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Barboza, Seattle 98122


925 E Pike St First Hill
Seattle, Washington 98122
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Thu, March 21, 2019 (8:00 PM PDT)
King Buffalo with The Rainiers


King Buffalo

“King Buffalo is a psychedelic trio in the classic format of bass, drums, and guitar, whose expansive and thunderous music is anything but easily definable. Formed by three long-standing members of the blooming Rochester, NY rock scene, King Buffalo gathered in September of 2013 to start working on a new musical collaboration in a heavy rock vein. Their efforts spawned a demo release and several splits and one-offs which, coupled with their impressive live show, quickly gained them an international audience. Nearly exactly three years after their formation, written during and out of jam sessions, (King Buffalo released Orion)… nine tracks that are texturally rich and oozing with psychedelic goodness, yet honed and driving in the next blink of an eye. Lush, shimmering melodies á la Dead Meadow and free-flowing grooves… with the full force of fuzzed-out stoner rock riffs, all coinciding organically. Impressively, King Buffalo’s focus extends beyond composition and into the technical realm; Orion was recorded entirely by the band in the very same rehearsal room that played host to the songs’ creation.” – Sludgelord “The question of how… heavy psych upstart trio King Buffalo will follow-up their debut full-length, Orion, is answered in the form of the three-track Repeater EP. In the year-plus since the album’s first, (self-)release in 2016, the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson signed to Stickman Records and oversaw an official issue of the record and have toured Stateside with All Them Witches and in Europe alongside labelmates Elder, and the EP brings three new cuts that represent the first new music they’ve produced following this productive time. It is 24 minutes of material, and more than 13 of that resides within the opening title-track (also the longest of the set; immediate points), but in terms of flow and conveying a sense of how their progression is unfolding, Repeater feels like the first chapter in a larger story more than a standalone offering. That is to say, the vibe is more mini-album than single-song showcase for throwaways or “extras” from a recording session. Part of that may of course owe to the fluidity in King Buffalo‘s approach overall, which was certainly a factor on Orion and just as certainly hasn’t at all been diminished by the stretches of time they’ve spent on the road, but there’s a perceptible resounding in the molten aspects of “Repeater,” “Too Little too Late” and “Centurion” that underlines the purposefulness with which King Buffalo engage such an open feel in what they do. Jamming is a crucial part of it at their foundation, but as far out as they go, their chemistry is put to use in servicing a song, even in something as vast as “Repeater” itself, which is their longest single track to-date. I don’t know and won’t try to speculate where King Buffalo might go with their sophomore full-length when the time comes for it, how they might continue to grow, what they might push toward in terms of arrangements or execution or general sound, but Repeater finds them brimming with confidence both as individuals and as a unit, and their songwriting here hits a new level of craftsmanship that only raises one’s hopes even after such an impressive debut long-player. The question isn’t so much whether King Buffalo are prepared for their next step as it is whether their audience is ready to realize the special moment playing out in front of them.” – The Obelisk

925 E Pike St First Hill, Seattle, WA 98122 

Upcoming Shows

Thu, March 21, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
King Buffalo with The Rainiers
King Buffalo

“King Buffalo is a psychedelic trio in the classic format of bass, drums, and guitar, whose expansive and thunderous music is anything but easily definable. Formed by three long-standing members of the blooming Rochester, NY rock scene, King Buffalo gathered in September of 2013 to start working on a new musical collaboration in a heavy rock vein. Their efforts spawned a demo release and several splits and one-offs which, coupled with their impressive live show, quickly gained them an international audience. Nearly exactly three years after their formation, written during and out of jam sessions, (King Buffalo released Orion)… nine tracks that are texturally rich and oozing with psychedelic goodness, yet honed and driving in the next blink of an eye. Lush, shimmering melodies á la Dead Meadow and free-flowing grooves… with the full force of fuzzed-out stoner rock riffs, all coinciding organically. Impressively, King Buffalo’s focus extends beyond composition and into the technical realm; Orion was recorded entirely by the band in the very same rehearsal room that played host to the songs’ creation.” – Sludgelord “The question of how… heavy psych upstart trio King Buffalo will follow-up their debut full-length, Orion, is answered in the form of the three-track Repeater EP. In the year-plus since the album’s first, (self-)release in 2016, the three-piece of guitarist/vocalist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds and drummer Scott Donaldson signed to Stickman Records and oversaw an official issue of the record and have toured Stateside with All Them Witches and in Europe alongside labelmates Elder, and the EP brings three new cuts that represent the first new music they’ve produced following this productive time. It is 24 minutes of material, and more than 13 of that resides within the opening title-track (also the longest of the set; immediate points), but in terms of flow and conveying a sense of how their progression is unfolding, Repeater feels like the first chapter in a larger story more than a standalone offering. That is to say, the vibe is more mini-album than single-song showcase for throwaways or “extras” from a recording session. Part of that may of course owe to the fluidity in King Buffalo‘s approach overall, which was certainly a factor on Orion and just as certainly hasn’t at all been diminished by the stretches of time they’ve spent on the road, but there’s a perceptible resounding in the molten aspects of “Repeater,” “Too Little too Late” and “Centurion” that underlines the purposefulness with which King Buffalo engage such an open feel in what they do. Jamming is a crucial part of it at their foundation, but as far out as they go, their chemistry is put to use in servicing a song, even in something as vast as “Repeater” itself, which is their longest single track to-date. I don’t know and won’t try to speculate where King Buffalo might go with their sophomore full-length when the time comes for it, how they might continue to grow, what they might push toward in terms of arrangements or execution or general sound, but Repeater finds them brimming with confidence both as individuals and as a unit, and their songwriting here hits a new level of craftsmanship that only raises one’s hopes even after such an impressive debut long-player. The question isn’t so much whether King Buffalo are prepared for their next step as it is whether their audience is ready to realize the special moment playing out in front of them.” – The Obelisk


