photos by Shawn Brackbill

"Although the band never officially split there has been little Beachwood Sparks activity since 2002" [Wikipedia]

Beachwood Sparks @ SP20, Seattle, WA - July 13, 2008
Beachwood Sparks

As [Beachwood Sparks] explained in their timid hippie drawl, they weren't sure how this [Sub Pop 20th Anniversary Festival] show was going to go. But aside from a little flat harmonizing at the beginning, they sounded note-for-note like they had never broken up. With the sun shining, a little breeze blowing, and a great big sky overhead, their mix of hippie twang, Byrds-ish tremolo, and hazy dream pop, made it seem like they were serenading the elements like the nature fruitcups they are. They performed "You Take The Gold", "Confusion Is Nothing New", "Desert Skies" and "Silver Morning After". It was like a greatest hits review with no filler. The only other thing I could have asked to hear is their Band-like cover of Sade's "By Your Side". But when I heard they have a new album on the way, that filled me with more joy than any song I could have heard that night.

Then came the much-anticipated Green River reunion....
[Seattle Weekly]

Tickets are on sale for a September 13th Beachwood Sparks show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC, and for a show a day earlier at Maxwell's in Hoboken. More SP20 pics, videos, and all tour dates, below...

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Beachwood Sparks - By Your Side

Beachwood Sparks - 2008 Tour Dates
Aug 21 - Bottom of the Hill san francisco, California
Aug 23 - CASBAH San Diego, California
Aug 24 - Sunset Junction Bates Stage Los Angeles, California
Sep 11 - Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 12 - Maxwell's Hoboken, New Jersey
Sep 13 - Bowery Ballroom New York, New York

Beachwood Sparks - Confusion Is Nothing New

(thx J)