Rain City Ambience

Seattle-based Northwest music source established in 2005

  • Posts by Kelly Mason

  • Gallery : The World Tour featuring Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Gallery

    The only thing more challenging than shooting in an environment you’re not used to is doing it with a fever of 101. I really wanted to write a review of this show, but I spent a majority of the evening in the fetal position with my ear plugs shoved as far into my head as they would go.


  • Gallery : Silverstein, Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, Major League, and My Iron Lung At El Corazon

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    The 10-Year Anniversary tour season continues, this time with Canadian band Silverstein. Now celebrating a rare 15 years of being a band while touring with breakout album Discovering The Waterfront, Silverstein packed an energetic El Corazon this past Sunday. With My Iron Lung, Major League, Australian band Hands Like Houses, and Caleb Shomo brainchild Beartooth in tow, this particular anniversary tour held a special place in the hearts of fans old and new alike.


  • Gallery : Kelly’s favorite showtos; Yes we’re still talking about 2014

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    Hello and welcome to another exciting edition of “stuff we like,” featuring my own self aggrandizing selection of photographs and reflection. Also attempts to be poetic. This will be the last of our best-of posts, so here’s to you and everyone on staff, and happy 2015! We are approaching TEN YEARS OF EXISTENCE in June and will need to celebrate accordingly… so who wants to play our anniversary show?


  • News : Joyfield release Hozier cover

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in News

    Disclaimer: I recently started managing local band Joyfield and am helping them on their journey through this crazy mixed up world. There is a high possibility that anything I post will be rooted in personal agenda, but I promise it’s worth your time.


  • Album Review : Anberlin – Lowborn

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Album Review

    On Anberlin’s breakout 2008 major label debut, New Surrender, frontman Stephen Christian passionately sang that he wanted to “burn out brighter, brighter than the Northern lights.” Flash forward to 2014, and after 11 years of musical output, Anberlin has decided that it’s better to burn out bright than to fade away. To that end, the Florida quintet will be disbanding at the year’s end and has offered us its seventh and final album, entitled Lowborn, as a bittersweet parting gift. The album captures Anberlin in its purest form, beholden to neither fan nor label expectations, and the results are as polarizing as they are marvelous.


  • News : Enter to win a signed Rixton poster!

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in News

    Rain City Ambience is teaming up with rising UK pop group Rixton to give away a signed poster! For those unfamiliar, there is a 99.9% chance that you will recognize their 2013 hit Me And My Broken Heart:


  • Gallery : Max Bemis, Matt Pryor, and Allison Weiss at Neumos

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Gallery

    A trio of solo songwriters stopped through town in January, and my what a magical evening it was. Max Bemis of Say Anything, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, and Allison Weiss–the only perma-solo member of this lineup–graced the stage at Neumo’s and put on an amazing show to a packed house. I can’t wait for my song shop phone call!


  • Local Spotlight : Fastback Sessions – &Yet

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Local Spotlight

    The Fastback Sessions is a brand new documentary series featuring intimate performances by a variety of Northwest talent. Hosted by Fastback Studios in a residential North Seattle neighborhood, these sessions show you a different side of the artist while subtly promoting the awesome studio space. Check out their last episode with Kyle Alfred Hillig:


  • Gallery : The Fall Of Troy at Lively Lounge

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Gallery

    Sometime yesterday morning, I caught wind of a secret The Fall Of Troy show happening at Seattle’s brand new Lively Lounge, so I used the power of Twitter to express my desperation towards the right person and scored a way in. In case you’re unfamiliar, The Fall Of Troy is a post-hardcore/math rock trio from Mukilteo that has been on hiatus since 2010, but they recently announced their revival and played a string of reunion shows in Austin, TX before announcing another back here in Seattle. They are playing their hometown show tonight at the Showbox, and hooray–you can still buy tickets for $15.


  • Gallery : A Lot Like Birds, Sianvar, and Stolas at The Vera Project

    Posted on by Kelly Mason in Gallery

    Hey RCA, it’s been a minute since I’ve [not-so-]graced you with my words *and* photos, so let’s get this picture party started.