Jacob Banks heats up Barboza

There was nothing like soul-infused Tuesday night when Jacob Banks hit the stage at Barboza.
Watching flashes his fans a stunning white smile, while shyly saying “Hi, I’m from
London,” we felt nothing but warmth for the soulful artist as he sang a cover
of Corinne Bailey Rae’s infamous “Put
Your Records On.”

Originally from Birmingham, England, the British
singer-songwriter first became active in 2012, when he was the first unsigned
act to ever appear on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Influenced by a multitude of soul,
R&B, and hip-hop, Banks first recorded his debut EP The Monologue, released in 2013, with his top hit “Worthy,” a popular
play on various stations. A tall, brooding man with a bright smile, Banks cites Jake Gosling, Bondax, and Knox Brown as some influences and reminds us of a combination of Benjamin
Clementine, Seal,
and Jack Garratt.
Soft smooth vocals always seemingly complemented by melodic piano, Jacob Banks
is crossing genres often acoustic singer-songwriter ballads, like tracks “Homecoming”
and “Hostage” on his EP The Monologue.
Yet, the man has range, both vocally and emotionally, demonstrated in “Something
Beautiful,” also seen on his EP The
Monologue.
On his newest EP The
Paradox
, Banks delves more into
soul and R&B, experimenting with melodies in his vocal range, seen in “Home,”
and “All Mine.”

Playing fan favorites from his newer EP, Banks succeeded at demonstrating
a mix of softer vocals and instrumentals in Unknown,” while demonstrating a
hard, grittier audible aesthetic in “Sink or Swim.” Highlighting the soul aspects
of his set list, the British artist catalyzed a complete feeling of union and
communal love, as the audience swayed in unison to “Home,” a song similar in
feeling to any calmer Stevie Wonder
track

a nice complement to the upbeat and diverse sounding track “Monster.”

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Finally ending his set with new single “Unholy War,” the
audience vibe completely shifted as we all came together and empathized together
with the emotion in Banks’ vocals as he glided on the stage and crooned chorus “Let
love lead you home, oh no/ Let redemption keep you warm.” And just as Banks climaxes
as he reaches as the height at the bridge taper off, the audience in parallel also
drops.

We stop, we sway, we close our eyes, and we dance as the
rest of the chorus plays out.

Jacob Banks has reached a new level of soul, and it’s dipping
into funk—and we’re sort of hoping he continue only to reach new heights with
his artistic creativity.

And if we can’t convince you with our words to fall in love
with Jacob Banks, just let his music persuade you himself.

-Ariana Rivera

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EP Review: Tuxedo’s Fux with the Tux

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PSA for all you dance and disco lovers: last month, Tuxedo quietly released new EP Fux with the Tux. The sharply-dressed duo of soul singer Mayer Hawthorne and Seattle hip hop producer Jake One seems to be riding the wave of 70s/80s revival in pop music. Many artists like Daft Punk and Bruno Marks have struck a balance between retro and fresh, and I think you’ll find that Tuxedo also fits into this category quite nicely. As with many throwback artists, Tuxedo’s long list of influences includes artists like Chic and Cameo, in addition to boogie, hip hop, and electronic music.

Fux with the Tux packs plenty of funk in only 10 minutes. The EP kicks off with its title track, jumping straight into a catchy beat and groovy synths. This song plays off of vocals from both Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. Although a bit repetitive, it’s still a well-done cross between old-school funk and newer hip hop.

“Special” rolls in with more prominent percussion than the previous track. I love the bass in this song, and the vocal harmonies are a great highlight. If you liked Bruno Mars’ “Chunky", you’ll like this one. (I would also make the claim that “Special” is perhaps a classier(?) take on Mars’ message in “Chunky”.)

In its final song, the EP winds down with smooth slow jam “July”. The horns in the chorus are a great touch, and the background female vocals nicely accent Mayer Hawthorne’s crooning words.

Tuxedo is expected to release a full-length album later this year. Keep an eye out.

Emily Tasaka

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Show Review: Cherry Glazerr Takes Over the Crocodile

This past Wednesday at the Crocodile saw Cherry Glazerr come through, touring in support of their sophomore LP, Apocalipstick, along with fellow Angelenos Slow Hollows.  The dingy Crocodile Cafe was a good fit for the night, especially for the headliner, with Clem Creevy feeding off the dirty energy of the place with some dirty energy of her own.  The show promised to be energetic, eccentric, and distinctly feminine, and it delivered on all accounts in spades.

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Openers Slow Hollows started things off in a quiet, contemplative mood.  Merging some twinkly guitar leads of the current emo wave with a very post-punk feel, the quintet did a great job as the opener: they were a very well put together act, but they hardly tried to steal the show.  The five college boys stood mostly still on stage, with an energy that was very understated but quietly snuck up on you.  The guys from Slow Hollow may almost look asleep from time to time, but if you let it lull you to sleep then you’ll get shaken awake by some very sneaky musical climaxes.  Standout tracks from the set were “Luxury of Lull” and “Last Dance” from their 2016 album, Romantic.