Fri, March 22, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Puma Blue, Westerman
Puma Blue + Westerman

Puma Blue is the alias of South Londoner Jacob Allen, who has been delicately honing his purposefully paradoxical sound, blending downtown jazz sax lines with J Dilla grooves and a heart-wrenching vocal akin to Jeff Buckley, Chet Baker and Billie Holliday. This blend is completed by Allen’s punk-inspired grit and the ferocity of his live performances, backed by a four-piece band, spewing out tortured love songs and sensual rhythms topped by his haunting falsetto vocals. Yet as complex as this mix may sound, it feels as if it just spilled from his mouth one afternoon, sounding simultaneously like the soundtrack to a black&white b-movie or skyscraper sunsets and yet freshly un-earthed, contemporary yet classic. Currently working on his debut EP, Puma Blue is the dark, funk-punk-soul-jazz poet we’ve been waiting for.


Fri, March 22, 2019 (10:30pm - 12:30am PDT Saturday)
Famous Fridays
Famous Friday
Sat, March 23, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Methyl Ethel with TEEN
Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel is the uninhibited alt-pop project from Perth musician Jake Webb. The band started in 2013, as an outlet for the reverb soaked home recordings Webb was working on whilst developing his ambient and textural guitar playing in a variety of local outfits. Methyl Ethel has since blossomed into one of the most critically revered and publicly embraced acts coming out of Western Australia in some time. Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends' studios and quiet caverns over 2013, the exceptional EP diptych Guts and Teeth, which explore themes of anxiety, disillusionment and stasis, were released in quick succession. These intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and onto the airwaves, with Indie Shuffle, Happy, triple j, FBi Radio, 3RRR and RTRFM amongst others all taking note. So far, 2015 has seen the band hone their sound, on debut LP Oh Inhuman Spectacle and its accompanying singles Twilight Driving and Rogues (awarded 2015 WAM Pop Song of the Year). Recorded in the same manner as its predecessors, Oh Inhuman Spectacle masterfully blends pop and esotericism to create an undeniable piece of work, which has landed at the top of many mid-year album lists and been championed by supporters new and old. After a year of relentless touring, sharing stages with the likes of San Cisco, Holy Holy, Sunbeam Sound Machine and Courtney Barnett, Methyl Ethel are now a headliner in their own right. With their hometown album launch hitting capacity in a matter of minutes, and their Melbourne date selling out weeks in advance, the excitement surrounding the act and their breathtaking live show is palpable. October will see the band take a break from working on the follow up to Oh Human Spectacle to head stateside for CMJ, with a busy Australian summer to follow.


Sat, March 23, 2019 (10:30pm - 12:30am PDT Sunday)
Hey Now! - All Your Guilty Pleasures & One Hit Wonders
Guilty Pleasures Dance Party
Sun, March 24, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Viagra Boys with Pottery, Beverly Crusher
Viagra Boys

