Grant Olsen played the GIVE SEATTLE launch at The Croc on Thursday, December 3.
As far live local samplers go, last night's launch celebrating GIVE SEATTLE -- the holiday benefit compilation featuring 30+ local bands -- cast a pretty wide net across the local music landscape. Here a few thoughts from the show:
Fences had to cancel.
Tea Cozies: The crowd was pretty thin during their set, but there's something about their aggressive radio pop that was intriguing.
D. Black spit rhymes from -- and sales pitches for -- his latest album, Ali'Yah.
Grant Olsen: Just a few minutes before the Arthur & Yu frontman took the stage, I was admiring The Croc's pristine, um, facilities, and noticed a poster for an upcoming Howie Day show on one of the stalls. (It was almost enough to make me dry heave.) Olsen, as it happens, worked with some of the same loops of voice and guitar that Day is a strange technical master of. Olsen doesn't loop at the same level as Day, but his voice is smoother and his ideas are more interesting, just waiting to be fleshed out.
MC: Tilson: Overheard quote of the day: "Has McTilson taken the stage yet?"
Gabriel Mintz played a quiet, low-intensity batch of tunes for the handful of people who turned out for his opening set.
Kinski's authoritative roar was the highlight evening. They spun out their unique brand of heavy with precision, care, and total control.
Grand Archives still sound distracted.
Pizza/Coffee: The late-night happy hour at Via Tribunali's Croc annex gets underway at 11 p.m. and features $5 pizzas. I've never had a better late-night meal than last night's salami pizza and Americano.