Victoria Holt

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Originally from San Francisco, CA, Victoria lives in Seattle, WA, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Seattle University. Her passion is making live music look as great as it sounds. She is the sole Seattle contributor for Live Music Blog, and her work has been featured in Seattle Music Insider, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. Her 2012 BFA thesis, "Seattle DIY: Live Music," has been displayed at various venues in the Seattle area. For a behind the scenes look at music, she shoots in-studio performances at local radio station KEXP.
Like observing a rainbow, or the site-specific sculpture art of the 1970s, Animal Collective’s music is intrinsically subjective, defined by the unique perspective of each listener. The band's compositions are so intensely layered that each observer grasps hold of something different in the fray—perhaps it's the pounding drums, or the wild, unhinged harmonies, or the orchestra of minute samples...
Psyche-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra from Portland, Oregon and Auckland, New Zealand hosted an intimate show at Barboza last month. The band were on tour promoting their upcoming album, Multi-Love, which was released on May 26th. Fresh songs include the clap-able dance beat and Prince-like vocals in "Ur Life One Night" and the staccato, almost jazzy drums of "Like Acid...
In its 14th year, the Sasquatch! Music Festival out of George, Washington is going strong. Attendees from near and far traveled to the riverside Gorge Amphitheatre to enjoy some of their favorite musical acts, all under the expansive Eastern Washington sky. Read on for our Top Ten Moments of the weekend, and stay tuned for our daily photo galleries....
While our intrepid photographer Victoria Holt sleeps in this morning after a full weekend at this year's Sasquatch Music Festival up at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington state, we're going ahead and running the set of photos that we think encapsulates how this past weekend went down for those in attendance. Nothing beats that first festival of the season...
By Victoria Holt and Bryan Anton In preparation for this year's Sasquatch! Music Festival, we decided to skip telling you about the obvious sets (Kendrick Lamar, St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Hot Chip, Tame Impala, Little Dragon, Lana Del Rey, Father John Misty, etc.) and focus on some small to mid-sized acts. You should still catch those big names, but no...
Last Tuesday night at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, WA, Belle & Sebastian proved that they're just as relevant now as they were in the '90s. After 20 years and 9 albums, they still rock classics like "I'm a Cuckoo" and "The Boy With The Arab Strap" like they were released yesterday. The latter came at the end of...
While our crew is at Jazz Fest this weekend celebrating all things New Orleans (+ Phish), Victoria Holt continues her Coachella coverage from weekend two and rounds up her Top 10 moments of the weekend. Even more still to come from her... --Editor 1. HAIM’s Facial Expressions (Friday, Outdoor Stage): Seriously, if you haven’t seen the faces HAIM make when...
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival wrapped up in Indio, CA on Sunday, April 20th with weekend two of two finished. Our photographer and contributor Victoria Holt was there to catch the action. We'll have our top ten moments and daily recaps/galleries soon, but for now, here are the 5 top photos from each day from Victoria. --Editor...
Thursday night as I passed through the Black Lodge’s unmarked, warehouse doors, I took a peek at the sheet of bands for the night, and overheard someone say, “It’s gonna be psychedelic!” Before hearing that, I might have thought of the lineup as primarily dark, punk influenced, thought provoking rock (except perhaps Bad Blood, who add a party vibe...
JD Samson & MEN and Glitterbang were the perfect pair to host an outrageously sexy dance party at Chop Suey. After all, MEN’s whole focus as a band is, as their website states, “the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music.” It was mental, with everything from frontwoman JD Samson’s oversized felt puppet pants, to couples...
Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts brought their late 70s/early 80s style punk to Neumos last night. They use the loud, repetitive jangle of punk as an engaging foundation for thoughtful social commentary. Their debut release from last year, Light Up Gold, includes 15 tightly packed tracks that power onward from start to finish, layered with insightful lyrics from vocalists Andrew Savage...
Sasquatch 2013 came and went this weekend up at the Gorge Amphitheatre and we were lucky enough to have a team up at the festival to cover the happenings. We'll have a full writeup and recap coming soon enough, but ahead of that enjoy our Top 10 shots from the festival courtesy of Victoria Holt. -Editor Reignwolf...
“Play ‘Too Hard!’” a fan yelled out last night during Kurt Vile and The Violator’s set at Neumos. The Philadelphia band is on tour in support of their April 9th release, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. The new record features longer songs than before, delving deep into private lyrical substance. “Too Hard” addresses Vile’s position as a father, and...
To be clear, Langhorne Slim (Sean Scolnick of Langhorne, Pennsylvania) is one of my top five artists of all time. Since Lucero were the actual headliners last night at The Crocodile Café, this post is going to seem a little lopsided. Slim has enough energy and talent to play his own sold out show, and has before at the...
The four members of Leeds, England band Δ (pronounced Alt-J for the method of typing it on a Mac keyboard) are masters of sound creation. Their 2012 debut release, An Awesome Wave, features intricate instrumentation ranging from delicate strings and falsetto musings to full blown, rolling drums and bellowing harmonies. Many sounds on the album seem like they could...
Morrissey is a man who likes to start fights. The former vocalist for 80’s legends, The Smiths ripped off his shirt halfway through “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,” sending those who had abandoned their theater seats for the front row into a tizzy. They salivated as he raised up the embroidered lavender button down and tossed...
Screams reverberated through the room as Yoni Wolf of Why? took to the stage at Neumos. A young girl reached up to hand him a yellow daffodil, a simple and touching gesture. A long way from his beginnings co-founding the hip-hop underground Anticon collective of Berkeley, CA, Yoni has reached legendary status among young indie enthusiasts of the day....