V**gra Boys is a Swedish punk band from Stockholm. Formed in 2015, the 6 man band started exploring their very own lane in what would become to be called ugly gonzo post punk genre. With a wide range of influences such as Screaming Jay Hawkins, Butthole Surfers, Suicide, Dead Kennedys they’ve created a melting pot that we know as V**gra Boys. The name V**gra Boys may make you think of failing sexual abilities, and that’s kind of what it’s about. The name was chosen as a pun to mans’ failed role in society. It all started out when Henrik “Benke” Höckert and Sebastian “Sebbe” Murphy, who knew each other from the world of tattooing, had a rowdy night out. They ended up in a karaoke bar where Benke for the first time heard Sebbe singing, and he instantly knew that he had witnessed something special. He woke up the next day knowing that this was the start of something real. Anyone who has seen Sebbe perform will know exactly why. They started writing songs together and after contacting guitarist Benjamin “Benis” Vallé, with whom Benke had been playing with for over a decade, and finally Sol Tor Sjödén on drums, the Viagra Boys were a fact. After a couple of sessions at their rehearsal spot, making songs in their living rooms, countless recordings on their phones, their first recording project, the 12” “Consistency of energy” began to take shape. It was recorded in Studio Cobra in Stockholm. From the very first gig it was a buzz, almost like a fever. Quickly the band got a reputation of being a one of a kind, real, unapologetically raw live act, and their unique sound spread contagiously through the underground scenes of both punk, hip hop, experimental electronic music and even jazz circuits. Sebastians lyrics, wild energy and stage persona was compared to greatness like Iggy Pop, Gibby Haynes and Nick Cave. “Consistency of energy” was reviewed on all of Swedens largest TV networks and newspapers, and it didn’t take long until the band was playing abroad. After the release of their 2nd 12” ”Call of the wild”, the band was nominated for a Swedish Grammy. They played, amongst others, Leeds Festival, Reading Festival, Roskilde Festival, Öya festival. 2017 the band started working on their first studio album ”Street Worms”. The first recording session took place at Studio Rymden with Daniel ”Fagge” Fagerström as a producer and the second session took place at Ingrid Studios with Pelle Gunnerfeldt as a producer. The record was released in September 2018 on the label YEAR0001. “Street worms” has put V**gra Boys on the map after critics around the world praised the grand introduction of what they called Swedens best kept secret. Pitchfork named the lead single “Sports” the “Best new track”, while Annie Mac played it regularly on her BBC Radio show. With an extremely successful release the band played a quickly sold out London tour, including Rough Trade and the already legendary night at Shackwell Arms.


Mon, March 25, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Alice Phoebe Lou with Loving
Alice Phoebe Lou

Alice Phoebe Lou first traversed Europe in 2010, at the age of 16. Inspired by street artists, she began performing as a fire dancer before eventually turning to music. She relocated to Berlin in 2013 and began to develop a devoted following of fans, supporters and collaborators. She soon self-released her first body of work, the ​Momentum EP. By 2014, she was garnering international attention, and both that year and the following, she performed at ​TED events in Berlin and London, respectively, as well as ​Exponential Medicine​​. 2016 brought about the release of Alice’s first full length studio album, ​Orbit​, comprised of nine jazz-influenced, eclectic tracks recorded between Cape Town and Berlin that encapsulate the freshness of her live style, vagabond spirit and distinctive, soprano voice. She was then nominated for ​Best Female Artist ​​at the 2016 ​German Critics Choice Awards and performed at the 27th Annual Conference for the Professional Businesswomen of California, sharing the stage with keynote speakers Venus Williams, Judy Smith and Memory Banda. She spent much of that year on the road, touring with artists such as ​Sixto Rodriguez, Boy & Bear, Allen Stone and ​Crystal Fighters​​. She also put on several multimedia events at the ​Berlin Planetarium​​, the biggest in Europe. The shows were a spectacular symbiosis of live sound and amazing visuals which Alice worked on hand in hand with the director of the planetarium, Tim Florian Horn. Between 2016 - 2017, she put on a total of eight sold out shows at the planetarium. In December of 2017, Alice independently released the EP, Sola​. That same year, a live version of the song, “She,” was released and racked up over two million plays on YouTube. In addition, it was selected to be featured in the film ​BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY​​, executive produced by ​Susan Sarandon​​. The studio version of “She” was released in February of 2018, premiering on ​NPR’s All Songs Considered​​. After several performances at SXSW, Alice headed west to California, to record her forthcoming album, ​Paper Castles, ​to be released on March 8th, 2019. ​In support of the album, Alice will embark on a world tour, including her first headlining run in North America.


Wed, March 27, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
Tom Walker
Tom Walker

Tom Walker, the Scottish born, Manchester-bread singer-songwriter broke through with his International hit single "Leave A Light On" which became one of the biggest songs of 2018 as well as featuring on the global Sony Bravia TV campaign. "Leave a Light On" hit the #1 spot in the iTunes chart in 17 countries including the UK and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide (300 million streams globally). The song went platinum in the UK, France, Belgium and Netherlands, is double platinum in Italy and Switzerland and was number four in the European Airplay Chart. The song was also Top 20 in the Hot AC Airplay chart in the US and Tom performed it live on NBC's The TODAY Show. Tom Walker has sold out his own headline shows all over the globe as well as supporting great artists like George Ezra and The Script and he has played over forty festivals this year alone. He recently announced his debut album What A Time To Be Alive, released on March 1st, which was produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys), Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran) and Mike Spencer (Years & Years). He will also be embarking on his UK tour through April / May which includes a date at the The Roundhouse in London (May 1st), before heading off across the continent for the EU leg of the tour.


Thu, March 28, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT )
The Ancient Robotz with Peace and Red Velvet, Araless
The Ancient Robotz
Fri, March 29, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Lincoln Durham
Lincoln Durham