Nine Inch Nails @ Key Arena

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails came to Seattle and put on an intense but stellar performance at Key Arena. I didn’t expect much when a buddy offered me a free ticket, but found myself pleasantly surprised and had a new appreciation for all the NIN shirts I remember classmates rocking in high school. It also confirmed the living legend status of Trent Reznor for me.

The rhythms were choppy, the music was dark and the vibe was authentic. The show was dominated by Reznors constant energy and drawn out vocals that definitely out shined the visually impressive cage like lighting effects that covered the band (seen below).


Kanye West @ Key Arena

Yeezus Tour
Photo via ChildishvGambino
Yeezus Tour
Photo via ChildishvGambino
Yeezus Tour

Kanye West kicked off a ‘Yeezus Tour’ for the first time in 5 years at the Key Arena in Seattle. The arena was full when opener Kendrick Lamar came on because the show started 2 hours late. He came out with a lot of energy and did a majority of his newer songs and had the crowd roaring for an encore.

The headliner Yeezus put on a theatrical performance that consisted of an elaborate mountain with trails and a mic at the top, flocks of women, masks, costume changes, capes and even an appearance by Jesus himself. It felt like a Lady Ga Ga concert at times and at others a Kanye West show. His setlist consisted of every song off the Yeezus album and only one song from each College Dropout (‘Jesus Walks’) and Late Registration (‘Heard em’ Say’).

Here is the 27 song setlist:
On Sight
New Slaves
Send It Up
Black Skinhead
I Don’t Like
I Am a God
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Coldest Winter
Hold My Liquor
I’m In It
Drunk and Hot Girls
Guilt Trip
Blood on the Leaves
I Wonder
Hey Mama (Instrumental)
Street Lights
Lost in the World
Heard ‘Em Say
Jesus Walks
Flashing Lights
All of the Lights
Bound 2

The Sexton Seven (9/01/2013)

The Sexton Seven are the 7 songs I’m listening to at the time. Some are new and some are old…..but all of them are worth checking out. You can see my current playlist in the right menu bar, enjoy!

The Sexton Seven: 9/1/13

Grouplove – Ways To Go

Jay-Z – Heaven

Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes

J. Cole – New York Times ft. 50 Cent

Midi Matilda – Day Dreams

Kanye West – Bound 2

King Tuff – Sun Medallion

The Head and the Heart @ Pioneer Square

the Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart came to Portland for the Music Fest Northwest week long festival around the city. They did a lot of the new material, but still went through a majority of their self titled debut.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ‘White Walls’ Video Shoot

Macklemore video shoot

Word spread through social networks that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were in their hometown of Seattle shooting a music video. Not only that, but scenes from the video were being shot on the roof of Dick’s Drive-In, a well-known local grub spot. The streets of Capitol Hill flooded with thousands of eager Seatilites ready to show love and maybe get a cameo in the video. The song is ‘White Walls’ and the finished product equipped with a Sir Mix-A-Lot cameo is below;

MGMT and Alt-J @ Bumbershoot


Alt-J opened for MGMT during the last day of the three-day Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. Alt-J delighted the crowd with a nearly flawless performance of the critically acclaimed album ‘An Awesome Wave’ to a packed Key Arena. MGMT was kind of whatever, but glad I got to check them out and see ‘Time To Pretend’ live… that song! (seen below from afar)

Snoop Dogg & Dogg Pound @ Showbox Market

Snoop and Dogg Pound

Snoop Dogg came to Showbox Market in Seattle to perform classic hit after hit from the last 20 years…..damn I’m getting old. Great show though and pretty stoked he brought the Dogg Pound with him.