“This is the first national bounce tour ever,” Big Freedia (pronounced “Freeda”) declared at Neumos on Tuesday night. Outside the South, the New Orleans native is the best known “sissy” bounce artist, referring to the overtly queer themes of her raps. The genre is characterized by intense bass beats, repetitive percussion elements, and catchy phrases sung at high volume....
Last night at The Crocodile, three beautiful bands brought their blends of melodic folk to the stage. & Yet, indie-folk rockers from Seattle, WA opened the night - their must-hear E.P. A Bud Has Bloomed will be released sometime Fall 2012. Second up were Paper Bird of Colorado, bringing double bass, guitar, banjo, drums, and three delightful vocalists. Upbeat...
Seattle’s annual City Arts Festival kicked off with the exciting new collaboration between David Byrne (Talking Heads) and St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark), performing their recent album Love This Giant. Clark’s blistering guitar work and Byrne’s theatrical style made for a highly charged, transformative event. Byrne and Clark were joined by a ten piece brass band of incredibly tight...
“Do you like it hard, or do you like it soft?” Kele Okereke, front man of Bloc Party, asked Friday night at the Showbox SODO. “Let’s have a show of hands… Soft?” About fifteen people raised their hands. “Hard?” The crowd roared. An ecstatic Kele yelled, “Don’t be a pussy Seattle, show us what you’ve got!” and the...
Performing inside a giant recreation of the cover art from its new album, Centipede Hz, Animal Collective enticed the Paramount into a trance Tuesday night. The fantastic stage setup featured four colorful, conical sculptures surrounding the band, and rows of massive teeth above and below where it stood. After a fun experimental pop-punk opening from Micachu and the...
The Paramount Theatre was the scene of an infectious dance night on Friday. This wasn’t your typical Skrillex-inspired bro-step, however, but a night of indie pop electronica sing-alongs and bouncing melodies. Openers YACHT, made up of Jona Bechtolt from Portland, OR and Claire Evans from Marfa, Texas, were the perfect energetic compliment to Hot Chip’s blend of multi-instrument electronica....
Seattle artist Vox Mod, a.k.a. Scot Porter, started off a multi-faceted evening of music at Capitol Hill's Neumos. Despite the small early crowd for a Saturday, he wore a huge grin and launched into his set, headbanging and swaying. The crowd grew exponentially as Porter's music drew them to the dance floor, engaging them with frenetic beats and supercharged...
Liars played to an ecstatic crowd at The Metro in Chicago on this past Thursday, July 19th. Starting with the first track on their recent release WIXIW, “The Exact Colour of Doubt,” they segued to the second track, ”Octagon,” flowing seamlessly between the lighter, more ethereal former and the darker, grumbling latter. This was a fitting start for a...
Johannesburg’s Spoek Mathambo (pronounced "Spook Mahtembo," real name Nthato Mokgata) brought his eclectic blend of Afro-futurism and electro-hip hop to Chicago for the first time Wednesday night, playing to an intimate crowd at Lincoln Hall. His songs range from subtly brilliant head-nodders like "War on Words," to racous, energizing anthems like "Mshini Wam." He's also fully capable of getting...
LA/Brooklyn band Liars, consisting of Aaron Hemphill, Angus Andrew, and Julian Gross (left to right above), are set to play The Metro in Chicago this Thursday, July 17th with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and a solo set by Joan of Arc. After seeing their video for “No. 1 Against The Rush,” a captivating, dark, and incredibly catchy track, I knew...
Victoria's been traveling this summer after her graduation and she just caught this amazing show in Leeds... --Editor Jesca Hoop, native to California but living in Manchester for the last few years, played to an intimate crowd on Friday, June 29th, at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, England. As more and more people arrived, they chose to sit down...
Sasquatch 2012 is in the books and we've got a huge photo roundup here with all of my favorite shots from the weekend. In case you missed our previous coverage, here were my Top 10 shots when I first went through and edited everything and here is my recap from the festival. Read on for my photo...
1. Pickwick’s Soulful Harmonies during “Hacienda Motel” Seattle band Pickwick took to the main stage early Saturday morning, drawing a surprisingly strong yet sleepy crowd. The band was thrilled to be opening the day on such a majestic stage, and they only added to the glory of the scene. Frontman Galen Disston whipped around the stage during their cover...
Editor's Note: our very own Victoria Holt went and shot this year's Sasquatch Music Festival and came away exhausted and happy. She's working on editing through the rest of her shots but she sent in these ten photos to give a taste of the full sets she's got coming our way. Read on for the photoset with...
The French D.J. Breakbot, a.k.a. Thibaut Berland, opened up for Justice at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, April 25th. He soothed and swayed the crowd with his subtle grooves, to a subdued response at first. He worked his best known song, "Baby I'm Yours," smoothly into an already infectious beat, at which point the crowd woke up...
Gotye headlined a packed Showbox SODO a few weeks back with Kimbra opening. Here are a few thoughts I had from the show and read on for my full photo gallery... Kimbra came out in an Alice in Wonderland style blue dress with a long train and bows, bouncing around playfully and belting out vocals with her impressive...
On a few Tuesday nights back, Rodrigo y Gabriela brought their mind-blowing flamenco-style rock songs to The Paramount Theater in Seattle for the first night of their North American tour to promote their new album, Area 52, for which they teamed up with the 13-piece orchestra C.U.B.A. to produce remixes of their previous songs. They have taken their...
Our friend Victoria Holt went and shot the Saul Williams show at Neumos in Seattle a week ago and got these amazing photos and had this to say about the show Saul Williams rapped, sang, danced, and rocked at the Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room in Seattle this past Tuesday. He played plenty of new tracks such as “Explain My...

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