Last Night

Last Night

By Sam Machkovech August 3, 2010

I'd considered staying in and sleeping last Saturday night, but friends prodded me to stop by the Sunset Tavern. I hopped on my bike for three reasons: to enjoy a beautiful night ride; to pig out at Ballard's charming snack shop, Snacks; and to pray that Neko Case would make a surprise appearance at her former workplace, Hattie's Hat. (I was in love with Neko long before it was trendy, so, shut it.)

I didn't know a thing about the headliners, a quartet of 50-somethings whose tightly constructed blasts of new wave with tinges of late '70s Alice Cooper sounded as if Weezer had gone in a totally different direction. The intangibles were even more titillating. Bandmates' conversations between songs were brilliantly nonsensical, like hearing people speak German for the first time, and the mid-song guitar swaps and give-a-fuck attitude throughout made these relative strangers seem like lifetime rock stars.

My hunch was on the money. This band's name, The K-Streets, is probably familiar to lifelong fans of Seattle legends the Fastbacks, and the new quartet includes original members Kurt and Lulu. I'm not a student of Seattle music history, but I've spent the past two day  spent making up for lost time. I spent the whole weekend listening to Fastbacks records in anticipation of another K-Streets gig—assuming they ever put up a web site with concert dates.
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