imagine being a band on tour, living the dream until one day you are stranded on the side of the road with your van on fire. The dream becomes a living nightmare. This is the fate that befell Seattle indie psych rock quartet Moon Darling. But these […]

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Tangerine – “Sugar Teeth” EP

Tangerine – “Sugar Teeth” EP

Seattle is more than just Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and just alternative rock in general. It has a vibrant and diverse music city with some awesome indie-pop bands, like Tangerine. The trio of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn have developed a name for themselves for their guitar-driven, jangly surf-pop that has made them one of the Emerald […]

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Single Premiere: Blackheart Honeymoon – “Rest In Bone”

Single Premiere: Blackheart Honeymoon – “Rest In Bone”

About a month ago, we had the privilege of debuting Blackheart Honeymoon‘s music video for “Bodies”, which followed two lost souls jaunting around Seattle looking for love. Today, we are pleased to premiere their newest song, “Rest In Bone”. Unlike the light-hearted, folk-rock of “Bodies”, “Rest In Bone” is a darker, more haunting track. It bellows of guitar-driven southern rock […]

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Video Premiere – Blackheart Honeymoon, “Bodies”

Video Premiere – Blackheart Honeymoon, “Bodies”

The great city of Seattle is home to some great bands. Obviously, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Fleet Foxes, Foo Fighters, and Death Cab for Cutie come immediately to mind. However, there are dozens of great indie acts, such as  Ephrata (long one of my personal favorites), Night Beats (whose new single is featured on this week’s Melodic […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 9

Melodic Tonic, vol. 9

This week’s cocktail of Melodic Summer Songs arrives a bit later than normal due to crazy festival schedules. These long days spent soaking up hot rays and even hotter music makes us appreciate “feel good” summer tunes. That’s what’s on tap this week, so pour yourself a cold beverage and enjoy these singles. Beat Connection – So Good For those of […]

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Chris Staples – “Cheap Shades”

Chris Staples – “Cheap Shades”

On Chris Staples’ press kit, it is written: There are no casual Chris Staples fans. The man inspires devotion. The turnaround from casual listener to evangelist is nearly instantaneous. Play his music during a road trip with friends and inevitably someone will ask, “Who is this?” And a lifelong fan is born. The description is completely accurate, yet Staples’ avid following remains […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 8

Melodic Tonic, vol. 8

Happy Monday from under this pile of new music I’ve been swimming in the last few weeks! Summer is one of our busiest seasons here at The Revue, thanks to festivals nearly every weekend. While we aren’t complaining about seeing so much live music, it cuts into the time we can spend exploring new recorded music. That’s why this week’s Melodic Tonic includes […]

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Blackheart Honeymoon – “Mountains Speak”

Blackheart Honeymoon – “Mountains Speak”

Seattle band Blackheart Honeymoon will release their first full-length record, Mountains Speak on August 7. Ahead of the record release, Blackheart Honeymoon have shared the title track from the record. “Mountains Speak” is a great alt-country track that’s reminiscent of bands like The Lone Bellow and Fleet Foxes.  It has great, crisp guitar work, gorgeous harmonies and a solo that will […]

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Melodic Tonic, vol. 5 – new singles by Duran Duran, Bully, & Daggerhands

Melodic Tonic, vol. 5 – new singles by Duran Duran, Bully, & Daggerhands

After returning from Bonnaroo festival last week (where I finally saw ‘80s icons Tears for Fears!), I planned to focus solely on some lesser-known artists with Tennessee roots and share some of new singles. Those plans changed when another legendary ‘80s group quietly released a surprise new track. Just when I thought Beck’s upbeat new song, “Dreams,” was poised to be […]

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Hibou – “Dissolve”

Hibou – “Dissolve”

  Two years ago, Peter Michel – who goes by the moniker Hibou – released an EP, Dunes, and several singles, including the split 7″ “Glow / Hollow”. With a lo-fi, shoegaze approach a la Avi Buffalo, the then 18-year old became an underground favorite. Since then, he’s signed with super indie label Barsuk, who is working with Michel on his debut album. […]

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Briana Marela – “Surrender”

Briana Marela – “Surrender”

  Hovering under the radar for the last couple of years, Briana Marela is about to emerge as a large blip on the music scene. With her delicate, shimmering voice, she caught the attention of production duo ODESZA, with whom she collaborated on “For Us” (which is below) last fall. Now, the Seattle, Washington native is about to release her […]

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Video: Nightmare Fortress – “A Life Worth Leaving”

Video: Nightmare Fortress – “A Life Worth Leaving”

Seattle’s Nightmare Fortress create truly stunning music. Their debut record, The Wanting, came out this year and features a myriad of lush, layered, and intense tracks that are reminiscent of some of the most memorable 80’s New Wave and Post-Punk bands.  One stand out track from The Wanting is “A Life Worth Leaving”, and this week, Nightmare Fortress is sharing a video for […]

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