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Puget Sounds: The Masses/STFU Robot/Bob Fossil

THE MASSES/STFU ROBOT/BOB FOSSIL AT YES! STUDIO

Yes! Studio is a new all-ages space downtown, operating in a dance studio/art space on Cornwall Avenue.

On Saturday night, Nov. 14, I caught my first show in this space that featured The Masses, STFU Robot and Bob Fossil.

I arrived to catch the last of The Masses’ set and though the music was enjoyable, I could hardly hear the vocals. STFU Robot took stage not long after and lost a good chunk of the crowd and was even louder than The Masses.

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Bob Fossil, a fusion of funk, rock and blues with a hint of country, closed the show. They brought the crowd back and even expanded it.

The audience was in constant motion for the rest of the night. I especially enjoyed the song “Demons,” which was their second to last. Their set seemed to finish all too soon and I plan to see them play again.

BRYAN JOHN APPLEBY RELEASES “THE NARROW VALLEY”

It seems like I’ve been waiting for ages for Bryan John Appleby to release another album. His last album, “Fire on the Vine,” came out four years ago.

His new album, “The Narrow Valley,” was (finally) released last Friday. Appleby described this album to Seattle Weekly as more pop-oriented in comparison to his typical folk-y sound, a change he made in order to keep up with Seattle’s dwindling folk music scene.

This change isn’t evident in the first track, but its ethereal harmonies and legato clarinet lines were a change for Appleby.

My favorite song is “Costanoan Bones,” which has more of a pop feel than the opening track. Though it’s not terribly far from indie folk, I’m really enjoying Appleby’s new sound.
The album features beautiful transitional tracks between a couple songs, making the album a great continuous listen.

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