Linda's Fest

Linda's Fest is a free evening concert in the parking lot behind Capitol Hill mainstay Linda's Tavern. Now in its third year, this summer's line-up is headlined by Reignwolf, the one-man band that's been lately taking Seattle's rock establishment by storm. It's not hard to see why: Reignwolf's Jordan Cook shreds guitar, howls, and keeps time stomping a kick drum at his feet (or sometimes sitting behind a full kit). It's a hell of a show, but it's easy to feel like there's not much substance beyond the grunge-tinged, blues-based riffing. That's because Reignwolf's jams dispense almost entirely with pop song structure—verses, choruses, middle eights—to instead hone in on mantra-like repetitions and wild-flaring solos to nowhere. For technical skill and showmanship, you can't beat it; for songs, you'd do well to look elsewhere. With Nightmare Fortress, Walking Papers, Grave Babies, Trash Fire. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., Aug. 18, 6 p.m., 2012

 
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