All photos and review by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)
As a cooling dusk fell over Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, Beck strolled onto the stage with ease, opening the evening with the 1996 hit "Devil's Haircut" under an auburn-lit stage. Every audience member in the center seating area began rising to their feet after his arrival. Fans of all ages started beaming to one another in excitement and clapping along to Beck’s well-known alternative pop tunes, while Beck worked both sides of the stage by running back and forth, pointing to the crowd and occasionally whip cracking to his own melodies.
Edelman, looking miniature on the massive and empty stage, brought a very humble 30 minutes of story-telling to our welcome ears. His offerings were easily digestible. Nearly every joke Edelman told was in reference to his direct experiences with his orthodox Jewish family, and their reactions to his misdoings. He also mentioned that his twin brother, AJ, at some point decided to (unlike Alex Edelman) become a body builder. When people ask Edelman about his twin, he’s usually asked if they are identical. Edelman responds, “We used to be.” A quick search engine image result can confirm the humor of this personalized joke.
Stas THEE Boss lives up to her name. When she's on the stage, she's in total control. It'd been awhile since I'd seen the former THEESatisfaction MC hop on the mic, but seeing her DJ around town (and on KEXP's Street Sounds) has continued to prove that she has impeccable taste and style.
Back in 2015, Conor Oberst stepped away from the Desaparecidos' tour due to "laryngitis, anxiety, and exhaustion." During his recuperation in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, he began to create the songs for last year's full-length, the acoustic LP Ruminations. (Earlier this year, he released the...