Though from the same city of origin, Slow Hollows could hardly be more different from Cherry Glazerr.  After the openers left the stage, crew members and some of the headlining band came out to set up their equipment.  And their stage decorations.  Which I didn’t really notice until right before they stepped onto the stage.  Which were vaginas.

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This set a clear tone for the rest of the set: this is a show by women, for women.  Not to say non-women couldn’t enjoy the show, but it was clear from the start that this was a female show.  So when frontwoman Clem Creevy introduced a song with “This song is about period blood and being on your period, and that’s awesome!” I wasn’t really all that surprised.  This is a band that has never shied away from its femininity, and they weren’t about to start now.

The set started weird and ended weird.  With her bassist, drummer, and synth player all onstage, awaiting her arrival, Creevy came out swinging.  Literally.  She swayed on stage in the middle of a wall of noise, swaying wildly and flailing her arms in all directions.  And thus began the set.  A healthy mix of old and new, the show was a very good one.  Creevy made sure to acknowledge her grungy influences from Apocalipstick (the encore was a cover of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings,” which also served to energize the hell out of the Seattleite crowd), and also made sure that those influences didn’t ruin the garage-rockiness of some of previous work.  “Grilled Cheese” and “Trick or Treat Dancefloor” fit perfectly along with newcomers “Told You I’d Be with the Guys” and “Only Kid on the Block”.  And all the while, Creevy and bandmate Sasami Ashworth injected a bit of light humor into the set with their banter between songs.

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Overall, I thought the show was very satisfying.  Slow Hollows were a very good, very lowkey opener, who set the stage perfectly for Cherry Glazerr’s jagged vocals and sharp riffs to cut through straight to the audience.  If I heard these two were touring together again, I’d snap up my tickets early.

John Morse

Slow Hollows on Bandcamp

Cherry Glazerr’s Website

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Grrl Power Continues in Seattle at the Benefit for Skate Like a Girl ft. Kimya Dawson

On Saturday night, I set out to see Grammy winner and
creator of the best soundtrack of all time, Kimya Dawson at a benefit for local nonprofit, Skate Like a Girl. When I found out this event was happening, how
could I not go? Local bands, Kimya Dawson, and a cause for empowering young
women? Sign me up.

This was my first time at The Vera Project and my first time seeing a pop up skate park
outside the doors of a concert venue. Inside, the chill skate atmosphere
continued with the first opener, Fine
Prince
. Their sound was diverse and with six members, several instruments
and voices came together. They only have one EP out, but it’s a good
introduction to new, local music. Next up was the opener that left the biggest
impact on me, Acapulco Lips. This
band had the best stage presence of all. They have a beachy, vintage sound that
made me feel like I hadn’t just walked three blocks in the rain, but was in
sunny, Southern California. Definitely check them out when you can. 

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The final
act before Kimya was a third Seattle band, Wimps.
They were the punkiest of the three and incited the first and last mosh pit of
the night. They had a good energy that made it easy to dance to as their songs
ranged from topics such as “being fruuuuuustrated”, “procrastination”, and “being
a caveman… maybe it’s a metaphor, maybe not”. 

Finally, Kimya was up. She
entered like the humble angel she is and sat down, just her and her guitar. She
invited everyone to sit down also, and because the majority of the crowd was
there for her, we did. And we stayed sitting the entire time as she talked and
sang to us like old friends about a variety of topics. She delved into why she
feels so betrayed
that Mariah Carey is opening for her celebrity crush, Lionel
Richie, as well as politics and trauma. Overall, it was an emotional,
extremely intimate set that I feel extremely lucky to have seen.

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The benefit was an amazing experience, although one of the
most unique line ups I’ve ever witnessed. I didn’t expect to be nearly pulled
into the pit and sit cross-legged among the same crowd in one night, but it
happened. I highly recommend getting out there and supporting local music and
Skate Like a Girl if you can.

-Jessica Gloe

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RDR + A&E Local Hip Hop Show

Rainy Dawg Radio and ASUW Arts & Entertainment are back again with our yearly local hip hop show on February 13th, 2017!

This year the show features:

Gifted Gab (SEA)

Gifted Gab

https://1giftofgab.bandcamp.com/
The First Lady of Moor Gang.

DoNormaal (SEA)

DoNormaal

https://soundcloud.com/donormaal
Spacy beats with reflective rhymes.

Remember Face (SEA)

Remember Face

https://rememberface.bandcamp.com/releases
Duo formed from members of Nu Era bringing you some “head-nod arcana.”

Doors open at 7pm.
The show is FREE!
The show will be at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre down near West Campus: 3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE.

We made a sick Soundcloud sampler playlist featuring all of the artists: https://soundcloud.com/rainy-dawg-radio/sets/rainy-dawg-radio-local-hip-hop

RSVP on Facebook and we hope to see you there!

Send any questions to asuwrdgm@uw.edu.